Thursday, January 19, 2006

EQUAL LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE

McNeil described the symbolism of his work thusly:
Law as an element of civilization was normally and naturally derived or inherited in this country from former civilizations. The "Eastern Pediment" of the Supreme Court Building suggests therefore the treatment of such fundamental laws and precepts as are derived from the East. Moses, Confucius and Solon are chosen as representing three great civilizations and form the central group of this Pediment.

For those of you who think that the embellishments and sculptures of the US Supreme Court Building are only about christianity, THINK AGAIN! Click here to read more about the U.S. Supreme Court Building.

Old news, yet still relevant:

Supreme Court Mohammed Sculpture Sparks India Riots

Mar. 13, 1997

SRINAGAR, India (CWN) - Indian Muslims rioted on Thursday to protest a US Supreme Court decision to keep a sculptured frieze of the Prophet Mohammed.

Indian police used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters who attacked a police patrol in Srinagar in Kashmir state. More than a dozen rioters were injured. "More than a dozen stone-pelting incidents were reported from (neighborhoods in) Srinagar," a police spokesman said.

The US Supreme Court issued a statement on Wednesday saying that the court would not remove a 66-year-old depiction of Mohammed from a sculpture that included "lawgivers" from history including Moses, Justinian, and Confucius. A coalition of Muslim groups had requested that the image be removed because orthodox Islamic tradition discourages artistic renderings of living people, and portraying the Prophet's face is considered particularly offensive.

LINK: US SUPREME COURT BUILDING

3 comments:

freethoughtmom said...

They were rioting in India about the decorations on our Supreme Court?? Wow....

Cassandra said...

Wow, that's really interesting. I didn't know any of this.

For those of you who think that the embellishments and sculptures of the US Supreme Court Building are only about christianity, THINK AGAIN!

Just goes to show the ignorance that overwhelming in this country.

Great blog here! :-)

Cassandra said...

Just goes to show the ignorance that overwhelming in this country.

LOL! What a great sentence to screw up on!
I'm trying not to blush. ;-)

What I meant was that it just goes to show that ignorance is overwhelming...

Ugh...