In keeping with recent fatwas issued against statues the Muslims continue to destroy, destroy, destroy.Eight Muslims in Bangladesh were arrested after they attacked a sculpture (guess Dhaka is short on Christians and Jews). Back in April 2006,an edict from Egypt’s highest Islamic jurist, Sheik Ali Gomaa,decreed that the exhibition of any statues is sinful, as is sculpture and those who practice it — going all the way back to Pharaonic temples, Greek and Roman sculptures, and Christian images spanning several centuries,ever since the dawn of history.
Islamists held for damaging sculpture Gulf Times (hat tip ejo)
DHAKA: Police in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka arrested eight Islamists after they attacked a sculpture depicting a group of white storks, in a continuing campaign against statues and artwork they say are forbidden by Islam.
“We detained eight members of a fanatic Islamist group for damaging the sculptures at Dhaka’s Motijheel commercial area around midnight on Saturday,” police officer Fazlul Haq said yesterday. Witnesses said nearly 400 Ulama Anjumane Al-Baiyanat activists gathered around the sculptures with shovels and hammers, chanting slogans calling for the demolition of all stoneworks, which some hardline Islamists consider to be idols. First they tried to pull down the 13m sculptures by putting ropes around the necks of the storks.
Unable to do this, the group attacked the base with hammers and other tools. Various Islamist groups, including the Al-Baiyanat, have been vandalizing sculptures in Bangladesh in recent months.
They destroyed a huge statue of poet Lalon Shah outside Dhaka international airport in October, triggering national protest.
“These are attacks on Bengali culture and a state of impunity has encouraged them to carry out such acts,” said Mrinal Haque, who sculpted both Lalon and the storks.–Reuters
ISLAM FLASHBACK: Back in March 2001, Afghanistan's Taleban Muslims destroyed two giant Buddhas carved into a cliff centuries ago. The Islamic Taleban promised to destroy images deemed "offensive to Islam."