26 Jul 2015

International “Scientific” Human Rights Organization Demand That Dante’s “Divine Comedy” Be Banned

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Detail: Dominico di Michelino, Dante and the Divine Comedy, fresco, Florence Cathedral, 1465.

The Telegraph‘s reportage demonstrates that the organized Left’s hankering to eradicate history is international in scope and goes much farther than the Confederate flag.

[Dante’s] classic work should be removed from school curricula, according to Gherush 92, a human rights organisation which acts as a consultant to UN bodies on racism and discrimination.

Dante’s epic is “offensive and discriminatory” and has no place in a modern classroom, said Valentina Sereni, the group’s president.

Divided into three parts – Hell, Purgatory and Heaven – the poem consists of 100 cantos, of which half a dozen were marked out for particular criticism by the group.

It represents Islam as a heresy and Mohammed as a schismatic and refers to Jews as greedy, scheming moneylenders and traitors, Miss Sereni told the Adnkronos news agency.

“The Prophet Mohammed was subjected to a horrific punishment – his body was split from end to end so that his entrails dangled out, an image that offends Islamic culture,” she said.

Homosexuals are damned by the work as being “against nature” and condemned to an eternal rain of fire in Hell.

“We do not advocate censorship or the burning of books, but we would like it acknowledged, clearly and unambiguously, that in the Divine Comedy there is racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic content. Art cannot be above criticism,” Miss Sereni said.

Schoolchildren and university students who studied the work lacked “the filters” to appreciate its historical context and were being fed a poisonous diet of anti-Semitism and racism, the group said.

It called for the Divine Comedy to be removed from schools and universities or at least have its more offensive sections fully explained.

Complete story.

Gherush 92 indictment (in Italian).

6 Feedbacks on "International “Scientific” Human Rights Organization Demand That Dante’s “Divine Comedy” Be Banned"

T. Shaw

Sic semper tyrannus.

T. Shaw

For the post-modern academic, the sole purpose of the class room is to mint ignorant drones to obey the gangster state.

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The left is just trying to eradicate history, they’re trying to destroy W. Civilization!




Apparently, they are afraid the students might actually begin to think, i.e., study, if confronted with an old book that doesn’t present modern sensibilities. The horror.

More and more, one sees the similarities between the Left and, say Sir William Berkley, royalist, governor of Virginia Colony in the 17th century:

“”I thank God, we have not free schools nor printing; and I hope we shall not have these hundred years. For learning has brought disobedience, and heresy and sects into the world; and printing has divulged them and libels against the government. God keep us from both!”

More succinctly put by a very politically incorrect Irish Catholic hearing that quote contemporaneously: “…that honest people should have their ears open and their reading eyes shut, that they might be instructed aright for this world by gentlemen, and for the other by priests.”


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