The Satanic Verses, Behzti, Theo van Gogh’s Submission, Jerry Springer: The Opera, the Danish cartoons of Muhammad … now we can add the London exhibition of the work of Maqbool Fida Husain to the rapidly expanding list of works of art and satire targeted by militant religion.
It seems that every religious fundamentalist, of every religion, wants to get in on the act. It only takes a few determined trouble makers, threatening the destruction of people or property, and theatres and galleries give in! Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile. Unfortunately, the Blair Government gave more than an inch with its Religious Hatred Bill. Taking offence has now become a full-time occupation for many religious extremists.