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Free Expression

Mamaroneck and Larchmont, NY

This work created from a montage of garbage and litter (Mamaroneck, NY) and Scrabble® pieces that read “Free Expression” is dedicated to best-selling author Salman Rushdie who was brutally attacked on 12 August 2022 in New York as he was about to lead a discussion as all decent people wish for and pray for his rapid recovery. He must NOT die under these circumstances!

Mr. Rushdie was brazenly attacked in an evil attempt to silence his voice and suffocate the concept of “free expression,” the latter an infallible and inalienable human right. The smiling face is used to reinforce the fact that “free expression” is fundamental to human existence and essential for joy.

This outrageous and barbaric attack only serves to besmirch Islam and the good Prophet Muhammad, a strong believer in forgiveness. Coincidentally, it also desecrated the Muslim sabbath when millions of pious Muslims were praying and attending services all around the world. :(

The 1989 fatwa calling for Mr. Rushdie’s murder is antithetical to Islam. It is the product of an apostate who lies in a sarcophagus in Tehran and whose name is not worth mentioning so as not to give him undeserved recognition or respect. Let the following Qu’ranic verses and admonition testify to true Islam and the tragic path the fatwa's issuer followed:

“…and let them pardon and overlook.” [The Light: 24:22]
“Do not follow the footsteps of Satan.” [The Light: 24:21]

As for the few (when all Muslims are considered worldwide) who rejoiced out of depravity, it would be wise if they familiarize themselves with the Hadith (a traditional saying traced back to the Prophet Muhammad as guidance) that declares: "Do not rejoice over the misfortune of your brother, lest Allah have mercy upon him and afflict you with trials." [Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2506]
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32 comments

Esther said:

A very thoughtful work.
7 weeks ago

Dominique 60 said:

un beau meli melo william !!
7 weeks ago ( translate )

tiabunna said:

Interesting notes and a great work, William.
7 weeks ago

Günter Klaus said:

Da hast du sehr gute Worte zu deinen tollen Kunstwerk gefunden lieber William :))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Sonntag,ganz liebe Grüße Güni :))
7 weeks ago ( translate )

William Sutherland said:

Thank you Esther, Dominique, Tiabunna, and Gunter! Stay well!
7 weeks ago

©UdoSm said:

Hello William, I cannot fully share your words, because sometimes free opinion and provocation are very close to each other...
7 weeks ago

William Sutherland replied to ©UdoSm:

Put aside hate (e.g. Nazism, supremacy cults) sometimes provocation can be a good thing to expand one's thoughts. If an idea or something cannot survive a challenge then how valid is it?
At the same time, violence because of one's disagreement is not the answer. Thoughtful discourse that coherently explains and defends a position is a better approach that will win more influence.
7 weeks ago

Aus Blue said:

very nice free expression
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Eric Desjours said:

Free expression in a free world is obvious. In a muzzled world, it is salvific.
To hinder it in the name of religions is indeed an aberration and your masterful work is an admirable tribute to it, William.
7 weeks ago

Annemarie said:

Beautiful work william
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Ulrich John said:

That’s great, William !
7 weeks ago

©UdoSm replied to William Sutherland:

I cannot agree with such theses under any circumstances !
7 weeks ago

William Sutherland said:

Thank you Udo, Aus Blue, Eric, Annemaire and Ulrich! Stay well! The good news is Salmon Rushdie is doing a lot better today and it's now looking like the extremist's evil will have failed.
7 weeks ago

Andy Rodker said:

Like all decent human beings of all persuasions I was disgusted by the depraved attack on Salman Rushdie. Your response here, both artistically and in prose, is both appropriate and heartfelt. Well done!
7 weeks ago

William Sutherland said:

Thank you Andy for your courage in expressing your outrage! Stay well!
7 weeks ago