One really has to read it to believe it: Dante’s Divine Comedy ‘offensive and should be banned’.
It is a world-renowned work of literature and one of the foundation stones of the Italian language, but Dante’s Divine Comedy has been condemned as racist, homophobic, anti-Islamist and anti-Semitic.
The 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. (…)
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.
As the Anchoress writes, this is where the bastardization of the meaning “tolerance” has taken us: People who fancy themselves as broad-minded intellectuals support the banning of a classic in world literature.
So, what’s next? A bonfire on Times Square where all and sundry will be invited to throw copies of La Divina Commedia into the blaze?
Vox Day comes to the conclusion that Muslims have the right idea after all: secularism merits nothing more than being stamped out, ruthlessly and without remorse.
Secular progressives are totalitarians and book-burners every bit as fanatical as religious extremists they decry. They always have been, they just build their cultural walls one stealthy and dishonest brick at a time.
Who will rid us of these troublesome fools?