Friday, January 6, 2017

Islamophobia and Art

By Lydia Canaan

This is the speech I delivered at the 25th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on March 17, 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

In the words of the great British nobleman Bertrand Russell: “Most of the greatest evils that man inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false”. Islamophobia is, in all actuality, religiophobia, and its validation feeds off on ignorance and isolation. Art is the indelibly effective medium by which to combat it. Art is a universal language, a mighty bridge that transcends religiosity. It is embraced and appreciated not by adherents, devotees, believers, or converts of any certain sort, but by members of the religion that is Love. Artists of all cultures, nationalities, and religions are, at their most irreducible, kindred spirits, and have more in common internationally than intrareligiously. [link]