Sarah Maple, 23, is a Muslim and an artist in London has triggered a firestorm within the Muslim community. She has been threatened and the front glass windows of the gallery smashed over her portrayal of her own religion. This includes a work showing a woman in a headscarf holding a pig.
Another picture shows the artist in a headscarf with a bare breast. There is no question that such pictures are provocative and clearly intended to be so. However, the level of intolerance and violence directed at an artist is a serious concern for a Western country where pluralism and free expression are valued.
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