Classical nude sculptures in Rome were covered up, to please the visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Italy’s desire to court visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani extended to covering up classical nude sculptures in the museum where he met Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, it emerged on Tuesday.
The two men made speeches in Rome’s Capitoline Museum after a signing ceremony on Monday which saw Italian companies tie up 17 billion euros ($18 billion) worth of deals with the Islamic Republic.
A huge statue of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius on a horse featured prominently in many of the photographs of the event.
But nude statues, including a Venus dating from the second century BC, had all been covered up in temporary wooden cartons, removing the risk of them creeping into any of the shots — or catching Rouhani’s eye.
“You can not hide your culture, your religion or history itself. It was the wrong decision,” Giuliano Volpe, head of the Superior Council for Cultural Heritage at the Italian culture ministry, told public broadcaster Rai3.
“We must enhance rather respect and differences,” he said.
The museum cover-up was not the only step Italy took to ensure the Iranian visit passed off smoothly. As Rouhani refuses to attend official meals at which any alcohol is available, wine was strictly off the menu at both lunch with President Sergio Mattarella and dinner with Renzi.
According to media reports, France has baulked at making a similar placatory gesture, leaving diplomats preparing for Rouhani’s visit to Paris from Wednesday with a major protocol headache.
What is the difference between the islamic state who destroy symbols of pre-Islamic civilizations, and a Roman Catholic nation who is ashamed of its art and culture?
Shall Europe also remove Christian symbols, to please Iranian President Hassan Rouhani?
In post-Christian Norway, the secular government demanded that Christians should remove Christian symbols from buildings where refugees from Syria was about to be lodged. Rejecting the Son of God, who brought mercy and grace to their nation, in a bid to please Muslims.
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.’
The Pope is the root cause of all this evils. He accept Islam as a way of “holiness”, and that Muslims can be saved by the “god” of the “Holy Koran”. Since the Pope aim for the top spot of the Islamic movement, he will do whatever to please the Iranian president. There are 1,4 billion Muslims, and the Pope desire to become the “Holy father” of them all. Like he already is “Holy Father” for 1,1 billion Roman Catholics, and almost a billion apostate protestant Christians of different kinds, who accept the claimed authority of the papacy.
If you fear God, you will stay out of such assemblies of the wicked. Do not betray Jesus the Messiah. But remain loyal to Him, till the day of his second coming. You do not know if this is your last day. You might be promoted to the Kingdom of Heaven at any time. Amen.
Written by Ivar.