“Deputy Speaker Susanne Eberstein of the Social Democrat party ordered the painting, ‘Juno’ by baroque artist G.E. Schroder, to be removed from the guest dining room, where it had hung since 1983….’We routinely change paintings from time to time.'” Yes, apparently every 31 years. The painting, as you can see, is not a piece of pornography, but is in the established Western tradition of nude art, which it would be reductionist and crude to dismiss as salacious. And so here again we see that wherever Islamic law and culture conflict with Western law and culture, it is the latter that must give way — and the Western non-Muslims have so internalized this principle that they take it upon themselves spontaneously to enforce it, even when there are no Muslim complaints.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 19 (UPI) — A painting of a bare-breasted woman has been removed from the Swedish Riksdag’s guest dining room on orders from the legislature’s deputy speaker.
Deputy Speaker Susanne Eberstein of the Social Democrat party ordered the painting, “Juno” by baroque artist G.E. Schroder, to be removed from the guest dining room, where it had hung since 1983, TheLocal.se reported Thursday.
“We routinely change paintings from time to time,” a Riksdag representative said in response to an inquiry from news agency TT.
A parliamentary source who asked to remain anonymous told TT lawmakers were concerned about the painting’s effects on foreign visitors.
“You have to think of the foreign guests, especially those from Muslim countries,” the source said.
Eberstein said the painting’s removal was also for the comfort of herself and her fellow female officials.
“I think it is more a feminist issue. It’s tiresome [looking at] a bare-breasted woman when I sit at public dinners with foreign guests. I think it feels a little hard to sit there with men who look at us women,” Eberstein said.