A post at View From the Right captures my feelings about the Pasha Bordello in Cologne, Germany. Muslims there threatened violence because flags of Muslim countries were included on a 76' x 26' banner (featuring a topless woman) on the side of Europe's largest brothel. Daniel Pipes and Robert Spencer have written about this, and both objected to the threat of violence by Muslims. I'm with them there. But VFR asks how it is that Europe accepts a giant ad for prostitution as normal:
"But don’t just look at the billboard, think of what it is. An 80-foot-high picture of a near-naked woman, advertising a brothel, displayed in the middle of an old and famous German city. And that’s considered normal in Europe.....Imagine people going about their business in Cologne, and looking up and seeing that sign. The Europeans have carried secularism this far. It’s as though they were saying, “We are godless people, we think there is nothing higher than us, nothing to respect and revere higher than ourselves, nothing higher than humanity and its desires, we think sex and money are all there is, we have no shame, we don’t mind that all our citizens—old people, families, children, girls, boys—should walk by and see a picture of a prostitute the size of an apartment block. No one should be offended by it. If Jesus passed through Cologne, he shouldn’t be offended by it. There’s nothing. There’s nothing but sex and the body.”
In a reply to commenter he adds:
"It’s one thing for prostitution to exist off in the corners of society. People are not being implicitly expected to approve it. It only affects the people who are directly involved. It’s another thing to present it in the most public, conspicuous way. That implicates everyone in it; it corrupts and compromises everyone."
Agreed. Something is amiss over there.