Now Islam has replaced Christianity in the city at the famous Biennale artistic exhibition. A Swiss artist, Christian Büchel, took the ancient Catholic Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia in Venice and converted it into a mosque for the duration of the Biennale, that is, until November.
Büchel has rebuilt the interior to make it a mosque. With its installation, Büchel intends to put the issue of rampant "Islamophobia" at the center of the exhibit, while the Icelandic Minister of Education, Illugi Gunnarsson, said that the work will open a "dialogue".
Mohamed Amin Al Ahdab, president of the Islamic community of Venice, is pleased, but would have been even more so if the original project had prevailed, in which the church was supposed to display the words "Allah Akbar".
What is happening these days in Venice is already a reality in the Netherlands: from 1970 to 2008, 205 Catholic churches were demolished and 148 converted into libraries, restaurants, gyms, apartments and mosques. Or in Germany, where in the next few years 15,000 of 45,000 existing churches, a third of the total, will be demolished or sold.
We know what would happen. They would be murdered on the spot.