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Marvel pulls comic over hidden Koranic messages

The comic book giant was accused of inciting religious intolerance after a Muslim artist referenced a series of Koran messages.

Marvel comics has removed a book from circulation after a fan backlash against some Koranic messages in the artwork.

In two vignettes of X-Men Gold #1, Indonesian artist Ardian Syaf coloured several hidden references to passages of the Koran and to Muslim protests against the Christian governor of Jakarta.

The verses were referenced using numbers in two different illustrations.

They were perceived as intolerant by some fans, who complained to Marvel about what they called "anti-Christian and anti-Jewish messages".

On Saturday, Marvel issued a statement to Sky News denying previous knowledge of the hidden messages and adding "disciplinary action is being taken".

"The mentioned artwork in X-Men Gold #1 was inserted without knowledge behind its reported meanings," Marvel said.

Marvel assured Sky that "the implied references do not reflect the views of the writer, editors or anyone else at Marvel and are in direct opposition of the inclusiveness of Marvel Comics and what the X-Men have stood for since their creation".

"This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken," they added.

http://news.sky.com/story/marvel-pulls-comic-over-hidden-koranic-messages-10831925



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“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
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  • The artist seems to have egg on his face.

    Certainly, no media in the West would ever hide anti-Muslim or anti-Jewish messages in their works.  And of course such hidden messages would lead to outrage instead of nods and smiles if they existed, right?   ...right?
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    ‘My career is over now’: Muslim artist fired for including religious references in X-Men comics

    A comic artist has been fired from Marvel for including apparent anti-christian and anti-semitic references in a new spinoff of the popular X-Men comic strip.

    Indonesian man Adrian Syaf made explicit references to religious and political divisions in his country in issue one of X-Men: Gold, citing a verse of the Koran that urges Muslims not to trust Jews and Christians.

    One of the controversial drawings showed X-Men character Colossus playing baseball while wearing a t-shirt with ‘QS 5:51’ emblazoned across his chest. Verse 5.51 in the Koran is commonly translated as "O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies.  They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.”

    While the references went over the heads of most readers, people in Indonesia immediately spotted the reference and highlighted it on social media.

    The verse is currently being used as part of a protest against Basuki “Ahok” Purnama Tjahaja, the first Christian governor of Jakarta. In a speech, the governor claimed hardline Muslim leaders who oppose him had cited the verse in efforts to turn voters against him.

    This sparked a huge backlash with at least 200,000 Muslims taking to the streets of Jakarta to protest on December 2, demanding that the state arrest and prosecute the governor for insulting Islam. Tjahaja is currently on trial with a verdict not due until after an upcoming election.

    https://www.rt.com/viral/384550-marvel-comic-fired-religion-references/

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
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