June 11, 2013, - 1:39 pm

U of Chicago Chapel Removes Christian Pews to Accomodate Muslims; Pews Defiled for “Modern Art” Exhibit

By Debbie Schlussel

I get that this chapel removed Christian pews because, after all, we must show our “tolerance” of Muslims–which means America and its Judeo-Christian heritage bending over for Islam with more flexibility and repetition than a gymnast nymphomaniac. But I just don’t get why this is exhibit is called “13th Ballad,” instead of the more appropriate, “12th Imam.” Oh, and by the way, despite Christian pews being defiled in a modern art exhibit, American Christians didn’t start a frenzy-filled, murderous rampage, engaging in mass killing of Muslims. Imagine that. We are actually civilized, as we roll over and allow the country to continue to be invaded and the cancer to continue to metastasize within.


Upon entering the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Kovler Atrium, audiences will find rows of pews from University of Chicago’s Bond Chapel. The pews were removed in order to provide Muslim students a place to pray. Above the pews hangs a large-scale double-cross sculpture filled with household items such as umbrellas, dented cans for non-perishables, and wine glasses.

The installation will be activated with performances throughout the summer by artist Theaster Gates. The installation is titled 13th Ballad and intertwines concepts and theories, a familiar practice for the Gates. Here we see the relationship between religion, migration and accumulation. Gates’ work intervenes and it is this intervention that serves not as another example of gentrification, but of the possibilities of art in the face of despair.

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Think there will ever be a day when korans or Muslim prayer mats are turned into a “contemporary art” exhibit, complete with broken umbrellas and dented cans? Think again. That’s not the way the wind is blowing or will ever blow again in America’s future generations.

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I thought it was forbidden for Muslims to pray in churches? Especially in churches with crosses in them? And I also thought that there was a sizable conservative presence at University of Chicago? Guys like Charles Murray?

G: No, Muslims can pray everywhere and anywhere. And, in fact, they consider wherever they pray to be consecrated as a mosque and permanently Muslim land, so they often pray in churches and other such places for that reason. DS

Gerald on June 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm


    Thanks. I thought it was against their anti-idolatry regulations. So by praying in a mosque they imperialistically claim it for Islam, eh? Come to think of it I do recall your stating something like that in that minaret issue you pointed out a couple of years back.

    What a shame.

    Gerald on June 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    aint this a load of bs if muslims did consider every place we pray muslim land the whole world would be , iwonder sometmes at the level of idiocy on these websites. I guess you guys are reading about islam and muslims from “islam for dummie” by pat condel or something and druel with your hate lol

    james denton on June 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

      James, your comments don’t change heart or breathing rates on this site even by a nanowhatever. You’re just checked off as another uninformed liberal dhimmi. Islam for Dummies? I think that’s your book.

      Pray Hard on June 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

    That’s good information, Debbie. My first thought on reading this piece was to question why, even if the Muslim students wanted to use the chapel to pray, they couldn’t just roll out their mats just anywhere on the floor. Removing a few pews doesn’t create that much more room, and they sure as heck (I hope) don’t plan to plop themselves down in the middle of a Christian service to do their praying. Why is it that we all have to bend over to accommodate them, and they do absolutely NOTHING to accommodate us? THEY CAME HERE!!!! It’s not like we moved into their part of the world and decided to make them bend over to accommodate US! So will they be facing the Christian altar/communion table when they pray? Which way would East be in that chapel?

    DG in GA on June 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

      It’s much more of a Muslam statement if they can disturb a Christian place of worship. I mean, putting them in an empty storage room, just wouldn’t get them any Mohammed points in paradise.

      Pray Hard on June 12, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Don’t they have a big black rock they worship? And they multiple like rabbits, they are taking over Europe gone. Why don’t they stay in their own country? I can’t stand them here they just kill kill and kill and treat their women like dirt. I was told Obama Hussein is a SUNI muslim and I heard they built a mosque in the White House, not sure if that’s true. I do know they are building HUGE one in Lanham, MD.

      MOON rock on June 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Muslims have a history/policy of taking over Christian churches, sacred places of people they conquer:

    The former great Orthodox Church iSt.. Sofia in Constantinople was turned in to a Mosque by conquering Muslims. The city is now named Istantbul.

    Muslims built a Mosque “Dome on the Rock” in Jerusalem over the ancient Jewish Temple.

    Muslims built a Mosque/cultural center on Ground Zero to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 9-11-11 terrorist attack.

    Muslim behavior is not hard to identify, understand.

    What is hard to understand is our cowardice.

    Jack ryan on June 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

This is a very ugly development. Also, I am sure that those pews were a bequest from long ago. It defiles the memory of the individual or individuals who made such an offering. May woe betide them.

Worry01 on June 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Yeah, you are right. Pews often are dedicated in the memory of loved ones. That just adds another layer of outrage to this, even for those who aren’t particularly religious (or don’t consider U of Chicago to be anymore). But hey, this is the institution that hired Barack Obama as a constitutional law professor. Never forget that, or anything that it implies …

    Gerald on June 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm


    Pray Hard on June 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

Let us ponder the defilement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_Ubo6ndxww

Worry01 on June 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Muslims love taking over Christian churches and turning hem into mosques. Some of the largest and most famous mosques were churches before the muslims murdered the parishoners and took them over.

RT on June 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Islsmic art is an oxymoron.

The most revealing thing about this story is Christianity is ceasing to be a religious force in American life and is fast becoming an object of cultural interest.

Like that will ever happen to Islam! Good luck with it.

NormanF on June 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Bush did stuff worse than this so why worry?

reductio ad lazaris on June 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Oh, did I mention that I blame Bush?
Just checking.

reductio ad lazaris on June 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm

“regurgitate ad nauseum”….

Just what worse stuff did Bush do? Not that he’s without fault but please enlighten the rest of us…..

IceNoMore on June 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I think their prayer rugs would be great to house train dogs or line bird cages…..

IceNoMore on June 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Why not seat covers in a rest room?

    Worry01 on June 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Why didn’t the priests and ministers speak up? (I do not expect reform rabbis to speak up, except to defend the rights of Muslims).

Jonathan E. Grant on June 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Pseudo-intellectual westerners eschew Judeao-Christianity as “fairy tales” (and instead “believe” in tripe like Hawkings’ garbage), but trip over themselves to accommodate islam because they fear muslims and simultaneously want to look “hip” by recognizing the needs of simple-minded (but they would never dare vocalize their opinion thereof), “oppressed minorities” (which again reflects their ignorance and arrogance because muslims are anything but “minorities” or “oppressed.”

DS_ROCKS! on June 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Hello DS Rocks, Yes, peoples faith in the Inspired Scriptures has been seriously weakened, and a veil of Evolution, Evolution, Evolution tries to obscure the truth of Genesis.

    I can’t comment on Stephen Hawking, as I have no idea what he is talking about. I tried to read his book, but couldn’t understand a word of it. If he saying though that there is no God and life is meaningless, then he is tragically wrong.

    The beauty and the complexity of the creation speaks clearly of the wonderful qualities of its Creator.

    As the Psalmist said:

    “The heavens are declaring the glory of God
    And of the work of his hands the expanse is telling.”

    It was the beauty of a late Autumn sky in my Northern English hometown that finally got me searching for its Creator, so I could thank him.

    The Christian preaching work is so important. Don’t people urgently need to know that Genesis is true – that it is the history of us? And don’t they need to know about the incoming Kingdom of God, the heavenly government that will remove the wicked from the earth, and restore Paradise?

    sue on June 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Sue The Pom…Another day, another above the waist-line wank.

      “The louder (s)he spoke of her honour, the faster we counted our spoons”.

      Skunky on June 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Sue: Hawking leaves out one critical (and natural) question, namely: what came before the big bang? He dismisses that question with a red herring of (pa5raphrasing) – “that’s liek asking what’s north of the North Pole?” He’s a huckster og pop physics.

      Also, Creation absolutely, divinely dovetails into evolution as explained here:


      DS_ROCKS! on June 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm

        Thanks DS Rocks, I feel a bit better now about not being able to understand a word of what Stephen Hawking is saying.

        The Hebrew Scriptures tells of us a world that was made perfect – a world in which nature was not “red in tooth and claw with ravine”. And they promise us a restoration of that world.

        So either we evolved, or the Hebrew Scriptures tell the truth about our origin. And I believe that Genesis is true history. It is the story of us.

        We are surrounded by miracles. Please think of any flower – or the process of egg to caterpillar to chyrsalis to butterfly.

        sue on June 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Hey Debbie, You just hit on something, we ARE to civilized. If we as Americans raised a little hell once in a while, maybe the mooslims would back off just a little.

As a christian, I know that one day the great falling away will take place. It appears that it may have already started. Blocking out any signs of Christianity as to not offend muslims, while the towelheads gain even more of a foot hold in this country.

St. Stephen on June 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

so this is how liberty dies, under thunderous applause

LORD KOETEUS on June 12, 2013 at 1:02 am

The Church has fallen away as foretold by the ancient prophets. Only a small remnant remains. We are living in the end of days and these things must come to pass. These are the birth pangs of what is to come.

The Islamians take great pride in their notions of conquest. Be it the sexual domination and slavery of young European girls, the tearing down of Churches, or planting their “Dome of the Rock” on top of the Jewish Temple site.

Their time and judgment is coming but not before we suffer greatly…

Nocturna on June 12, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Although, Nocturna, didn’t this falling away from the truth begin a long long time ago?

    Less than twenty years after the founding of the Christian congregation on the day of Pentecost of 33 C.E., the apostle Paul was aware that there were evidences of a tendency to form the “man of lawlessness . . . the son of destruction.” That was why he continued on to say to the congregation at Thessalonica: “True, the mystery of this lawlessness is already at work; but only till he who is right now acting as a restraint gets to be out of the way.”—2 Thessalonians 2:7

    The spirit of disobedience, of lawlessness, was already at work in the congregations.

    sue on June 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Numerous Catholic Churches desecrated by Muslims, both in Muslim countries and in European countries, and actual occupation of them by Muslim immigrants to Belgium. Tents have been pitched WITHIN THE CHURCH ITSELF!

In some cases the Muslims have been invited by Bishops, Catholic parishoners, and Catholic organizations to utilize the churches.

The movement promoting the idea that “all cultures, beliefs, customs, and people are equal” is suicidal because when the more barbarous hordes conquer that movement and its adherents and slaughter them as infidels, well, will whoever remains from the tolerant ones finally accept reality and fight-back?


Dennis on June 12, 2013 at 7:59 am

I do not blame the Moslems. I blame the trashy Americans who bend backward and forward to accommodate them. I am ashamed to be an American if they will continue to act like Moslem’s wimps. I am sorry to tell this Mam. However I can not help it if this is the attitude of Americans towards these thugs. Unfortunately the USA now is not leading its policy according to what is good for the USA. It is run according to what is good for the Moslems and the Arabs. Let me tell you something about the effects of this policy; The Minorities in the Islamic for this foolish policy. Yesterday, in Egypt. a court in Egypt sentenced a female teacher to a 100,000 Pounds fine for disrespecting Islam. A teacher makes 800 pounds a month. I will leave to you to calculate the effects of the sentence on her. Please tell all the Moslems of the World, I do not respect a cult that glamorizes terrorism and blasphemes by attributing it to the Divine. I see no link between the Divine who told us “Do not Kill” and the Satan who told the Moslems; “Kill any one who does not believe in me” I am sorry Mam; ” Islam is nothing but a Satanic Cult.

G. R. Scharoubim on June 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

Well at least they pray together….a christian cannot pray or invoke Jesus in a synogog. Christians are spit on in israel and the Bible is publically desecrated by the lawmakers on TV. The pot cannot call the kettle black…..hate is hate, it does not matter who is doing it. Deb you point alot of fingers at one specific group of people while masquerading as an impartial columnist, when in actuality it appears you are generating propaganda. You should be ashamed of yourself…..Islam by the way is the only non christian religion that mandates the acceptance of Jesus and the bible………….Joshua 23.

ihatepunks on June 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Many decades ago I was considering buying some pews and stained glass windows that had once graced a church . Where they came from I had no idea but everyone from my mother down,cried “”” No!! they are bad luck!!” so I never bothered. I wonder if the installation artist has had some unexplained happening lately? .
@ihatepunks , were you in the crowd supporting the two Muslem haters in London last week when English lads protested against the violence of Islamic teachers and the acts of the two killers of an unarmed off duty english soldier ?
On Australian televison last sunday night,the indian man who says he is now a Shiek ( smeone who can recite the entire koran) and whose inflammatory teachings can be blamed for Lee Rigbys murder, announced that Australia will embrace Sharia law soon because of all the immigrants flooding the country …as they did in the UK and Europe.
I dont see any thing of value in Sharia,only the use of force to subjugate the population. Is that what those who embrace islam in the USA want? If so..good luck with that.

Aron B on June 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

@ihatepunks-not sure where the hatred isfro your comments. Debbie has her views which means she has an opinion, that means maybe she takes a stand on things she does not disagree. Just like you accusing her of hatred, shows your lack of impartiality. So you want to be the kettle or tea pot?

Mario on June 13, 2013 at 1:41 am

I don’t even understand this “art.” There’s “art” that’s repulsive, offensive, blasphemous and pornographic but at least you can understand what the artist is saying his his warped and twisted way. This is just a mishmash of stuff they found in a garage sale with the pews tacked on, probably for offensiveness. Not all Christians use pews however. It’s more of a Northern European tradition. I don’t know where it came from. Southern European churches are bare and people stand for the services. Interesting. I wonder if the pew idea came from the synagogue?

Italkit on June 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

A day will come that muslims will pursuit jewish zionists, and they try to hide behind olive trees and rocks but those trees and rocks will call on muslim and say “o muslim here is a jew hiding, come to slaughter him” have you ever seen the zionist state (israhell) destroying fields of olive trees!!?? and whyy?!? But that day will be the day of punishment in this life..

Momosmamt on September 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm

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