Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Prime Example of the Current Difference Between Islam & Other Religions

There's a new movie coming out called, 2012. It's cinematic sequences show the destruction of major landmarks, including some religious ones such as the Sistine Chapel, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, and a Buddhist temple. But guess what isn't in the movie? That's right, there are no images of Islamic holy sites being destroyed. Is that because it just isn't part of the story? No. Apparently the director, Roland Emmerich, wanted to include a scene of the Kaaba, in Saudia Arabia, but was talked out of it by his co-screenwriter. 
"Well, I wanted to do that, I have to admit ... but my co-writer Harald said I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie. And he was right. ... We have to all ... in the Western world ... think about this. You can actually ... let ... Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have ... a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is.
When people look upon Islam and Muslims with suspicion, it isn't just because of bigotry -- as some would have you believe. It's because of Muslims and their actions. True, it's only a minority of Muslims who are the problem. But it's a problem big enough that a major filmmaker can't put a scene in a movie without fear of a violent Muslim reaction. That's something to remember the next time someone tries to pretend that Christian extremism is some sort of major threat in any way comparable to the threat of radical Islam.

1 comment:

  1. Word.
    I at least appreciate the honesty of the director, but this yet another case of free people letting others illiberal beliefs affect their actions and decisions.