April 1, 2004

Or perhaps I am thinking of the Scooby Doo 2


Arab censors giving 'Passion' wide latitude

Officials at Al Azhar acknowledged that they have long forbidden depictions of prophets -- or even the voices of prophets -- in movies, but they said they have no intention of opposing the decision of government censors to allow "The Passion" to be shown in its entirety.

"I encouraged the movie because it withholds from Jews their claims that they are innocent of the Christ's blood," said Mohiy el-Din Abdel Aleem, a professor of media and journalism at Al Azhar University, when asked why Al Azhar had not objected to the movie.

Posted by Daniel Radosh


Scary as hell. Less concerned about the impact of the film regarding anti-Semitism in US, but very concerned about encouraging anti-Semitism in the middle east (where it already runs rampant) and Europe (where my grandfater describes the sentiment there as similar to the feeling he got rigt before Hitler came in to power). Convinced Gibson is nutso and an anti-Semite with an agenda.

So what they're saying, essentially, is that blasphemy takes a backseat to politics. Well, I suppose most folks think that, but I wouldn't have expected it of them. It smacks of hypocrisy.

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