Points for honesty

Roland Emmerich, the Irwin Allen of this generation, shows the destruction of several Christian landmarks (the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio) in the disaster epic 2012, opening next weekend.
No scenes showing Mecca being destroyed, however. But at least Emmerich admits this has nothing to do with “cultural sensitivity” and everything to do with his fondness for having a head:

…eagle eyed fans of watching organized religion get its disaster porn comeuppance will have noticed that there are no Islamic landmarks on the CGI chopping block.
That wasn’t always the plan, however. Emmerich explained to SCI FI Wire that he had originally hoped the Kaaba, one of the holiest sites in the Islamic religion, would join the visual wrath of 2012, but that his co-screenwriter Harald Kloser talked him out of it:
“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. So it’s just something which I kind of didn’t [think] was [an] important element anyway in the film, so I kind of left it out.”

Via Hot Air. Why do Muslim radicals issue so many fatwas? Because they work.

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5 thoughts on “Points for honesty

  1. Apparently when Stalin went through his religious purges in the 20’s and 30’s he closed lots of churches and synogogues and despatched their leaders to the gulag, but he didn’t touch the mosques.

  2. That’s news to me, Peter. All evidence readily available on the web indicates no pass for mosques or muslims in Stalin’s purges. Indeed, even in Russia today (viz. Chechnya), anti-muslim feeling (freely combined with xenophobia and neo-fscist racism) runs high. Along with China, Russia is especially vigilant about muslim separatism, perhaps not quite as ruthless as China (vs. the Uighurs), but still hardly lenient.

  3. Peter, I can find no support for your asserton, but ethnic politics can be convoluted and the Bolsheviks did rely upon a Moslem group, Himmat, in defeating the Mensheviks in Georgia, so it’s possible that some Moslem groups may have received favorable treatment for a time.
    Of course, Stalin wasn’t shy about turning on allies, so I’d be surprised if the favorable treatment lasted very long.

  4. It looks like I stand corrected. The claim came from Michael Burleigh but he may have been referring to the very early days of the SU before Stalin.

  5. Well, look on the bright side: at least Emmerlich confessed that he omitted showing Islamic sites because he’s a gutless wonder, not because it would be “culturally insensitive” — the usual liberal excuse.

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