Calls to Ban Majidi Film on Prophet Muhammad
The gap between our self-image as “tolerant”, and the reality of the “ban everything” culture that has been gathering force from decades, from every conceivable group across the ideological spectrum, is striking (showing that these different groups share at least one ideology in common: one that luxuriates in being thin-skinned). This is a classic illustration of how nothing and no-one is safe: if the ban on The Satanic Verses (shamefully India was the first country to ban it) was justified by Muslim groups on the grounds of blasphemy, note that this film is sanctioned, funded, and released by the Iranian government itself, with the avowed aim of presenting a positive image of Prophet Muhammad, and even this is not immune to calls for a ban (making such a film is ITSELF deemed to be blasphemous, irrespective of the content of the message). Appalling stuff.
I’d love to watch this (I’ve seen a couple of other films by Majidi), and hadn’t realized the music was by ARR! Hope the CD makes it to the market (aside: isn’t the Raza Academy itself a Shiite organization?) — Qalandar
“A Mumbai-based Sunni Muslim organisation has approached the Union Home Minister and the Iranian Consulate in India seeking a ban on the latest Majid Majidi film Muhammad: Messenger of God, calling it “blasphemous for more than one reason”…”
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