Saturday, April 5, 2014

Ban the Noah-ban zealots

It is most impressive that an Ummah that is unable to join up in mitigating large-scale injustices can nevertheless find time (and unity) for banning movies. The virus has now spread to other communities as well for behaving in an equally foolish manner.If religious people are so offended by (presumably) even respectful depictions of their religion and idols then they should stop watching movies, reading books and listening to music. Why make life miserable for everybody else??

Malaysia has joined other Islamic countries in banning the Hollywood biblical epic "Noah" starring Russell Crowe, decrying it as irreligious and saying it violates Islamic law against depicting prophets.

The film has already angered some Christian institutions in the United States over Crowe's reportedly unconventional portrayal of Noah, who is regarded as an important figure in both Christianity and Islam.

Malaysia's home ministry's Film Censorship Board unit chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said a decision to ban the Noah film was made about two weeks ago. "Yes, I can confirm that it has been banned by the board, the movie can cause quite a lot of anger and distress if it is shown in Malaysia," he was quoted as saying by The Malay Mail Online.

Neighbouring Indonesia, Egypt and United Arab Emirates have banned the film because of scenes they say contradict Islam. 
Malaysia has censored other movies on religious grounds in the past, including Brokeback Mountain and The Passion of the Christ



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