September 27, 2006

Eurabian Thinking Strikes in Germany

Filed under: Business Moves,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:13 am

I find this really offensive:

German opera house cancels provocative Mohammed staging

Sep 25 3:29 PM US/Eastern Berlin’s Deutsche Oper has removed the provocative staging of a Mozart opera from its schedule for fear of enraging Muslims, the opera house said in a statement.

One of three opera houses in the German capital, it cancelled director Hans Neuenfels’s production of “Idomeneo”, a 1781 drama set in ancient Crete, because authorities warned it could present an “incalculable security risk”.


In the staging, which sparked audience protests during its premiere in December 2003, King Idomeneo presents the lopped-off heads of Poseidon, Jesus, Buddha and the Prophet Muhammed and displays them on four chairs.

So “audience protests” took place in 2003, but the show, offensive as it is, went on. So what has changed:

  • Have classics professors who cover the likes of Greek gods like Poseidon gotten touchy?
  • Is there a serious reason to fear violent Christians?
  • Are German Buddhists a potential “incalculable security risk”?

Of course the answers are no, no, and no.

In three short years, a play previously shown can’t run any more. But in this same Germany, Madonna’s recent sacrilegious crucifixion performance went on as planned. At the time, I asked, “Do you think a Koran-based stunt would have been similiarly okey-dokey?”

Now we know. Mark Steyn was right almost four years ago when he said that Europe is “sleepwalking its way to suicide.”

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UPDATE: Geez, I was there first, but I deferred my post. Allah and Ace don’t worry about spacing posts, so they posted first. There’s a lesson in here somewhere.

UPDATE 2:Ineffectual Pushback

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