Wed Sep 19, 2012, 12:25 AM
Hey Jude (67 posts)
Germany Mulls Ban on Showing Hate Film
A populist group in Germany wants to publicly show the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims," which is stoking a violent backlash across the Muslim world. Officials are reviewing whether they could ban the action, sparking a delicate debate over free speech and public order.
Freedom of expression is a basic right in Germany, but recent controversy over the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" has sparked a debate among lawmakers about just how far that right extends.
A populist group called Pro Deutschland wants to stage a public showing of the controversial anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims," which has inspired protests and deadly attacks on American and Western diplomatic missions across the Muslim world in the last week. Pro Deutschland may have just a few hundred members, but amid heightened fears of retaliation, the group's provocative threat has even attracted the attention of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Asked at a press conference on Monday whether she thought a showing of the film, which is highly disparaging of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, should be prevented, Merkel said that a ban could be justified if public security was at risk. "I can imagine that there are good reasons for this," she said on Monday, adding that such measures were currently being considered by her government.
Addressing the issue is a delicate maneuver for the chancellor, who is known to place great value in freedom of expression and the press. Two years ago she lauded Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard for his courage in publishing caricatures along with several other colleagues that sparked protests and riots in the Muslim world. Westergaard's drawing, which showed the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb for a turban, even resulted in an attempt on Westergaard's life.
Read more: http://m.spiegel.de/international/germany/a-856490.html#spRedirectedFrom=www
The French mag is out Wed. This could run over the weekend.
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Wed Sep 19, 2012, 06:01 AM
Gabby Hayes (253 posts)
2. Christianity survived Bette Midler, Jerry Falwell and The Devil
After viewing Midler's movie, The Greatest Story Ever Overtold, in the early 70's, I heard a stoned hippie girl say, "Let's get out of here before the place gets struck by lightning." But God didn't flinch, no churches closed, and the movie has long since been lost in the dust bin where it will soon be joined by Innocence of Muslims.
Salman Rushdie is correct when he speaks of the "Outrage Industry" which fished out the movie from YouTube, where there is variety of older, short movies making fun of Islam and all religions. Cowardly terrorists used Innocence to bring out protesters then used them as cover for their attacks. That's the real blasphemy.
It's Germany's business to handle the movie as it pleases, but censorship is not going to stop these terrorists.