Thursday, February 09, 2006
The Message (1976): A backdoor discussion.
There never was a Muslim equivalent to a movie as The Greatest Story Ever Told, or even an Islamic Mel Gibson. Syrian Born movie director Muslim American Moustapha Akkad, in 1976 tried to fill the void.
Mohammad was never visible on screen. The camera was his eyes. A biopic starring The Invisible Man. It was rumored in the Islamist world, Anthony Quinn was playing Mohammad.
In March, 1977, Black Muslims in the US took 149 people hostage and demanded that The Message be banned. The siege ended with one reporter dead and loads of hostages beaten, stabbed or shot.
Abu Sofyan: Mohammed, there is still doubt in my heart.
Khalid: If we were to cut off your head, it would remove all your doubts.
The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for its soundtrack.
The bottom line is we must defend free speech. George Bush's recent criticism of the Danish cartoons, rather than defending artistic and journalistic freedom, shows his priorities. No compromise on the right to print unpopular opinion.
Hat trick to great Polish blog the beatroot. It is a great read.
Posted by Frank Partisan at 12:03 PM