It doesn’t take modern artists to anger Muslims

(Via Sandmonkey)

I think it’s a little bit amusing that the play lampoons intolerance and religious frenzy … which it engenders.

Muslims ask French to cancel 1741 play by Voltaire

A municipal cultural center here on France’s border with Switzerland organized a reading of a 265-year-old play by Voltaire, whose writings helped lay the foundations of modern Europe’s commitment to secularism. The play, “Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet,” uses the founder of Islam to lampoon all forms of religious frenzy and intolerance.

The production quickly stirred up passions that echoed the cartoon uproar. “This play … constitutes an insult to the entire Muslim community,” said a letter to the mayor of Saint-Genis-Pouilly, signed by Said Akhrouf, a French-born cafe owner of Moroccan descent and three other Islamic activists representing Muslim associations. They demanded the performance be cancelled.

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2 Responses to It doesn’t take modern artists to anger Muslims

  1. sugiero says:

    Then how insulting is it for women being beaten when celebrating festival for freedom?

    http://sugiero.blogspot.com/2006/03/festival-of-freedom-in-tehran.html

  2. BadGirl1 says:

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