Speaking in an interview about the movie 2012, director Roland Emmerich said that he originally wanted to show the destruction of the Kaaba (the sacred black cube that is the center of the Muslim haj in Mecca) in addition to “the destruction of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as the fall of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro, the White House….”
But we are not shown the destruction of any Islamic sites in his new movie. “In fact, the only reference to Muslims is a scene showing them praying at the Kaaba for the earth to be saved (as well as a keffiyeh-encrusted and presumably Muslim Arab king who buys his family tickets to their “salvation”).”
“Well, I wanted to do that [show the destruction of the Kaaba], I have to admit,” Emmerich says. “But my co-writer Harald said I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie. And he was right. … We have to all … in the Western world … think about this. You can actually … let … Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have … a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is. So it’s just something which I kind of didn’t [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out.” Debbie Schlussel.com
It does “sound a little bit like what the state of this world is.” It’s okay for Hollywood to attack and marginalize Christians – they order no beheadings or fatwas against anyone but instead turn the other cheek. You know, it’s the Christian thing to do.
August 14th, 2010 at 9:59 AM
Among a population of 1.6billion muslims, I think the world would be a hostile palce if every muslim was ordained to kill a non-muslim. For muslims, religious sites and figures are well respected. The would cry out in anger if Jesus was humiliated regardless of the response from the Christian camp. It is clear that you can mock their culture, their dress sense, their appearance, their accent…but not their belief, for this is their destiny!!!
We should learn to appreciate, rather than experiment with eachothers differences!
November 2nd, 2010 at 12:19 AM
Watch “the arrivals”(it was put together for hunam believers to see the bigger picture) and you will realise that we are not so different from each other. Also you will see what people are doing to brainwash your children, friends and family who believe in any religion besides…..
Media plays the largest role.
Right, totally agree with you about the appreciate part.
November 14th, 2009 at 10:13 AM
Amen to that, Dena.
November 13th, 2009 at 10:49 PM
I heard about this today on Fox. Every time we turn around it seems we have to be careful for fear we might offend one of those people who would kill us anyway if given the chance.
Another movie that I won’t bother to go see either.