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Berlin Cancels Opera – Out Of Fear Of Muslims

From those lovers of art at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Berlin Opera Production Axed Over Muhammad Scene

Berlin Opera House Cancels Production For Fear Of Offending Muslims

By MELISSA EDDY

BERLIN – A leading opera house canceled a 3-year-old production of Mozart’s "Idomeneo" that included a scene showing the severed head of the Prophet Muhammad, unleashing a furious debate over free speech.

In a statement late Monday, the Deutsche Oper said it decided "with great regret" to cancel the production after Berlin security officials warned of an "incalculable risk" because of the scene.

After its premiere in 2003, the production by Hans Neuenfels drew widespread criticism over the scene in which King Idomeneo presents the severed heads not only of the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon, but also of Muhammad, Jesus and Buddha. The disputed scene is not part of Mozart’s original staging of the 225-year-old opera, but was an addition of Neuenfels’ production, which was last performed by the company in March 2004.

"We know the consequences of the conflict over the (Muhammad) caricatures," Deutsche Oper said its statement announcing the decision. "We believe that needs to be taken very seriously and hope for your support."

On Tuesday, Deutsche Oper director Kirsten Harms said security officials had recommended, but not ordered, that she either cut the scene or pull the entire production from the 2006-2007 lineup.

"The State Criminal Office assessed the situation and came to the conclusion that if the Deutsche Oper stages this version of `Idomeneo’ in its originally produced form, it will pose an incalculable security risk to the public and employees," Harms told reporters.

"If I were to ignore this and say, ‘We are going to stage this nevertheless, or because of this,’ and something were to happen, then everyone would say, and would be right to say: ‘She ignored the warning of security officials,’" Harms said…

The leader of Germany’s Islamic Council welcomed the decision, saying a depiction of Muhammad with a severed head "could certainly offend Muslims." …

Berlin Police Chief Dieter Glietsch said on rbb radio that "one can find nothing wrong if, in a climate that’s already tense between Islam and the Western world, people avoid heating up the situation further through a scene that can and perhaps even must be taken as provocative by pious Muslims." …

Of course the cultural elites in Europe and the US will express their outrage over this censoring of art for Allah’s sake and demand the production be restored.

Any minute now.

Once again the unmistakable lesson is: terrorism works!

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 26th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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