Threat of terror cuts our tongues

A few years ago, director Roland Emmerich made 2012, a hit disaster movie in which human civilisation was suddenly destroyed by earthquakes and super volcanoes.

As is mandatory for such films, the destruction of world landmarks was depicted. Many of the enormous monuments erected in the name of religion featured in the destruction. This was, according to the director, a reflection of his opposition to “organised religion”.

And so the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro was shown to roll down Mt Corcovado. The Sistine Chapel collapsed on to a group of red-hatted cardinals at prayer. St Peter’s Basilica crumbled with the pope in its balcony and the falling masonry crushing thousands of the gathered faithful below.

Notably, however, no Islamic holy site was destroyed on screen. In an interview, Emmerich said that he wanted to show the destruction of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, but was talked out of it because of potential reprisals.

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  • Censored_often

    How shocking! Only Christian and other non-Muslim religious symbols and buildings were destroyed in this film. Great to know that Hollywood is censoring itself. *sigh*

    • Frau Katze

      Yes, I’m simply shocked, shocked!

  • simus1

    many muslims have a very tenuous grasp on reality.
    They might have easily thought the infidel makers of the haram flick being shown in a haram cinema had really destroyed their stuff.

    • Frau Katze

      They’d approve of statues being wrecked. Statues are haram.

  • ontario john

    The entertainment industry have always been cowards. They like to promote safe causes like gay rights, abortion, etc. But when it comes to serious issues they hide under their beds. Worse, they collaborate when money is to be made. Notice how nothing negative can be said about communist China, because of the huge market there. One film even had the red army as heros in a sci film.

  • Xavier

    We have let the Moslems frame the Islam argument, the same way we let the Progressives frame the abortion argument.

    The slaughter of innocents is unjustifiable, period.

  • Jason

    “Terrorism works” – it does, unfortunately.
    I wonder if muslims will ever get a taste of their own medicine in this regard (I know they do it to each other all the time, I mean from non-muslims). Where’s Vlad the Impaler when you need him?

    • Brenda2600

      WHERE ARE ALL OF THE MERCENARIES? Do we not hear about these in S. America? Why are they not in ME?

    • Frau Katze

      Apparently they admitted as much.

      When the dust settles, however, you can bet publishers will be all the more reticent and risk averse. It’s not exactly irrational. If a particular satirical cartoon or newspaper column poses physical risk to you and your staff, is publishing it really worth it?

      The beginnings of this can be detected in the widespread response conceding that, while the Charlie Hebdo journalists didn’t deserve to be murdered, they wouldn’t have been at risk had they been a little more respectful. It’s a troubling sentiment because (however much it might be protested) that equivocation it contains a degree of victim blaming. When it comes to free speech, equivocation paves the way to appeasement.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The earth AFTER the apocalypse IS a Muslim holy place.

  • Note that the other only site that is rarely estroyed is the UN building, except for The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) and Attack of the Giant Claw (1957)