Saturday, March 8, 2014

"Noah" movie banned in three countries, Al Azhar calls it "Un-Islamic"

A scene from "Noah."

Bahrain, UAE and Qatar refuse to allow it to play, and Egypt is close to doing the same thing. Christians, Catholics and other religious believers are criticizing it as a less than true account, but none are calling for a ban or for it to be censored.

Except Islam.  If they are insulted, everyone should be insulted and as such the movie should never have been made.  Such is the way of Allah.

From March 7

Egyptian Islamic body says Russell Crowe’s ‘Noah’ should be banned

RUSSELL Crowe’s new big budget biblical epic Noah is facing a battle to get on to screens, with bans in place in several countries.

The Hollywood Reporter states that censor boards in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates will refuse a local release for the film, which was directed by Darren Aronofsky for Paramount.

Studio executives are expecting similar bans in Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait, the site reported.

Egypt’s top Islamic body has already claimed the film is irreligious and should be banned.

The Al-Azhar institute, one of the region’s main Sunni Muslim authorities, said the movie, slated to open in Egypt on March 26, violated Islam by portraying a prophet.

Al-Azhar can play an advisory role on censoring movies and books in Egypt, but does not have the final say.

Portraying a prophet “contradicts the stature of prophets and messengers ... and antagonises the faithful,” the institution said in a statement.

Egypt’s censorship board must approve any movie before it is shown, but it was not immediately clear whether it has approved Noah yet.

Egypt has censored other movies in the past, including the blockbuster The Da Vinci Code after protests from the Orthodox Coptic Church.

But it did allow the screening of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ, which depicts Jesus being crucified.

Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet and was not crucified...

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