Muslim countries ban NOAH movie
Apr 07, 2014
Here's an ironic situation. Bible bashing is perfectly legal in the formerly Christian nations of the West. But Muslim nations don't take it so lightly. Malaysia seeks to protect its multi-religious community from religious bashing that could inflame people. Perhaps our own government might take a lesson from this in its claim of "religious freedom."
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia and Indonesia have banned the biblical epic "Noah," joining other Muslim nations that forbid the Hollywood movie for its visual depiction of the prophet [Noah, the prophet].
Film censors in both countries said Monday that the portrayal of the ark-building prophet by Russell Crowe was against Islamic laws. Depictions of any prophet are shunned in Islam to avoid worship of a person rather than God.
"The film 'Noah' is not allowed to be screened in this country to protect the sensitivity and harmony in Malaysia's multiracial and multireligious community," Film Censorship Board chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said in a statement.
Malay Muslims make up about 60 percent of Malaysia's 30 million people, and Christians about 9 percent.
Dr. Stephen Jones