Is this the God they are afraid of?
Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus” has been banned in Morocco, provoking an angry response by politicians and filmmakers in the North African country. (Gee, how many years has this movie been floating around and shown all over the world? Where have these banning people been all of these years. And now, they are afraid of GOD?)
Morocco’s film commission sent a letter to all cinemas Saturday, saying the film, which tells the story of Moses, has been banned for possibly portraying God in one scene. Morocco is a mostly Muslim country and Islam forbids displaying images of God. The movie has already been banned in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. (And to think, they don’t mind taking the ALMIGHTY dollar when movies are produced in Morocco and they don’t mind taking the foreign aid we send them every year(called wealth distribution.)
However, a party in Morocco’s government coalition has criticized the ban as “incomprehensible,” especially to a film industry that is important to the country. Morocco is a major destination for foreign movies. There should have been a more intelligent handling of this affair in a way that didn’t damage the image of the kingdom and preserves the freedom of creation and art, the Progressive Socialist Party said in a statement that appeared in the press on Wednesday.
Morocco’s government coalition is led by an Islamist party, though most power resides with the king. The country’s organization of filmmakers also criticized the ban, call it ridiculous and irrational.
This decision risks discouraging film investment in our country and sending foreign productions to other destinations, The Moroccan Cinema Commission’s decision to ban “Exodus” involved a scene in which a child, which could be interpreted as representing God, speaks to Moses. The Commission had originally authorized the film, but its leader said a representative of the Communications ministry had objections. After a second viewing, the panel banned the movie.
We are not like Egypt or the Emirates, who say the history in the film is distorted. We respect film for what it is, fiction, a vision of a director. The problem is the appearance of God in the film as a young child. The Minister of Communication confirmed that his ministry had first raised objections to the film. All member of the commission made this decision and it has nothing to do with the freedom of expression. Morocco is popular destination for foreign productions, including the “Mission Impossible 5” film this year and the popular mini-series “The Bible.”
Undoubtedly, these Muslims are afraid of our God in that it might have some influence over them. They wanted our money to produce the movies but don’t want them shown in their country. What hypocrite! What are these people afraid of? OUR GOD?