Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Opera Canceled Over a Depiction of Muhammad

BERLIN, Sept. 26 — A leading German opera house has canceled performances of a Mozart opera because of security fears stirred by a scene that depicts the severed head of the Prophet Muhammad, prompting a storm of protest here about what many see as the surrender of artistic freedom.
The disputed scene is not part of Mozart’s opera, but was added by the director, Hans Neuenfels. In it, the king of Crete, Idomeneo, carries the heads of Muhammad, Jesus, Buddha and Poseidon on to the stage, placing each on a stool.

Sorry, but I think this is too much. People are obliged to abide by a country's laws, not by any particular group's (perceived) religious laws.

Interestingly, a search on freedom shows that it is a very complex subject. IMHO, one's freedom can only go as far as it doesn't impose on someone else's freedom, and can never go as far as trying to control how other people think or feel.

So, if radicals -- from either side of the fence -- are trying to control what others can think or feel, that is an imposition on someone else's freedom, and should be fought against.

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