Equal Opportunity Offense, Selective Sensitivity
If you still need proof that the West is being frightened into applying inconsistent standards to free expression involving religion, depending upon what religion is involved, I don’t think it can get any clearer than this report from Reuters…
Four cancelled performances of a Mozart opera have re-ignited an anxious and heated debate in Europe over free speech, self-censorship and Islam.Out of four severed heads — three from living religons — only one is singled out as an unacceptable display. Can there be a rational explanation, i.e. an explanation not based on power and fear, for this?
By canning its production of “Idomeneo”, fearful of security threats because of a scene that might offend Muslims, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper provoked front-page headlines across the continent and found itself fending off charges of cowardice.
The controversy centred on a scene in which King Idomeneo is shown on stage with the severed heads of Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad and the sea god Poseidon.