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I know this is old news, just wondering what the Spiders thot of this:

All Things Considered, September 26, 2006 · One of the leading opera houses in Germany has cancelled a production because a scene that might offend Muslims could create a security threat.

The production of the opera Idomeneo features a scene in which a character presents the severed heads of religious leaders -- including Jesus, the Buddha and Muhammad.

The Deutsche Oper in Berlin said police had warned that staging the production could pose a security risk to the opera house, its employees and patrons.

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It would seem to potentially offend a lot of people but only a certain ideology posed a security threat. Too bad, as I understand it is a serious opera, not a farce...although the severed heads is an addition to the original opera.

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Why inspire feelings of hate and resentment for the sake of entertainment?
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Because religion is a serious topic, worthy of treatment in art, and it's pretty much impossible to bring up religion without getting some hate from someone?

—Alorael, who admits that severed heads go beyond the usual level of hate-engendering. The principle stands anyway.
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Germany has a large and growing Turkish population. Muslims are simply less forgiving when it comes to beheading their prophet than, say, Buddhists. That is just how they are, so I can understand why they would consider it a security threat. The same can be said should this play have been done in Alabama, where the Christians would have been the security threat for defending their messiah.

Edit: I’d like to see this play. Is it a comedy?

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Hey now - don't go denegrating the South just because of some wayward yokels. Every state has its wackos - sometimes you just have to go further afield to find them.
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Edit: I’d like to see this play. Is it a comedy?
'Idomeneo' is a Mozart opera and a socalled 'opera seria', meaning a serious or tragic piece. It deals with the relation of gods and men. The severed heads are not part of the opera's libretto, they were added as part of the stage producer's (Hans Neuenfels) interpretation of it.

I wonder though. Will we ever see Richard Strauss' 'Salome' on german stages again? Where Salome dances an ecstatic and very erotic dance with John the Baptist's severed head?

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ef: I still think it sounds hilarious. Relations between gods and men always ends up in hysterical situations.

Drew: Was I degenerating Germany when I said they had a large Turkish population? No. Then why would you say I was degenerating the South just because they have a large wayward yokel population?

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He said denegrating and meant denigrating. That's really a spelling you want to get right.

—Alorael, who considered a pun and then decided that he'd better refrain. It's enough to get one ejected from positions of very minor political power.
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There was a similar problem in France a few years ago before the Danish cartoon incident. A town was putting on a Moliere comedy where Islam was being used to parody a similar idea in Christianity that couldn't be addressed directly. The Muslim population tried to block the play and failed.
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Originally written by ef:

I wonder though. Will we ever see Richard Strauss' 'Salome' on german stages again? Where Salome dances an ecstatic and very erotic dance with John the Baptist's severed head?
Eew! An 'erotic' dance with a severed head, no matter whose severed head it is, does not sound erotic to me at all.

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It was a simple misspelling which otherwise doesn't carry any meaning, and certainly wasn't intended to mean the one you inferred, Alo. Phew!

"Turkish" is an objective designation of nationality. Categorizing the population of the State of Alabama as a bunch of religious zealots is rather more subjective.

EDIT: I also don't think the same could be said if such a performance was put on in Alabama. To my knowledge, there has been no Christian security threat within the US for any artistic performance or display they may find offensive. They may protest, and that's within their rights. Nevertheless, I would posit that a respect for free speech is strongly ingrained in most Americans, whatever their religion, and they know where to draw the line.

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Note that not all Muslim groups agreed with the ban. Many moderate liberal groups urged (too strong a word) that it be produced. And yes, the severed heads of the deities was not parto f Mozart's original so it is likely that a different interpretation of the work would have gone ahead.

Note 2. Here in Canada a moderate Muslim group is seeking to have the terms "anti-islam" and "apostate" declared a hate crime. Seems in the Muslim community such terms can be interpreted as thinly veiled death threats.
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Unless there's something I'm missing here, I'm going to be uncharacteristic and say the worry about offending is unreasonable.

I'm of the opinion anti-Islamicism (like anti-Catholicism in England and, to a lesser extent, here) is almost exclusively not based on contempt for the religion (which it does sorta deserve) but for the people who follow it (who do not).

I have no problem with something being anti-Islam, because Islam is as ridiculous as any other religion. I do have a problem with things being anti-Muslim, and that seems to be the way the wind has been blowing in Europe. :(

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The South has artistic performances? That's news to me.

Fanatical Christians most certainly are a security threat. Just ask Larry Flint, poor bastard. He makes so many people all over the country happy every single day and what thanks does he get? Paralysis from the waist down. The irony is sharp enough to break skin.

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If you thought this was ridiculous, wait until you see the story about Apple's store in NY (a being considered too similar to the Kaaba. After all, both are vaguely cuboid.

IMAGE(http://regmedia.co.uk/2006/05/22/apple_proposal_grab.jpg)
(Never mind the sign, it's from another article on the Register.)

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The resemblance is uncanny.

And they probably drink booze and eat pigs in there too. —ing Anti-Islamic Westerners.

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The South has artistic performances? That's news to me.
No. In fact, all of Southern USA looks like it was ripped right out of "Deliverance." The only difference between us and the movie is that we eat rocks.
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Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

The South has artistic performances? That's news to me.
You are the reason liberals lose elections.

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You are the reason liberals lose elections.
Ah, yes, my plan is working. What? You didn't think conservatives could make South jokes?

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must make my yearly pilgrimage to the New York Mac Store. Praise Jobs!

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If you thought this was ridiculous, wait until you see the story about Apple's store in NY (a being considered too similar to the Kaaba. After all, both are vaguely cuboid.

IMAGE(http://regmedia.co.uk/2006/05/22/apple_proposal_grab.jpg)
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I went to the opening of that store. They had a huge sale, and it is gorgeous inside.
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Originally written by Lenny:

I went to the opening of that store.
Would we see you if we scrolled through the time lapse?

Ali/Foreman: Some kind of inside joke I'm missing?

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Originally written by Lenny:

I went to the opening of that store.
Would we see you if we scrolled through the time lapse?

huh?, I'm referring to the Apple store on Fith Ave. It just opened a couple of months ago, around May or June.

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The image indicates that there's a time-lapse movie associated with it, a movie of 24 hours. He was asking if you went to the store during the 24 hours that it was filmed.

I'm guessing no.

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Originally written by Drew:

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Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

The South has artistic performances? That's news to me.
You are the reason liberals lose elections.

Funny - seems to me they tend to lose in the primaries nowadays.

I wonder whose fault that might be.
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