German opera to be reinstated?

posted at 8:30 pm on September 27, 2006 by Allahpundit

Peace in our time?

Amid all the issues that divide Germany and its Muslims – from women’s rights to the teaching of Islam in schools – there was one point on which all 30 participants in a landmark Islamic conference held here Wednesday could agree, according to its organizer.

They would like to see the Deutsche Oper of Berlin reinstate the Mozart opera it canceled this week after receiving an anonymous threat that the production, which features a scene with the severed head of the Prophet Muhammad, could put the opera house at risk.

The 30 representatives, drawn equally from the German government and its Muslim population, could even go see the opera together, said Wolfgang Schäuble, the interior minister, who organized and led the conference in an 18th-century baroque palace.

That’s what the government says. Here’s what one of the Muslim spokesmen present had to say:

“There was general agreement that we would like to see the opera come back,” said Mehmet Yildirim, general secretary of the Turkish-Islamic Union. “But there were different perspectives on the issue.”

He said that while the atmosphere on Wednesday was positive, he was less sure that Germany and its Muslim population would be able to work together over a period of years to solve their more basic differences.

Anyone else been watching Fox today? They’ve run video of the controversial scene with the four decapitated religious icons several times — but they always seem to cut away before Mohammed’s head appears onscreen. I’ve seen the Buddha head, the Jesus head, and the Poseidon head, but no Mohammed. Did I just miss that when they ran it or is something more cowardly at work here?

If so, it wouldn’t be the first time.


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Angela Merkel has stronger ‘cojones’ than many European male leaders.

Warns against bowing to fear of Muslim violence.

Entelechy on September 27, 2006 at 11:56 PM

This one definitely ain’t out of the woods yet. Here’s to hoping the German gov’t hangs tough.

RD on September 28, 2006 at 12:48 AM

Why was it even cancelled to begin with? Oh yeah … to appease followers of the “religion of peace” who threatened death and destruction.

There should have been no conference. Booting muslims out of Germany should have been the first action taken after they voiced their threats.

I really despise muslims and the weak who bow to their whims. Thank goodness Merkel has the courage to say what should be said.

darwin on September 28, 2006 at 9:01 AM

I hope they have plenty of security. The muzzies that are complaining about this play probably didn’t protest when the taliban blew up the 1,000 year old Bhudda statues in Afghanistan. In fact I bet they cheered. The TRUE followers of the false prophet muhammed (PIAPS be upon him) will, if ever in charge of any nation, destroy all pre-islamic religous symbols, no matter how ancient or priceless or precious. For example, if the muslim brotherhood ever takes over Egypt, say BUH-bye to the Pyramids of Giza.

Tony737 on September 28, 2006 at 10:11 AM

Tony737, I said it at the time – the Taliban should have been blown up during the week ahed of them taking those statues out. Alas, the Clinton admin. was otherwise engaged.

The good news is that an Austrian architect has all the detailed prints and measurements of those statues and some day they can be reconstructed to perfection.

Entelechy on September 28, 2006 at 1:09 PM

Today it was Mozart. Tomorrow perhaps it will be Shakespeare. Or Dante, who after all has a pretty hot place reserved for Muhammad in “The Divine Comedy.” It is not–not yet–too late to put a stop to our habit of appeasing a murderous fanaticism that demands privileges and indulgences it refuses to grant to others.

Appeasement at the Opera?

Entelechy on September 28, 2006 at 6:55 PM