September 27, 2006

Mozart opera in Berlin canceled, Mayor laments dhimmi-attitude

While personally, I find the content of this "artistic production" disgusting, I agree wholeheartedly in principle with the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit.

Opera Featuring Severed Head Of The Prophet Muhammad Is Canceled

[...] Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit said the decision to cancel the opera was wrong.

He told The Associated Press, "Our ideas about openness, tolerance and freedom must be lived out on the offensive."

He added, "Voluntary self-limitation gives those who fight against our values a confirmation in advance that we will not stand behind them."

Germany's Islamic Council leader, Ali Kizilkaya, said the opera could offend people, and supported the cancellation.

He added, "Nevertheless, of course I think it is horrible that one has to be afraid... That is not the right way to open dialog."

Of course, I wouldn't expect the same sensitivities extended to offended Christians, Buddhists and... Poseidon worshippers.

Posted by Kyer at September 27, 2006 12:16 PM | TrackBack