Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Allah - Not Dead Enough

Fearing violent reactions from Islamofascists, the heads of Deutsche Oper in Berlin have cancelled scheduled performances of Mozart's opera, Idomeneo.

THE bloodstained King of Crete stumbles onstage and holds aloft the decapitated heads of Poseidon, Jesus, Buddha and the prophet Mohammed.

"The Gods are dead!" he calls out to the audience.

[..] Deutsche Oper director Kirsten Harms received police advice that "disturbances could not be excluded" during performances of the Mozart opera. She decided to replace the opera, due to play from November 5, with The Marriage of Figaro.

A spokesman for the Deutsche Oper said putting on Idomeneo would "represent an incalculable security risk for the theatre at present". It was therefore in the interests of the public that the opera should not be performed.

The production of Idomeneo by Hans Neuenfels was only mildly controversial when it premiered in 2003. The plot of the opera, first performed in 1781, centres on Idomeneo, the king of Crete, who is saved by Poseidon from dying in a storm. To repay the god of the sea, the king is obliged to sacrifice the first person he sees on reaching safety. This turns out to be his son.

The opera shows how the king tries to escape from his debt to Poseidon. In the end, his sacrifice entails handing power to his son and the woman he loves. The epilogue, as conceived by Neuenfels, has the king coming onstage with a bag of cut-off heads. With great care, he props them on chairs. The message is clear: the gods are dead and humans have to take over their own destiny.
Taking over your own destiny these days increasingly translates into running away and apologizing for offended feelings. Cries of cultural sensitivity and oppression resound thoughout the airwaves, and the all too typical response to threats of violence at the hands of militant Muslims is to capitulate to the demands of the deviants, rather than to stand up to their irrational and unlawful threats. Theatre goers in Berlin are now denied an opportunity to sit together peaceably to enjoy some art because some bigot might blow himself up before the fat lady sings.

What you do not see can hurt you because silencing the past is tantamount to rewriting it. Those who control the censor control the future.

Fear I understand, but give a bully an inch and he will take your yard. There is no bargaining with tyrants. And no apologies are owed.

Via Billy Beck, a letter writer remembers Ayn Rand:
In her 1957 novel, ''Atlas Shrugged,'' Ayn Rand gave us a warning on how the pope should have handled the militant Muslim reaction to his recent speech. In the chapter, ''This Is John Galt Speaking,'' she gave the following context-setting remarks. ''There are two sides to every issue: One side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.''

In the next paragraph, she gave the warning that Western civilization must act on immediately to survive: ''When men reduce their virtues to the approximate, then evil acquires the force of an absolute, when loyalty to an unyielding purpose is dropped by the virtuous, it's picked up by scoundrels — and you get the indecent spectacle of a cringing, bargaining, traitorous good and a self-righteously uncompromising evil.''
Sharing the rations over at The Broom

Update: HT: Darcey. The BBC briefly airs the offending scene.

4 comments:

Little Big Man said...

I went back and read the original letter. Two points.

First - Rand: I love her like a lover.

Second - I agree with the thrust of the letter writer's closing comment, which was not quoted:

"No one in Western civilization owes any ''cringing, bargaining, traitorous'' apologies to militant Islam and its staged violence. We owe it obliteration from the face of the earth."

Two qualifications: 1. Strike the word "militant". 2. Remember that Islam, not Islamics per se, is the murderous meme. It, together with those who follow it to its logical conclusion, must be "obliterated".

Lisa said...

Two qualifications: 1. Strike the word "militant". 2. Remember that Islam, not Islamics per se, is the murderous meme. It, together with those who follow it to its logical conclusion, must be "obliterated".

The use of the word "militant", or at least my use of the word militant, was essentially meant to express the idea that the problem is "Islam, not Islamics per se."

Little Big Man said...

Lisa wrote:

"The use of the word "militant", or at least my use of the word militant, was essentially meant to express the idea that the problem is "Islam, not Islamics per se."

Ah, okay. My suggestion to scratch the word "militant" served a similar purpose: the idea was to avoid unintentionally assisting those who are bound and determined to promote a false dichotomy (you know: that there's "good mysogynistic, anti-Semitic, crazy mysticism", and then there's "evil mysogynistic, anti-Semitic, crazy mysticism").

Cheers,

LBM

Little Big Man said...

Oh, and I forgot to add: my comment about eliminating the word "militant" was in reference to the unquoted part of the article, not to what you had authored.

Cheers,
LBM