Friday, May 2, 2008

interfaith dialogue or sacrilege?

Nader Talebzadeh, an Iranian filmmaker, is making a movie about the life of Jesus Christ. The Jesus character is not the son of God but one of the prophets who preceded Mohammad.

Of course there are many comparisons in the piece to the Dutch cartoons controversy. I haven't seen the film, but I am skeptical of the comparison. Especially given this statement:

He [Talebzadeh] added that he hoped his 35-millimeter film would start a conversation between religions: "In the 21st century, the arts and the media have to create an area for more cordial discussions between faiths at a time when information is moving in the blink of an eye. . . . We should be joining people together, not giving distortion and misunderstanding. We have to say, 'Have you looked at this door to know the truth about Jesus?' "

Though the last sentence raises some other questions.

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