Monday, August 20, 2007

Muslim outrage at ‘Jihad – the musical’

Cranmer has been waiting for a ‘quiet day’ to comment on this. It is not very often that his religio-political antennae are drawn to the Arts, but this show on the Edinburgh Fringe is presently playing to packed houses, and it was the incongruous juxtaposition of ‘Jihad’ with ‘musical’ that made him hope that one day we might have ‘Mohammed – the musical’.

Well why not? Christians have previously endured a clown messiah in ‘Godspel’, and a loser messiah in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, and it is perhaps a mark of a grown-up religion that one can examine issues of faith with irreverence and a sense of humour, not least because we have a God who smiles and laughs (Pss 2:4; 59:8), and one who fills the mouths of believers with laughter (Job 8:21; Ps 126:1-3). So if there is to be parity (as opposed to supremacy), why not have ‘Mo – the musical’? Or does the Allah of the Qur’an have no sense of humour?

Unsurprisingly, ‘Jihad - the musical’ has caused ‘fury’ among many Muslims, and there is even a petition to 10 Downing Street demanding that the Prime Minister intervene and ban the show.

Others have noted, and Cranmer accords, that while all this Muslim outrage is directed towards ‘Jihad – the musical’, there is scarcely a whimper from them on ‘Jihad - the reality’.

13 Comments:

Anonymous CCTV said...

to 10 Downing Street demanding that the Prime Minister intervene and ban the show.

How droll...don't they know Gordo is up in the Wolfschanze in Kircaldy so he is not too far from Edinburgh and his alter ego Salmond The Alex ?

20 August 2007 at 09:42  
Anonymous Observer said...

Jihad

The Show

Featuring songs such as 'I wanna be like Osama' and the love ballad 'I Only See Your Eyes', JIHAD THE MUSICAL is a madcap gallop through the wacky world of international terrorism; one that puts the powers that be in their place, and that invokes the Blitz spirit that we must laugh at those who seek to intimidate us. Stand back! This is a high-kicking chorus line!


http://www.jihad-the-musical.com/media/

MP3

MP£.2

20 August 2007 at 09:45  
Blogger Sam Tarran said...

"Christians have previously endured a clown messiah in ‘Godspel’, and a loser messiah in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’..."

Not to mention someone who wasn't the Messiah, but a very naughty boy.

I can't wait for the DVD realise of this little gem.

20 August 2007 at 12:39  
Anonymous Dr. Irene Lancaster FRSA said...

Sounds like the Holocaust musical, 'Springtime for Hitler'. Do view my own take on this subject in contemporary Britain here:

http://irenelancaster.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/03/springtime_for_.html

20 August 2007 at 13:57  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Christians endured 'Jesus Christ Superstar' but were also outraged. I'm not sure they displayed this sense of humour of which you speak...

20 August 2007 at 15:51  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

Your Grace -- Christianity has a 'sense of humour' because it is decadent. Islam hasn't because it isn't. If Christianity weren't decadent, it would never have allowed mass immigration by an alien faith into Europe.

20 August 2007 at 15:58  
Anonymous B. Taylor said...

Decadent? I fail to see how you can call a religion that preaches chastity, generosity and abstinence as the greatest virtues and implores deeper thinking of The Lord's world decadent...

20 August 2007 at 16:36  
Anonymous Voyager said...

If Christianity weren't decadent, it would never have allowed mass immigration by an alien faith into Europe.

Yes letting the Secularists run European society has rather made a mess. A proper Christian Theocracy would never have permitted pagan invaders to settle....

20 August 2007 at 17:47  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

Decadent? I fail to see how you can call a religion that preaches chastity, generosity and abstinence as the greatest virtues and implores deeper thinking of The Lord's world decadent...

You may not be decadent, Mr T (though I hae ma doots, ye ken), but please list all the Catholic and Anglican bishops who have called for the conversion of Muslims to Christianity. Or even suggested that this would be a good idea.

Yes letting the Secularists run European society has rather made a mess. A proper Christian Theocracy would never have permitted pagan invaders to settle....

Yep, precisely so. But I don't think it had to be a theocracy: any self-respecting church should have protested. None to my knowledge ever did and today they're actively in support of non-white immigrants, regardless of religious adherence.

20 August 2007 at 18:35  
Anonymous Voyager said...

they're actively in support of non-white immigrants, regardless of religious adherence.

You must look at churches in Germany for more contrast...or Poland

20 August 2007 at 19:02  
Anonymous Sparkyd said...

if only Muslims would be outraged by actual Jihad, then the world would be a safer place.

21 August 2007 at 11:26  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

they're actively in support of non-white immigrants, regardless of religious adherence.

You must look at churches in Germany for more contrast...or Poland


Yes, I was being Anglophonocentric.

21 August 2007 at 18:05  
Blogger Meg said...

You do realize of course that your entire religious viewpoint is in error?

Too bad.

You know, if I were a "Christian" still and heard that God had said something and it was out there under a rock...I'd crawl on my hands and knees to find out what it said...that is, if I was really someone who believed in something like "God".

But you? No...of course not. You are one of those people who knows that God was done talking at the council of Trent.

That is because you worship kings, popes and men. You could care less about what God had to say in the Quran.

How very, very unfortunate for you!

4 September 2007 at 08:10  

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