Muslim outrage at ‘Jihad – 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’.