“No way,” says Monty Python’s Terry Jones. (Not if I want to keep my head, that is). Comedian Terry Jones has admitted that he and his Monty Python colleagues would be ‘frightened’ and ‘think twice’ before poking fun at Muslims in today’s Islamo-pandering, politically correct climate.
UK SUN ‘Life of Brian,’ the comedy about a man mistaken for the Messiah was made by the Monty Python team almost 30 years ago. And although it looks pretty tame today, it caused a huge religious row at the time.
Suppose the Monty Python team wanted to do a remake today but decided they had “done” Christianity and wanted to concentrate their humour on, shall we say, Islam.
A scene from the ‘Life of Brian’ which would work perfectly in a film about the ‘Life of Muhammad’:
My first question is, would anybody put up the money for such a film for fear of the reaction? My second question would be, if the film were made, how many deaths would be threatened and how many would actually happen through protests?
How would the Muslim world react to a similar crucifixion scene in Life Of Brian where all the “victims” sing the hilarious Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life?
Asked whether he would make a similarly satirical film about Muslims, he said: “Probably not – looking at Salman Rushdie [whose controversial book The Satanic Verses forced him into hiding for 10 years].
So filmmakers, comedians and authors are being denied their free speech while extremists of the Muslim world use papers like The Sun on Monday to tell the world that it is right to stone homosexuals or adulterers to death. Free speech appears OK for them but not for us. It is fear. We fear their reaction but they don’t fear ours.
“Since we have seen how some Muslims react to a teddy bear called Mohammed one might expect them to be a tad troubled.”
FOX NEWS A British primary school teacher arrested in Sudan faces up to 40 lashes for blasphemy after letting her class of 7-year-olds name a teddy bear Muhammad. Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, was arrested at at Khartoum’s Unity High School yesterday, and accused of insulting the Prophet of Islam.
The Unity school is a Christian-run but multi-racial and co-educational private school that is popular with Sudanese professionals and expatriate workers. Teachers at the school, in central Khartoum, a mile from the Nile River, said that Gibbons had made an innocent mistake by letting her pupils choose their favorite name for the toy as part of a school project.
Gibbons was following a British National Curriculum course designed to teach young pupils about animals and their habitats. This year’s animal was the bear.
In September, she asked a girl to bring in her teddy bear to help the class focus and then asked the children to name the toy. “They came up with eight names including Abdullah, Hassan and Muhammad. Then she explained what it meant to vote and asked them to choose the name,” Boulos said.
Twenty out of the 23 children chose Muhammad. Each child was allowed to take the bear home for weekends and asked to keep a diary about what they did with the toy. Each entry was collected in a book with a picture of the bear on the cover, next to the message “My name is Muhammad.”
Boulos said that the bear itself was not marked or labeled with the name in any way, adding that Sudanese police had now seized the book and asked to interview the 7-year-old girl who brought in the bear. He said that he had decided to close down the school until January for fear of reprisals in Sudan’s predominantly Muslim capital.
“This is a very sensitive issue. We are very worried about her safety,” he said. “This was a completely innocent mistake. Ms. Gibbons would have never wanted to insult Islam.”
The British Embassy in Khartoum said that it was still unclear whether Gibbons had been charged formally. “We are following it up with the authorities and trying to meet her in person,” it said.