* Now watch for the Christians to burn down embassies, kill unbelievers and run amok because Jesus has been blasphemed!
* Muslims believe Jesus will return, abolish the jiziyah, smash the crosses and kill the pigs. After that, the Islamic utopia is complete. The pigs, that’s us. Just in case you’re wondering.
Murder & Mayhem till the very last day:
Canon Patrick Sookhdeo, a convert from Islam to Christianity in 1969, said: “How would the Muslim community respond if I made a programme challenging Muhammad as the last prophet?’ He asserts that the Qur’an’s denial of Jesus’s divinity is ‘unacceptable’, not least because at his Second Coming it says he will destroy all the crosses.
Christians ought to revolt and demand a documentary on the alternative view to the hagiographical Islamic account of the life of Mohammed. One that might examine (impartially and objectively, of course) the historical assertions that he was a mass murderer, a torturer, rapist, child molester, thief, and a liar; that he was not a prophet, and that he plagiarised vast sections of the Qur’an from contemporary literature, and developed ‘Islam’ out of the primitive worship of a pagan moon god.
If one may broadcast a blasphemous documentary on the Qur’anic view of Jesus, then a fortiori ought one to be allowed to broadcast one on the biblical view of Mohammed, which would have to assert that he was not merely not the last prophet; he was not a prophet at all. Indeed, he manifests all the attributes of what the Bible terms a false prophet and an antichrist.
TEHRAN, Jan 13, 2008 (AFP) – A director who shares the ideas of Iran’s hardline president has produced what he says is the first film giving an Islamic view of Jesus Christ, in a bid to show the ‘common ground’ between Muslims and Christians.
Nader Talebzadeh sees his movie, ‘Jesus, the Spirit of God,’ as an Islamic answer to Western productions like Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ which he praised as admirable but quite simply ‘wrong’.
‘Gibson’s film is a very good film. I mean that it is a well-crafted movie but the story is wrong — it was not like that,’ he said, referring to two key differences: Islam sees Jesus as a prophet, not the son of God, and does not believe he was crucified.
Talebzadeh said he even went to Gibson’s mansion in Malibu, California, to show him his film. ‘But it was Sunday and the security at the gate received the film and the brochure and promised to deliver it,’ though the Iranian never heard back.
Even in Iran, ‘Jesus, The Spirit of God’ had a low-key reception, playing to moderate audiences in five Tehran cinemas during the holy month of Ramadan, in October.
The film, funded by state broadcasting, faded off the billboards but is far from dead, about to be recycled in a major 20 episode spin-off to be broadcast over state-run national television this year.
Talebzadeh insists it aims to bridge differences between Christianity and Islam, despite the stark divergence from Christian doctrine about Christ’s final hours on earth.
‘It is fascinating for Christians to know that Islam gives such devotion to and has so much knowledge about Jesus,’ Talebzadeh told AFP.
* Drawbridge alert:
‘By making this film I wanted to make a bridge between Christianity and Islam, to open the door for dialogue since there is much common ground between Islam and Christianity,’ he said.
The director is also keen to emphasise the links between Jesus and one of the most important figures in Shiite Islam, the Imam Mahdi, said to have disappeared 12 centuries ago but whose ‘return’ to earth has been a key tenet of the Ahmadinejad presidency.
Talebzadeh made his name making documentaries about Iran’s 1980-1988 war against Iraq, an important genre in the country’s post-revolutionary cinema.
But such weighty themes, and his latest film on Jesus, compete with domestic gangster thrillers and sugary boy-meets-girl love stories, the movies that continue to draw the biggest audiences in the Islamic Republic.
The bulk of ‘Jesus, the Spirit of God’, which won an award at the 2007 Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, faithfully follows the traditional tale of Jesus as recounted in the New Testament Gospels, a narrative reproduced in the Koran and accepted by Muslims.
But in Talebzadeh’s movie, God saves Jesus, depicted as a fair-complexioned man with long hair and a beard, from crucifixion and takes him straight to heaven.
‘It is frankly said in the Koran that the person who was crucified was not Jesus’ but Judas, one of the 12 Apostles and the one the Bible holds betrayed Jesus to the Romans, he said. In his film, it is Judas who is crucified.