Banning Moses Story as “Zionist Propaganda”

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Many American religious leaders disliked the new film EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS because of its departures from Scripture, but Egyptian authorities banned the movie
because it echoes some authentic and “dangerous” Biblical themes.

Egyptian Culture Minister Gaber Asfour condemned the film for “historical inaccuracies” and giving “a Zionist view of history.” But how could Hollywood possibly portray the Biblical story and treat Pharaoh and his slave-masters as the good guys?

To Islamists the entire Bible might read like Zionist propaganda – emphasizing the age-old, sacred connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel, stretching from Abraham to David, the Prophets, and Jesus. In fact, it’s not just the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy, but countless later prophecies and holy writings that emphasize the pattern of Jewish exile and return. The Arab objection to this Hollywood project actually reflects profound discomfort with much deeper themes in Western culture.

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  1. walotti  •  Jan 3, 2015 at 6:49 am


  2. Chris  •  Jan 5, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Even now, with it’s ostensibly anti-terrorist junta, Egypt remains deeply steeped in anti-semitic derangement and a hair trigger on the issue (to mix my metaphors a little).
    Who can forget the new library in Alexandria with its display of an Arabic translation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, hastily removed once an international ruckus was raised?
    On a more personal, daily, level, I remember a big social event in Europe involving probably Egypt’s best known bureaucrat, Antiquities Minister/Egyptology ambassador/erstwhile TV star Zahi Hawas. Hawas danced to the disco music spun by a local deejay.
    All was fine UNTIL… he kept dancing to the nightclub remix of Hava Nagila, which was popular on the club scene at the time.
    Oh, the ire and controversy in his entourage!
    It was very telling.

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