Saturday, August 16, 2008

Some Sacred Histories are More Sacred Than Others

A certain Denise Spellberg explains why she campaigned (successfully) to prevent the publication of a novel depicting the life of Aisha, favourite wife of Mohammed:
"I walked through a metal detector to see 'Last Temptation of Christ,'" the controversial 1980s film adaptation of a novel that depicted a relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. "I don't have a problem with historical fiction. I do have a problem with the deliberate misinterpretation of history. You can't play with a sacred history and turn it into soft core pornography."
So, this woman claims a courageous willingness to validate the attempted subversion of one religious tradition; but takes a leading role in suppressing a far less problematic portrayal of another. Is this what passes for principle in the academy these days?


Blogger Anneli M. said...

Thanks for your comment on my latest post. I always appreciate that you challenge me on these issues! I think you said it so well that we need to pray more, not see a ballot of the political arena as the means of fixing all of this, and strengthening the church to meet needs. I write that a bit fearfully because I know I need to do more, I know that I can be too abstract with this, but I just don't want to keep being told that this election is the one that will break the bank.
I want incarnational leadership.

August 27, 2008 8:49 PM  

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