Thursday, September 28, 2006

In the name of ...

A Mozart opera that features the severed heads of Jesus, Buddha, Poseidon and Prophet Mohammed has been cancelled over fears of trouble from the Islamic community. Even as the debate rages over freedom of expression and self-censorship, one should stop to think why nobody is worried about irking the Church and the Buddhists, or dead Greeks for that matter! Did M.F. Hussain withdraw his painting of a Hindu goddess nude on horseback for fear of religious activists bombing his house? Art should be without fear, and without freedom of expression, we might as well descend into the Dark Ages!

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