The United Arab Emirates confirmed Thursday that it will not be showing the upcoming "Noah" film in its country, citing a necessary respect for the Islamic religion as the reason the film has been banned.
"There are scenes that contradict Islam and the Bible, so we decided not to show it," Juma Al-Leem, director of media content at the National Media Center in the United Arab Emirates, told the Associated Press this week. "It is important to respect these religions and not show the film."
Paramount Pictures also confirmed to the AP that censors in Bahrain and Qatar also agreed not to show the film in their countries because it violated the teachings of Islam, which state that neither Allah nor prophets of Allah can be personified. The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, depicts the biblical story of Noah and his building of an ark to save mankind from a massive flood. more >>
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans is calling on the federal government for help as thousands of Nigerians flee the country to escape attacks by Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram.
CANAN shared in a statement on Thursday its concerns that "the federal government of Nigeria and the governments of the affected states are not doing enough to cater for the refugee situation that have been created by the Boko Haram situation."
Over 4,000 Nigerians reportedly fled to Nigeria in the past four weeks, while close to 57,000 people in total have left because of Boko Haram's attacks since May 2013. A U.N. refugee agency has expressed its concern at the humanitarian impact of continuing violence in northeastern Nigeria, and revealed that newly arrived refugees in Niger have spoken out against the atrocities being committed by terrorists in the islands and shores of Lake Chad in northeast Nigeria's Borno state. more >>
Islamic nations are again learning that the jihad is a volatile instrument of war that can easily backfire on those who preach it; that "holy war" is hardly limited to fighting and subjugating "infidels"-whether the West in general, Israel in particular, or the millions of non-Muslim minorities under Islam-but can also be used to fight "apostates," that is, Muslims accused of not being Islamic enough.
In an unprecedented move and following Egypt's lead, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain recently withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar, largely due to its Al Jazeera propaganda network which, since the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been inciting chaos in the region.
According to a March 7 Reuters reports, "Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, in a move that could increase pressure on Qatar whose backing for the group has sparked a row with fellow Gulf monarchies…. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are fuming over Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, and resent the way Doha has sheltered influential cleric Yusuf Qaradawi, a critic of the Saudi authorities, and given him regular airtime on its pan-Arab satellite channel Al Jazeera." more >>
The upcoming Bible-based epic "Noah" has been banned by three Arab countries after Islamic critics took aim at the movie for offending religious teachings by depicting a biblical figure on screen.
"Censors for Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) officially confirmed this week that the film will not release in their countries," a representative of the producer, Paramount Pictures, told Reuters on Saturday.
"The official statement they offered in confirming this news is because 'it contradicts the teachings of Islam,'" the representative added, saying that Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait are also expected to ban the $125 million Darren Aronofsky film. more >>
A Sharia law court in northern Nigeria ordered four men to be whipped after they were found guilty of homosexuality this week.
The court forced each of the four men, who ranged in age from 22 to 28, to lie on the floor of the room and receive 15 lashes from horsewhips, Dorothy Aken'Ova, the Executive Director of the Coalition for the Defense of Sexual Rights Network, told France 24. They were also fined $125, which could cause future problems for them, as if they are not able to come up the funds they could be forced to spend a year in prison.
"The court session was kept secret from the public and the judgment given and executed before the news filtered into the city," court clerk Abdul Mohammed confirmed. more >>
Darren Aronofsky's upcoming film "Noah" has reportedly been banned by censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates due to its personification of biblical characters, which reportedly violates Islamic law.
Insiders with Paramount Pictures, the company producing "Noah," told The Hollywood Reporter that censorship boards in the Middle Eastern countries said they will not release the film. Kuwait, Egypt and Jordan are reportedly expected to follow suit.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount had expected "Noah" would face criticism in Islamic countries. Islamic law states it is blasphemous to characterize prophets of Muhammad, and the film is inspired by the biblical story of Noah, one of God's prophets who builds an ark to escape a catastrophic flood. more >>