Sunday, December 28, 2014

Egypt Bans Exodus: Gods and Kings Movie

Egypt has now joined Morocco in banning the just released movie Exodus: Gods and Kings. The reason? Historical inaccuracies, including the fact the movie claims 'Moses and the Jews built the pyramids'. And it's Zionist, to boot, according to Gaber Asfour, Egypt's culture minister. The Ridley Scott epic historical drama stars Christian Bale as Moses who helped 600,000 Israelite slaves escape the clutches of Egyptian Pharoah Ramses.

“This totally contradicts proven historical facts,” Asfour said.

“It is a Zionist film,” he said. “It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that’s why we have decided to ban it.”

The ban was decided by a committee comprising the head of the supreme council for culture, Mohammed Afifi, the head of the censorship committee and two history professors, Asfour said.
And the parting of the sea scene in this movie- not cool, says Afifi.

Afifi said he took issue with the scene showing the parting of the Red Sea in which Moses – a prophet revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike – is seen holding a “sword” like a warrior, instead of a “stick”. Furthermore, he said, the parting of the Red Sea was explained in the movie as a “tidal phenomenon” rather than a divine miracle.
The rest here.

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