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Monday, February 06, 2006

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Ibn Warraq asks "On the world stage, should we really apologize for Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe?" His implied answer is "No, we shouldn't, because they kick ass." But I orignally thought he was referring to things like this. If it's bad to have the prophet with a bomb in his head, how bad is it to have him being chomped by Satan, with a gash running from his mouth to his cornhole, yet still finding the energy to say how much he regretted founding his schismatic religion? Should we throw Dante to the fire? While Goethe's "Faust" doesn't present too many problems. The other writer of "Faust" IS censored (although, not for Faust). So we do, at least, have to apologize for Marlowe:
TAMBURLAINE. Well said! let there be a fire presently.
[They light a fire.]
In vain, I see, men worship Mahomet:
My sword hath sent millions of Turks to hell,
Slew all his priests, his kinsmen, and his friends,
And yet I live untouch'd by Mahomet.
There is a God, full of revenging wrath,
From whom the thunder and the lightning breaks,
Whose scourge I am, and him will I obey.
So, Casane; fling them in the fire.--
[They burn the books. (ie. "the Turkich Alcoran" aka the Koran).]
Now, Mahomet, if thou have any power,
Come down thyself and work a miracle:
Thou art not worthy to be worshipped
That suffer'st flames of fire to burn the writ
Wherein the sum of thy religion rests:
Why send'st thou not a furious whirlwind down,
To blow thy Alcoran up to thy throne,
Where men report thou sitt'st<284> by God himself?
Or vengeance on the head<285> of Tamburlaine
That shakes his sword against thy majesty,
And spurns the abstracts of thy foolish laws?--
Well, soldiers, Mahomet remains in hell;
He cannot hear the voice of Tamburlaine:
Seek out another godhead to adore;
The God that sits in heaven, if any god,
For he is God alone, and none but he.