“The sensitivity of many Muslims with respect to the Prophet and insults against him has unsettled our understanding of artistic freedom. There's an upside to that: the unsettledness has lead to a heightening. The debate on the Muhammad caricatures didn't only frighten Western artists, it also made them more aware of the effectiveness of art than they had been for a long time. What unholy fury art can release in societies that have yet to dissociate art from seriousness! For this and other reasons, cultural respect of religious feelings has grown markedly. In the midst of modern society, art accrues religion - Christianity included - as a kind of forgotten relative, viewing it with scepticism, new-found respect or animosity.” Harald JÃ¤hner, “Self-censorship in major and minor.”
“The artistic director of Berlin's Deutsche Oper, Kirsten Harms, has cancelled a performance of the Mozart opera "Idomeneo" that is critical of religion. The reason: She could not rule out that such a production would represent a danger for employees of the opera, or the public.
These fears are based on a danger-analysis done by the state criminal police. The analysis was carried out upon request of the state interior minister. According to the report, the opera – which was already performed three years ago, without fanfare – represented an "incalculable risk." (…) If this supposition is true, then it is because Muslims could feel that their religious feelings were hurt or insulted. But above and beyond the acknowledgement that it is regrettable to insult anyone's religion, many questions come to mind in this instance: Will Muslims' feelings really be hurt? What about Christians? Buddhists? And what about people who believe in Greek mythology?” Marcel Fürstenau, “Beware of Slippery Slope.”