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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 07/04/2009

Jürgen Kaube on Obama's unheard message

Jürgen Kaube comments in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Barack Obama's call for a world without nuclear weapons, and wonders why so few people have bothered to react: "Where were the special late night programmes? Why are the philosophers so silent? What bishops have called for a prayer of thanksgiving? The American president announces a world without nuclear weapons and no one lends an ear. ... It's been a long time since people have bothered to discuss the compact description 'nuclear age', because each week we're threatened by another major danger: economic crisis, climate change, demographic development, energy supply. ... It seems as if this inflationary spiral of crisis has robbed Obama of the impact of his speech. Measured against the past, what he said was simply incredible. People know that, too, but the only reaction that occurs to them is a benevolent nod. Just imagine if Mikhail Gorbachev had announced the end of the Soviet empire and people had called it a very important signal."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 24/04/2006

The TV satire "Popetown"

Jürgen Kaube saw the cartoon film "Popetown" and didn't like it. The film, which the German subsidiary of MTV wants to broadcast on May 3, has triggered strong protests, particularly from Catholics. Kaube says that even though he didn't like the film he can't understand why people are making such a fuss. "In terms of a transition from an ontological proof of God's existence to the choleric professions of faith, first Muslims said they felt attacked by the Danish caricatures. Now the Catholics are saying that a cartoon that they've never seen and don't have to watch, is an insult. It doesn't matter how stupid, trivial and irrelevant the message is, somebody's bound to feel insulted, and since these are religious feelings, they of course have top priority... Secularisation means the privatisation of confessional decisions. This also applies to the decision to watch TV programmes that are aimed at entertaining teenage audiences."

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