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Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Show absurd anti-Islam film in full length

The right-wing populist alliance "Pro Deutschland" wants to screen the film The Innocence of Muslims. Produced in the US, this anti-Islam low-budget film has triggered several days of anti-Western protests in the Muslim world, prompting German Chancellor Angela Merkel to announce on Monday that she would look into banning it in Germany. But that would be the wrong approach, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: "Because the rioters and the movement behind them are not concerned with concrete provocations but with venting their discontent, no matter where it comes from, on a handy scapegoat. … Banning the film would not just contradict existing laws and curb fundamental rights, it would be giving in to a mob that is immune to rational arguments. Much better would be to show The Innocence of Muslims in its full length to enable people to understand the full absurdity of the reactions the film has provoked. Because the 14 minutes shown so far are so ridiculous in style that the entire film can only be an insult to any kind of intellect."

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