Gay mayor rejects ban on Berlin Opera with perceived anti-muslim content

October 6, 2006

Mirroring earlier clashes between fundamentalist Islam and more tolerant European societies, Berlin’s largest opera house, die Deutsche Oper cancelled four performances of a modernized version of Mozart’s “Idomeneo”, which included images of the severed head of the prophet Mohammed, because of an incalculable security risk for the theatre.

But Klaus Wowereit, Berlin’s openly gay mayor, said, “with all understanding for the concern and safety of the visitors and artists, I consider the decision of the director therefore as wrong. Our notion of openness, tolerance and freedom must be lived in the offensive.” More info at Gaycitynews

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