An American movie depicting Jesus Christ on a violent and bloody rampage is inviting a storm of condemnations from the Muslim community in the United States, saying the offensive material insults millions of Muslims and Christians around the world.
Such misrepresentation of what Jesus, peace be upon him, stands for is extremely offensive to Muslims and to all those who believe in his message, Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net on Wednesday, February 20.
A movie trailer broadcast by NBCs Saturday Night Live showed Jesus on a violent and bloody rampage against the Romans, who allegedly killed him.
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The trailer featured Jesus brandishing guns and blowing away Romans in classic Tarantino-style.
Blood and gore and profanity spewed across flat screens from coast to coast; at one point Jesus sliced a mans head in half.
While we understand the use of shocking imagery and bizarre juxtapositions to provoke a humorous response, we believe such a distasteful portrayal of a religious figure revered by billions of Muslims and Christians worldwide crosses the comedic line, Awad said.
We strongly support free speech rights for all, but one would hope that common decency and respect for the beliefs of others would help avoid such unfortunate depictions.
This is not the first American movie defaming prophets.
In September, a US-made movie mocking Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) triggered massive protests around the Muslim world.
Scores of people were killed in protests against the film, including the US ambassador to Libya.
The offensive material has prompted calls for a UN resolution banning religious sacrilege.
Awad said that Muslims revere Jesus as one of the greatest prophets.
Many people are unaware that Muslims revere and love Jesus as one of Gods greatest messengers, he said.
Every time Muslims mention Jesus name, they add peace be upon him.
Muslims believe in Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and that he is the son of Mary but not the Son of God. He was conceived and born miraculously.
In the Noble Quran, Jesus is called Isa. He is also known as Al-Masih (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary).
As for his crucifixion, Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but was lifted up to heaven.
Muslims believe that Jesus will come back to earth before the end of time to restore peace and order, fight the Anti-Christ (Al-Masih Al-Dajjal) and bring victory for truth and righteousness.
The true followers of Jesus will prevail over those who deny him, misrepresent him and reject him.