Malaysian Muslims have called for a ban on the blockbuster movie Evan Almighty, saying it is offensive to their religion, state media reported today (Friday).
Malaysia’s influential Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) said the comedy, which tells the story of Noah’s ark and features actor Morgan Freeman as God, was insulting to Islam.
“Featuring a human being as God in the movie is also against Islam,” he added.
Evan Almighty is the sequel to Bruce Almighty, which was banned from cinemas here after arousing objections among conservative Muslims.
Censors eventually approved the movie for DVD and VCD release and it has since been broadcast on television.
Other foreign movies to have been banned from public screening on religious grounds include Brokeback Mountain and The Passion of the Christ.
Evan Almighty is scheduled to be screened in Malaysian cinemas from August 23.
In it, Steve Carell plays a newly-elected congressman ordered by God to build an ark.
(AFP, July 13, 2007)