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Taken from today's Guardian:
For his latest disaster movie, 2012, the 53-year-old director Roland Emmerich had wanted to demolish the Kaaba, the iconic cube-shaped structure in the Grand Mosque in Mecca that Muslims the world over turn towards every day when they pray and which they circle seven times during the hajj pilgrimage. But after some consideration, he decided it might not be such a smart idea, after all. "I wanted to do that, I have to admit," Emmerich told scifiwire.com. "But my co-writer Harald [Kloser] said I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie. And he was right. "We have to all, in the western world, think about this. You can actually let Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have ... a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is.
It is to note that he ended up blowing the statue of Jesus the redeemer in Rio De Janeiro for the purposes of the movie. I just wonder though, should the global cataclysm ever come, will it distinguish between people belonging to different religions?