Tuesday, April 17, 2007


In Australia, we have the Office of Film and Literature Classification. The OFLC is supposed to review speech, media, TV and movies against its laws, supposedly to put appropriate ratings on content and to protect us from inappropriate material.

Over the last 2 seasons on Big Brother, the media, community groups, religious groups were in uproar because some guy exposed himself, and then another incident where a couple of guys held down a woman for a minute and "turkey-slapped" her. This 2nd incident was never broadcast on TV, only on the internet for subscribers.

Now.. for perspective, contrast the reaction with the muted approval of this kind of material:

A PRO-TERROR hate film that urges children to martyr themselves in Islam’s war on the West and calls Jews “pigs” has been rated PG by Australia’s censors.

Sheik Feiz Mohammed’s DVD box set, which also calls for the murder of non-believers, was initially seized by Federal anti-terror police.

But the Office of Film and Literature Classification has ruled that The Death Series is suitable to be bought and watched by children. The shock decision has seen the nation’s peak censorship body slammed as weak and out of touch by family groups and the Jewish community. It has also made a mockery of the Attorney-General’s plans to bring in tough new laws that ban material which “advocates” terrorism.

The PG decision comes as Australian-born Sheik Feiz, who is in exile in Lebanon, is still preaching to Australians by phone.

The films urge parents to make their children holy warriors and martyrs, and praises jihad as the pinnacle of Islam. The radical sheik makes snorting noises on the films as he vilifies Jews as the “army of pigs”. He blames a lack of courage for martyrdom on the battlefield for the “humiliation” of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Guantanamo.

The censors’ finding means children of any age can watch the films - but it is advised under-15s have a parent present.

The OFLC finding said the sheik’s calls to “jihad” and “martyrdom” were ambiguous. And it found that comments vilifying Jews as an “army of pigs” and saying “behind me is a Jew, come kill him” were mitigated by the context.