The British National Party reports on its website that the city of Bristol is embroiled in a controversy regarding a 500-year-old Elizabethan play. The play in question is Christopher Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine” which contains a scene of a Muslim burning a Koran and making some disparaging remarks about the Islamic prophet Mohammed. Since this just couldn’t be tolerated the scene has been cut which has caused more of a controversy than the scene itself.
According to the BNP there have been calls to have Marlowe arrested on “race hate” charges. There is only one problem as local authorities have discovered. Marlowe died in 1593! Apparently there isn’t a law on the books to arrest a person posthumously and have the remains incarcerated.
The producer says the decision to cut the scene was artistic and not political. Yeah, right. One person who is happy about the producer’s decision is Amer Salman from the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society who said the play is a fictionalization of a real person who is considered a hero and would have never behaved like that.
While some in Bristol seem alarmed by the reaction to the play, it was only a matter of time before political correctness invaded English literature. Next up Shakespeare