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Islam Without Irony, Part II: The Producers

Thanks to the generosity of a fellow officer in my dorm’s government, enjoyed free tickets to The Producers. Loved it. Much funnier than the 2005 film version (or even the original Mel Brooks movie), the play is a brilliant combination of physical, situational, political, and general humor. No wonder it’s the most award winning play in history.

The political message of the play can be summed up in a line of dialog from the second act

“You made a fool of the Fuerher!”
“He didn’t need our help!”

Yet Mel Brooks’ vicious, satirical attack on the Nazi Party and German ultranationalism was not condemned by Nebraska’s sizeable German community. The reason is obvious: American Germans do not see Nazis as part of their community, American Germans are not sympathetic to Nazi Party ideals or methods, and very few American Germans would view the American government as partially or largely at fault for World War II.


Goose steps are the new steps for me

American Germans do not “respect” Nazis and Americans do not “respect” the Nazi Party.

As for more contemporary enemies

Long Island University has fired five students from their positions as resident assistants at the C.W. post campus after they posted a fake hostage video on the Internet with the pretend hostage takers speaking in Middle Eastern accents.

“This is not an issue of free speech, but rather an issue of respect for others and insensitively to acts of violence,” university Provost Joseph Shenker said in a statement obtained by FOXNews.com

In the video, five figures in ski masks speak in crude Middle Eastern accents as they threaten a ‘captive’ — a rubber duck named ‘Pete’ that serves as the mascot of a residence hall at the campus, Newsday first reported. The video was posted on the Web sites Google and YouTube, but it has since been removed, according to the newspaper.

A search of those two sites on Thursday also failed to recover the video, which Shenker said was reported by residence life staff to administrators on Jan. 30.

Rabiah Ahmed of The Council on American-Islamic Relations told FOXNews.com that based on what was reported about the video, “it does stereotype Muslims in a negative way.”

Previously on Islam withoout IronyThe Case of Robert Redeker.