Morocco lifts ban on ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ after edits


(JTA) — Morocco lifted its ban on the movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings” after Fox Studios and director Ridley Scott deleted what was considered offensive dialogue.

“They went ahead and made the desired change, removing two audio passages that alluded to the personification of the Divine,” a statement issued Tuesday night by the Moroccan Cinematography Center, according to The Associated Press.

The dialogue in question implied that one of the characters was God. In Islam, it is forbidden to give God a corporeal form.

The movie was banned Dec. 27 as it was about to be screened in theaters across the country.

Several Arab countries banned the screening of the movie, including Egypt, which called it a “Zionist film,” and the United Arab Emirates, which said the movie was historically inaccurate.

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