No doubt it's one of the greatest movies ever made, even though, to those who can see through the artistry, it's obviously a communist propaganda film. For people who enjoy cinema at its finest, however, the artistry far outweighs any political message it may convey.
In 1935, German director Leni Riefenstahl made a movie about the rise of Nazism called "Triumph of the Will." Leonard Maltin said it was "rightly regarded as the greatest propaganda film of all time. Fascinating ... and frightening to see."
In the more than 50 years during which this movie nut has subscribed to hundreds of cable and satellite channels, no one has ever had the nerve to show "Triumph of the Will" in its entirety. Why?
Look - I'm no more a Nazi than I am a communist. But surely those of us who enjoy good filmmaking have a right to see this movie for its artistic merits. There is no danger of us falling prone to a failed ideology. Are we not grown-ups?
True Islam teaches peace, not violence
It is sad to hear what happened to the U.S. ambassador to Libya and the other Americans who were murdered recently. However, to lay blame on all Muslims and the religion of Islam as a whole for these murders is an outrage in itself.
For people to claim all Muslims are terrorists just shows that some people open their mouths without having any knowledge of the true religion of Islam, for in the truest form of Islam the noble Quran tells us there is no room for terrorism in Islam. Islam is a religion of mercy and does not permit terrorism.
In the Quran (sura Al-Mumtahinah, chapter 60, verse 87), God has said, "Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly."
So I ask that before the next person makes an unintelligent comment about my religion, please remember that in every religion there are fanatics or radicals. The majority of my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters and myself believe in peace.
Jason Douglas Romero
Mount Olive Correctional Complex