It may not be all that surprising to find out, but: Christian Bale's latest film "Exodus: Gods and Kings," does not totally follow the word of the Bible. Because of that, Egypt and Morocco have banned it from being released.
According to a report from the BBC, Egypt's censorship board decided to ban the already-controversial Ridley Scott-directed film for its "historical inaccuracies." What did they take issue with, you ask? Not the significantly all-white cast, but rather the parts of the film that did not line up with the Bible's teachings. This includes an earthquake parting the Red Sea — as opposed to Moses' miracle — and Jews building the pyramids, minus that whole "being led there following a series of plagues" bit.
So basically, they have a problem with the story's entire premise as a whole. According to the Bible, the Red Sea was parted by God — via a Moses-fronted miracle — in order to allow the Jewish people to escape Egyptian persecution.
And though there is no official word on the reasoning behind it, Morocco also decided to axe the film's premiere the day before its premiere in that country, even though the state-run Moroccan Cinema Centre (CCM) had given it the green light. "Exodus" was also partially filmed on-location there.
Do you think it's right for a country to ban a film based on religious inaccuracies? Why or why not.