Do Artists Really Fear Islamic Violence?

Well perhaps “artists” is too strong a word.  But check out this factoid on the now-in-theaters 2012, which I am struggling not to see:

He blew up the Empire State Building and the White House in Independence Day, sent a giant monster careering through the heart of Manhattan in Godzilla and destroyed the famous Hollywood sign in The Day After Tomorrow. But it seems there are places even Roland Emmerich will not go – the German film-maker has revealed he abandoned plans to obliterate Islam‘s holiest site on the big screen for fear of attracting a fatwa.

Or was this just a calculation based on profits?  2012 does not seem to have been made with any other considerations in mind.

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