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Submitted by Orina (India), Aug 25, 2007 at 11:15

Malaysian Muslims have called for a ban on the new film Evan Almighty saying it is offensive to their religion. Malaysia's Muslim Consumers association (PPIM) said the comedy, which is based on the story of Noah's ark and features actor Morgan Freeman as God, was insulting to Islam.

"The movie refers to the big flood during the time of Prophet Noah, but this has been turned into a comedy which is insulting to Islam," Secretary-General Maamor Osman told media. "Featuring a human being as God in the movie is also against Islam," he added.

Meanwhile Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin, Information Minister said. Muslims in the country should exercise wisdom in addressing religious issues and not become hysterical when confronted with something seen as challenging their faith or belief like a film.

The film "Evan Almighty" has actor Morgan Freeman playing the role of "God" in which he ordered Evan Baxter (played by Steve Carell) to build an ark to avoid a big flood expected to hit New York.

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