The BBC knows and yet chooses to ignore.
The BBC knows that Islam has a very dark side and yet all too often chooses to ignore that. Instead it seeks to normalise the religion and pretend that it can exist in perfect harmony within Western society. The BBC expends a great deal of effort in actually hiding what is being done by Muslims to further the influence and power of Islam within society…such as denying that the Trojan Horse plot was real or that events in Cologne actually happened or excusing terrorism as the result of mental illness or blaming it on British foreign policy…not the fault of Islam or Muslims at all you understand.
The BBC is happy to use people from controversial organisations such as the MCB, Cage, MPACUK and individuals such as Mehdi Hasan, Tariq Ramadan or Myriam Francois-Cerrah who are ardent Muslim activists to be the face of Islam on the BBC. The BBC knows they are controversial but ignores that.
There are exceptions of course. The everyday big faces of the BBC such as Campbell, Derbyshire, Chiles, well just about any presenter really, will not dare say anything to upset a Muslim interviewee or caller….only occasionally do we get a spark of genuine journalism and the spirit of investigation and some backbone.
John Ware on Panorama seems unafraid to say the wrong thing about Islam as is Andrew Neil on occasion. Neil however shamefully sold out to the extremists when ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson was interviewed on the Today programme but Muslim extremsist Mehdi Hasan protested that the interview was not challenging enough and so he provided a list of questions that he felt had to be asked of Robinson….Neil subsequently obliged and attempted a hatchet job on Robinson at the behest of Hasan as we’ve looked at previously.
Perhaps Neil was making up for things when he later in the year suggested that groups like the MCB weren’t doing enough to root out the extremists….kind of ironic when Neil does a voice over for Hasan. In the course of his commentary he mentioned that one Muslim preacher, Shakeel Begg, had said that Jihad was the ‘greatest of deeds’….Begg subsequently sued and the judgement has just been passed…the BBC won its defence of the case the judge saying:
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said four of his speeches showed he had promoted such violence and two that he had espoused extremist positions.
“Shakeel Begg, is something of a Jekyll and Hyde character,” he said.
“He appears to present one face to the general, local and inter-faith community and another to particular Muslim and other receptive audiences. The former face is benign, tolerant and ecumenical.
“The latter face is ideologically extreme and intolerant.”
“The various core extremist messages which emerge from the claimant’s speeches and utterances would, in my view, have been quite clear to the audiences.
“The claimant’s ostensible cloak of respectability is likely to have made his [extremist] message in these speeches all the more compelling and seductive. For this reason, therefore, his messages would have been all the more effective and dangerous.
“It is all too easy for someone in the claimant’s position of power and influence as an Imam to plant the seed of Islamic extremism in a young mind, which is then liable to be propagated on the internet.”
Trouble is of course what Begg said isn’t ‘extreme’…it’s just Islam as laid out in the Koran.
Begg’s career might make you roll your eyes as you see that he has been influential in many supposedly anti-extremist organisations…
He works closely with the police. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Independent Advisory Group to Lewisham Police which advises the police on local issues, especially those relating to the Muslim community. He represents the LIC in the Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Hate Crime Working Group which includes a cross-section of people from Lewisham, including a member of the LGBT community. On 21st October 2014 the Claimant participated in the LIC’s hosting of a visit by the Safer Neighbourhood Team from the Metropolitan Police Service, led by a police inspector. Since 2007, the Claimant has worked in gang mediation and mediated between the opposing ‘Shower Gang’ and ‘Anti-Shower Gang’. He was a member of the Lewisham Community Police Consultative Group (LCPCG) from 2005 until December 2009.
This is unfortunately the case up and down the country and throughout government and other institutions that employ such people as Begg in the belief, hope, that it promotes interfaith harmony and peace and will reduce radicalisation.
What’s interesting from the judgement is that it is clear that the BBC dug deep into the meaning of Islam and the ideology propagated by the likes of Begg as part of their defence….that extremism in Islam, that the BBC so ironically tells us is the religion of peace, being their defence.
A shame of course that all that will be forgotten and shoved to one side in everyday discourse and debate on current events on the BBC whether it be actual terrorism or the problems associated with massive Muslim immigration into Europe. Islam will once again be the religion of peace and it will again be racist to raise concerns about Islamic doctrine and teachings and of course Muslim activists will be sitting in BBC studios peddling their lies once again and the BBC will once again choose to ignore that.
As always the BBC does have the outlier programmes that touch on sensitive subjects but the conclusions drawn and the information turned up by such programmes doesn’t filter through to the BBC in general and its everyday presenters continue to present an utterly false picture of the world as a result of a misguided sense that it is the right thing to do as they don’t want to ‘demonise’ certain segments of the population however ‘challenging’ their behaviour or words.
This is a general problem within the BBC and not just relating to Islam…there seems to be some structural or procedural failure that stops the flow of information from specialised programmes out to all the troops resulting in the presenters continuing on relying on their own resources and all too often prejudices to guide their presentations. This is not the case with climate change where the BBC has a rigorously enforced and policed system to make sure the messaging is correct and that off-message programming is stopped in its tracks [ala Quentin Letts]. So the BBC can do it when it wants to…it just isn’t really interested in getting the facts right about Islam enough to run such controls…unless they are being sued it seems.
The reality of Muslim ‘moderate’ groups…
On January 16, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles sent a letter to more than 1,000 imams across Britain asking for their help in fighting extremism and rooting out those who are preaching hatred. He also asked them to explain to Muslims how Islam is compatible with being British. The letter said:
‘We must show our young people, who may be targeted, that extremists have nothing to offer them. We must show them that there are other ways to express disagreement: that their right to do so is dependent on the very freedoms that extremists seek to destroy. We must show them the multitude of statements of condemnation from British Muslims; show them these men of hate have no place in our mosques or any place of worship, and that they do not speak for Muslims in Britain or anywhere in the world.
You, as faith leaders, are in a unique position in our society. You have a precious opportunity, and an important responsibility: in explaining and demonstrating how faith in Islam can be part of British identity. We believe together we have an opportunity to demonstrate the true nature of British Islam today. There is a need to lay out more clearly than ever before what being a British Muslim means today: proud of your faith and proud of your country. We know that acts of extremism are not representative of Islam; but we need to show what is.’
Muslim groups responded by accusing the British government of stoking “Islamophobia.”
In an angry response to Pickles, the Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, Mohammed Shafiq, wrote:
I wish to express my dismay at the letter sent by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP, this letter is patronising and factually incorrect and typical of the Government only looking at Muslims through the prism of terrorism and security.
We do not need to be patronised by a Government that claims it wants to give young Muslims an alternative to the extremist narrative and then refuse to discuss foreign policy.
In terms of British values, is Mr Pickles really suggesting as the far Right do that Muslims are detached from mainstream society? I hope the Minister clarifies his comments.
In an interview with Sky News, Talha Ahmad of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said:
The letter has all the hallmarks of very poor judgment which feeds into an Islamophobic narrative, which feeds into a narrative of us and them.
In a response to Pickles, the MCB wrote:
We do take issue with the implication that extremism takes place at mosques, and that Muslims have not done enough to challenge the terrorism that took place in our name.
This is why we responded to the media, and an assertion in some quarters, that you were somehow endorsing the idea that Muslims and Islam are inherently apart from British society. We reject such notions.
We also reject suggestions that Muslims must go out of their way to prove their loyalty to this country of ours.
The president of the Bradford Council for Mosques, Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, said the letter was “highly objectionable on several grounds” and that it “blames and targets the Muslim community.” He added:
We ask Mr Pickles to publicly apologize to the Muslim community for bringing this peaceful section of the British society into disrepute. Blaming Muslims may win Mr Pickles and his party some support from the right wing voters but it does not help good community relations.