Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Channel 4 has played a key role in promoting the careers of Muslim activists, including Muslim extremists. Channel 4 practises positive discrimination in favour of "minority" candidates. This practice was recently explored at a parliamentary committee hearing; some of the exchanges are reported here.

Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan is one of the extremist Muslims who have successfully infiltrated the media establishment. After carving out a career as a politics and culture editor at Channel 4, he infiltrated the New Statesman and acquired a senior editorial position there; he writes regularly for the Guardian.

In his public discourse, Hasan is careful to appear "moderate". One time, though, the mask slipped. Unfortunately for him, he was being filmed when it did. This article at Harry's Place exposes Hasan for the Muslim extremist that he is. In the film, Mehdi Hasan describes atheists as "cattle" and people "of no intelligence".

“The kaffar, the disbelievers, the atheists who remain deaf and stubborn to the teachings of Islam, the rational message of the Quran; they are described in the Quran as, quote, “a people of no intelligence”, Allah describes them as; not of no morality, not as people of no belief – people of “no intelligence” – because they’re incapable of the intellectual effort it requires to shake off those blind prejudices, to shake off those easy assumptions about this world, about the existence of God. In this respect, the Quran describes the atheists as “cattle”, as cattle of those who grow the crops and do not stop and wonder about this world.”

Aaqil Ahmed

Aaqil Ahmed was a religious commissioning editor at Channel 4 whose tenure was controversial.

One series he commissioned, Christianity: A History, "was criticised by Church figures for trivialising the religion." Another, "The Secrets of the 12 Disciples, cast doubt on the validity of the Pope."

He did, however, commission "a week of special programmes on Islam including a feature-length documentary on the Qu'ran, and a series of interviews with Muslims around the world talking about their beliefs."

Even the risible dhimmi George Pitcher assessed Christianity: A History as "a showcase of dumbed-down religion, a History of Platitudes. We had Howard Jacobson with the scoop that Jesus was a Jew. Michael Portillo reading off an autocue that it was a shame Constantine adopted Christianity. Ann Widdecombe saying it was a pity the Reformation was bloody. And, God help us, Cherie Blair assessing contemporary Christianity. Some see a pattern here, a mild ridicule of Christianity, but the overall theme seems banal."

Ahmed then advanced his career by becoming head of religious programming at the BBC. His appointment provoked a flood of complaints; of course critics of the appointment were dismissed as racists and islamophobes but their reservations were later shown to be justified.

Ahmed soon accused the Church of England of "living in the past" and proclaimed that "all religions should be treated equally". So Christianity, a faith practised by about 70% of the British people should be treated equally with Islam, a faith practised by 2-3% of the population of Britain?

The BBC later ran a gushingly favourable documentary about the East London Mosque, which had already been exposed as a front for the supremacist IFE. The documentary contained not a word about the critiques of the mosque that had been aired and substantiated.


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