Getting Stoned on Islam

Dear BBC World Service. I’d like to complain about inappropriate product placement in a programme broadcast on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

An episode of Heart and Soul entitled “Muslim White and Female” was a 28 minute eulogy to the religion of Islam. Not once did it mention the unacceptable racist and violent aberrations inherent in its teaching. Even as an advertisement, which is what it amounted to, it broke all the codes.
“The Advertising Codes contain wide-ranging rules designed to ensure that advertising does not mislead, harm or offend.”
The advertisement for Islam broadcast on BBC World Service violated the advertising code on all three counts. It misled, harmed and offended.
The 28 minute-long unadulterated misrepresentation (falsehood) implied that subscribing to the product on offer would produce an euphoric state, which was actually likened to a morphine-induced state of ecstasy. So you can get stoned on Islam in more than the usual manner.

Most offensive of all, the programme promoted the views of a notoriously psychologically flawed personality with apparent delusions of grandeur, and who is known, amongst other things, for addressing rallies, specifically to incite antisemitic hatred, violence and anger.
A self-publicist, a would-be thespian, a person frequently caught on camera performing off the cuff speeches of passion in front of an audience characteristically predisposed to being incited into an intoxicated frenzied state; a baying mob, ready to forgive all the lapses in fluency and panic-stricken hiatuses when the oratory degenerates into slogan-chanting and frantic arm-waving.

Not one allusion to this was included in the misleading advertisement.

A newly acquired Arabic accent, and ludicrous gratitude expressed for the reforming nature of a religious fanaticism – apparently the only thing capable of delivering long-awaited maternal attention from a previously drunken self obsessed narcissist of a mother – added salt to the wound of a programme that was an unadulterated, misleading, dishonest, offensive, harmful advertisement for Islam.

The programme’s presenter recently won a claim against the BBC. “The BBC has not only admitted it got it wrong and apologised, but also held out an olive branch to Ms O’Reilly”

If the BBC is capable of handing out apologies for ageism, I await an unreserved public apology to all the listeners of the BBC World Service on the grounds of serious gross misrepresentation and falsehood, gratuitous exploitation of minors, advertising, and causing acute offence.

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4 Responses to Getting Stoned on Islam

  1. TooTrue says:

    God that Lauren Booth is horrendous to listen to. Pure self-congratulatory, propagandist, egoistic evil.

    Dunno about her accent. HamdeLEEELah? It’s HAMdelilah, as far as I know.

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  2. George R says:

    “Muslims Killing Muslims”  
     
     
    (by Walid Shoebat)  
     
     
    (10 min video)  
     
     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqcOFoiPUUk&feature=player_embedded

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  3. cjhartnett says:

    Thanks Sue!
    Heve decided to just say “Nine Eleven” every time that one of the useful tools of Allah and his djinn-like helpers says “Allah Akbar”.
    Hopefully it will shut down aimless debates like these with Cheries sister-saves me thinking too!

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  4. Henry says:

    Might be waiting a while then :)

    I didn’t know about this program, Heart and soul. But here is the blurb on th Beeb website:

    “Heart And Soul is a weekly half-hour programme that has the scope and understanding to explore different experiences of spirituality from around the world

    the programme talks to believers and non-believers, and tries to get beyond superficial notions of spirituality and religion

    Ok that’s just slightly pompous (what “superficial notions” are they on about, I wonder). Now let’s look at the last 5 broadcasts:

    Muslim white female

    Muslims in the USA

    Nation of little faith (about Estonia)

    Going for Gold in Ramadan

    The Mourides of Senegal (a Muslim brotherhood)

    Now this isn’t completely representative, and may be to do with the timing of Ramadan this year. Looking further down the list there are programmes on Hinduism, Judaism, even Christianity! Also 3 programmes on the Bosphorus and the future of Turkey. One called “Islam inc.” etctec. 

    It’s the BBC educating us again…

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