The BBC do like to provide a platform for Professor Mona Siddiqui, the Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding at Glasgow University. She is a regular contributor to Thought for the Day and this morning she was on to talk about how we should react to great tragedies. In particular she referenced how Norway has responded to the Breivik killings one year on compared to how the US has responded to the “Batman” shootings at Aurora. You see the Norwegians have responded by reinforcing their pacifist ways, their refusal to change their liberal spirit. Americans, by contrast, have responded to the slaughter in Denver by…..gasp…arming themselves in defiance of Obama’s words of wisdom. I suppose the Professor has never stopped to think that Breiviks rampage could have been cut short if Norwegians took a more American attitude towards guns. Still, anything that makes those red necks in the US look bad will always win a favoured place in Thought for the Day on the BBC.

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  1. Aerfen says:

    Hardly surprising though given that their head of religious broadcasting is Muslim:

    The BBC loves to promote immigration by the showcasing of foreign ‘experts’ anyway.


    • noggin says:

      “public understanding” give me a break!,
      of what? … i wonder
      of what muslims want you to believe?….
      Instead of fact/harsh reality? …
      (the public understand Islam only too well).

      Goodness, just how far the termites have got eh!.
      The bbc ought to ashamed of itself.


  2. wallygreeninker says:

    There seemed to be an element of ‘tu quoque’ about her choice of two western massacres, as if to say: you talk about the religion of peace in a sarcastic, ironic tone but you non-Muslims blithely massacre people as well. A Muslim extolling the virtues of an open, tolerant society also raises a few questions about whether Islam actually fosters that kind of thing (as opposed to exploiting it for its own ends) but she clearly wasn’t interested in going there .


  3. Richard Dell says:

    Did the sainted Mona say anything about another topical tragedy – the Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes? Did she suggest that an appropriate response might be a minutes silence at the start of the opening ceremony? Would anyone make it onto TFTD if they proposed to raise such a subject?

    Well, I did not hear the program so I cannot say if Mona made any mention of the one people that has suffered tragedies more than any other, but for some inexplicable reason, I doubt it.


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      In Siddiqui’s mind – and in the minds of many BBC staff, if not the majority – the Munich incident was not a real tragedy like Norway or Colorado were. To people like them, those Israeli athletes were not innocent victims. They were legitimate military targets.


      • Jim Dandy says:

        Is that her view? If you have a link to show it is, then she really shouldn’t be on the BBC. Utter disgrace.

        Or did you make it up?


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  4. John Anderson says:

    Earlier in the Today programme the “Prayer for the Day” was given by a Muslim sheikh.

    Why am I sick of being preached at by Muslims ? This is a civilisation based on Judeo-Christian values, I simply do not want my licence fee spent on giving airtime to the pushing of Islam, a cult that is utterly opposed to our ways of thinking, a philosophy aimed at dominating OUR culture.

    And what the hell does Mona Siddiqui know about the US ? She sounds just as ignorant and biased as Justin Webb and Mark Mardell, and we had a basinful of those clowns already this morning


    • Alex says:

      Well said sir! Excellent comment. I also don’t want to be lectured by Muslims on anything and I am sick of the BBC trying to spread the holy word of the Koran.
      I’m thinking of setting up my own blog called ‘The Islamic Bias of the BBC’ – should be a hit!


      • Aerfen says:

        Trying to spread the allegedly “holy” words of the Koran I think you mean!


        • noggin says:

          yes sir, with the greatest respect, please don t do the job of the vested peddlers of this ideology, there are enough of those already



        • Alex says:

          Yes, lol… I would have typed ‘holy’ but was typing too fast! 🙂


      • Ian Hills says:

        It’s just a manual for paedophiles, wife beaters and mass murderers, dictated by Satan out of jealousy of the Bible.


    • noggin says:

      already “dominating” at al bbc, how “useful ” it is to this ideology, to have a head of religious programming eh!


    • johnnythefish says:

      Well said. Funny how they always seem to be preaching at us and not their own kind (who obviously are beyond reproach).

      If the BBC output was truly balanced, Thought/Prayer for the Day would occasionally feature one of those foaming at the mouth jihadist nutjobs from one of the Mosques featured in the C4 undercover documentary some while back. But then it would take twice as long as he’d need an interpreter.


  5. noggin says:

    no surprise here, from a political ideology, to try and blur pseudo religious/political lines, for perceived gain

    is this siddiqi, related to the hijaz sharia court siddiqi?
    just as a matter of interest? …
    this name appears to be getting very familiar
    MCB, Unis, … Saudi funding ?


  6. Leftie-Loather says:

    More like Laugh of the Day when we always know they’ll conveniently – especially whenever using one of their cherished ‘religion of peace’ comedians – go for softer options rather than glean their Thought for the Day from this lot..
    (Always kept BANG up to date. Pakistani Professor Siddiqui would always be absolutely spoilt rotten for choice!)

    Forever side stepping and taking the British public for fools, the BBC – BritishBrainwashingCOWARDS


  7. LondonCalling says:

    “Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding” hmmm…
    She is a professional Islam-monger, who has made a nice career from the appetite of certain British insitutions for “multi-faith” religious harmony guff. It’s earned her an OBE (2011) from traitors in the civil service department that hands out gongs, and just happens to be the Chair of the BBC’s Scottish Religious Advisory Committee, which explains why she keeps popping up on the bBC. A nice way to avoid any Protestant/Catholic bias – appoint a Muslim instead. Trebles all round.


  8. john in cheshire says:

    The head of Religious Broadcasting at the bbc should always be a Christian. Failing that, and to paraphrase Andy Murray – anyone but a muslim. I reckon a Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist would do a better job of defending Christianity, if we can’t have a Christian.


    • Leftie-Loather says:

      You’re right, John. I’m not aware of any countries in the West afraid of or feeling threatened by Hindus, Sikhs or Buddhists. Everyone knows it’s just the one truly intolerant make-it-up-as-they-go-along and utter pain in the fuckin arse lot here that are the problem and who are rarely ever seen to lift a finger to really seriously try changing such views of them! This isn’t a Muslim country, guarantee won’t become a Muslim country (only defeatists who don’t really know their people think otherwise), and Muslim’s worst enemies are themselves!


  9. chrisH says:

    Another lady who gets something tacked onto her “degree” so it`s clear to us all who`s paying for her free ride at public expense.
    “Islamic Studies AND PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING”…follows on from that Alice Bows(she`s a doctor you know!) yesterday…Energy AND CLIMATE CHANGE…yes folks, there`s a trend here.
    When it`s not clear what the degree monkeys were meant to study-they add on the bit on the end so it`s all too clear from now on…UNDERSTAND CLIMATE CHANGE AND ISLAM you thickies…we pay Moaner and Bows to grease the medias wheels, so you do just that.
    Dr C Hartley-degree in Theology (and ramming Christianity down your Godless throats)…now that`s what I`m conferring on myself…can I get on TFTD now please?


  10. Fred Sage says:

    What would happen to any mass killer in an Arab Muslim country?


  11. George R says:

    Muslim SIDDIQUI’s role is to advance the cause of Islam at every opportunity.

    That is why she is so frequent a contributor to TFTD.

    Here latest platitude is judged:

    ‘ 4/5: highly platitudinous’


    • George R says:

      Muslim Siddiqui is quick to criticise a gun crime in the USA; but she is politically selective , and is reluctant to criticise the daily Islamic jihad crimes in the state of her birth, the Islamic Republic of PAKISTAN.


  12. Reed says:

    The excellent Douglas Murray at The Spectator…

    If Islam were Christianity this would have been dealt with. Not because of anything innate in the religion, but because people would not have feared to make this case. If this were Christianity, the pressures of criticism and critical inquiry — from within but also, essentially, from without — would press in such a way that many people would probably rejoice in taking up the cause. But very few people are keen to do this when it involves Islam. Most people from within the religion are either unaware of these aspects, or ignore them, or believe they should not air what they recognise is dirty linen in public. Simultaneously, most people outside are unwilling to point such things out because they fear everything from accusations of bad manners to a perception that they are not in fact critics of an ideology, or aspects of a religion, but racists or other varieties of bigot.


  13. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Well, that was highly offensive. And here we see the BBC Agenda continuing to spread across the spectrum of broadcasting. Actually, come to think of it, Today is probably where it all started, so now the anti-gun Agenda, the BBC using a tragedy to push a partisan viewpoint, has come full circle. Don’t bother trying to protect yourselves, peasants. Just remain docile and let the State look after you. It’s okay to say this if you back it with a religious studies credential.

    Is it always acceptable for Thought For The Day to be a political policy platform? Or is just this one time we’re supposed to look the other way? The BBC has spent less time fretting over the tens of thousands of women in Britain who have their genitals mutilated very year than they have over a few people buying guns several thousand miles away from Broadcasting House in an entirely different country. Nice priorities, Beeboids. Your morals are, as ever, not worth a damn.

    Get bent, BBC. I think this just might inspire me to go get a gun permit and buy a nice home defense weapon. I supposed I better do it while I still can, before the President and Nanny Bloomberg take away yet another natural right.


  14. David Preiser (USA) says:

    BTW, there was no pushing of any Islam anything here. Siddiqu’s drivel could have just as easily come from Universal Fraser or any of the usual white ‘Christian’ Left-wing suspects on speed dial for the segment. Just thought I’d mention it before a defender of the indefensible comes in and starts crying, “islamophobia” and wastes everybody’s time.


  15. George R says:

    Imposing HALAL in Britain.

    Will Beeboids censor or investigate the following?:-

    “British Logo Goes Islamic”


    • johnnythefish says:

      Expect leftist animal rights extremists to target these slaughter houses and hold violent protests outside mosques.

      Second thoughts, don’t hold your breath.


  16. wallygreeninker says:

    Anybody catch the discussion on FOI at he end of Today: the Balen report raised its ugly head. Jack Straw gave a brief ‘bones of the story’ account and was about to add his views when Justin Webb interrupted with a “Well there we are” to which Straw replied” No, hang on, not ‘there we are’, just let me…..” but Webb was having none of it- he brought Maurice Frankel into the discussion for his views on FOI and the Balen Report was heard of no more that day.
    2hrs 37mins in


    • LondonCalling says:

      They know we know.


      • Barry says:

        Yes. Unfortunately, “we” isn’t big enough.


        • Dysgwr_Cymraeg says:

          Rest assured, it WILL see the light of day eventually. An organisation like our “dear bullshitfeeder” won’t be able to suppress it forever.


  17. Blooop says:

    I made a promise to myself the day after the shooting in Colorado: I would buy a so-called “assault” rifle if the president made so much as a peep about reinstating the ban. It didn’t take him long to do so, so today I became the owner of a Sig M400. Thanks for prodding me to stimulate the economy, Mr. President!Y0MJs.jpg


  18. Barry says:

    Perhaps the BBC should stage something like this and see how representatives of the “religion of peace” react:

    Egyptian Actors on Candid Camera Show Turn Violent


  19. johnnythefish says:

    Perhaps next time she’s on she’ll give us her thoughts on how nations like Pakistan and Iraq, to name but two, should react to the mass persecution and murder of Christians.