John on November 19, 2007 at 11:05 am
A British TV program did an undercover special on radical mosques. People who saw the program called police and demanded they act. What happened next surprised everyone:
Police initially launched an investigation into whether criminal offences had been committed at the mosques and other organisations featured in the programme.
They then said that it considered offences may have been committed by those involved in the production and broadcast of the programme, specifically in stirring up racial hatred.
That’s right, the police decided to investigate the TV producers rather than the mosques.
West Midlands police rejected calls to take action against the preachers for stirring up racial hatred. Instead they pursued a complaint against the film-makers, accusing them of undermining community relations.
But Ofcom, the media watchdog, rejected the police complaints. It found that the programme had “accurately represented the material it had gathered and dealt with the subject matter responsibly and in context.”
Excerpts from preachers and teachers included “by the age of ten, it becomes an obligation on us to force her (young girls) to wear hijab and if she doesn’t wear hijab, we hit her”.
Other statements included “take that homosexual and throw him off the mountain” and “whoever changes his religion from Al Islam to anything else – kill him in the Islamic state”.
Abu Usamah, a preacher at the Green Lane mosque in Birmingham, was secretly filmed saying: “If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy, dogs who should be murdered, that is my freedom of speech isn’t it?”
I’m sure Melanie Phillips will have an excellent article about this fiasco posted in the next couple days.
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