Wife-beating? That's fine - unless you're a Muslim
- Wife-beating? That's fine - unless you're a Muslim
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
The Sun newspaper has come over a bit modest. Following a Channel 4
documentary about media reporting of Muslims, the paper accepts some
of its stories were "distorted". But they're not doing themselves
justice. They weren't distorted - they were entirely made up. For
example, a story about a Muslim bus driver who ordered his
passengers off the bus so he could pray was pure fabrication.
But if reporters are allowed to make up what they like, that one
should be disciplined for displaying a shocking lack of imagination.
He could have continued, "The driver has now won a case at the Court
of Human Rights that his bus route should be altered so it only goes
east. This means the 37A from Sutton Coldfield will no longer stop
at Selly Oak library, but go the wrong way up a one-way street and
carry on to Mecca. Local depot manager Stan Tubworth said, 'I
suggested he only take it as far as Athens but he threatened a
Jihad, and a holy war is just the sort of thing that could put
a service like the Selly Oak Clipper out of business'."
Then there was a story about "Muslim thugs" in Windsor who attacked
a house used by soldiers, except it was another invention. But with
this tale the reporter still claims it's true, despite a complete
absence of evidence, because, "The police are too politically
correct to admit it." This must be the solution to all unsolved
crimes. With Jack the Ripper it's obvious - he was facing the East
End of London, his victims were infidels and he'd have access to a
burqua which would give him vital camouflage in the smog. But do
the pro-Muslim police even bother to investigate? Of course not,
because it's just "Allah Allah Allah" down at the stations these
Maybe Muslim newspapers should retaliate by publishing their own
made-up stories. So it will be reported that "Barmy PC teachers in
Leicester have banned children from playing Noughts and Crosses,
claiming the cross reminds Church of England kiddies of the
suffering undertaken by Lord Jesus. A spokesman for the Board of
Education said, 'We have to be sensitive. Which is why we've
replaced the game with 'Noughts and Hexagons'. We did look into
calling it 'Noughts and Crowns of Thorns' but decided Hexagons was
Or, "Doctors have been told that patients are no longer to be
referred to as 'stable', as this is offensive to followers of Jesus,
who was said to have been born in one. So medical staff have been
informed they must use an alternative word, or if they can't think
of one just let the patient die."
The most common justification for ridiculing Islam is that the
religion is "backward", particularly towards women, as a fundamental
part of its beliefs. The Sun's old political editor suggests this as
a defence of his newspaper's stance, saying that under Islam, "women
are treated as chattels". And it's true that religious scriptures
can command this, such as the insistence that, "a man may sell his
daughter as a slave, but she will not be freed at the end of six
years as men are." Except that comes from the Bible - Exodus,
Chapter 21, verse 7.
The Bible is packed with justifications for slavery, including
killing your slaves. So presumably the Sun, along with others who
regard Islam as a threat to our civilisation, will soon be
campaigning against "Sunday Schools of Hate" where children as young
as seven are taught to read this grisly book. And next Easter
they'll report how, "I saw a small child smile with glee as he
opened a Cadbury's egg filled with chocolate buttons. But behind
his grin I couldn't help but wonder whether he wanted to turn me
into a pillar of salt, then maybe sprinkle me on his menacing
In his defence of making stuff up, the Sun's ex-political editor
spoke about the amount of domestic violence suffered by Muslim
women. But there's just as much chance of suffering domestic
violence if you're not a Muslim, as one of the 10 million such
incidents a year that take place in Britain. Presumably the anti-
Islam lobby would say, "Ah yes, but those other ones involve secular
wife-beating, which is not founded on archaic religious customs, but
rational reasoning such as not letting him watch the snooker."
And finally the Sun's man defends the line of his paper by saying
that, after all, these Muslims "are trying to bomb our country". So
it's their civic duty to make stuff up - the same as keeping a look-
out for spies during the Second World War.
So we should all do our bit, and every day send in something, until
the press is full of stories like "Muslims in Darlington have been
raising money for semtex by organising panda fights." Or "In
Bradford all nurseries have been ordered to convert their dolls'
houses into miniature mosques so that Muslim teddies have somewhere
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