OK, this is an half-excuse to ask if anyone saw ‘Gay Muslims‘ last night? The latest in the superb ‘Can You Believe It‘ category. My Mum watched and she found it pretty surprising and quite sad. Sad because several of the people featured had had really awful experiences from Muslim friends and relatives telling them they will burn in hell etc. Surprising because some of them said that their religion was the most important thing to them.
In a rather gay coincidence, it was also the day SIR (who knighted him again?) Iqbal Sacranie learnt that he won’t face charges for branding homosexuality as “harmful” and “unnatural”. In a statement, the MCB said:
“To be honest, we thought it somewhat surprised when we heard that Sir Iqbal was being investigated by the police for merely articulating the mainstream Islamic viewpoint about homosexuality.”
In about 50 minutes, inspirational iconoclast, courageous heroine and let’s face it, Islamophobia’s pin-up girl, Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be interviewed on Radio 4. I heard most this morning and it makes for some pretty interesting listening. Especially where she explains how she wanted Salman Rushdie dead when The Satanic Verses first came out. She has led a unique life, that’s for sure. The bits about how her life has changed since the death of Theo van Gogh are shocking. More power to her.
Listen again here.
And January 29th is Chinese New Year! (save the gong hais for the weekend, ok?)
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