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  • Complaints about a Muslim getting a job


    by Rumbold
    17th May, 2009 at 2:10 pm    

    The appointment of Aaqil Ahmed as the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, led to 115 complaints, most of them to do with his religion. As the Daily Quail put it:

    “The appointment of bearded Aaqil Ahmed comes at a time of deepening worries among Christian leaders that their faith is being sidelined and downgraded by brown people.

    Last year the BBC gave the job of producing its most popular and longrunning religious programme, Songs of Praise, to a Sikh, Tommy Nagra. Although we don’t watch Songs of Praise, we are willing to bet that traditional English Christian verse has been replaced with Bollywood style love songs and choir boys are forced to dance around turbans.”

    Stephen Glover of the Daily Mail then swiftly outflanked any parody writers with this offering:

    “Let me say at once that I have nothing whatsoever against Mr Ahmed, who is, I am sure, an excellent broadcaster who may have much to contribute to the coverage of religion.”

    However…

    “In appointing Aaqil Ahmed they [the BBC] do not simply offend against this country’s Christian heritage and traditions. They also further weaken the hold and authority of the BBC.”

    So Mr. Glover doesn’t have anything against a “excellent broadcaster”, just that his appointment offends “against this country’s Christian heritage and traditions.”

    Then we have this gem:

    “During the past year, four out of seven executives in its already diminished religion department have been made redundant. These included Michael Wakelin, a Methodist preacher, who was removed as head of religious programmes to clear the way for Aaqil Ahmed. I imagine that having a Methodist preacher at the heart of the BBC was more than it could stomach.”

    Yes, the BBC couldn’t tolerate the idea of a Methodist preacher as the head of religious programming. That’s why he was the, er, head of religious programming at the BBC until Mr. Ahmed’s appointment.


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    1. marvin — on 17th May, 2009 at 3:23 pm  

      I wonder how many complaints would be made if it were an Israeli, with a sincere belief in Zionism! I’m sure the left would be just as supportive of a Zionist Jew in such a prominent position! I can just imagine the comments here at PP :)

      Good luck to Ahmed, it could be a fantastic opportunity to be more openly objective about the Islamic faith and Islamic practices, coming from a Muslim. He can’t be accused of being an Islamophobe by *normal* people at least… Though I wonder how long before he appears on Bob Pitt’s Islamophobia blog?!

    2. Sunny — on 17th May, 2009 at 5:32 pm  

      I was going to blog about Stephen Glover’s deeply racist comment piece.

      Yes yes - of course we don’t have anything against these wogs! It’s just… THEY’RE NOT LIKE US!!

      Fucking idiot.

      The amount of angry emails I’ve received about his column was surprising, even for me.

    3. MaidMarian — on 17th May, 2009 at 6:06 pm  

      Better still - no religion at the BBC!

      Still - I want a go at this game.

      Let me say at once that I have nothing whasoever against Mr Glover who is, I am sure, an excellent writer who may have much to contribute to public debate.

      That being said.

      In appointing him as comment writer the Mail do not simply offend against this country’s traditions of tolerance. They also further give lie to the faux image they attempt to present of themselves as something other than hate filled, spittle flecked chip wrapper. It is manifest that the only thing the Mail needs is to be published with perforations.

    4. Chris Baldwin — on 17th May, 2009 at 6:16 pm  

      Personally I think they ought to replace Songs of Praise with an hour of Muslim sermons. I wouldn’t watch it, but it would annoy all the right people.

    5. marvin Willett — on 17th May, 2009 at 6:35 pm  

      Just one more step toward turning our world over to the craizies of the rag-headed arabs…who can appear very understanding and compassionate…then take you on public television and CUT YOUR HEAD OFF. WHAT IS IT WITH PEOPLE FEELING ANYTHING BUT “KILL ALL OF THEM”

    6. Boudicca — on 17th May, 2009 at 7:45 pm  

      I don’t have a problem with this appointment provided Mr Ahmed sanctions programmes that are critical about Islam: it’s history of violence and intolerance; unequal treatment of women and the medieaval practices carried out in certain Muslim countries and cultures.

      We will happily put up with critical programmes about the crusades; the cathars, the inquisition etc being aired provided there is balance and it isn’t a case of
      Islam good/Christianity bad/Judaism evil.

      I have a horrible suspicious that Islam good/Christianity bad/Judaism evil is exactly what we are going to get.

    7. Jamie Sport — on 17th May, 2009 at 7:51 pm  

      ‘We’?

      Who’s that then Boudicca? Christians? English people? People who aren’t Muslims?

      Why wouldn’t Mr Ahmed commission programs critical of Islam? Are your ‘suspicions’ based on anything other than his faith?

      I’ll stop asking questions now.

    8. Sunny — on 17th May, 2009 at 7:53 pm  

      I thought I’d leave marvin’s comment up there just to point out the kind of nutjobs who are roughly on the same side as Stephen Glover.

    9. marvin — on 17th May, 2009 at 7:55 pm  

      Eh? Please elaborate? What exactly is wrong with my comment?

    10. Shamit — on 17th May, 2009 at 9:00 pm  

      Marvin

      How about the following:

      1) Why should we want to blame and punish all Muslims for the actions of a minority who have created havoc in Muslim communities as well? Read the post about the poisoning of the Afghan school girls?

      2) How does appointment of Mr. Ahmed equate with “turning our world over to the craizies of the rag-headed arabs”?

      3)What gives your stupid idiotic self to call Arab rag heads — I guess you would not mind me calling you as a bigoted ignorant Fool — Its far more deserving than your comment

      4) Wanting to kill off an entire community for its belief or faith is genocide — why do you think there is anything right with committing crimes against humanity?

      Enough elaboration or you need more.

    11. Andy Gilmour — on 17th May, 2009 at 9:22 pm  

      I’m fascinated they decided to highlight the fact he is “bearded”…

      Do they expect him to over-represent the ‘extremist’ element of the ‘facial-hair-wearing community’, perhaps?

      Speaking as a (well-trimmed), moderate purveyor of beardiness, I’m more than a little concerned.

      :-)

    12. Naadir Jeewa — on 17th May, 2009 at 10:15 pm  

      @11

      We all know Asians have an irrational love for the bearded ones, like economist Paul Krugman.

      Or is that just me?

    13. marvin — on 17th May, 2009 at 10:29 pm  

      I am not “marvin Willett”. I would have thought I’ve been commenting here long enough for people to understand where I’m coming from, but clearly some people either don’t read my comments or really do have some far-out perceptions of me!

      Willett you twat, are you really called marvin, or is that name there by accident?

    14. Adnan — on 17th May, 2009 at 11:27 pm  

      Marvin @1 - “I’m sure the left would be just as supportive of a Zionist Jew in…”. This comment is your attitude to Muslims in a mirror. I realised that you aren’t Marvin Willets, but you still talk enough bollocks as here and on the previous blog entry relating to Aaqil Ahmed. You called Sunny a racist, said the Beeb wanted to appoint Ahmed to piss of the Daily Bile, rather than on merit, and then went on about too many brown faces on TV (ironically, the author of article you quoted to support this castigated the Beeb for having too many brown faces in front of the camera whilst concentrating control with a group Oxbridge-educated White blokes, would probably approve of Aaqil Ahmed’s appointment).

      If anything it’s only right wingers who make complaints like about appointments such as Aaqil Ahmed’s and your example Jew. Lefties don’t give a stuff other than maybe there should be no/less religion on TV (see MaidMarion @3).

    15. Rumbold — on 18th May, 2009 at 8:22 am  

      Marvin (the proper one):

      We would complain too if people attacked the appointment of a Jew on the basis of their religion.

      Heh MaidMarian.

    16. platinum786 — on 18th May, 2009 at 10:18 am  

      Marvin:

      I wonder how many complaints would be made if it were an Israeli, with a sincere belief in Zionism!

      That may well have drawn a reaction of the head of our national broadcaster was a citizen of another country and not a British citizen. Aquil Ahmed is a British citizen, his citizenship was not the issue, his religion was.

      Secondly, if the appointee had been someone with a sincere beleif in zionism, why would anyone complain? since when has zionism and Judaism been one and the same? Secondly what does someones political beleifs have to do with their job which is about religion?

    17. Jai — on 18th May, 2009 at 12:46 pm  

      I’m fascinated they decided to highlight the fact he is “bearded”…

      “Beards of terror”, folks.

      We all know Asians have an irrational love for the bearded ones, like economist Paul Krugman.

      Wolf Blitzer on CNN.

      Richard Branson.

      Amitabh & Abishek Bachchan.

      Prince during the early 90s.

      And, last but not least, let’s not forget the swapshopping legend that is Noel Edmonds.

      Personally I think they ought to replace Songs of Praise with an hour of Muslim sermons.

      Televising some clips of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s various qawwali concerts would be better. Might correct a few misinformed/paranoid preconceptions too.

      In fact, I can help. Here’s an extract from one of the late maestro’s nephew Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s best live performances on Indian TV in recent years:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ueUsrIrCMM

      See, not so scary, although it’s anathema to the hardline Wahhabi/Taliban types. And not a beard of terror in sight.

    18. Amrit — on 18th May, 2009 at 12:52 pm  

      Mods - please ban the troll, just above me. Thanks.

      Andy:

      I found the ‘bearded’ amusing as well… but remember, that was in the Quail’s parody, not in the actual Mail ‘article.’

      Can’t y’all just imagine marvin Willett saying this:

      WHAT IS IT WITH PEOPLE FEELING ANYTHING BUT “KILL ALL OF THEM”

      during WWII?

      Other Marvin - you think you’re the voice of Sunny’s conscience. Guess what - you’re not. Nor do Sunny (and some other posters) represent the full spectrum of views on this site anyway.

      Yes yes - of course we don’t have anything against these wogs! It’s just… THEY’RE NOT LIKE US!!

      Or, as with the most regressive ‘Muslims’ (i.e. the Taliban), they’ve got so much in common with you, you probably wish YOU could show that much conviction in YOUR bigotry…

      Nothing makes Dacre and the Mail ejaculate en-masse like an imagined sense of victimhood, though. I love the fact that Dacre simultaneously boasts about his paper’s sales and representing ‘Middle England’, and yet seems to suspect his opinions are not those of the majority, considering how much the Fail bashes anyone that doesn’t fit its target market.

    19. platinum786 — on 18th May, 2009 at 2:53 pm  

      I’d actually like to see less religion on television and more american comedy….

    20. Shamit — on 18th May, 2009 at 4:07 pm  

      I’d actually like to see less religion on television and more american comedy….

      I second that - I like the British ones too

      Only Fools and Horses gets my vote for the best show ever

    21. Jai — on 19th May, 2009 at 9:22 am  

      I’d actually like to see less religion on television and more american comedy…..

      There’s a channel on Sky called “Comedy Central” which is pretty much dedicated to American comedy — channels 126, repeated on 127, plus an ‘extra’ channel on 128.

      Here’s the British version of the Comedy Central website (has more info, funny clips etc): http://www.comedycentral.co.uk

      Platinum, you should watch a brilliant show called “Two and a Half Men” if you don’t already — it’s pretty lairy stuff and I have a feeling it’ll appeal to your sense of humour.

    22. halima — on 21st May, 2009 at 7:51 am  

      I think it’s a great appointment, it would be interesting to see what work he commissioned during his time in C4 on religion.

      Also, not to be critical of TV generally, but it’s full of commissioning editors and producers new into the game, with lots of contacts that have got them there. Taking someone with a track record and history of achievement is probably a check on the eficacy of the the media’s overall recruitment system.

    23. BruceK — on 23rd May, 2009 at 12:57 pm  

      Re marvin Willett’s comment (the kill them all one), are you sure that it’s meant at face value?

      It sounds like a “Mr Bonkers writes: …” comment to me

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