Thursday, 20 September 2012
I'm not sure that Australia's ABC quite banked on getting a couple of the questions they got when they wrote this little piece and then threw it open for the public.
"What Do You Want to Know About Islam?"
'A low-budget film about Islam that has been dubbed highly offensive by some and ridiculous by others has sparked a wave of protests (has been used as a pretext for riots - CM) around the world since last Tuesday.
'Over the weekend, anger spread to the West, with violence erupting in Sydney and London.
'Six police were injured in the Sydney clashes (that is, six policemen attempting to maintain public order were attacked by Muslims - CM), sending Australia's Muslim leaders into damage control and prompting them to call for calm.
'It follows a wave of unrest in countries across the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia.
'It all started in Cairo, when thousands of hard-line Islamist supporters scaled the US embassy and tore down the flag.
And burned it, and replaced it with the Black Flag of Jihad. - CM
'The unrest then spread to Benghazi in Libya, where US ambassador Christ Stevens was among four killed in a deadly grenade attack.
'Violence also broke out in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, where as many as four protesters (sic: rioters - CM) were killed, and in Kuwait and Iran.
'There were protests in Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan, who called on YouTube to block the controversial film.
Alas, it is so awful - in artistic terms - that it is probably already gathering a following among those who 'collect' bad movies...- CM
'In the wake of the unrest, ABC News Online is putting together an explainer on Islam and the protests.
'Tell us the questions you want answered and we will put them to an expert panel.
Hmmm. I wonder who they chose for that panel? I have a suspicion that people like Dr Mark Durie will not be on it... UPDATE: I just checked the link again, and the panel comprised two Muslimahs and a dhimmi clergyman who has been to one too many interfaith snake-oil meetings...- CM
'We have compiled the following questions to get things started.
'What have the recent protests by Muslims in Australia and the world been about?
'How could a film have sparked such widespread outrage?
'Are all Muslims angry over the film, or just a minority?
'How do the violent responses to the film sit with Islamic teachings?
Well, Auntie, as for that last question, I can tell you right now that they are completely consonant with Islamic teachings. - CM
What else do you want to know?
Right now, I think somebody at the ABC might be regretting this. Because here are a couple of the questions that members of the great unwashed Aussie Infidel public immediately threw right back at them.
Simco9 asked sweetly: "I would love to know if a group of Australians protested like this in an Islamic country, what would our fate be?"
jo mac inquired: "Does Islam allow freedom of speech? If not, why not? If so, why are Muslims calling for freedom of speech to be banned?"
There were more. But these particular questions were not addressed by the 'experts': two smoothly-smiling Muslimahs (Dr Shakira Hussein and heavily be-hijabbed dozy bint convert to Islam, Rachel Woodlock) and one well-trained dhimmi, who poured out a mass of evasion and obfuscation that I will not reproduce here. However, if you click on the link you can have a look at it for yourself.
Scroll down and read the questions and comments which are much more interesting than the slippery evasions - and, in some cases, outright lies - of the 'expert panelists'. It looks as though many, many ordinary Australians are investigating things on their own.
Posted on 09/20/2012 5:57 AM by Christina McIntosh
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