The Sun Runs Disgraceful Cover on Muslim Prayer Call Story
Channel 4 is planning on airing the Islamic call to prayer during Ramadan. (h/t:CriticalDragon)
Apparently this is being done with good intentions. Ralph Lee who made the decision stated that,
“Observing the adhan on Channel 4 will act as a nationwide tannoy system, a deliberate ‘provocation’ to all our viewers in the very real sense of the word.”
Lee said that the “vast majority of people in Britain” would not be aware of the “mass act of personal sacrifice and worship” about to commence.
“Not surprising when you consider its (Ramadan) near invisibility on mainstream TV. Contrast this with the way most Muslims are represented on television – nearly always appearing in contexts related to extremism or terrorism,” he wrote.
“Even when moderate Muslims do appear, it’s often only to provide a counterpoint to these issues. Following the horrific events in Woolwich and subsequent reprisals against British Muslims, there has surely never been a more pressing need to give a voice to the moderate mainstream majority.”
“No doubt Channel 4 will be criticised for focusing attention on a ‘minority’ religion but that’s what we’re here to do – provide space for the alternative and a voice to the under-represented.
“And let’s not forget that Islam is one of the few religions that’s flourishing, actually increasing in the UK. Like Channel 4’s target audience, its followers are young. It’s recently been reported that half of British Muslims are under 25.”
Lee concluded: “Nearly five per cent of the country will actively engage in Ramadan this month – can we say the same of other national events that have received blanket coverage on television such as the Queen’s coronation anniversary?”
No doubt that some will ridiculously jump on it and cry “Islamization.” UKIP has already stated that they consider it a “PR stunt” that will “inflame tensions,” while Tory MP Conor Burns described it as “politically correct tokenism.” Today, Sun magazine, the most popular UK tabloid plastered its front page with the disgraceful “Ramadan A Ding-Dong” title and an accompanying article in which they quote extremists like Anjem Choudary and Abu Zakariyya as representatives of the “Muslim” viewpoint.
In my opinion it’s not as provocative as Lee is making it out to be. The call to prayer is three minutes long, Channel 4 only plans to air it at Fajr (Morning prayer) time, i.e. 3am. If anyone’s up watching then and doesn’t like it they will likely change the channel while those who enjoy it will listen.
What do loonwatchers think? Will this provoke and better educate the British about the purpose and meaning of Ramadan to Muslims, providing a counterpoint to the usual coverage of Muslims/Islam as being associated with “terrorism?”