* On British TV, an Islamic Jesus: “There was no manger, Christ is not the Messiah, and the crucifixion never happened”
* Dutch Bishop tells TV viewers: “Shouldn’t we all say that from now on we will call God ‘Allah’?”
* Scottish non-Muslim hospital staff ordered not to eat at desks during Ramadan
* Osama Bin Laden, the musical, premieres at Edinburgh
1. Brussels bans 9/11 protest against Islam
2. “Muslim Jesus” to get primetime billing on British TV
3. Dutch Catholic Bishop tells Christians to call God “Allah”
4. Scottish hospital staff ordered not to eat at desks during Ramadan
5. Online Islamist forum hosted in Texas posts guide for kidnapping Americans
6. In an interview on al-Jazeera, Gadaffi’s son admits jailed medics were tortured
7. Osama Bin Laden, the musical, premieres at Edinburgh
8. A subtle distinction between religions
Below are some of the recent entries I have posted on the National Review’s Media Blog. These entries mainly concern Islam.
BRUSSELS BANS 9/11 PROTEST AGAINST ISLAM
From the latest edition of The Muslim Weekly:
“Brussels mayor Freddy Thielemans has banned a planned protest against the so-called ‘Islamisation of Europe’ on September 11, the 6th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.”
“Thielemans said that the planned September protest would alienate Muslims in the city. ‘The danger to public order is too high,’ to allow the Brussels protest to go ahead, said the mayor's spokesman Nicolas Dassonville.”
“MUSLIM JESUS” TO GET PRIMETIME BILLING ON BRITISH TV
ITV, which is Britain’s second largest broadcaster after the BBC, is to bring us the following program, presented by (Lord) Melvyn Bragg, one of the leading lights of British television:
“There was no manger, Christ is not the Messiah, and the crucifixion never happened. A forthcoming ITV documentary will portray Jesus as Muslims see him. With the Koran as a main source and drawing on interviews with scholars and historians, the Muslim Jesus explores how Islam honors Christ as a prophet but not as the son of God.
“... The one-hour special, commissioned and narrated by Melvyn Bragg, is thought to be the first time the subject has been dealt with on British television… He denies the program will divide communities. Raised as an Anglican, he describes the documentary as thoughtful and well researched. ‘I hope it will provoke among Muslims the feeling they are included in television.’”
As Patrick Sookhdeo, an Anglican canon, said of the program: “How would the Muslim community respond if ITV made a program challenging Muhammad as the last prophet?”
DUTCH CATHOLIC BISHOP TELLS CHRISTIANS TO CALL GOD “ALLAH”
In a related story to the above posts, in an interview with Dutch TV, the Roman Catholic Bishop of the southern Dutch town of Breda has called on Christians to refer to God as “Allah”.
“Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn’t we all say that from now on we will call God ‘Allah’?” Bishop Martinus Petrus Maria Muskens asked television viewers in the Netherlands, which is still a majority Christian country.
“If Muslims and Christians address God with the same name, this contributes to harmonious living between both religions,” added a statement on the website of his Diocese.
Muskens is known for previous controversial remarks including a suggestion that the poor should steal bread.
SCOTTISH HOSPITAL STAFF ORDERED NOT TO EAT AT DESKS DURING RAMADAN
Just a month after British-based Muslim doctors (some of whom worked at Scottish hospitals) attempted to carry acts of terrorism, including one at Glasgow airport, the Edinburgh Evening News reports that hospital staff in the Scottish region of Lothians have been told not to eat at their desks to avoid offending Muslim colleagues during Ramadan.
The NHS (National Health Service) in Lothian has advised doctors and other health workers not to have working lunches during the 30-day fast, which begins next month.
The health service’s Equality and Diversity Officer sent an e-mail to all senior managers, giving guidance on religious tolerance. This includes ensuring Muslim staff are given breaks to pray, and time off to celebrate Eid at the end of Ramadan.
It is understood they also advised hospital managers to move food trolleys away from areas where Muslims work.
Looks like Londonistan has spread northwards to Scotland.
ONLINE ISLAMIST FORUM HOSTED IN TEXAS POSTS GUIDE FOR KIDNAPPING AMERICANS
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) located the following:
The popular Islamist-jihadist internet forum www.alhesbah.org, hosted by RealWebHost in Texas, U.S., has in the last few days posted an anonymously written document from 2003 titled “The Excellent Summary of the Rules of the Art of Kidnapping Americans.”
The 60-page guide describes each stage of the kidnapping, explaining how to select the target and then how to follow him, seize him, transport him to a safe location, and hold him there, as well as how to conduct negotiations. The guide also explains how to execute the hostage should negotiations fail.
Among the details:
In the section dealing with selecting a target, the guide recommends choosing someone of importance to the enemy (such as a high-ranking military officer or a prominent businessman). However, he should not be a physically strong person who can put up significant resistance. In order to ensure that the operation goes smoothly, it is recommended that he be knocked out with tranquilizers.
Tom Gross adds: I am glad to say that since I last checked www.alhesbah.org two days ago, the site has been suspended.
IN AN INTERVIEW ON AL-JAZEERA, GADAFFI’S SON ADMITS JAILED MEDICS WERE TORTURED
The son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gadaffi has admitted that the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor who were imprisoned for eight years and sentenced to death on trumped up charges of deliberately infecting hundreds of children with HIV, were tortured while in detention.
In an interview with Arab satellite station al-Jazeera, Saif al-Islam al-Gadaffi said the medics were tortured using electricity and told that “their family members would be targeted”.
The medics were released last month after the European Union agreed to give Libya $460m and Bulgaria forgave $56.6m in debt owed by Libya. France also offered Libya a lucrative arms deal.
Ashraf al-Hazouz, the Palestinian doctor who was given Bulgarian citizenship, said in an interview with Dutch television after his release that the Libyan authorities attached electrodes to his genitals and feet, set dogs on him, drugged him, and tied his hands and legs to a metal bar and spun him. He also strongly criticized the Arab League for not lifting a finger to stop the torture.
What a nice new ally the west has in Mr. Gadaffi.
OSAMA BIN LADEN, THE MUSICAL, PREMIERES AT EDINBURGH
This just in:
A musical featuring OSAMA BIN LADEN has premiered at a Scottish comedy festival. Jihad: The Musical has amused audiences at this month’s (August 2007) Edinburgh Fringe Festival with its comedic portrayal of the Al Qaeda terrorist. Inspired by Mel Brooks’ musical-within-a-musical Springtime For Hitler (from The Producers), the play features the lyrics, “I wanna be like Osama/Wear designer clothes beneath a robe/I want to kill people round the globe,” among others. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs until 27 August, 2007.
A SUBTLE DISTINCTION BETWEEN RELIGIONS
Glen McCoy has a cartoon for our age:
-- Tom Gross