Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Promoting Islam on TV

Channel 4 is to broadcast the adhan, the Muslims' call to prayer, every day during Ramadan, which begins next Tuesday.

Ralph Lee, Channel 4's head of factual programming, said in the Radio Times: "No doubt Channel 4 will be criticised for focussing attention on a 'minority' religion, but that's what we're here to do - provide space for the alternative and a voice for the under-represented. Let's not forget that Islam is one of the few religions that is flourishing in the UK."

There are 2.8 million Muslims in the UK.

Observing the adhan on Channel 4 would act as "a nationwide tannoy system, a deliberate 'provocation' to all our viewers in the very real sense of the word."

"Provocation" is the right word.

The adhan contains the phrases "Allah is the greatest," "There is no god but Allah," and "Mohammed is the messenger of Allah." Perhaps because it is broadcast in Arabic, Channel 4 is hoping viewers won't notice?

Can you imagine Channel 4 broadcasting the Lord's Prayer each day? Or a statement on the Trinity? Or "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"?

Me neither.

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