It takes a nation to protect the nation
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain would like to make public its support for Tom Holland’s Channel 4 documentary 'Islam: The Untold Story' (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/islam-the-untold-story/4od). We are indignant to learn that due to threats made on Holland, Channel 4 has cancelled a repeat screening of the historical inquiry into the origins of Islam similar to the kind of inquiry that has been applied to other religions and histories in Britain for many years.
The threats and concerted attempt to stigmatise the documentary and its producers by attacking its credibility and even legitimacy as a field of inquiry is nothing less than an attempt to impose a blasphemy taboo by stealth and coercion against programming that scrutinises Islam.
Caving in to the coercive pressure of Islamists will have catastrophic effects on free inquiry and expression where it pertains to Islam. It would not only further silence academic, historical and theological scrutiny of Islam but would also have the chilling effect of exerting added pressure on Muslims and ex-Muslims who wish to dissent from and question Islam.
CEMB spokesperson Maryam Namazie says:
Here’s my question to Channel 4: what about the threats on our lives for being apostates, ex-Muslims, atheists, freethinkers, secularists, 21st century human beings? What part of our thoughts, lives, and bodies do you recommend we cancel to appease the Islamists? If only there was such an ‘easy’ ‘solution’ for those who are languishing under Islam’s rules. You may accept censorship and cowardly silence in the face of Islamist threats and intimidation but we cannot afford to do so. And we never will.
The CEMB urges you to view the documentary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm8xKh8eQqU) and write to Channel 4 and Ofcom (contact information below) calling for a repeat screening.
We look forward to your support.
Addresses for Channel 4 and Ofcom:
Lord Burns, Channel 4 Chairperson, Channel 4 Television Corporation, 124 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2TX
Avi Grewal, Programme Coordinator, Arts & Religion, email@example.com
Mark Raphael, Emma Cooper, Lina Prestwood, Anna Miralis, Commissioning Editors, Documentaries, KHall@channel4.co.uk
Ed Richards, Chief Executive of Ofcom, Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Further Info from: www.ex-muslim.org.uk
Comment from Paul Collings
I suppose it had to happen. Islam the untold story, will go untold. As usual you can't have any sort of debate or discussion about islam without it being vetted and censored.
The only version of Islam thats allowed will not be a version based on fact or truth. Certainly not a version based on the lies of an infidel anyway.
How many complaints will it take to get the show reinstated i wonder.
Comment from Anthony
Channel 4 cancels screening of Islam documentary after pressure ;http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/channel-4-c... - if this is all it takes to suppress free speech, what signal is C4 sending out ? - intimidation and jihadist violence pays off.
and on the other channel ; BBC afraid to mock islam ; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2202379/BBC-liberals-afraid...
C4 submission to islam ; http://durotrigan.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/channel-4s-submission-isla...
From that Daily Mail article:
Mr Bolton said it had got to a point where audiences thought it was ‘fun’ to mock Christianity but would not dare laugh at jokes about Islam. He said in the last few years ‘something went wrong with the BBC’s religious programming’ and questioned whether it was ‘fit for purpose’.
Could it be because of this obfuscator, acting with all the stealth and duplicity of Tariq Ramadan, which we flagged up as a major piece of infiltration when he got the job, a few years ago?
The BBC’s head of religion and ethics, Aaqil Ahmed, a Muslim, said it was a ‘complicated’ situation, adding that things ‘took time to evolve’ and newer communities had not had their religion ‘ridiculed’ for as long as others had been