The spa town of Harrogate is the setting of a new reality show in which people are persuaded to live under Islamic conditions. Will the programme aid religious cohesion or create division?
A CONTROVERSIAL reality TV show to be broadcast next month aims to challenge preconceptions about Muslims.
* When was the last time you read anything about Islam that was not ‘controversial?’ (spit)
But the programme, which sees non-Muslims living under strict Sharia law for three weeks, could also reinforce some people’s intolerance towards Islam.
* Wouldn’t that be the most desirable outcome?
One participant accused Imams featured in the three-part series of being prejudiced towards her and said she experienced “animosity” from them.
Another, however, was surprised by the “confrontational” and “aggressive attitude” British people had towards her as a result of her temporary conversion to a Muslim way of life.
* Go to Pakistan and watch the riots, then you can talk about ‘aggression’, baby!
Film maker Narinder Minhas chose the affluent market town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire for his bold experiment . . . a place that is home to just 311 Muslims in a population of 60,000.
His guinea pigs include a mixed race couple, a gay hairdresser, an atheist taxi driver and a glamour model . . . all of whom are called upon to give up unmarried sex, alcohol and pork, pray regularly and dress modestly for three weeks.
Minhas, the man behind reality shows Priest Idol and Indian Finishing School, wanted to make the documentary after tiring of too many “po-faced” programmes about Islam.
He said: “I wanted to make a series that had some humour in it. I’m tired of seeing guys with beards who are a bit scary. I wanted to explore how white people come to grips with a religion they’ve kind of heard of. I wanted to portray those people as human beings who go through a range of emotions.”
* You don’t say! But there is no humor in Islam, is there? So who yer foolin’ with that cosmic debris?
However, one of the show’s participants, Carla Newbury-Jones, had mixed feelings about it . . . and found little to laugh about.
The property entrepreneur’s partner, Muslim Ashley Ashiq, proposed to her during filming.
But Carla, 34, said she found the Imams’ strong disapproval of their relationship very disturbing. She believes they were prejudiced towards her because she is Christian and white.
She revealed: “It was a really uncomfortable experience and I was so glad when it was over.
“I was so proud of Ashley when he proposed in front of them because we had experienced a lot of prejudice.
“They told us we could not hold hands and could not sleep in the same bed because we were sinners. You could not get more prejudiced if you tried.
“I felt they looked down at me because I was white and not a Muslim. We have a beautiful relationship and refuse to let other people’s biased attitudes get in the way.
“Ashley is so open minded. He is a great example of someone who is a Muslim and British. We both have strong faith in God and pray together, which is why it is sad there was this animosity.”
* Holy smoke! How many times have we heard that before? How many times have Western girls married ‘open minded Muslims’ who turned 180 degrees the moment the marriage papers were signed?
Another of the show’s participants, Haylie Winter, relished the opportunity to learn about a new religion . . . but was shocked by reaction it caused.
The skin consultant, 33, said: “There is a lot of negativity about Islam and you cannot know about something just from what you read in the media.
* Hmm. What could be the reason for these reactions?
“What shocked me was other people’s prejudices and the confrontational, aggressive attitude people had. And I was surprised by people’s reactions to the Burka.”
* Strange. Islamic females keep telling us they find the burka liberating. ‘Portable seclusion’ they call it. But rumor has it that it is the men who wack them into it, so it might not be so liberating after all…
Haylie revealed she almost quit the programme because she found the experience emotionally intense and draining.
Sheik Yer’mami prefers the Canadian town of Herouxville:
“We regard as contrary to conventional behavior, such activities as killing women by public stonings or by burning them alive, or burning them with acid, circumsizing them, and so on.
The BBC reports that Canadian Muslims are insulted. Of course they are. How do you suppose residents of Quebec can possibly imagine that anyone would do such atrocious things?
Hats off to the citizens of tiny Herouxville, Quebec for taking a stand against encroaching dhimmitude and the disease known as multiculturalism that enables its advance.
The town welcomes immigrants, but insists they make themselves aware of a declaration of “norms” adopted by the town council. These include:
At Christmas, children sing Christmas songs.
No stoning women.
No burning women with acid.
No ceremonial daggers in school even if you’re a Sikh.
Boys and girls can swim in the same pool whether Muslims like it or not.
Men can drink alcohol whether Muslims like it or not.
No walking around with your face hidden except on Halloween.
Female police can arrest male suspects even if it troubles their egos.
Women are allowed to dance.
Women are allowed to drive.
Women are even allowed to make decisions on their own.
Needless to say, ethnic grievance groups like B’nai Brith Quebec and the Muslim Council of Montreal are outraged. Too bad. As Herouxville’s town council has figured out, the farther we bend over backwards obsequiously pandering to arrogant and sometimes hostile foreigners who refuse to assimilate, the less social cohesion we’re going to have.
Social cohesion may not conform to multicultural fashion, but we will miss it when it’s gone. The Balkans, Sudan, and Iraq are examples of the style of life in store for us if we continue to let our society fragment.
There is the Herouxville Town Charter
* Who could possibly disagree with that? The Muslims, of course:
“I was shocked and insulted to see these kinds of false stereotypes and ignorance about Islam and our religion ”
Salam Elmenyawi, Muslim Council of Montreal
* Really? You don’t say….!
Click on the link above to find out…
* Dangerous lunacy combined with clerical unhingement syndrome, add to this a severe case of moonbattery and complete delusion, then you get something that looks like this:
THE Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday.
Rowan Williams claimed that America’s attempt to intervene overseas by “clearing the decks” with a “quick burst of violent action” had led to “the worst of all worlds”.
In a wide-ranging interview with a British Muslim magazine, the Anglican leader linked criticism of the United States to one of his most pessimistic declarations about the state of western civilisation.
He said the crisis was caused not just by America’s actions but also by its misguided sense of its own mission. He poured scorn on the “chosen nation myth of America, meaning that what happens in America is very much at the heart of God’s purpose for humanity”.
Williams went beyond his previous critique of the conduct of the war on terror, saying the United States had lost the moral high ground since September 11. He urged it to launch a “generous and intelligent programme of aid directed to the societies that have been ravaged; a check on the economic exploitation of defeated territories; a demilitarisation of their presence”.
He went on to suggest that the West was fundamentally adrift: “Our modern western definition of humanity is clearly not working very well. There is something about western modernity which really does eat away at the soul.”
* There is a cure for this disease: less lunatics from Canterbury who promote mental flatulenza as some kind of virtue…
Williams suggested American leadership had broken down: “We have only one global hegemonic power. It is not accumulating territory: it is trying to accumulate influence and control. That’s not working.”
He contrasted it unfavourably with how the British Empire governed India. “It is one thing to take over a territory and then pour energy and resources into administering it and normalising it. Rightly or wrongly, that’s what the British Empire did â€” in India, for example.
“It is another thing to go in on the assumption that a quick burst of violent action will somehow clear the decks and that you can move on and other people will put it back together â€” Iraq, for example.”
In the interview in Emel, a Muslim lifestyle magazine, Williams makes only mild criticisms of the Islamic world. He said the Muslim world must acknowledge that its “political solutions were not the most impressive”.
He commends the Muslim practice of praying five times a day, which he says allows the remembrance of God to be “built in deeply in their daily rhythm”.
* Yeah. Bang your head on the floor 5 times a day and everything will be just groovy….
Sex & wine & holy scams: tale of two retired Irish priests accused of misappropriating millions from a Florida church and had formed a mortgage company with another priest called Shag Inc. The two men are now accused of using offertory dollars to keep girlfriends, take gambling excursions and foreign holidays, and buy property.
“We want to begin by acknowledging that in the past (e.g. in the Crusades) and in the present (e.g. in excesses of the “war on terror”) many Christians have been guilty of sinning against our Muslim neighbours.
* How do you deal with such a deluded mob of ‘Christian Leaders’ who don’t even know their own history and go prostrating themselves in front of Muhammedans who would have their heads lopped off without blinking?