Am I an ‘animal’, a ‘cow’ – or just another victim of BBC bias?
Criminal Muselprop and anti-British Bias @ al-BeBeeCeera, who ever heard of a thing like that?
ByÂ PETER HITCHENS
“Out of Context” Mehdi Hasan
Do you think the BBC would give a presenter’s chair on a major channel to someone who said that non-Christians were ‘cattle’ or ‘animals’?
No, nor do I. In fact, I doubt such a person would ever be able to broadcast anywhere on the Corporation’s airwaves.
But they do give such a chair to a man who appears to believe that most of us are cows, because we are not Muslims. For reasons that will soon be clear, I have to quote this person fully and exactly.
Mr Mehdi Hasan, biographer of Labour leader Ed Miliband, can be found on YouTube saying as follows:
‘The kuffar, the disbelievers, the atheists who remain deaf and stubborn to the teachings of Islam, the rational message of the Koran; they are described in the Koran as “a people of no intelligence”, Allah describes them as not of no morality, not as people of no belief â€“ people of “no intelligence” â€“ because they’re incapable of the intellectual effortÂ it requires to shake off those blind prejudices, to shake off those easy assumptions about this world, about the existence of God. In this respect, the Koran describes the atheists as “cattle”, as cattle of those who grow the crops and do not stop and wonder about this world.’
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On a separate occasion, jabbing his finger as he speaks with some force, Mr Hasan is recorded as saying: ‘Once we lose the moral high-ground we are no different from the rest of the non-Muslims; from the rest of those human beings who live their lives as animals, bending any rule to fulfil any desire.’
I am not sure whether Mr Hasan thinks that Christians, such as me, are ‘cattle’ or just ‘animals’. It is unclear to me whether he classifies Christians as atheist cows or as non-Muslim ‘animals’. Either way, the statement is not one that could be made about Muslims or atheists by any Christian known to me. Nor do I think it would be made by the great majority of Muslims.
Yet Mr Hasan has for some years been a regular presenter of a Radio 4 review of the newspapers, called What The Papers Say. And from this highly privileged, licence-fee financed position, he this week chose to launch an attack on me, for my dissenting views on the Olympics.
In the course of doing so, he apparently doctored my words, so that he could sneer at me for having said something I hadn’t said. The BBC’s response to this has (so far) been to ring me up,Â simper repeatedly about how lovely my voice is (they’re right, of course) and offer me â€“ for the first time in history â€“ a regular and well-paid presenter’s slot on the very programme where Mr Hasan had just attacked me. They say they’d been thinking of this for ages, but hadn’t got round to mentioning it before.They do admit that doctoring the quote was a mistake.
In the interest of fairness, I contacted Mr Hasan, and he wrote: ‘The remarks you refer to have been taken wholly out of context, as they were aimed at Muslims and non-Muslims alike. In hindsight, I accept that they could and should have been phrased better. I have always been a strong supporter of religious pluralism and a secular society and I would urge your readers to judge me on my large body of published work.’
I’m sorry if this seems self-indulgent, as it concerns my own problems. But there’s a much bigger issue here, in the contrasting BBC treatment of the man who thinks I’m an animal, and its treatment of me. But even cows have horns.
Mr Slippery’s condemning himself
Aidan Burley MP seems to me toÂ be a silly boy. But he spoke for a fair number of people when he said he didn’t like the Olympic Opening Ceremony, and that â€“ as an MP â€“ is his job.
It seems to be almost illegal at the moment to attack multiculturalism. And people seem to think that multiculturalism is the same as multiracialism.