Welcome to Al Beeb's discussion, in Bradford, Yorkshire, of "The Big Question," in this case, "Do we need a British Islam?"
In perhaps too up-beat a tone than is strictly necessary, the BBC studio host, Nicky Campbell, points out that Islam is the fastest growing religion in today's Britain, with 100,000 converts adding to the number, two-thirds of them women.
Going against stereotype, a woman in a sombre black face covering interrupts and hassles the opening speaker, Adam Deen, before being assured by the host that he'll call upon her in due course.
As for that "British version of Judaism," since Jews believe "the law of the land is the law," have never sought to impose their religion on others, and have contributed to general society in a myriad of fields out of all proportion to their numbers, I'd have thought the imam's question redundant.
Comments (inter alia) the website Is the BBC biased?:
'It was impossible to derive any kind of satisfaction from this unpleasant programme. Viewers were further away from knowing whether or not British Muslims think they need a British Islam at the end of the programme than at the beginning. At one moment, when Nicky Campbell tried to elicit a straight answer from an Imam, one might have thought we were dangerously close to getting somewhere. But no.
It was just an unstructured row, with no beginning, middle or end. Maybe they’d have forced out a more definitive answer if they’d stuck to the usual format, stuffing three different Big Questions into the allotted hour. Condensing it might have taken them by surprise. Who knows what might have come out in the rush....
Judging by what we saw on this programme and what we already know, that is insoluble. True Islam is unBritish and true Britishness is clearly unIslamic.
I’m suspicious of people who wear a collar and tie with a jumper so I felt obliged to Google Adam Deen. He has an extensive Youtube / web presence.
I learned that he used to be called Hakkan Cerrah and is married to T[he] B[ig]Q[estion]regular Myriam Francois Cerrah....
The Big Question that needs answering is one that no TV presenter ever gets round to putting.
Is Islamic antisemitism acceptable in Britain? Why does the antisemitism in Islam get a free pass? The British don’t like it when antisemitism or racism emanates from any other individual or group, be it a non-Muslim individual, a right-wing antisemite or a bunch of Nazi sympathisers. But with the majority of Muslims antisemitism and anti-Zionism are a given.
Mindless opposition to Israel’s existence is rooted in gross antisemitism, and that is the elephant that’s always present in the studio. An enormous elephant that’s allowed to career around, willy nilly, trampling on everything with impunity, utterly and completely confident it can get away with it.' [Emphasis added]See the rest of that post here
And, incidentally, in a feature called "Why French Jewish people are moving to London," Al Beeb coyly hints at a tusk but nevertheless fails to acknowledge the elephant in the room.
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