BBC2 ran a programme rather late on Thursday night called Jihadi Brides. I happened to see it after reaching saturation point with Question Time on BBC1 so it was an accidental yet intriguing insight into these young girls and women as well as their ideology. I’m a Muslim woman (selectively practicing), too old/wild to be groomed but quite bemused by these holier than thou Muslims. These are some of the opinions raised from the programme:
1. Professional: These young women are not stupid, they are intelligent and educated.
Well, I hardly need to explain the title and the background news story. Shocking on so many levels for so many people. 24 hour rolling news, debates across current affairs programmes had almost every angle covered.
In homes and offices over the world the general public debated the meaning of freedom of speech. What does freedom of speech mean to you? The freedom to offend? Standing up for the rights of other people you disagree with to offend? Why should all Muslims apologise for the crimes of crazy people or reassure others that we are not terrorists?
Hey sister, go sister, soul sister, flow sister!!
I have a big sis and she is amazing and loads of fun and even acts like a big brother (why the F*** is that guy staring at you??!)! She’s also a lawyer, something I mention to freaks around the world that I don’t want to do Bijness (business) with so they back off.
News of the Oxford child abuse ring is once again in the headlines as convictions are passed and the limelight once again falls on the Asian Community and in particular Muslims and Pakistanis. It’s interesting as my sis and I discussed why it is that our white British friends aren’t asked to reflect on Christianity and feel guilty for child abuse and molestation by the likes of Jimmy Saville and everyone accused since. We are meant to walk with our heads hung in shame and white Brits can Keep Calm and Carry On…abusing??
So today, my sis sent this letter to the Independent newspaper in response to a reader letter:
I am a Scottish Pakistani Muslim and now live in London.
It’s been hard to get away from all the Salman Rushdie news for more than a week now. The infamous author was due to appear at the Jaipur Literature Festival and decided not to attend at the last minute due to threats on his life which were subsequently discredited.
The atrocities in Norway were I’m sure shocking for all of us as we listened in disbelief at the loss of life in and the sadistic manner in which the killer carried out his killing spree. However, even while the news broke as a non-practicing Muslim my stomach turned twice: once for the victims and their families but secondly for the wrath of the media
A Dutch court ruled yesterday that the right-wing politician was not guilty of inciting hatred but his comments came under free speech. While Islamic groups in The Netherlands won right of appeal the politician is declaring a day of victory for freedom of speech (a pretty over-used declaration).
The politician compared the Quran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf and called for a halt to Muslim immigration. While I think all types of right-wing extremists have jaded views I do think he is right to also declare that he won the right to debate Islam in public.