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Separatist Islamic Group Can't Be Called 'Separatist Islamic Group' on BBC
by David J. Rusin • May 2, 2008 at 10:09 pm
While seeking to highlight the extremist sponsor of London's proposed mega-mosque, Britain's Christian Choice Party discovered that certain phrases are verboten on the nation's major television networks:
However, both BBC and ITV balked at these descriptions:
What could possibly be "less than moderate" about an organization that aims to place "Jews and Christians" on the level of "urine and excreta"?
"This was a politically correct attempt to close down reasoned discussion and debate. It's a matter of freedom of speech and democracy," said the Christian Choice Party's candidate for London mayor. His group had asked a court to review the broadcasters' decisions but was denied on procedural grounds. The party reluctantly aired a watered-down version; an uncensored cut is posted on YouTube.
The indispensable Melanie Phillips has offered this concise summary: "There is clearly no limit to British pusillanimity and sheer unadulterated funk when it comes to calling Islamic radicalism by even the most polite and restrained of proper names."
Well said, Ms. Phillips. Just don't try to say it on television.