Sunday, September 17, 2006

BBC - more Islamic PR

The BBC website has asked visitors "Were the Pope's remarks 'anti-Islamic'?" Page after page of the most-recommended comments condemn the Muslim world's typically insane response to the Pope's speech. There are dozens of comments with well over a hundred recommendations (and some with over a thousand), all criticising the Muslim reaction.

Twenty-one pages back (at the time of writing) is this comment:
I watched TV series "Crusades" recently and realize that in the long history of both Islam and Christian, they were quite violent and fought brutal and bloody wars between them. Pope Benedict probably should self-critisize Christianity's violent past before comment on the other faith, which is quite self-rightious and provocative.

John Lin, Illinois, USA

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And here's the quote the BBC used with its news report:
Not only has the BBC trawled through the responses to find a rare comment which condemns the Pope, it picks the part which doesn't mention Islam's history of violence, and then edits it to make it fit for use.

As Melanie Phillips said recently:
the mainstream media must now be regarded as active accessories to the war being waged against the free world and therefore as a fifth column in that world – an enemy within.
Meanwhile, Channel 4 sees Christians as the biggest threat to civilisation. (Hat tip Max)


Blogger Prodicus said...

Good spot. I am complaining to the BBC.

1:24 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And of course, the extent of this poster's understanding of the early crusades is one (Jones produced,probably)BBC "documentary", by his own admission.
A documentary that has since been dismissed by knowledgeable historians.

4:31 am  
Blogger Blog Goliard said...

Mr. Lin makes a good point. The West has been so reluctant to criticize its own past...a house-cleaning at home is in order before we dare question the Other.

I mean, just try to find a university professor anywhere in Europe or America who is willing to say anything bad about the past of Christendom. They're rare as hen's teeth.

Though not as rare as apologies from the Holy See. Pope Benedict's predecessor was after all famous for his refusal to lay bare the past of the Church and offer any sort of apology to anyone. Mr. Lin is quite right to call our attention to this failing.

6:46 pm  
Anonymous Barry said...

The Crusades were Christendom's response to Muslim aggression. THAT is the inconvenient fact that Islam's apologists forget.

6:55 pm  
Anonymous Guyon said...

In fact Blog Goliard would find it hard to find a professor at a university in the west who DIDN'T have anything bad to say about Chrisendom's past; remember that the secularists and atheists have ruled acadamy for decades now. Furthermore, the previous Pope made apologies for the Catholic Church's historical treatment of Jews and of enlightened scientists such as Gallileo. It ain't much I'll grant you but it's more than you'll ever get out of an Imman or a Mullah or a Grand Mufti for that matter, especially one who colluded with Hitler.

8:27 pm  
Blogger Blog Goliard said...

Guyon is of course quite correct; and apologies if I omitted the [sarcasm] tags. (The version of this rant on my blog has been amplified in hopes of making this clearer and sharper.)

9:14 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

Given the foolish and ignorant tone of your first post, and your praise of Mr Lin for stating the obvious, as it has been stated by leftist blogs approximately a million times at last count, do you really think anyone's going to click on your link to yourself?

You're going to have to find another way of getting hits.

9:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

verity & guyon,

I found Blog Goliard's sarcasm to be pretty evident on all three points he made. Unfortunately, irony and the Internet often go together like nuts and gum.

4:35 am  
Blogger DFH said...

I think Blog Goliard's blog post is pretty funny, myself.

1:37 pm  

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