Police exonerate Islamic preachers of hate - and shoot the messenger
Remember the C4 Dispatches programme, Undercover Mosque? Cranmer commented on this when it was broadcast, and it revealed a number of imams who were filmed preaching racial and religious hatred, not to mention the ‘homophobic’ rants and words most demeaning of women. The Mohammedan preachers called for homosexuals to be killed, teaching that they should ‘take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain’. They espoused male supremacy because ‘Allah has created the woman deficient’, with another saying: ‘If she doesn't wear the hijab, we hit her’. They also condemned non-Muslims, and predicted ‘a jihad’. One even responded to news that a British Muslim soldier has been killed fighting the Taliban, saying: ‘The hero of Islam is the one who separated his head from his shoulders.’
If you find these quotations incredible, you may watch them here.
But after investigating, West Midlands Police have decreed that no crimes were committed, there was no incitement, and there will be no prosecutions. Instead, they have reported Channel 4 to the industry regulator Ofcom over the way the programme was edited. They also asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider whether a prosecution under the Public Order Act 1986 should be brought against the broadcaster for showing material likely to stir up racial hatred.
There are a number of interesting dimensions to this, not the least of which is that the police and CPS appear to have extended their remit to television criticism. Channel 4 state that they knew nothing of the charges, and that the police have ‘gone out on a limb…without producing any evidence beyond not particularly liking the film they watched’. None of the preachers has denied making these comments, and none has reported the programme to Ofcom. The police simply decided to make their concerns public before discussing any of their findings with C4, who are defending their documentary rigorously. They state: ‘We believe the comments made in the film speak for themselves - several speakers were clearly shown making abhorrent and extreme comments.’
Indeed. Cranmer saw this programme, and fully understands the difference between preaching and teaching. It is not simply that one is objective exposition while the other is ‘with feeling’: preaching is heralding a message; it is proclaiming a revelation, an important truth. One cannot tell from the quotations above, but if one observes the imams filmed in Undercover Mosque, it is evident that they were not engaged in the objective reporting of courses of action with which they disagree; they were preaching with conviction.
However, the police have upheld the mosques' opinion of themselves that they are ‘dedicated to moderation’, and affirm the ‘33-year-old tradition of preaching and teaching the moderate version of Islam’. The defence is that all of these comments have quite simply been ‘taken out of context’.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are now looking into the more recent Dispatches programme ‘Britain Under Attack’, which exposed some of the roots of Islamic extremism in the UK. It featured a man known as Abu Muhammed, his face disguised by a scarf, who preaches to British Muslims that they are ‘in a state of war’, and that bombings of July 7th were ‘justified’.
Of course, the police will find him innocent of any offence. His comments have been taken completely out of context, and the meaning warped. Abu Muhammed is a moderate Mohammedan, and has been for 33 years.
If, however, he had happened to be a white professing Christian speaking such words against brown-skinned Mohammedans, he would have been arrested without hesitation. Cranmer holds absolutely no brief whatsoever for the BNP, but their leader Nick Griffin was filmed undercover, and was arrested and prosecuted for ‘incitement to hatred’. He was found not guilty, but the case at least went to court for a jury to determine. The innocence of the imams, however, is determined by the politically-correct police and the dhimmi CPS.
It really does appear that we are not all equal before the law. His Grace would very much like to see the entire context which purports to justify these imams’ abhorrent statements. And he feels very sorry for Channel 4, who will probably now think twice before reporting on such concerns again. Thus justifiable debate on ‘the nature’ of Islam is diminished further, the preachers of hate are free to continue their Wahabi distortions, and British broadcasting is reduced to dhimmi status.
What a country we live in.