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Outrage as Channel 4 lets Iranian ruler give ‘offensive’ alternative Christmas message.

It’s a commercial channel, and I didn’t see it yesterday and watched no TV at all.
This seems to have upset a few people and frankly I don’t believe or trust anything this man says.  Unless it’s a threat of some kind.  I’d take that seriously to heart.
The question however is, should the station have given this guy a platform?

He wasn’t calling for jihad after all.  He isn’t a friend to us, that’s certain.  He represents a backward thinking society except, they do have some modern weapons.

I kinda think it’s better to allow him to speak his mind, what there is of it, and let the people who see him judge if he has anything to say of any worth.
Would Hitler have been invited to give a speech here, were there TV as we now know it in 1939?  I think he might given the kind of thinking that prevails today.

Thing you have to know about this TV channel is that every year they invite celebs of one stripe or another to make opposite side Christmas day speeches.
I don’t think they have that large an audience for it but of course I wouldn’t know what the viewing figures are.

Iranian ruler give ‘offensive’ alternative Christmas message

By Liz Thomas
Last updated at 12:43 AM on 26th December 2008

Channel 4 was accused of causing international offence last night for inviting the president of Iran to give an alternative Christmas Day message.

Viewers saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claim that if Christ were on earth today he would
stand in opposition to warmongers, occupiers, and bullies – a clear attack on allied forces who invaded Iraq and Afghanistan.

The broadcast, by the man who once paraded captured British sailors on Iranian television, brought heavy criticism from human rights campaigners and politicians, and also prompted a rare, damning response from the Government
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has blamed ‘tyrannical’ economic and political systems for the global economic crisis

Attacked: Campaign groups say the broadcaster’s decision to air the speech is ‘dangerous’ and motivated by ratings.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: ‘President Ahmadinejad has during his time in office made a series of appalling anti-Semitic statements.

‘The British media are rightly free to make their own editorial choices, but this invitation will cause offence and bemusement not just at home but amongst friendly countries
abroad.’

Speaking in Farsi with subtitles, Ahmadinejad said: ‘If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers.

‘If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.’

But the comments were met with incredulity. The Israeli Embassy said the message had a ‘sick and twisted irony’.

Earlier this year Ahmadinejad said that ‘Israel should be wiped off the planet’.

In the past week, nine people, including one woman, have been hanged according to Iran’s state owned newspaper.

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor said: ‘In Iran, converts to Christianity face the death penalty. It is perverse that this despot is allowed to speculate on the views of Jesus, while his government leads Christ’s followers to the gallows.’

He said Channel 4’s decision to broadcast the message was a ‘scandal and a national embarrassment’.

The U.S., Britain and others suspect Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons, but it insists its uranium enrichment programme is intended solely for civilian energy.

Ties with the UK and Iran are already strained. In 2007, 15 British sailors and marines were held for 13 days after they were accused of straying into sovereign waters. Tory MP Philip Davies, who sits on the media select committee, said he was ‘disgusted’ with Channel 4.

He said: ‘The alternative Christmas message has simply become the festive equivalent to Big Brother. Each year they are trying to be more and more shocking. It is just unacceptable.’

Louise Ellman, Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside and chairman of the Labour Jewish Movement, was equally as scathing. She condemned the channel for giving an ‘unchallenged platform to a dangerous fanatic who denies the holocaust while preparing for another’.

She added: ‘Who will deliver next year’s alternative Christmas message? Will it be David Irving or Robert Mugabe?’

THE MAIL

“Labour Jewish Movement?” Is that another cover for another Trotsky or Marxist like group?  How many actual paying members?

Or is it simply something as innocent and run of the mill as an ethnic group who belong to any party.  As for example, Jewish Conservatives.  And there really are lots of those but somehow the left makes noise out of proportion to their numbers.  Her question may be a fair one but I have a problem allowing any one group to decide for the whole country who to vet for a TV appearance.  And just because this guy and someone like David Irving have denied the holocaust, is hardly a reason to keep them off the tube.  Most people know better.  They wouldn’t be swayed.  The others will simply hear what they already believe anyway.

This is a “Twitchy” subject.  Isn’t it?


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