It seems strange to report an instance where a government funded body went after a reported problem with an Islamic broadcast, yet that’s what Ofcom did over a Leeds based Radio Asian Fever programme that called for gay people to be ‘tortured’. After all, we know what the police response to programmes like Channel 4’s undercover Mosque is when a muslim preacher stated of apostates: “If the imam wants to crucify him he should crucify him. The person is put up on the wood and he’s left there to bleed to death for three days. Yet West Midlands police stated that their priority was “to investigate the documentary and it’s making with as much rigour as the extremism the programme sought to portray”.
A classic case of the UK’s two tier legal system with different laws for different groups.
A Muslim radio station has been fined £4,000 after a presenter said gay people should be ‘tortured’.
Ofcom upheld two complaints from listeners about Leeds based Radio Asian Fever after presenter Rubina Nasir hit out at homosexuality and mixed faith marriages.
She said that homosexuals should be ‘beaten up’ and that a Muslim marrying a non-Mulslim was on ‘the straight path to hellfire’.
The presenter, known as ‘Sister Ruby’, said: “What should be done if they do it? [practise homosexuality].
“If there are two such persons among you, that do this evil, the shameful act, what do you have to do? Torture them; punish them; beat them and give them mental torture.”
“Allah states, ‘If they do such a deed [i.e. homosexuality], punish them, both physically and mentally.
She said: “What happens when a Muslim man or woman get married to a Mushrak [a follower of another religion).
“Listeners! Marriage of a Muslim man or woman with a Mushrak is the straight path to hellfire.
“We are saying that Mushraks have no concept of cleanliness and uncleanliness.”
Bit of an easy target I must admit, after all it was broadcast out to several thousand people so they can’t deny it by means of claiming that it was edited as the Mosques and various other Muslim groups did over Channel 4’s programme despite the later acquittal by Ofcom over the programme and Channel 4’s attempt to sue West Midlands police over their handling of the case getting an apology and £100.000 compensation.
West Midlands police and the CPS have yet to even state why they went overboard in trying to prosecute Channel 4, certainly it backfired spectacularly upon them, most think that it was a case of political correctness coupled with multiculturalism and an attempt to maintain community cohesion. They were also very slow off the mark to prosecute over allegations of child grooming by muslims of Pakistani descent preferring to simply ignore what was going on.
It does strike me as odd that it is being left to the likes of Ofcom to deal with religious extremism within the media though. Fines are all very well, but perhaps it would be nice to see some prosecutions too? Not that I’m going to hold my breath as the example of West Midlands police seems to pervade the so called upholders of our laws.
I somehow doubt that we’ll see Stonewall and the like turn up at the radio station either, they much prefer to go after soft targets like Christians who don’t generally call for them to be tortured or hung (at least not in the UK)