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The BBC at least came clean on the propagandist purpose of this programme. It stated:
“In recent weeks the political spotlight
has once again been on the Muslim community. When it comes to Islam, British
society needs positive messages of integration now more than ever.”
So by showing us the lives of Muslim
players in the Premier League, and how many Muslims there are in that league,
the BBC is showing or telling us… what, exactly? It’s not really showing or
telling us much about Islam.
Colin Murray, who presents the BBC TV programme.
The BBC, in portentous tones, also informed
us that ‘twenty years ago there were no Muslims in the Premier League’.But now, lo and behold, ‘there are nearly
forty - enough for three football teams’.What sort of reaction to this is the BBC
expecting? What’s the point? Are they – if implicitly - telling us about Islam
and how great it really is - despite all our terrible 'misconceptions' and evil 'myths' about that religion?
The ‘Muslim Premier League’ is exemplary in
how it ‘accommodates’ Muslims and how it does so all too often.
The BBC says that ‘clubs have adapted to
accommodate a diversity of faiths’. Of course they don’t really mean ‘a diversity
of faiths’. They mean, as usual, Islam.
Only Muslims demand and expect ‘accommodation’. I’ve never heard any demands
from players of other faiths. Indeed what could other faiths, by their very nature,
demand of - or from - the Premier League?
Those Muslim or Islamic demands, and the
predicable accommodations, are all part and parcel of the Islamic game. Muslims
know that they’re making many demands and in many ways. That’s the whole point.
When a Muslim soccer player, or a nurse or a student, makes a demand, he or she
knows that’s how Muslims, and therefore Islam, assert themselves and therefore
how they chip away at the ‘unbeliever’s’ system and culture.
There have already been many ‘accommodations’
in the Premier League. I suspect more so than in most other professions
precisely because the League is so much in the public eye and so prone to
scrutiny from professional Leftists, career anti-racists and so on. There’s
already been many accommodations concerning Muslim holidays, halal produce,
fasting, prayer times, expressions of Christianity in the vicinity of the
players, ‘un-Islamic behaviour’ in their presence and so on. As usual, the list is endless precisely because Islamic demands, within a non-Islamic country, are designed to be endless.
The BBC itself is very explicit about the
demands of - and accommodations to - Islam. It says that
‘Muslim footballers are provided with halal
food, have the option to shower separately from the rest of the team and are
given time and space for prayer’.
And it’s goodbye to champagne too. Or, as
the BBC puts it: ‘Until recently, all Premier League players named man of the
match were awarded a bottle of champagne.’ But not now – at least not at the
clubs which have Muslim players. The BBC solemnly tells us that ‘for Muslims,
alcohol is forbidden’.As a result of
‘when Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure
politely refused to accept his award on religious grounds during a television
interview, the competition organisers were forced to sit up and take notice’.
Yes, you guessed it - there was yet another
accommodation to Islam in an non-Islamic country. An accommodation to Islam in
that most English of things – football. Or, as the BBC expressed it: ‘Champagne
was phased out and now all players receive a small trophy instead.’
It goes on. Now even Muslim team doctors
are getting in on the act. When Liverpool won the League Cup final in 2012,
‘players had the sensitivity to move the clothes of their team doctor, a devout
Muslim, out of the changing rooms so that alcohol wasn't sprayed over them’.
Nevertheless, Muslims demand far more from
the Premier League than what they’ve already been given. For example, BBC says
that ‘[s]ponsorship deals have also been a source of tension’. It goes on to
‘[t]eams who advertise gambling and pay day
loan companies on their shirts put their Muslim players in a difficult
position, as it means they are being used to promote activities which
contradict Islamic teaching.’
More specifically, the BBC says that
‘last month [Djibril] Cisse said he planned to talk
to Newcastle and their new sponsors, Wonga, because he was worried his Muslim
beliefs would be compromised if he were seen to promote the company.’
And Crewe Striker, Nathan Ellington, has also
made demands but he has also graciously accepted that his team may not give in
to each and every one of them. For instance, he is upset about some of the
sponsors his club chooses. He said:
"I think that's usually out of the
hands of the Muslim. Although he's not allowed to gamble, that's something you
cannot affect really."
The BBC also asks us this question:
“But how has a profession, with a
reputation for nightclub brawls, boozing and excess, dealt with teetotal
players who value prayer and fasting?”
Has the BBC simply assumed here that all
the Muslim players are ‘teetotal’ and don’t go to night-clubs or have brawls?
Big Sam Allardyce (in the BBC 1 programme) certainly didn’t think so. He stated
that the Muslim players he knows do some or all of these terrible kuffar-likethings.
At the beginning I mentioned how the BBC was
explicit (if not honest) about the propagandist purpose of this programme. At
the end, too, we also have an
explicit statement of the BBC’s Islamophile agenda:
“They [the kuffar] may not completely understand what it means, but it's a
sign that Muslim practices are becoming a more familiar part of popular British
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Muslims are Not Islam
One of the most fatal and common mistakes
of all Islamophile commentators is to conflate particular Muslims with Islam
We don’t care that much about what
individual Muslims do. We care primarily about the nature of Islam. The same is
true of National Socialism (Nazism). It doesn’t really matter what individual
Nazis do or did; it's National Socialism that we're against. More
particularly, there could have been, or was, a sincere and card-carrying Nazi
who never joined the Gestapo, the SS, manned a concentration or labour camp,
never took part in Kristallnacht,
etc. Nonetheless, he was still a Nazi. Hell, he may have been a nice family man
There are many actual examples of this
phenomenon of conflating individuals with the religion or ideology they follow.
And again Nazism provides a good example.
Werner Heisenberg (a great physicist),
Martin Heidegger (a great philosopher) and Richard Strauss (a great composer)
were all Nazis (to a greater or lesser extent). Does that mean that Nazism itself,
like Islam, was responsible for these great achievements of German science,
philosophy and music? No. These physicists, philosophers and composers
were people who just happened to have been Nazis too. And, like the Premier League’s Muslim
footballers, do these great people also ‘represent’ Nazism; just as the Muslim soccer
players are supposed to represent Islam?
If every Muslim somehow expresses Islam,
then the jihadists, Islamists and terrorists express Islam. Yet the BBC, and all the other
Islamophiles, categorically rejects that (despite the utter ignorance, in
nearly all cases, of Islam). The BBC was implicitly expecting its readers and
viewers to conflate these football-playing Muslims with Islam. That displays
double-standards. We are always told that terrorists, and even Islamists,‘don’t represent Islam’. However, this programme was trying its hardest to show
that these Premier League Muslim footballers do represent Islam. How is that?
Why is that? Why, again, the double-standards and even the inconsistency?
Despite all that, it’s the terrorists, and certainly
the Islamists, who truly abide by Islam and who have the Koran on their lips when
they kill, agitate and work. The soccer players in the Premier League don't, on
the whole, strictly abide by Islam (although the BBCchose to feature only the ‘good Muslims’) when they go to night-clubs, buy
sports cars, date non-Muslim women, listen to highly sexualised R ‘n’ B and so on.
So the BBC overemphasises these Muslim
soccer players and implicitly says that terrorists
and Islamists aren’t representative of Islam – but these soccer players are!
No. It’s the other way around. It's the soccer players who aren't expressing –
or being representative of - Islam.