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Tuesday, 28 October 2008

We are right. You are Wrong. Part II

An inter-religion story reaches us from Glasgow today. While most readers of this blog may have issues with Christianity, they would, I hope, agree that Christians have a right to speak.

Not according to the politically correct management at a radio station called AWAZ FM, which serves the Asian community. The Rev. Mahboob Masih (pictured) was presenting what we can only assume was an avowedly Christian show. But some Muslims didn’t like that, apparently, especially when Masih tried to explain what was meant by the claim that Jesus was the way, the truth and the life.

Well, I say “Muslims”, but there’s one in particular – and we might have expected it. He’s none other than Dr Zakir Naik, who has “previous”. As we reported last week, this prat thinks eating carnivorous animals such as tigers and lions can make you violent, whereas Muslims eat only gentle herbivores and, as we know, are peace-loving and not violent. He also tries to justify why Muslims can come to the UK and build mosques, but it's OK to stop Christians building churches in Muslim countries.

The Christian Broadcasting News website tells us:

Following claims by Muslim academic Dr Zakir Naik, well known in the Asian community for his critical comments about Christianity, that Jesus was not the only person who was “the way, the truth and the life” and that every “prophet” was in their own way the way, the truth and the life, Rev. Masih’s programme received a number of calls asking questions about Dr Naik’s comments.

Mahboob Masih answered these questions in moderate and temperate terms, including quoting the claims of Jesus as stated in the Bible.

Despite Rev. Masih’s factual and honest answers to these questions, some Muslim listeners, complained the radio station.

Management at Awaz FM asked Rev. Masih to offer an apology for any offence which had been caused. But after reading out a prepared apology on air, as he had been requested, the station sought to find further fault with Mahboob Masih and removed him from the radio show.

So in what is a Christian programme on a radio station that is meant to serve all the Asian community and its respective religions, including Christianity, a Christian presenter cannot explain why Christians believe Jesus to be the way, the truth and the life?

I may be wrong, but I didn’t notice Sikhs, Buddhists or Hindus complaining. Just Muslims. And would the station management have taken the course they did had it been any religion other than Islam? Well, you’ve no doubt read enough about this bleating, moaning, whingeing, victim-culture belief system, and about how anyone in authority – whether private managements or public bodies – loves to bend over backwards to accommodate its every whim, to be able to answer that question for yourself.

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