From The Gathering Storm Blog

The Channel 4 exposes ruffled a lot of feathers with their ‘distorted’ documentary exposing the radical rabble rousing at London mosques.

A “distorted” Channel 4 documentary about Muslim extremism that enraged community leaders and resulted in a fruitless police investigation will now be the subject of an Ofcom inquiry. West Midlands Police made a formal complaint over a Channel 4 Dispatches film that participants and race crime prosecutors claim was edited in a misleading manner.

Undercover Mosque, broadcast in January, featured footage shot at a number of mosques, including one at which a preacher praised the Taleban for killing British soldiers. Channel 4 said that the programme revealed how a message of hatred and segregation was being spread by some Islamic preachers.

But it seems those very same preachers were – TA DA! – quoted out of context.

After investigating 56 hours of footage, West Midlands Police said that it had been advised by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the broadcaster for stirring up racial hatred, but that selective editing had helped to create an impression of Muslim hatred.

Let’s look at that defense of ‘selected editing’ according to the preachers themselves.

Abu Usamah, a preacher at the Green Lane mosque in Birmingham, said he was shocked when he saw himself depicted. Mr Usamah was shown saying: “If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that is my freedom of speech, isn’t it?”

Umm…selective editing? Isn’t this what he said? He admits it. But no…..

He later said that he was explaining an opinion featured in some books, and not one that he believed.

Wait a minute. He was quoting books? Which books? The Koran? The Hadith?

Mr Usamah said that the mosque had a tradition of teaching a moderate version of Islam. “To try and demonise the efforts of these people by taking their comments out of context was shocking,” he said.

Out of context? What he said was pretty clear to me.

A senior imam filmed calling for the creation of a British Islamic state under Sharia also claimed that his comments were take out of context.

And in what context would “calling for the creation of a British Islamic state under Sharia” not mean what it says it means? Can the imam explain another context that would not mean what he said?

Several speakers were clearly shown making abhorrent and extreme comments. This was a thorough and detailed one-hour documentary, made over nine months, which allowed these comments to be seen in a fuller context.”

Here are some more words taken ‘out of context’ from the Channel 4 documentary.

Abu Usamah: “They will fight in the cause of Allah. I encourage all of you to be from among them, to begin to cultivate ourselves for the time that is approaching”

Dr Ijaz Mian: “You have to live like a state-within-a-state until you take over”

Abu Usamah: “Why give up your religion and your long legacy of Islam to please someone who is an enemy to you?”

Abu Usamah on Osama Bin Laden : “He’s better than a million George Bushes, he’s better than a thousand Tony Blairs, because he’s a Muslim”

Channel 4 said it believed that Ofcom would exonerate the broadcaster. Kevin Sutcliffe, commissioning editor for Dispatches, said: “We believe the comments made in the film speak for themselves”.

Of course they do. Any 5th grader can tell you that. Or has the language of our mother country been so degenerated that it has ceased to have any meaning at all?

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