We noted last week that documentary footage of jihadist preaching inside British mosques would soon air in Britain -- and it's airing tonight. But oddly enough, the Muslim Council of Britain, the "moderate" group, is unhappy. You would think that a group of moderate Muslims would be cheering the exposure of jihad sympathizers among them, but they're instead sounding all the familiar themes of selective quotation, etc. etc. etc. But you know, in most circumstances, no matter how selectively one quotes not much can be made of the result.
"TV documentary accused of misrepresenting UK Muslims," from Arabic News (thanks to Doc Washburn):
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is accusing Channel Four commercial channel of attempting to foment division and sectarianism among Britain's 1.8 million Muslim community.
A documentary, being screened Monday, goes undercover at mosques to find what it in its advance publicity are "preachers condemning integration into British society, condemning democracy and praising the Taliban for killing British soldiers." MCB said the Dispatches program "mischievously tried to prove that key Muslim institutions are teaching the exact opposite to Islam commanding Muslims to deal positively and peacefully with those around us."
The producers were "resorting to the dishonest tactic of selectively quoting from some recorded speeches for the purpose of misrepresentation," MCB secretary general Abdul Bari said.
"Their aim is to attach guilt by association. This continuing demonization of British Muslims and the risible attempt at promoting sectarianism among British Muslims will be firmly rejected," Bari said.