No one should be surprised that the Islam Channel did this. Beating is recommended for disobedient women in Qur’an 4:34, and the anti-Israel, pro-Hamas line stems from Islam’s deeply ingrained antisemitism, as per Qur’an 5:82. As for marital rape, they were just being true to the teachings of Muhammad, who said: “If a husband calls his wife to his bed [i.e. to have sexual relation] and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning” (Bukhari 4.54.460). He also said: “By him in Whose Hand lies my life, a woman can not carry out the right of her Lord, till she carries out the right of her husband. And if he asks her to surrender herself [to him for sexual intercourse] she should not refuse him even if she is on a camel’s saddle” (Ibn Majah 1854).
Also unsurprising is that British authorities are shocked, because they are totally clueless.
“Islam Channel breaks British broadcast rules, regulator says,” by Richard Allen Greene for CNN, November 8 (thanks to all who sent this in):
London, England (CNN) — Britain’s Islam Channel broke broadcasting regulations by condoning marital rape, encouraging violence against women, and promoting an anti-Israel, pro-Hamas line, the country’s broadcast regulator Ofcom ruled Monday.
One violation came during an advice program in which a female caller asked if a woman could hit her husband back if he was beating her. The host, as part of his answer, said the most a husband could do was hit her with a stick the size of a pen “just to make her feel that you are not happy with her.”
The same host said in another program that for a woman to wear perfume when praying in a mosque made her a prostitute in the eyes of the Prophet Mohammed.
Another violation took place in a discussion about an Afghan law that, critics say, allows men to rape their wives.
“To refuse relations would harm a marriage,” a guest on the program said.
The Islam Channel “does not condone or encourage violence toward women under any circumstances,” the broadcaster told Ofcom during the investigation.
But the author of a report into the channel said it promotes “a fringe and intolerant form of Islam.”
Sure, except that the fringe in this case seems to take up most of the garment.
“It is only right that the Islam Channel has been held to account,” said Talal Rajab of the Quilliam Foundation. He wrote its report “Re-programming British Muslims” this year.
The channel’s agenda “risks having a negative effect not only on British Muslim communities but also on relations between Muslims and non-Muslims,” he said.
But, he added, “there are encouraging signs that the channel is now making efforts to improve its output and to give greater airtime to a wider range of more mainstream Muslim voices.”…
Yeah, that’s gonna happen.