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British TV channel to air Muslim call to prayer
Reuters ^ | July 3, 2013

Posted on 07/04/2013 3:17:04 AM PDT by NYer

LONDON (Reuters) - A British television station will broadcast the Muslim call to prayer every morning during Ramadan to give a voice to Britain's Muslim minority, which has faced a backlash since the murder of a soldier on a London street.

Channel 4 on Tuesday announced it would be the first mainstream national broadcaster to air the call, issuing it at 3 a.m. daily from July 9 for the entire Muslim month of fasting.

The publicly-owned broadcaster, set up to appeal to minority audiences, will also interrupt its programming four times on the first day of Ramadan with 20-second films to remind viewers of the call to prayer.

Christian programming is a familiar feature of British national radio and television, although its audiences are dwindling.

Ralph Lee, Channel's 4 head of factual programmes, said he expected the station would be criticized for focusing attention on a minority religion. But he said he hoped to give a voice to mainstream, law-abiding Muslims.

"The calls to prayer prompt Muslims to carry out quiet moments of worship, but hopefully they'll also make other viewers sit up and notice that this event is taking place," Lee said in a statement.

British Muslims have suffered reprisals since two men murdered soldier Lee Rigby, a 25-year-old veteran of the war in Afghanistan, in broad daylight outside London's Woolwich barracks in May.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: britain; muslim; prayer; television; unitedkingdom; waronterror

1 posted on 07/04/2013 3:17:04 AM PDT by NYer
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To: SJackson; SunkenCiv
Channel 4 has a history of controversial programming: in 2008 it asked the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to deliver an alternative to Queen Elizabeth's annual Christmas message.
2 posted on 07/04/2013 3:17:42 AM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer
What a country.

Taken over without a shot being fired.

3 posted on 07/04/2013 3:20:55 AM PDT by Post5203 (Please name me a sucessfull city or country run by a "person of color".)
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To: NYer
So they reward Jihad with extra privileges? Yeah, that’ll get ‘em to stop.
4 posted on 07/04/2013 3:24:08 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: NYer

Five, six, ten, hell maybe twenty times a day for all I know, Islamites are called together to receite in rote zombie unison that dogma that is in obedience to Allah. They are drilled with this all their waking lives. Day in day out.

They are told Allah is great, Allah is good, and sometimes they even say (to others) “Peace be upon you.” [my interpretation of that is they are really wishing defeat or death upon you - where you will undoubtedly then be at peace, under Allah]

In actuality, this is nothing more than long term brainwashing. Allah this, Allah that. Automatically programmed to interpret anything-Allah as THE WORD.

So when some Imam comes up to a particularly malleable Islamite and says, “Allah commands you to put on this bomb belt, blah blah blah.” He does it.

And so in this day and age of enlightenment, British television chooses to provide Islam to an even wider venue.


5 posted on 07/04/2013 3:26:04 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: NYer

When does the Queen move out, and whe do the imams move in?


6 posted on 07/04/2013 4:13:11 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: NYer; Post5203; 2ndDivisionVet; Gaffer; onedoug

CH4 since its inception in 1982, has always done ‘alternative’ programming as an alternative to the BBC and ITV monoliths: an alternative Queen’s Christmas Message usually by a charity or political activist or comedian, ethnic programming, gay programming, disabled programming, niche sports.

This Ramadan programming (the first they have ever done btw) needs to be seen in that context, rather than the Brits caving to the Muzzies. If you know CH4’s history, this is just another bit of ethnic programming.


7 posted on 07/04/2013 4:55:42 AM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman

#6 stands, for me.


8 posted on 07/04/2013 5:12:51 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: NYer

“Sooie, pig, pig!”


9 posted on 07/04/2013 6:21:59 AM PDT by twister881
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To: NYer

The publicly-owned broadcaster, set up to appeal to minority audiences.

Sounds like our PBS.


10 posted on 07/04/2013 7:51:17 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: NYer

Unreal


11 posted on 07/04/2013 9:03:25 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: NYer; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks NYer.


12 posted on 07/04/2013 9:23:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: onedoug

Since Prince Charles is already a mozzie, the “imam” is already in place for the handover of the thronw.


13 posted on 07/04/2013 10:30:38 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: twister881

Transgenic pigs glow green so they can be seen at night.
14 posted on 07/04/2013 1:25:30 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer

The Brits are being stupid.


15 posted on 07/04/2013 2:32:15 PM PDT by GOPJ ((MSNBC?)... liberal anger - - the privileged wheeze of entitled brats ... Greenfield)
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