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Christian Fundamentalist Beheads Muslim
Posted by: MichaelW on Monday, July 14, 2008

On a BBC show called "Bonekickers" (HT: Gateway Pundit):
A BBC drama has triggered a barrage of complaints after it showed gruesome images of a Muslim being beheaded.

Bonekickers, about a group of archeological sleuths, depicted an extremist Christian decapitating a man with a sword.

The bloody scene has prompted 100 complaints since it was broadcast on BBC1 on Tuesday evening.

[...]

Some viewers were taken aback when former EastEnders actor Paul Nicholls was seen in the drama hacking off a moderate Muslim's head in an unprovoked attack.

He plays a member of the fictional White Wings Alliance, a group of far-Right evangelical Christians inspired by the Crusades.

The show, watched 6.8million, also sparked new claims of anti-Christian bias in BBC programmes.
Gee, ya think?

This was to be expected considering the British government's efforts to placate the nation's hostile Muslim population (not meaning every Muslim in Britain; just that vocal minority preaching hate, intolerance and violence).

Confidently deeming this sauce as good for the goose, the BBC defends the scene:
We regret that some viewers felt the beheading scene was inappropriate. It appeared half way through episode one of Bonekickers, by which time the character's þextreme fundamental belief' had been revealed, providing the audience with a good build up to the scene in question.

This storyline looked at religious fundamentalism within a fictional Christian group, and one character in particular who took his beliefs to an extreme. His ignorance and misguided behaviour lead to the beheading of a peaceful Asian Muslim character in the drama. His actions are clearly condemned by leading Muslim and Christian clerics. The drama also has the balance of a Christian character that has a deep faith which she uses humbly and only for good.

The killing and the method used reflected the flawed beliefs that the character had. It does not attempt to condone or glamorise such a violent act in any way. The drama seeks to highlight the consequences of a misguided fundamentalist taking his beliefs to violent extremes.

The inclusion of the scene had been carefully considered and was very much central to the story line and reflected the character's extreme fundamental beliefs and state of mind.
Assiduously avoiding whether this same sauce would be good for the gander, the BBC makes no mention of how appropriate the scene would have been if the characters' religions were reversed. If there had been a "peaceful" Muslim to balance the fundamentalist head-chopper, would the BBC have found the scene appropriate? It certainly would have had more relation to the real world, but colour me sceptical that the Beeb would have been as sanguine in its defence if the Christian had been on the business end of the scimitar.
 
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What makes the irony in this so darn ironic is that they shot the scene this way specifically because there aren’t all that many Christians who will behead you for attacking their religion.

I’m telling you, this is the funniest end of civilization ever.
 
Written By: Veeshir
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What’s the big deal? Don’t Christian fundamentalists like Pat Robertson run around with swords all the time? Why, the symbol of Christianity is only a thinly disguised sword. What else would they use them for, except for cutting the heads off infidels? Why else do Christians sing songs like "Onward Christian Soldiers"? Why do you insist on attempting to cast aspersions on The Religion of Peace when the victim here is clearly Muslim? Blaming the victim, that’s why!
And, just to add to the fun, don’t forget the Jews practice genital mutilation on their own children! Why is it so hard to believe they would do worse to innocent Muslims?
 
Written By: timactual
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Ripped from the Headlines!!!!

Content Advisory: Graphic content. Religion was changed to protect the guilty.
 
Written By: Dusty
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I have to wonder if this was conscious decision to invert reality, or is reality so warped for these people that this seems normal and logical depiction?
 
Written By: jpm100
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Come on guys. The BBC was clear that it was producing a work of dramatic fiction. If they showed a Muslim beheading someone, it would have been a reality show. God knows British TV has enough of those.
 
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You got it Jimmy, the BBC wasn’t always so totally ’retromingent’. About six years ago, they had a piece on their not yet BDS infected spy series MI-5 that predicted the events of 7/7 about the indoctrination of home grown jihadis. Of course the season, opened with a homicidal pro-lifer, (in England) and it was followed up by a White Supremacist leader. It’s like the "Law & Order" syndrome dialed up to ’eleventy’. For every effort that involved Islamist, there was a mcGuffin with false flag provocateurs, Colombian gangsters, and Russian oligarchs. The last season that ran on A&E began with a bombing, that of course was triggered by homicidale animal rights activists, followed up with wrongfully imprisoned Gitmo detainees, A US plot to provoke a war with Iran, and some folderall with the Princess Diana assassination plot. The next season, no doubt approved by the British counterpart to CAIR; thankfully never aired here. This is not unlike what happens with US crime procedurals like CSI or formerly Crossing Jordan which follow the same pattern, although on a softer key.
 
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The BBC was clear that it was producing a work of dramatic fiction. If they showed a Muslim beheading someone, it would have been a reality show. God knows British TV has enough of those.
If they would have showed a Muslim beheading someone, they would have been beheaded by Muslims.

 
Written By: Is
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But Dr. Who is good, I still forgive them for this.
 
Written By: shark
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If they would have showed a Muslim beheading someone, they would have been beheaded by Muslims.
Silence! I keel you! You mock the Prophet! If you keep saying we are a violent religion we will have jihad, and riots, and fatwahs and we will kill many of you!
 
Written By: The Gonzman
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As a Brit, I think I should take on the (sometimes difficult) task of claiming that my country hasn’t gone entirely insane, or has become an anti-Christian, leftist ’rogue state’.

To give a little perspective, there was a drama about young muslim extremists shown not too long ago, which ended in a bombing - the terrorist was not a character you were meant to like at all. BBC Radio 2, the most listened to network, has a priest give a ’thought of the day’ on it’s breakfast show (which is itself presented by an Irish catholic). The BBC’s political editor is fairly conservative, as are a fair few contributors (some aren’t, c’est la vie) and the majority of the popular press, as in the US, tends to the right. I think the leaping on stories like this (and there are similar stories which one could find occuring the the US) gives an inaccurate image of the UK.

 
Written By: Chris
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As a Brit, I think I should take on the (sometimes difficult) task of claiming that my country hasn’t gone entirely insane, or has become an anti-Christian, leftist ’rogue state’.
I certainly did not mean to imply that, Chris, which was why I limited my criticism to the government. So no worries about having to defend the entire nation.
To give a little perspective, there was a drama about young muslim extremists shown not too long ago, which ended in a bombing - the terrorist was not a character you were meant to like at all.
OK (do you have a link? what was the reaction?), but isn’t there a difference between (1) a story that could be drawn from the headlines (as in your example), and (2) one that could not be unless we were either to go back 1,000 years or reverse the religions of the victim and aggressor characters?
BBC Radio 2, the most listened to network, has a priest give a ’thought of the day’ on it’s breakfast show (which is itself presented by an Irish catholic).
I’m not sure what your point is here in relation to the post.
The BBC’s political editor is fairly conservative, as are a fair few contributors (some aren’t, c’est la vie) and the majority of the popular press, as in the US, tends to the right.
You lost me here, Chris. Our press tends to the "right"? No. No. No. No.
I think the leaping on stories like this (and there are similar stories which one could find occuring the the US) gives an inaccurate image of the UK.
Fair enough. As I mentioned above, I tried to be specific in attacking government policy. I "leapt" on the story simply because it was such obvious pandering. A Christian beheading a Muslim? C’mon now, that’s just silly. It’s an inflammatory subject precisely because radical Muslims actually do behead kafir, which would include Christians. And if the Beeb had presented the story with the characters reversed then the radical Muslim population of Britain would have raised holy terror. That’s what makes this a story.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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It’s an inflammatory subject precisely because radical Muslims actually do behead kafir, which would include Christians. And if the Beeb had presented the story with the characters reversed then the radical Muslim population of Britain would have raised holy terror. That’s what makes this a story.
Sorry, I wasn’t clear enough. I wasn’t saying that this specific instance isn’t a story, indeed, it is inflamatory, as you say. I was making mainly a point that the BBC is often (in this case with justification) portrated as a crusading anti-Christian, very liberal, political institution. However, I think that this is not entirely accurate, as like I say, the BBC’s political editor is fairly conservative, and I’d imagine more of it’s output would find favour in the ’Red States’ of the US than the ’rogue states ’ of the middle-east.


Similarly, whilst many US commentators point out instances of overzealous political correctness and pandering committed by UK media and government, I often see comments along the lines of ’oh, god, havev they all gone crazy in the UK?’ etc (as is your right) I don’t think we have anything like the monopoly on it, nor is it particularly more developed or insidious than the US.
 
Written By: Chris
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I was making mainly a point that the BBC is often (in this case with justification) portrated as a crusading anti-Christian, very liberal, political institution. However, I think that this is not entirely accurate, as like I say, the BBC’s political editor is fairly conservative, and I’d imagine more of it’s output would find favour in the ’Red States’ of the US than the ’rogue states ’ of the middle-east.
OK, you’re more familiar with the BBC’s output than I am, so you may be right. My awareness is almost entirely from BBC America and critics of the Beeb, so it’s possible my view is overly slanted towards the critics’ side.
Similarly, whilst many US commentators point out instances of overzealous political correctness and pandering committed by UK media and government, I often see comments along the lines of ’oh, god, havev they all gone crazy in the UK?’ etc (as is your right) I don’t think we have anything like the monopoly on it, nor is it particularly more developed or insidious than the US.
Well, yes and no. While the populations of the respective countries may not be dissimilar in that respect, the US is a long way from tolerating much of the nonsense perpetrated by the British government, mainly because we have different safeguards (such as the First Amendment) than you all do. For example, the idea of an American being prosecuted for speaking his mind, whether what he has to say is stupid, racist or just downright mean is anathema here. Similarly, the entire Tony Martin saga seems so strange to Americans, even in places with strict gun control laws.

That being said, I’m not a fan of overly simplistic characterizations of any groups, and especially not entire countries, so I can understand where you are coming from.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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. . . the majority of the popular press, as in the US, tends to the right.


The US press tends left.

There was even an excellent UCLA study on this, where they correlated sources us by those in Congress with sources used by the press. Not that we needed a study, it simply proved what we already knew . . .
 
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