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Dispatches on Channel 4: Muslim Schooling

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Dispatches on Channel 4: Muslim Schooling

The documentary annoys me. The comments written have annoyed me more, you've watched an hour long documentary and you think you've got Islam and Muslims figured out? You don't know the half of it to be honest; a few people canít represent a religion. I'd love to see a documentary on a churches, temples, gurdwaras or synagogues. I'm sure there are bad aspects of all these places but really doubt that they would make it on air. Donít just judge on something you know so little about. The documentary although proving sight full is causing more grief then good.

Head teacher Mujahid Aziz said the school had been misrepresented, and the school had nothing to hide. The programme had completely misrepresented the school's teachings, Mr. Aziz said. Out of two years of teachings, the programme makers had taken a few incidents and shown them again and again, he said. "It's a clear misrepresentation of what we actually do," Mr. Aziz claimed. The media seems to be always on us
Posted by Iftikhar, Saturday, 14 May 2011 2:17:01 AM
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Having seen your posts before I do not expect much from you.
Not worth engaging in long drawn out mud slinging.
But what, tell me please, other group of migrants/refugees, has so very much to say about my country mens faults.
Only post here, because if I simply say what I truly think it would be considered wrong.
Thankfully I do not think you speak for most of your community.
Posted by Belly, Saturday, 14 May 2011 2:45:12 PM
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Not having seen the programme I cannot really comment on content. However, if there was anything untoward happening in the school shouldn't it be exposed?

Muslims shouldn't get a free pass just on the basis of being a minority group.

There has been much greater exposure in the media of the Catholic Church around child abuse and of sects in the US which force young girls into polygamous marriages with ageing men. And exposure of various sects as regards personal imprisonment, then there was the Orange People, The Family, the shunning and exile of relatives who leave their Church, stonings in some cultures and so it goes on. Mostly it is about abuse of power.

It is dangerous to keep quite when bad things are being done in the name of religion or under the protective guise of religion.

What in particular are you referring to in the programme?
Posted by pelican, Saturday, 14 May 2011 2:55:16 PM
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Not having seen the program it is difficult to make any kind of an assessment of it and even more difficult to know whether what was shown was highly selective or distorted. We know that news programs tend to feature the visually exciting or emotionally moving stories that will draw large viewing audiences, even if this means omitting issues that are more sober but perhaps more significant also.

The only comment that I can offer is that prejudice creates what it fears, because through prejudice young people's prospects are curtailed. They struggle to get an education and jobs and are increasingly ghettoized in poorer suburbs. Their own families often live defensively and become highly prejudiced about their fellow countrymen. The increasing hostility of the broader community re-inforces this inter-community racism, rather than challenging it.

I trust that young people are not being taught to hate - no matter who or where they are. If we want to live at ease with ourselves, we need more education about each other, less fear mongering, and not least, greater honesty about the culture of racism that is so damaging to us all.
Posted by Lexi, Saturday, 14 May 2011 6:43:28 PM
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young people are not being taught to hate ..
Lexi,
Not directly no, but they're driven to do so by those who constantly interfere with their lives without offering them direction.
Posted by individual, Saturday, 14 May 2011 9:16:38 PM
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Pelican
"And exposure of various sects as regards personal imprisonment, then there was the Orange People, The Family, the shunning and exile of relatives who leave their Church, stonings in some cultures and so it goes on."

I thought you're in favour of imprisoning people just to get what you want, remember? Oh that's right, you are.

I recently asked you what level of violence you would draw the line at when imposing your sexual and moral opinions on others, but you didn't answer. Care to answer now that you've popped up somewhere else accusing other people of favouring imprisonment?

"Mostly it is about abuse of power."

But not when you do it, right? Then imprisonment is all about sharing, right?

Right, Pelican? Physically abusing people is alright so long as you're in favour of it, right?

"It is dangerous to keep quite when bad things are being done in the name of religion or under the protective guise of religion."

What about when they're done in the name of the state or the protective guise of the state? Or is that okay because that's your religion?
Posted by Peter Hume, Saturday, 14 May 2011 10:41:41 PM
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