A great piece from Canada’s top terrorism reporter, Stewart Bell of the National Post. Not only was cable network Vision TV caught airing the Jihadist insanity of Pakistani rebel radical Israr Ahmed (yes sir…another “Doctor Gone Wild” – confirmed in this interview), they are defending the airing!:
Stewart Bell National Post
Friday, July 20, 2007
TORONTO – VisionTV says it will monitor one of its shows more closely after it broadcast a lecture by an Islamic preacher who said scripture requires Muslims to either fight jihad or finance it.
The multi-faith channel, available in 7.8 million Canadian homes, said it took the precaution following a complaint about last Saturday’s broadcast of a lecture by the Pakistani fundamentalist.
In the hour-long talk, Israr Ahmad said, “Jihad in the way of Allah, for the cause of Allah, can be pursued either with your financial resources or your bodily strength when you go to fight the enemy in the battlefield.
“So jihad, the highest form, is fighting in the cause of Allah.”
Mr. Ahmad runs a seminary and bookstore in Lahore, Pakistan, and his writings foresee the “global domination of Islam,” compare Jews to “parasites,” describe the Holocaust as “divine punishment” and predict the “total extermination” of Jews.
His followers in Canada include terror suspect Qayyum Abdul Jamal, who was arrested last summer for his alleged role in a plot to detonate truck bombs in downtown Toronto.
The bozos running “Canada’s first multi-faith, multicultural network” proceed to do what all liberals do – defend the indefensible:
VisionTV’s code of ethics forbids the broadcast of programs that glorify or incite violence or “have the effect of provoking or abetting domestic or international religious or political conflicts.”
The broadcaster acknowledged that the show, Dil Dil Pakistan, had talked about jihad and fighting but said it did not contravene the station’s policies against incitement because the comments were made in a historical context. But it said the show would be monitored more closely.
“We have essentially a system of flagging shows when complaints are made, where we’ll watch subsequent episodes even more carefully than we otherwise do, and take extra care and caution. So that’s certainly the case here,” said Mark Prasuhn, VisionTV’s chief operating officer and vice-president of programming.
Toronto resident Mindy Alter, however, said the message came through loud and clear when she tuned in to the show, which aired from 3 to 4 p.m. on July 14.
“The part about the jihad, he said very specifically that it is incumbent upon Muslims to wage jihad against their enemies until Islam rules supreme over the world,” Mrs. Alter said.
“I’m sorry, I don’t think that belonged over the airwaves of Canadian TV.? You can put that in whatever context you like. To me that’s preaching jihad.”
Responded Mr. Prasuhn: “Definitely, the viewer is correct. [Mr. Ahmad] does make the point about, you either contribute financially or through your body, and he uses the word fight. But none of this, as far as I could see, is in any way correlated or referenced to the present day. It is strictly a historical context and reading of the Koran by a Koranic scholar.”
Mr. Ahmad is not just a religious scholar. He heads a self-described “revolutionary” organization called Tanzeem-e Islami, which wants to turn Pakistan into a fundamentalist Islamic state.
If airing a proto-Taliban revolutionary inciting Jihad at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon on basic cable in free and peaceful Canada isn’t a severe indictment of the insanity of dogmatic “multiculturalism”, I don’t know what is.