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The BBC's appointment of a Muslim as head of religion and ethics is insulting to Christians, an Ulster Unionist assembly member has said.

Retired Presbyterian minister Dr Robert Coulter said the appointment of Aaqil Ahmed was "a juvenile gimmick".

"According to the Church of England 70% of the UK are Christian, 3% are Muslim yet the BBC for its head of religious broadcast appoints a Muslim," he said.

Dr Coulter said he believed many Muslims would agree with his criticism.

"I am sure moderate Muslim leaders will be deeply concerned about this as well, because it will make many UK citizens feel that they are gaining too much influence - for a faith that represents such a small percentage of the whole community.

"It could well lead to many people developing a more hostile attitude to Muslims."

Dr Robert Coulter, BBC News 43 Comments [5/16/2009 4:28:36 AM]
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Marsten

Not fundie, go home.

5/16/2009 4:32:50 AM

arcturus

I'll rephrase that for you..

The BBC's appointment of a (person of particular faith) is insulting to (all other faiths) because you fucking hate eachother.

Oh well, sunday mornings with shows like "the big questions" where you get a load of idiots using faith in the context of arguments about topics as mundane as fishing quotas aren't going to get any more interesting.

Oh, and "the heaven and earth show".. gaaaaargggh.. it's a total waste of photons.

5/16/2009 4:35:03 AM

John_in_Oz

Fundie incarnate! "A Muslim can't be head of religious broadcasting because he's from a minority.
Not like those of us who are of the White Anglican heterosexual male native born Anglo-Saxon minority.
Next thing you know, these raving liberals will be sugesting a woman could do the job!"

5/16/2009 4:39:21 AM

Doctor Whom

Poor widdwe politically correct whiner, did your feewings get hurt? Oh, I remember now: It's not political correctness when you do it.

5/16/2009 4:46:36 AM

Thundersqueaks

"70% of the UK are Christian"

That explains why it's standing room only, every Sunday, in churches throughout the land. *cough*

5/16/2009 4:46:57 AM

Swedish Pagan

Since it is the department of religion and ethics, the number one priority must be to appoint someone who knows stuff about religion. Whether he or she is Christian, Buddhist, Muslim or Jew doesn't really matter, as long as the person in question has shown an open mind towards other religions.

Everything is not an "us and them" issue. The similarities are more than the differences.

5/16/2009 4:58:04 AM

aaa

Not worth my time.

5/16/2009 5:06:21 AM

Pule Thamex

Oh yeah! Come to Wales. The few remaining chapels are visited by a few old-age pensioners, when they can make it, and naturally, that source of worshipers is dwindling every day that passes. Hardly anyone round here is religious. And I bet there are many other parts of the UK that are similar. The Muslim immigrants to Britain might find that their are influenced by the rest of us ungodly heathens over time.

On the other hand, I do believe that the BBC tries to be, and wants to be seen as, politically correct, even overtly left-wing. The vast majority of the programming they produce these days is of no interest to me. But I still have to pay them a license fee every year; just so I can have the privilege of watching a few rugby internationals every March.

5/16/2009 5:12:02 AM

Man Called True

...wait a minute. "Coulter"? A raving hatred of Muslims? Hammering on statistics?

...Jim Felkner has crossed the Atlantic!

5/16/2009 6:09:42 AM

Brain_In_A_Jar

The last line is what makes it fundie - citing avoidance of hostility in order to justify hostility.

5/16/2009 6:36:19 AM

Horsefeathers

"The BBC's appointment of a Muslim as head of religion and ethics is insulting to Christians, an Ulster Unionist assembly member has said."

Well they had to do something. See, not having the Christians be insulted was insulting the Muslims.

Seriously, one of you two groups is always "insulted" about some stupid shit or other. Guess what. Nobody gives a fuck. Nobody has any right to not be offended/insulted/etc. Neither of you are as special as you seem to think you are.

"Retired Presbyterian minister Dr Robert Coulter said the appointment of Aaqil Ahmed was "a juvenile gimmick"."

So is whining about it you self aggrandizing twit.

""According to the Church of England 70% of the UK are Christian, 3% are Muslim yet the BBC for its head of religious broadcast appoints a Muslim," he said."

Oh, goodness. One of them damned minorities is getting all uppity again, are they? Pity you can't just "put'em in their place" like the old days, eh?

"Dr Coulter said he believed many Muslims would agree with his criticism."

And how many Muslims did you ask to come to this conclusion? I'm going to say the number is somewhat less than 1.

"I am sure moderate Muslim leaders will be deeply concerned about this as well, because it will make many UK citizens feel that they are gaining too much influence - for a faith that represents such a small percentage of the whole community."

I'm pretty sure that not everyone shares your delusions.

"It could well lead to many people developing a more hostile attitude to Muslims."

Yeah, sure.

5/16/2009 6:52:57 AM

Princess Rot

What a privilege it must be, to expect that everyone in a position of power in any institution, anywhere in the world, to be a white male.

Fauxgressive douchebag.

5/16/2009 7:12:10 AM

Mister Spak

FUNDIE FIGHT!!!!!!

5/16/2009 7:14:22 AM

Caretaker

Not too long ago, it would have been "the appointment of a Catholic is insulting to Protestants".

The fundies of Northern Ireland really need to take a long walk off a short cliff.

5/16/2009 7:17:35 AM



Look at it this way, Robert; it could have been worse. It could have been a taig.

5/16/2009 7:42:07 AM

lol what

So... Muslim leaders want to be excluded from society to make people less hostile towards them?

Yeah, I don't think so.

5/16/2009 7:56:25 AM

Mr Blur

The Beeb should have appointed an atheist - we treat all religions equally.

5/16/2009 7:57:50 AM

Dio Fa

It "could" lead people in that direction? Or you "will"?

5/16/2009 8:53:45 AM

rubber chicken

This guy is from Ulster. His main concern is whether the appointee is a protestant muslim or a catholic muslim.

5/16/2009 9:29:04 AM



Uh, does he realize the person's religious affiliation isn't going to change the actual programming?

5/16/2009 9:47:15 AM

Moondog

Is there something about the name Coulter?

5/16/2009 10:45:32 AM



Can there BE a more hostile attitude towards Muslims?

5/16/2009 10:47:20 AM



What if he is a moderate muslim?. And by the way, don't be so hypocrite, maybe he got the qualifications for that. When one of the guys was a JEW, you never protested. Suspicious?

5/16/2009 11:05:16 AM

LadyJafaria

Ah yes, the well-known Christian persecution complex. "Other religions insult me by existing!" I'd say give the guy a chance until he DOES something that insults your religion (which he probably won't, seeing as most moderate Muslims actually respect Christians...) but no, you have to be all "Oh no, we're oppressed because we have to stop oppressing everyone else."

...Also, I clicked the link. The Muslim guy's hot. Not that I want to be lookist here but still. I'd let him influence me if you know what I mean and I think you do.

5/16/2009 11:38:31 AM



1. It doesn't matter which religion the man follows, as long as he's knowledgeable about the topic (in this case, religion and ethics).
2. Your last two sentences are completely nonsensical and illogical. You're saying that Muslims are going to dislike this appointment because it'll make people more tolerant of Muslims? Whaaaaaat?
3. You guys are the most easily "insulted" people in the world. Everything on earth is an "insult" to fundies. Grow some balls already.

5/16/2009 11:43:27 AM
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