Sunday, October 21, 2007

Subsidized NPR is the Same The World Over

From The Netherlands:

Radical Muslims have taken control of the Dutch Muslim Broadcaster (NMO). At least three of the public broadcaster’s eight directors are extremely controversial, according to TV programme Nova.

Until recently, the Netherlands had two Islamic public broadcasters: the moderate NMO and the orthodox Dutch Islamic Broadcasting Organisation (NIO). Media watchdog Commissariaat voor de Media demanded that the two would merge so that the Islamic faith would have a single representative body in the public system. But according to Nova, this resulted in NIO staging a coup of NMO.

NMO has 2.5 transmission hours on TV each week. Following the alleged coup NMO now consists of eight directors, all of them representing orthodox currents. The representatives of the liberal Alevitic and Ahmadiyya currents, who chiefly ran NMO until recently, have been kicked out, as they themselves stated in Nova. [my emphasis --D]

One of the members of the new board of directors is Yahia Bouyafa, who “is believed to have close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood,” as Nova reported. Another is Abdelmajid Kayroun, chairman of the Al Farouq mosque in Utrecht “whose imam was deported from the Netherlands in 2001 for espionage for the Libyan secret service”. Also among the eight directors is Mohammed Nanhekhan, a member of the “radical movement World Islamic Mission”.

Nova asked MP Jeroen Dijsselbloem (PvdA) for a reaction. He expressed his concern over “the increasing influence of conservative Islam within various Islamic organisations in the Netherlands”.

Okaaaay…now Islamists who are “believed to have close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood…and World Islamic Mission are to be called “orthodox” or “conservative” Muslims. Hmm…I wonder if that’s like being an Orthodox or a Conservative Jew?? Probably not.

It’s hard to keep up with the politically correct veneer the media slathers over seething messes. The reality is that moderate Muslims have now been silenced in the Netherlands.

Just goes to show you that National Public Radio is the same the world over.

Hat tip: Islam in Europe

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Asger Trier Engberg said...

Breaking news!

Following the demonstration againsts the "human rights organisation" of Saud´i Arabia - a number of demonstrators, including the chairman Anders Gravers was attacked with iron bars. Several of the demonstrators are now in the hospital, and one of the demonstrators are seriously wounded.

Jason Pappas said...

This reminds me of the way communists would crowd-out liberals. In the late 1960s, the liberals, so eager to prove they weren’t anti-communist, would form alliances with various communists and Trots. Often they felt secure in the fact that only a minority of their organization or board were communists. However, the Commies were cleaver; they would often have members pose as liberals so that the majority of a board would be communist before it was clear to anyone.

I remember one “Mobilization Against the War” group that lost control in this manner (and reported in the back pages of the New York Times.) I also remember reading stories about Eastern European liberal groups in the late 1940s that lost political power in this manner.

The moral of the story is that there will be many phony “moderate Muslims” that help to subvert reformist-minded or secular-minded Muslim groups. It isn’t going to be easy especially when the anti-anti-Islam (like the anti-anti-Communists) have their blinders on and bend over backwards to show that they are PC. As a matter of fact they don’t even have to pretend to be moderate at the moment. They only have to scream “Islamophobia.”

It’s going to be a long education process … but it has always been.

Nancy Ewart said...

This does remind me of the anti-war movement in the 1960s and 1970s. I knew a lot of organizations where any criticism of the agenda of a member whom you knew to be communist was met with cries of "red baiting!" If it quacks like a duck....I learned the hard way to be very suspicious of those who screamed slogans to prevent any critical examination of their agenda or actions.

Nothing ever changes, does it?

Le Sigh.