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Taking The Myth – 23 May 2016 Edition

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight and Iram Ramzan discuss the big topics with guest callers. We talk about: The Trafford Centre ‘Terrorism’€™ controversy, the governments’ Prevent Strategy, ‘€˜British values’€™, Witchcraft and Iran’€™s religious police. And the ASLAN Awards!

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Students Threaten To Leave NUS Over Malia Bouattia Appointment

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In a decision marred with controversy, Malia Bouattia has been elected president of the National Union Of Students in the U.K.

I first learned the name Malia Bouattia when she prevented a motion to condemn global terrorist organisation ISIS on the grounds of ‘Islamophobia’. As reported by Douglas Murray in The Spectator:

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Raza Nadim: ‘Israel Is 100% Worse Than Isis’.

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Raza Nadim is a spokesperson for The Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), which is essentially a soft Islamist group based in the UK. You may remember Raza’s fellow MPAC cohort Asghar Bukhari and the case of the missing shoe. Those sneaky Jews. You may also remember Raza’s inability to condemn stoning people to death. Here is his latest pearl of wisdom:

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You don’t have to deny all the ills of the Israeli government to recognise that Nadim is offering his opinion from another planet (and orifice) here. And 100%? What does that even mean? Is that less or equal to 9/11 times 100?

“Why waste your time with these clueless Islamists?” I hear you ask. Well, because Raza is afforded prominent media platforms, including appearances on the BBC. This is a man wheeled out to represent ‘the Muslim voice’. This raises some uncomfortable questions. Are TV executives shunning progressive Muslim voices in favour of reactionaries in the service of controversy (and ratings)? Or are they simply presented with a lack of progressive Muslim voices to choose from? Or worse of all: could this kind of thing actually be the mainstream Muslim opinion? 

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