Watching that Newsnight segment again. One thing Maajid says in his film:
The media rightly sought to hear from the Muslim voice. But that voice tended to be male, middle-aged, and mostly conservative.
Then there’s a clip from Citizen Khan, then Adil Ray explains about Citizen Khan. I want Adil Ray for my new best friend. In the clip a guy asks Citizen Khan what he does and CK says “I’m a leader of the community.” Guy asks what that entails, exactly, and CK says “I lead the community.” I love that, because I’ve been putting “community leader” in scare quotes for years. If only the BBC would learn how idiotic that idea is.
He introduces us to Dr Mohammed Fahim of South Woodford mosque, and notes that he recognizes that those who shout the loudest are those who dominate the debate:
Unfortunately Muslims are not used to discuss or to respect the other opinion. It is either my way or the highway.
Then Maajid says another thing I’ve been saying for years:
There’s an increasing number of Muslims who use their faith identity to advance a progressive agenda, yet we seldom hear from them.
Why do we seldom hear from them? Why is it always the anti-progressive ones who dominate the coverage and the debate?
Why didn’t the BBC invite any of them to talk on Newsnight instead of Mo Ansar and Mehdi Hasan? Why not Omar Kuddus whom Maajid talks to after he says we seldom hear from them. Why not Sara Khan whom he talks to after that? Why not Gita Sahgal, Tehmina Kazi, Maryam Namazie?
As I mentioned in an earlier post, he does talk to Maryam in this film.
More, BBC. More progressives, less of people like Hasan and Ansar.