Thursday, May 06, 2004

Sharia versus bad TV 

If like me, you sometimes wish that crappy reality TV shows would just disappear from the air, you might take heart in the recent efforts on the part of the conservative religious establishment in Bahrain to can the Arab version of "Big Brother", on the account of its bad influence on young people. And the fact that it's a part of the American conspiracy to take over the region.

Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader has recently had this to say about "Big Brother": "The aim of these programs is to mislead the [Muslim] nation and to keep it from its own reality, so that it will live [in the reality of] these lesser things."

And columnist Fawziyya Rashid wrote this in "Akhbar Al-Khaleej": "When America invades our homes, our eyes, and our ears so intensively, it is aimed primarily at the Arab youth, which is a large percentage of all Arab countries. The 'declared' goal of this aiming [at the youth] … is to distribute 'new ideas' and take part in 'mutual understanding and tolerance.' If these changes do not occur by means of [American] media and cultural infiltration, then they will be implemented by force, in order, as a senior White House official recently stated, to preserve American interests."

God forbid that the Arab youth should be introduced to such alien and decadent concept as voting people off the show. Who know, this radical idea could even spread into the political arena.


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