Channel 4 executive Ralph Lee has strongly defended the decision to air the Islamic call to prayer (adhan) throughout Ramadan.So Islam is a "minority" religion, an "alternative", and "under-represented", and it needs extra help. But it is also "flourishing, actually increasing" and (by happy coincidence) "Like Channel 4’s target audience, its followers are young." So it is strong, vibrant, and worthy of respect.
The head of factual programming insisted that the broadcast fulfils part of the channel's remit to give a "voice to the under-represented" - but also recognises a religion that is "flourishing".
Writing in the Radio Times, Lee said: "No doubt Channel 4 will be criticised for focusing attention on a 'minority' religion but that’s what we’re here to do – provide space for the alternative and a voice to the under-represented.
"And let’s not forget that Islam is one of the few religions that’s flourishing, actually increasing in the UK. Like Channel 4’s target audience, its followers are young. It’s recently been reported that half of British Muslims are under 25." ...
Never mind that these two rationales directly contradict one another. It is a perfect encapsulation of the leftist mentality: adopting a pose of catering to the powerless, all the while actually coveting power.
So are they going to do a "provocative" program featuring Pamela Geller and Tommy Robinson? That would provide a voice for the "alternative" now wouldn't it? Oh wait, wrong alternative.