Thursday, 5 February 2009

From the archive...Ban evil made-up headlines

Back on 10 December 2008, the Daily Star produced another of its totally made up front pages, this one in the anti-Muslim category.

Mad Mullah rants: Ban Evil Xmas explained that:

HATE preacher Anjem Choudary has launched his sickest rant yet as he branded Christmas “evil”.

Hardly sounds the 'sickest' thing he might have said, but never mind. What else?

The Muslim fanatic shocked Christians and even those of his own faith by slamming the festival as “the pathway to hellfire”.

Oh, so he shocked 'those of his own faith'? That would suggest, contrary to the usual Star line, that not all Muslims hate Christmas and all things Christian. It then quotes what he said at length:

“In the world today many Muslims, especially those residing in western countries, are exposed to the evil celebration Christmas. Many take part in the festival celebrations by having Christmas turkey dinners. Decorating the house, purchasing Christmas trees or having Christmas turkey meals are completely prohibited by Allah. Many still practise this corrupt celebration as a remembrance of the birth of Jesus. How can a Muslim possibly approve or participate in such a practice that bases itself on the notion Allah has an offspring? The very concept of Christmas contradicts and conflicts with the foundation of Islam. Every Muslim has a responsibility to protect his family from the misguidance of Christmas, because its observance will lead to hellfire. Protect your Paradise from being taken away – protect yourself and your family from Christmas.”

None of which comes close to him saying he wants to 'ban' Xmas. Maybe he did say it, but then why not use the actual quote? Or possibly, just possibly, the Star have been up to their favourite tricks of putting an eye-catching headline on the front page which is not remotely backed up by the story.

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