A Muslim religious channel in Britain is being censored because it permitted spokespersons on air to condone marital rape as well as violence toward women.
These presenters called women who wear perfume in mosques “prostitutes.”
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, one host told viewers that that it was “not strange” and “not such a big problem” if a man forced his wife to have sex.
The British television watchdog, which is called Ofcom, ruled that the Islam Channel breached the broadcasting code in five separate programs between May 2008 and October 2009.
Ofcom said that during a program which aired in May 2008, the presenter made it clear that some physical violence against women is an acceptable thing. According to the U.K. Daily Mail the presenter said the following, “In Islam we have no right to hit the woman in a way that damages her eye or damages her tooth or damages her face makes her ugly. Maximum what you can do, you can see the pen over here, in my hand, this kind of stick can be used just to make her feel that you are not happy with her.” So according to the presenter a good reason for not being violent towards a woman is that it might cause some disfigurement, and therefore it should be avoided at all costs. But poking or sticking her with a pen is all right.
The Islam Channel responded to the report by saying it “does not condone or encourage violence toward women under any circumstances” and “does not condone or encourage marital rape.”
Ofcom stated that it would not fine the channel but did request that the Islam Channel attend a meeting with regulators to discuss procedures that would guarantee compliance with their code.
The Islam Channel is six years old and has been under accusations for airing extreme views, according to FoxNews.com, the source of this article. One of those views was that of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a group that Tony Blair had wanted to ban, in the aftermath of the London transit bombings.