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December 29, 2008

Queen Elizabeth II vs President Ahmadinejad

The UK's Channel 4 television saw fit to broadcast Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad's Christmas message which was meant to be a break from Queen Elizabeth II's traditional message.

Dorothy Byrne, head of news and current affairs at the UK's Channel 4 television, has defended the channel's decision to broadcast the "alternative Christmas message" by stating:

As the leader of one of the most powerful states in the Middle East, President Ahmadinejad’s views are enormously influential. As we approach a critical time in international relations, we are offering our viewers an insight into an alternative world view. Channel 4 has devoted more airtime to examining Iran than any other broadcaster and this message continues a long tradition of offering a different perspective on the world around us.

In his Christmas message, Ahmadinejad invokes Jesus to affirm his anti-Israel and anti-Western agenda.

If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers.

If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.

If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would fight against the tyrannical policies of prevailing global economic and political systems, as He did in His lifetime.

By invoking Jesus, Ahmadinejad is attempting to use the Christian messiah to buttress the legitimacy of a theocratic regime that calls for the destruction of Israel, a member state of the United Nations, declares the Holocaust a "myth," sanctions the hanging of gays and lesbians, and foments hostilities toward Jews throughout the world.

Clearly, Ahmadinejad's words of peace will be of great comfort to adherents of Western notions of pluralism, multiculturalism and human rights.

Posted by at December 29, 2008 09:38 AM


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