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Petition against 'Islamic' terrorism

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monkeytrousers Sat 23-Jul-05 19:02:55

Just want to sound this idea out with you good people

Everytime someone in the media mentions the words 'Islam' and 'terrorism' in the same sentence it does nothing but reinforce the idea that the two are inextricably linked. The caveats added after the fact don't do much to redress this imbalance, IMO.

I've never organised a petition before but I think if enough of you were to support it I would like to ask the BBC to do something pro-active in this area. If the BBC can be convinced (a long shot I know but I think it's worth a try) then other media would undoubtedly follow. (they are pack animals )

At the very least we can register our opinion that this will help to unite all creeds in the face of international terrorism and not follow the terriorsts own script when it comes to the corruption of Islam.

Let me know your thoughts.


Heathcliffscathy Sat 23-Jul-05 19:05:50

monkeytrousers. if what you are saying is that the use of the two words repeatedly next to each other is utterly crap then yes i agree. unfortunately most people don't.

Caligula Sat 23-Jul-05 19:06:48

Agree. No-one ever called IRA terrorism "catholic terrorism" did they? (Oops, maybe they did?)

monkeytrousers Sat 23-Jul-05 19:09:05

That's exactly what I mean Soph. Thanks Caligula.

If we get enough names maybe someone can help me organise this..? Would appreciate any help from media mums to!

Caligula Sat 23-Jul-05 19:18:22

here's a link to your other thread.

monkeytrousers Sat 23-Jul-05 19:22:08


monkeytrousers Sat 23-Jul-05 19:23:36

Eh? Whats going on

monkeytrousers Sat 23-Jul-05 19:24:19

try again

monkeytrousers Sat 23-Jul-05 19:25:32

I'll get the petition done no problem, wont I?? <<incredulous emoticon>>

spidermama Sat 23-Jul-05 19:26:19

I register my support for your petition monkeytrousers. As a former BBC journo myself I would think they'd take note.

fuzzywuzzy Sat 23-Jul-05 19:28:35

I'm in

Caligula Sat 23-Jul-05 19:28:41

Oo-er - think I did the link on the wrong thread! Ignore me!

monkeytrousers Sat 23-Jul-05 19:29:54

Cal you know I love ya!

binkie Sat 23-Jul-05 19:33:48

Have you seen this petition ?

monkeytrousers Sat 23-Jul-05 20:02:58

I've signed it and emailed them to let them know what we're trying to do here. Thanks Binkie!

ChaCha Sat 23-Jul-05 20:31:51

Good on you Monkeytrousers!!! Em..where do i go to sign the petition...duh! Can you link me again pls.

monkeytrousers Sat 23-Jul-05 20:33:24

Haven't organised that yet ChaCha. Just sounding people out first but hopefully will get something organised next week.

ChaCha Sat 23-Jul-05 20:39:58

Sorry Monkeytrousers and it PG hormones, i'm stuck in lala land!
I think it's time for me to head up to my niche and reflect..too much happening in the world at the moment and i can't make sense of it all. Need a reminder i think.
Has anyone mentioned the earthquake in China? My thoughts with anyone involved in that too...
Crikey..what a world!

monkeytrousers Sat 23-Jul-05 21:36:34


monkeytrousers Sat 23-Jul-05 22:46:11


PeachyClair Sat 23-Jul-05 23:05:07

I totally agree, have made the Catholic terorist point many times myself caligula! All it does is stir up the sort of racial hatred that enable Al Quaeda etc to recruit, threfore we are doing their work everytime we do it.

moondog Sat 23-Jul-05 23:20:00

monkeytrousers...are you a Muslim?
If not,why are you fighting the battles of others?

(Don't see many Muslims coming out in praise and defence of Christianity.)

monkeytrousers Sun 24-Jul-05 06:54:36

No I'm not Muslim, Moondog, but we all seem to have been debating racism endlessly on MN for the last two weeks. I had an idea to take it a step further than the talking shop that it has been, for us to perhaps do something tangible that would help. It certainly can't hurt to try, can it?

I thought that, judgeing by the numbers that took part in the debates that there would be alot of takers for this petition, especially those from London and the other big cities.

It's putting words into action.

I'm interested in many things to do with social and political inequality regardless of what section of society it's coming from. They're all linked IMO, and to fight against one facet is to fight aganst them all.

I'm glad you asked though Moondog. I'd like to debate it with people who are thinking about it but aren't quite sure yet - or who think it's a waste of time.

The BBC plays a huge part in the construction our national identity. If they can take this positive step, it think it will help enormously to promote the tolerance (I hate that word) that politicians are always blathering on about. That we, here on MN, have talked about alot over the last two weeks.

It's an idea to promote solidarity between communities. To put two fingers up to the terrorists who are'nt anything to do with Islam.
Just imagine if we succeded? How about it Moondog?

monkeytrousers Sun 24-Jul-05 06:57:15

By the way, I'm not religious at all, but I do see that it has it's place in the world when people need to make sense of it all and hope its not all for nothing. But that's just my take on it. I make sense of it all by studying evolution. Alot of people don't 'believe' in that either.

dinny Sun 24-Jul-05 07:18:28

thought the Beeb were careful NOT to use the term Islamic terrorist anyway, and were calling them bombers/suicide bombers for precisely the reason you expund, Monkeytrousers...?

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