BBC criticised over comparison of Anjem Choudary with Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi

The BBC has been attacked for the “disgusting “ views of one of its most senior journalists after he compared hate preacher Anjem Choudary to Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill.

Mark Easton, the corporation’s Home Editor, criticised Government plans to clamp down on fanatics and said extreme views were needed “to challenge very established values”.

He drew comparisons to the treatment of two of history’s greatest civil rights campaigners and a Churchill view on democracy.

He said Mandela and Gandhi had both been seen as extremists in their time and questioned what they would think of attempts to silence Choudary.

The comments sparked an immediate backlash with Mr Easton accused of making “ludicrous” comparisons and holding “disgusting” views.

Choudary claimed the two statesmen were “kuffar” or non-believers who were going to “hell-fire”…

  • Rosenmops

    Seems like the people running BBC are even crazier than the people running CBC.

    • Frau Katze

      Not even a Muzz, the guy that said it.

    • The BBC is a sick insular culture like our own CBC.

      • Justin St.Denis

        CBC has been “sick” – my older brother tells me – since the early 1970s. It was then that he was told by the dean of his department upon graduating with a Communications degree that getting a job at the CBC meant sleeping with someone, probably a gay guy. My brother – who went on to make a small fortune in marathon sports event photography – was/is as straight as an arrow and was shocked by what he heard. BTW, the dean was a Jesuit priest as well, and definitely not gay. Over the years, my older brother had several “opportunities” to “get into” the CBC professional ranks, but every one on them involved sex. He retired quite wealthy about three years ago after a very successful 45-year career in media, so I guess keeping your integrity is not such a bad policy.

        • Rosenmops

          I guess Ghomeshi is just the tip of the ice berg. To think we all have to pay for this disgusting entity.

          • Justin St.Denis

            The issue of my tax dollars being used to support the CBC has pissed me off ever since I have been filing tax returns.

  • Choudary is a bearded f—wit. How could he even be seen in the same light as Gandhi or Churchill?

    • Bill

      Because if you’re a leftist activist journalist (yes, it is tautological), the faster Western Civilization is brought down, the faster a utopian socialist (don’t call it communist even if it the same in everything but in name) can arise out the ashes. Once that happens, the Muslim world will start liking us again since the only reason they didn’t was because our imperialism (unique of course to the white patriarchy), and then the Sunni and Shia will be able to live in harmony again as they did before the USA created this division, over a thousand years before the USA existed. Fanatic Islamic neck-slicers will cease and hang up their blunt knives after Progressives bow down before them and apologise while loudly pronouncing that, “I feel your pain” about how their anger is primarily due to rich people having more money than poor.

      Or at least thats how some of these journalists seem to think.

      • I’m still wrapping my head around their thinking.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Stop trying to wrap your head around Islam or you will end up wrapping your head up in a keffiyeh.

          • I hate those things.

            I can never find anything to wear with them.

          • Justin St.Denis

            My wife advises that the keffiyeh should NEVER be combined with a floral print. Fashion crime, and probably a fatwa. 😉

          • Well, it should be!

            Bold reds are the thing this season. 🙂

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        Oh ya that makes sense changing politics from the mainstream with another mainstream party namely the NDP and Liberals.

        If you want serious changing of our politics and real anti-imperialist policies why bother picking the Liberals and NDP. They are just neoliberal-lite. What Canada needs is serious democratic change and that means opening up our system to allow real competition, getting party labels off of the ballots and just listing names on there.

        Jesse Ventura had it right when he was elected governor.

        When will politicians relinquish their power.

        Progressivism only creates soft-liberalism not nationalism, socialism or anything thing meaningful.

        The best way to stop these problems in the Middle East is to get out of there and leave them to themselves.

        Communism is a stateless model. It is also when the workers control the means of production. Canada uses markets no matter what party is in power. Sounds pretty capitalistic to me. The same with corporations and businesses running. You might want to learn about ideology before talking. Take a political science program. Get educated. Stop listening to Fox and Rebel for all your news.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Why do you always end up wagging your finger at someone like a virgin schoolmarm and hurling nasty insults. Are your really a dried up old prune of a bitch or do you just play the role?

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            Well the system refuses to produce anything meaningful? May as well blame the politicians who deserve no praise.

            They are self-serving people.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Well, Churchill anyway. My knowledge of history has me tending to agree with the “Gandhi = wuckfit” equation, quite frankly, all hagiography aside.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Ghandi and Mandela were BOTH f—wits, so I’m not sure I take issue with the comparison, but I probibly should since they are both revered in popular culture.

      • Things that can never be said in New Delhi….

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          He’s venerated beyond all reason, but atleast he is finally starting to be questioned in some Indian intellectual circles.
          In the end I don’t think he did a damn thing for India or for Indians and in their rush to venerate him a lot of harm was done.
          By 1947 England was well on her way to decolonization and the Indians were getting independence weather they wanted it or not.

          • I think he did but, like all heroes, had some baggage with him.

            I’ll let the Indians sort that out.

  • k1962

    Well, they all hate(d) Israel/Jews, so I do see a common thread.

    • k1962

      Correction….excluding Winston Churchill.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Did Ghandi hate Jews too, or did he just say stupid stuff about the holocaust?

        • k1962

          I recall him having an issue with Israel and Zionism…

  • Brett_McS

    Chowderhead is a great advertisement for the opposite of whatever he is spouting.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Well I definitely agree that the UK follows the US into everything because the UK is a poodle of the United States. The US never met a war it didn’t like. Conservatives everywhere used to be for balanced foreign policy pre-Reagan. Now they always want war and the fact is Churchill changed parties so many times; I wonder if he was ever sure about war or about changing teams or even himself. I also don’t like when people equate those who are anti-war with the ones we are fighting. Why can’t people oppose war when for 14+ years the only things that have changed are the enemies but everything sounds the same. You if you dropped some from late 2001 to now the messaging would be the same. Only the times would be different.

    • Justin St.Denis

      That made so little sense that I do not know where to begin. Nevermind…

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        It made sense these wars are a waste of time. Makes sense to me and should make sense to everyone else.

        You are just brushing these things aside.

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  • no4

    Progressive commandment #17
    Thou shall not use Saint Nelson of Soweto’s name in vain, even if he was a Marxist terrorist.