Some British Muslims have been complaining about a recent episode of a BBC spy drama which featured a Muslim leader training a young suicide bomber. Inayat Bunglawala, a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, is quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying that “The images the viewer was left with was of a young boy strapping himself with explosives and walking into a yard full of children; students shouting ‘death to America’ and ‘death to infidels’; and a sinister imam.” Bunglawala claimed to “be very worried about the consequences” about what is, tragically, a far from implausible plot line. Ludicrously, Bunglawala claimed to believe that the episode was “inciting religious hatred.”
That’s nonsense, of course. What does incite religious hatred is the sort of intolerance that Bunglawala has just displayed.