Tuesday, June 27, 2006


In going through my sitemeter referrals yesterday, I discovered this link to a BBC Asia forum that was supposedly discussing my post Shame, the Arab Psyche and Islam. Most of the responses seem to have little to do with the post, actually; and then I came to #13:

This posting has been temporarily hidden, because a member of our Moderation Team has referred it to the Hosts for a decision as to whether it contravenes the House rules in some way. We will do everything we can to ensure that a decision is made as quickly as possible.

You can read the "House Rules" for yourself; as well as the post of mine that was (sort of) being discussed. Since the results of the deliberations of the "Moderation Team" are emailed to the people in the thread, I have no way of knowing for sure what the outcome was.

However, the thread abruptly ends after the original poster asks people to respond to the question, "Do you think, Islam and such Arab culture has become interwined, thus entered the pyche of fundamentalist muslims? Thus treating females as SECOND class citizens?"

Apparently, you are not allowed to ask such questions. It's too offensive.

I wonder if the BBC is now issuing fatwas?

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