Will Zakir Naik help set up Islam TV channel?

S Thayaparan

Modified 2 Oct 2019, 12:54 am

“Propaganda ... serves more to justify ourselves than to convince others; and the more reason we have to feel guilty, the more fervent our propaganda.”

- Eric Hoffer, 'The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements'

COMMENT | The proposal for an English language television channel to combat “Islamophobia” - a collaboration between Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey – will, I am sure, be met with enthusiastic response from those who believe that Islam and Muslims have, for far too long, been on the receiving end of corrupt Western persecution.

Right on cue, Bersatu supreme council member and strategist Rais Hussin writes a piece about Muslim victimhood and aggression, claiming that the two are not mutually exclusive; or rather, the former bleeds into the latter.

If this is the kind of sermonising we can expect from the proposed English channel to combat Islamophobia, it would mean it is business as usual for the propagandists who advance narratives that there is something wrong with everyone else in the world and this has nothing to do with Islam...

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