Jennifer has posted elsewhere on this blog that ‘It was this man’s inability to contain his religious beliefs that caused this tragedy.’ Look online and there is clearly resentment in some quarters that his faith is being so central by some. Look elsewhere, and others are fuming at what they see as a crime driven by Islam. And I’ve just got this email from Ravin, criticising the media’s references to his faith – have a read…
‘Dear Ros I am a bit shell shocked as to the stupidity and naivety in the reporting of the Gunman at the US Army Base in Texas.
Firstly, the BBC is supposed to be known for its impartiality and reliable news content, but i”m surprised to see the BBC taking the whole “religion” approach.
In your bulletins on the World Service and BBC World News, the Corporation has clearly stated in most of its reporting that the gunman was a Muslim.
If he was a Christian, would the same be said? Would the report say “He was a American Christian”?
Clearly by his name, we ALL know he is a Muslim, but the fact that the BBC and other news networks like Fox, CNN, and Sky News focus on this is shameful.
I expect it from the News Corp outlets, and CNN is just towing the line, but seeing the BBC fall to this level is a sad day for media in my opinion. “Muslim Gunman”, “He was an American Muslim”, “Muslim Doctor” – all these descriptions generate fear in the hearts and minds of individuals directly affected by this or those who are easily swayed into thinking so.
Seeing as WE the public rely on NEWS from YOU the provider, don’t you think it would be wiser to have toned down on such use of words?
This is only going to make life more difficult for those in the Muslim community and again this only helps those idiotic members of that religion to say “Look, all these Westerners want to crusade against us”.
Things are already delicate with the Islamic world, and this incident in the US could have been toned down more, but instead its food for the starving racists and food for the real extremists who use such reporting of events for their own means. Sorry for my rant.
I still LOVE the BBC but i guess im a true Brit who just loves Aunty! But on this occasion, im shocked. Regards Ravin’
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An investigation is underway in the United States into the circumstances surrounding a mass shooting by a United States army officer at a military base in Texas on Thursday. Twelve soldiers and one civilian were killed and many others were wounded when Major Nidal Malik Hasan — an army psychiatrist — opened fire on fellow soldiers in a medical centre before he himself was shot and wounded by a policewoman. An Army spokesman said Major Hasan and most of the wounded were in a stable condition in hospital. He added that it was too early to speculate about a motive. The spokesman confirmed that Major Hasan was due to be posted to Afghanistan shortly. (Former colleagues of Major Hasan — who’s a Muslim — say he was unhappy about alleged racial abuse. President Obama has condemned the killings as a horrific outburst of violence).