Faith In Media & Politics

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A presentation of "How we communicate God in Public Life" and what role faith has in public life. Representations were made by leading bishops, politicians and news broadcasters. Emphasis was given on we can be confident in communicating faith values in secular societies with ethical principles and values as a common denominator.

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Faith In Media & Politics

  1. 1. We Do, Do God<br />Conference on “How Do We Communicate God in Public Life?”<br />Friday April 8th 2011<br />Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University<br />
  2. 2. Shaping The World Around Us With Faith<br />Asad Khan,<br />The Muslim Council of Britain<br />
  3. 3. 3 Classifications of Humans: Oriental, Negroid, Caucasian<br />Creation: Common starting point<br />Aztec, Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Chinese, Mongolian, <br />Pompeii / Valley of Lot…<br />History & Civilisation(s)<br />
  4. 4. [I think therefore] “I am”…<br />Quest for Meaning…answers (who, why, where?)<br />Sense of Belonging….. to the Universe.<br />Rich & Diverse Heritage<br />Un-limited potential<br />Identity<br />
  5. 5. “I’m A Son of the East and a Father in the West”<br />Enlightened View<br />
  6. 6. Authentic Source Code for Life<br />“No Compulsion in Religion” (La Ikrahafideen)<br />“Know One Another” (Li Ta’arafu)<br />The Divine Codes<br />
  7. 7. Rational being<br />Struggle between intelligence and (carnal) desires<br />Weak / fretful: when in loss<br />Arrogant & ungrateful: in times of abundance<br />The Nature of Man<br />
  8. 8. Heart – feel reliance, trust, gratitude<br />Tongue – testify the truth<br />Limbs – conduct beneficial actions<br />Core Teachings: <br />Unity of God,<br />Prophet-hood,<br />The Hereafter<br />What is Faith?<br />
  9. 9. “We created life and death in order to test which of you is the best in deeds.” <br /> Final Testament, 67:1<br />Reconcile the Contradictions: <br />- within ourselves and around us.<br />CHOICE<br />
  10. 10. 1 Earth : 1 God : 1 Humanity<br />Same space – A Common Journey<br />“All the Prophets are brothers, though their maternal mothers are different, their religion is One.”<br />Great Values and Principles<br />
  11. 11. “Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself”<br />First Principle<br />
  12. 12. “Love thy neighbour,<br />love thy God”<br />Second Principle<br />
  13. 13. “Enjoin the Good, <br />Forbid the Evil & <br />Believe in God”<br />Third Principle<br />
  14. 14. To Live – Physical <br />To Love – Emotional<br />To Learn - Mental<br />To Leave a Legacy - Spiritual<br />Honesty, Care & Humility<br />Characteristics: Confidence & Empathy<br />Human Endowments<br />
  15. 15. The Ceaseless Pursuit of Happiness:<br />Spiritual, Emotional, Mental, Physical, Social and Global Peace<br />Individual Striving for Meaning & the Sense of Certainty<br />3 Axis of Existence <br />Self<br />Society<br />God<br />“Shaping The World”<br />
  16. 16. Both Positive & Negative Forces Continuously Shape Us<br />Laws<br />Norms<br />Habits<br />Beliefs<br />Values<br />Culture<br />World-view<br />Spheres of Influence and Reference<br />Environmental Forces<br />
  17. 17. Z (ionist) - AGENDA<br />I (slam0)- Phobia<br />Witch-Hunt<br />Democracy/Education/Goodwill??<br />Islam & The Media<br />
  18. 18. Press Releases<br />Right to Reply<br />Editorial Corrections/Retractions/Apologies<br />Rebuttals<br />Libel Cases<br />MCB & The Media<br />
  19. 19. Responsible Broadcasting<br />Moral Propagation<br />Political (Self-Interest) vs. Ethical (Care)<br />“We Believe In - ”<br />
  20. 20. Real and Live Example Shared here (in progress of clarification – *illustrative purposes only* , compiled by a junior media officer)<br />Dear Sir,<br />On Nicky Campbell’s ‘You Call’ programme on Monday 4th April 2011, he had a guest on the show who made inflammatory remarks against the Muslim Council of Britain. The guest – AhsanAhmedi, said near to the end of the programme “We have to first counter these actions you know and it’s unfortunate and you know in this way, you know the government is also at fault. Not this particular government but certainly Tony Blair and his merry men when they took on the MCB as their bed partners and those who.. you know.. they never condemned the terrorist attacks [Nicky: Hmm (agreeing tone)] err.. and you know they were supporting anti-Semitism by not going to Holocaust remembrance day and things like that, and these are the people advising the government and this angered us you know at who they took to bed rather than those who are true proprietors of Islam I think in many ways. [Nicky: uh-hmmm]… And they were knighted (laughs) even more annoying””.<br />Nicky Campbell completely disregarded this deliberate provocative maligning against the MCB and did not refute or correct the guest.<br />In relation to the words – ‘they never condemned the terrorist attacks’, this is completely false as our records show that we have, amongst other things, spoken out against terrorism. We actually released five Press releases condemning the attacks during 7/7, two on the day of the attack – one press release was alongside Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and we issued another Press release wholly condemning the act. On the same week, we issued a PR on Muslims praying for the victims of the atrocity during the Friday prayers. We also re-iterated our call for an Independent public inquiry nearly a year after the attack and released a press release on the anniversary of the attack alongside Churches Together in Britain and Ireland to show our support and solidarity against the perpetrators and at the same time remembering the victims and sending our deepest condolences to the families affected by the attack. Amongst these, we have issued many other press releases condemning terrorist attacks such as 9/11 and the killings of Christians in Pakistan.  <br />Nicky didn't distance himself from the comments made by AhsanAhmedi and this in turn confirms  that the BBC is in breech of the comments, as he didn't disassociate  himself or the BBC from the remarks, rather listened attentively and carried on with the programme.<br />Right at the end, Mr Ahmedi made disparaging remarks towards one of MCB’s earlier Secretary Generals for being knighted. Again, he was allowed to say whatever he wanted whilst hundreds of people listened live.<br />Regarding the Holocaust Memorial days, though the MCB did not attend the first (few) days due to strong reasoning behind the decision, the MCB have decided to attend to show solidarity for the victims of the Holocaust. The last year’s Holocaust Memorial Day was attended by the Deputy Secretary General of the MCB.<br />We request our right of reply and would like our correction to be read out on the show and put on your website.<br />
  21. 21. Yours Sincerely,<br /> <br />MEDIA OFFICE<br />Muslim Council of Britain (MCB)<br /> <br />MCB, PO Box 57330, London E1 2WJGeneral:  0845 26 26 786   Direct:  020 7429 4985 <br />Fax: 020 7247 7079Web: www.mcb.org.uk  <br />Email: media@mcb.org.uk  <br /> <br />Twitter: www.twitter.com/MuslimCouncil   <br />Youtube: www.youtube.com/MuslimCouncil<br />Flickr: www.flickr.com/MuslimCouncil<br /> <br />The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is the UK's largest and most diverse Muslim umbrella organisation with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.<br />-* Illustrative Purposes Only *-<br />
  22. 22. President Obama: values espoused v. practical change<br />Al Jazeera: “voice for the voiceless” – instrument of change<br />2 Pertinent Examples<br />
  23. 23. Honest Self-Expression<br />Collective Appraisal<br />Accountability <br />Respect & Understanding<br />Criteria for Public Relations<br />
  24. 24. Think it through for yourself<br />Reason it: Observation & Reflection<br />Break it Down (Analysis)<br />Apply Best fit: does it fit Logic, Reason, Sense, Evidence?<br />Throw-out the Untruths and resolve the out-liers<br />Accept & confirm the truth whole-heartedly (Synthesis)<br />Framework of Assessment<br />
  25. 25. Objectivity & Credibility<br />Evidence-based<br />Independent verification<br />Slander / libel / defamation / blasphemy / exploitation<br />Propaganda (e.g. as in Israel/Libya): suppression of truth and in-accurate reporting.<br />Authenticity<br />
  26. 26. Diversity<br />Courage<br />Positive Thought & Action<br />Propagate the Good: Not the false or ill.<br />The Journey<br />
  27. 27. “Be the change you want to see in the World”<br />Ghandi<br /> ‘The task of the church (mosque, synagogue, temple, gurdwara) today is to gather fragments, make connections and discover landscapes for the soul.’<br /> Mary Grey<br />Inspiration<br />

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