Christmas is a time for people of all faiths to come together in peace and friendship to celebrate the birth of an important figure in the history of love and kindness on planet Earth. For some reason, the British Channel 4 decided to broadcast an alternative Christmas message to that of the Queen, and they selected that notable exponent of love and justice, President Ahmadinejad of Iran. A government spokesperson noted that during his presidency, Ahmadinejad has “made a series of appalling anti-Semitic statements” and has spread the message of sectarian hate. Labor MP Louis Ellman denounced the choice of giving “an unchallenged platofrom to a dangerous fanatic who denies the Holocaust while preparing for another and claims homosexuality does not exist while his regime hangs gay young men from cranes in the street.”
The excuse of “fairness” is not sufficient when a hating demagogue is provided a platform to spew hate without any counter balancing perspective being offered. Perhaps, Channel 4 might follow up by allowing President Mugabe an opportunity to preach his brand of democracy.