The Prince of Wales has stepped up pressure on internet service providers over the spread of Muslim jihadist beheading videos online, warning that showing the photos and videos is dragging the world back into “the dark ages of public executions.”
UK Telegraph (h/t Mike F) Charles said everyone had a “duty of care” to the victims and their families to ensure that the graphic images are not shared or broadcast. (Wouldn’t want to make Muslims look bad, now would we?)
His intervention follows warnings from Robert Hannigan, the new head of GCHQ, that Facebook and Twitter have become “command and control centres” for terrorists so-called Islamic State – ISIS.
Last month David Cameron described the internet as an “ungoverned space” and said technology giants must and do more to take down Muslim extremist material to “live up to their social responsibilities.” (Yep, we can’t seem to do anything to stop the Muslim extremists, but we can make reporting about their activities illegal. That’ll show ’em)
The Prince’s comments came as he visited a church in west London to meet Iraqi Christians whose families have fled the threat of genocide (by Muslims). Islamic extremists attacking other faiths were bringing “nothing but dishonour” on their own religion, he said. (Because beheadings have nothing to do with Islam?)
He also spoke with passion about his own Christian faith, speaking of the need to “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute”.
But he went on: “As these truly dreadful images of executions and beheadings are transmitted around the world by the internet I cannot help but feel that we are in serious danger in this so-called modern age of descending into the dark ages of public executions. (Better to hide the images and leave people in the dark about the true teachings of Islam, I guess)
“We hear much at present about the ‘duty of care’. “Then ladies and gentlemen I am bound to ask whether there is not a duty of care towards the victims of violence and their families who, like you, are daily distraught by the graphic transmission of violent images of their loved ones.” (Yes, it’s the images that upset people, not the fact that Muslims in their own neighborhood might try to behead them)
He added: “As some of you may know, throughout my life I have appealed for greater understanding between people of faith, for greater tolerance and for harmony between the great religions of the world. (How’s that workin’ out for you, Chuck? Ever hear of Lee Rigby?)
“Therefore for me it is utterly inconceivable that a person of one faith could find it within themselves to persecute a person of another faith, surely to do so brings nothing but dishonour on the faith of the persecutor.” (Not at all, they are considered heroes by many in the Muslim community)
He went on: “It seems to me that all faiths to some extent shine a light on the divine image in every human life. “If that is so then surely to destroy another human being is to desecrate the image of the divine and to do so in the name of faith is nothing less than a blasphemy.” (Beheading of unbelievers and apostates is found all over the hadiths and in the quran )