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16 October 2014
BBC Northern Ireland Learning - Citizenship - KS3/KS4

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Video Vault: Video 6: Portadown mosque

BBC reporter:
Over at the field Doctor Huda and Councillor Crowe meet for the first time.

Councillor Crowe:
How are you?

Doctor Huda:
Not too bad.

BBC reporter:
Initial pleasantries, but no real breakthrough.

Councillor Crowe:
The Islam religion is definitely out to destroy Christianity.

Doctor Huda:
No. No. Again that's a myth.

Councillor Crowe :
It's true, it's true.

Doctor Huda:
No it's not. It's a myth again you see.

Councillor Crowe:
They strapped bombs round them and blew themselves apart, all in the name of Muslim religion.

Doctor Huda:
No, but that is against Islam. I am telling you that is against Islam. In Islam it goes to the extent that it says if you kill one person -

Councillor Crowe:
Yes.

Doctor Huda:
Not a Muslim or non-Muslim, any person, unlawfully it means that you have killed the whole mankind.

Councillor Crowe:
I could talk to you all day on that, and you would never convince me and I would never convince you.

Doctor Huda:
OK that's fine.


Councillor Crowe:
How are you doing there?

BBC reporter:
Councillor Crowe out campaigning against the mosque on the streets of Portadown. A member of the mainstream Ulster Unionist Party and just two years ago Mayor of Craigavon. "Oppose the mosque" he says "because the land isn't suitable, not the right road and sewage facilities." But there is another factor too.

Councillor Crowe:
And you know what happened in America? What the Muslims did there? And you see there a court case in England this week where a Muslim father murdered his daughter because she was going with a Christian guy.

Male youth:
I have changed my mind now.

BBC reporter:
Pardon?

Male youth:
I changed my mind. I wouldn't like to live near a mosque.

BBC reporter:
You have just changed your mind.

Male youth:
Yes.

Councillor Crowe:
By the way, they are out to eliminate the Christian religion. One man has said to me, and in fact several have phoned me, that they had to come home from England because of the way that the towns that they lived in were destroyed by bringing so many of these people in.

BBC reporter:
How do you feel about a mosque in your neighbourhood?

Male passer-by:
Well I don't know. I think my neighbourhood is all right the way it is.

BBC reporter:
Have either of you met any of the local Muslims? Have you spoken to them at all?

Male passer-by:
No. No. I wouldn't know one if I seen 'em.

(Extracts from report, BBC's Newsnight 13/10/2003)



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