Music Played29 items
Pulp Disco 2000
(CD Single), Island, 6
Deacon Blue The Hipsters
(CD Single), Edsel Recordings, 1
Take That Rule The World
(CD Single), Polydor
Boyzone Father & Son
Boyzone - By Request, Polydor
Everything but the Girl Missing
Crush (Various Artists), Polygram Tv
Robson & Jerome I Believe
I Believe, Telstar
Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - Earth Song
(CD Single), Epic
Manic Street Preachers A Design For Life
Fresh Hits 96 (Various Artists), Sony Music TV, 16
The Beach Boys Isn't It Time
That's Why God Made The Radio, Capitol
Bob Dylan Lay Lady Lay
Heartbeat: Love Me Tender (Various), Global Television
Jessie J Domino
(CD Single), Universal, 1
Billie Jo Spears Blanket On The Ground
Ultimate Country (Various Artists), Telstar
Andy Burrows Because I Know That I Can
(CD Single), Play It Again Sam UK, 1
Blondie The Tide Is High
Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie, EMI
Dexys Midnight Runners Jackie Wilson Said
Very Best Of Dexy's Midnight Runners, Mercury
New Order True Faith '94
True Brit (Various Artists), Polygram Tv
Emilia Mitiku So Wonderful
I Belong To You, Warner Bros, 1
Tom Petty Runnin' Down A Dream
Tom Petty - Greatest Hits, MCA
The Waterboys The Whole Of The Moon
Now 1991 - The Millennium Series, Now
Boston More Than A Feeling
Rock Of America (Various Artists), Trax Label
Noah and the Whale Tonight's The Kind Of Night
(CD Single), Mercury, 1
Emeli Sandé Read All About It (Part III)
(CD Single), EMI
Warren Zevon Werewolves Of London
Drive Time (Various Artists), Now
David Bowie Heroes
David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI
Bruce Springsteen Born To Run
Born To Run, CBS
Electric Light Orchestra Mr Blue Sky
ELO - Out Of The Blue, Jet
Queen Don't Stop Me Now
Jazz, Island, 12
Pause for Thought
With Sarah Joseph, Editor of a Muslim lifestyle magazine.
When I was about nine I was given a pair of silver earrings. I thanked the man for the gift, before telling him I was allergic to silver.
Wow! My grandmother told me off so badly!
My reaction was “the height of bad manners”, she informed me in no uncertain terms. Ah! She had exquisite manners!
Which brings me to the recent Youtube video about Muhammad, made by a so-called extremist Christian, and the reaction of some, so called, Muslim extremists.
We can dress this up in fancy ideas like freedom of expression, blasphemy, and the like, but at the end of the day—it’s actually about manners. It’s about how we care for our fellow human beings. It’s about the simple things in life, like treating people how we’d like to be treated.
Do we honestly think it’s right to insult someone people love and care about because we know we’ll get them angry? You can’t hope for violence, whilst proclaiming a God of Love. This is not constructive human interaction.
Do we honestly think it’s OK to carry placards declaring violence towards anyone who insults your religion? You can’t proclaim such hatred, whilst saying you’re protecting a religion of peace. This is not constructive human interaction.
Both reek of plain old hypocrisy to me, and stand as examples of pure bad manners.
The Prophet loved good manners, and he exemplified them.
“The best amongst you are those with good manners” he said.
“Manners maketh the man” my grandmother would quote.
There is some light in the midst of all of this. A wonderful online photo campaign from American Christians saying that the film does not represent them, and similar campaigns from Muslims saying violence does not represent them.
Both reactions show that people are fed up of being defined by extremists who need a good old-fashioned dose of good-manners, and a huge spoonful of human kindness to boot.
Let’s reach out to each other as human beings away from the sensationalist stereotypes, away from the headlines. Treating each other as we’d like to be treated—it’s the good-mannered thing to do!
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