Iran’s leader to give Britain’s alternative Christmas Message

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iran leader.jpgOffering their viewers an insight into alternative world views, Britain’s Channel 4 television station has traditionally hosted an alternative to the Queen’s Christmas Day Speech. This will be the 16th year that Channel 4 will be broadcasting the alternate message at Christmas and this year’s speaker is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose speech will be given in Farci with English sub-titles. Unlike previous years when the alternative messages were aired in the day around the same time as the Queen’s, this one will be broadcast during the night.

According to BBC world news, the very controversial speaker will be seen describing the general will of nations to viewers; and in his view that desire is to return to what he calls, “human values.”

Mr Ahmadinejad leads one of the most powerful states in the Middle East and he is extremely influential, Dorothy Byrne, head of Channel 4 news and current affairs explained. She told the BBC, “As we approach a critical time in international relations, we are offering our viewers an insight into an alternative world view.”

In his speech the prominent Middle East leader is said to congratulate the British as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, saying that society’s woes are historically caused from a population that frequently turns away from the teachings of the prophets of God, including Jesus.

He reportedly goes on to blame some governments and world powers for being indifferent in regards to the teachings of ‘the divine prophets’.

Holocaust center director, Stephen Smith of Newark, Nottinghamshire sees Mr. Ahmadinejad as deceptive in his speech, since his message of peace counters previous oppressive views of his. Smith cited the Iranian leader as having referred to the Holocaust as, “the myth of the Jews’ massacre” in December 2005 and as having supported the execution of gay people in Iran.

“In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” he told students at New York’s Columbia University last year, when questioned on the harsh treatment of gays in his country.

Ben Summerskill, director of Stonewall, a gay rights group in Britain has actually found some good in having such a divisive speaker give the alternative Christmas message. He reportedly said that the Iranian leader should celebrate his chance at being able to speak freely without repression, in spite of his often offensive and ridiculous views. “It is an important way of reminding him that there are some countries where free speech is not repressed.

Channel 4’s first alternative message was delivered in 1993 by Quentin Crisp, a gay man. Others to have experienced giving the alternative Christmas message have been: Bridgett Bardot, former X-Factor Judge, Sharon Osbourne and Major Andrew Stockton, a British soldier who lost an arm fighting in Afghanistan.

 

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