Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Eastenders Muslim to kiss Christian.

There are many newspaper reports surrounding an upcoming "plot" in Eastenders for a Muslim man, called Syed Masood (played by Marc Elliot) to become emotionally entangled with an openly gay man called Christian Clarke (played by John Partridge).

Now the
Rigby family doesn't watch Eastenders, so isn't aware of the characters but their names made her think twice - for just a moment, hence the blog title.

It's reported that the story is intended to shock, but also to represent real life in this country where almost any sexual preferences are accepted as being personal choice. Actually, Mrs R can't imagine that there are no gay Muslims, even though there are passages in the Koran forbidding homosexuality, in the same way as there are gay Christians, with passages in the Bible offering just the same condemnation.

Mrs R thinks wonders if, maybe, this storyline will encourage a bit of tolerance, openness and debate, but she also worries that it may cause tensions because it's reported that a spokesman for the Muslim Public Affairs Committee isn't happy about this storyline because of the high levels of Islamophobia and
EastEnders really lost an opportunity to present a normal friendly Muslim character to the British public
We'll have to wait and see what happens, only time will tell.

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