By their actions...

"The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen". ~Tommy Smothers

I'm not one for Christmas Messages; the Pope didn't even get a look in our house never mind the English Queen.

That being said I had a sneaking regard for Channel 4 when they choose Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, for their "alternative" Christmas Message.

I don't agree with Dr Ahmadinejad on a lot of issues, his denial of the holocaust, treatment of Christians in Iran, Capital Punishment, treatment of women etc.

I am however a believer in Free Speech and Channel 4 has once again shown themselves to be against the grain in relation to the British Establishment line.

I found his message positive, even if his knowledge of Christ's teachings was a bit suspect.

I think that such positive engagement is necessary as we try to reach out the hand of friendship in the Middle East.

No doubt the Zionists and their friends in Whitehall will be appalled at this Muslim ( or any Muslim who isn't blowing themselves up for that matter) being granted airtime but that should just be a sign to Channel 4 that they are doing the right thing.

It's all well and good being a champion of Free Speech when it comes to causes and people you support; the true test is when you offer the same rights to your enemy and those you disagree with.

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