If the Story of Islam Was Told to Me In a Pub
A story for our time that has the potential to change the course of things to come.
It's the next day and Johnny is back at the bar talking to Archie.
Johnny: Too bad about Uzza.
Archie: Yes it is. You know that I record everything that goes on in my bar.
Johnny: No, I did not know that.
Archie: Well I do, and I would like you to make what happened last night part of your next broadcast.
Johnny: It will show you serving liquor to a woman you knew to be a Muslim. It will show Uzza questioning the tenets of her faith, a capital offense where she comes from.
Archie: I will lose my license, I will go to jail, her killer will go free and the guy who shot you, or someone like him, will come back to finish the job.
Johnny: You're asking me to commit suicide.
Archie: They are willing to kill and die for what they believe in; we should at least be ready to risk our lives, like Uzza did, in the hope that it will make a difference.
Johnny: But it won't make a difference. It's too late!
When writing about Islam you are always concerned that you will not get to finish what you started. One reason for posting a draft. Another, is to see if there is a network or a reputable producer out there willing to take it on and perhaps make a difference.
Email: Bernard Payeur