Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Little Mosque on the Prairie

What do you do if the Archdeacon is coming, and you suspect that after he sees all the empty pews he will recommend closing down your little Anglican parish in Mercy, Saskatchewan?

If you are the Rev. Duncan McGee, you hatch a plan that involves the Muslims who rent out your parish hall and use it as a mosque posing as Anglicans on the Sunday that the Archdeacon visits.

With that background, here's part of episode 6 of Little Mosque on the Prairie. Keep in mind that this is a Canadian sitcom. They have some fun with the Anglicans, the Muslims, the local rednecks and the local politicians. Everyone is fair game for a laugh. As the show's creator, Zarqa Nawaz, has said, "...this is not a program about Islam but is instead about people's relationships, love, family and balancing religious beliefs and generation gaps while living in a prairie community."

It's humor, folks. A much better way to explore the blending of Muslim and Christian communities than the alternative that some seem to favor; launch an Inquisition. Personally, I'll choose humor every time. So sit back and enjoy.


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