The BBC’s religious bias
‘Christianity is the world's biggest religion, with about 2.1 billion followers worldwide. It is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ who lived in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago.’
This is factual and dispassionate.
Compare this with the description of Islam:
‘Islam began in Arabia and was revealed to humanity by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).’
The BBC bestows and affirms the unequivocal status of prophet upon Mohammed, and emotively exhorts us all to wish him peace.
If one were looking for equality and impartiality, ‘the Prophet Mohammed’ would be counterpoised with ‘the Lord Jesus Christ’. At least then both would have the prefix accorded by their followers.
It is more theologically significant that the BBC refers to the revelation of Islam, while there is no mention of Jesus being the fulfilment of the revelation of YHWH to mankind. And further, they reiterate the point when they state: ‘Islam was revealed over 1400 years ago in Mecca, Arabia’. Balance this with what they say about Jesus: ‘His birth is believed by Christians to be the fulfilment of prophecies in the Jewish Old Testament. Of Hinduism, they sate: ‘Hinduism claims to have many founders, teachers and prophets who claim first hand experience of God.’
Islam’s revelation is an unequivocal fact; Jesus’ birth is only believed by Christians to be the fulfilment of prophecies; and Hinduism claims to have many founders who claimed to have experiences. Why is the phrase ‘believed by Muslims’ not used? What about ‘Islam claims that Mohammed is the last prophet’? Or even 'Mohammed claimed to have revelation from God', which would then be consistent with the statement on Hinduism?
This is not the first time that the BBC has placed Christianity in submission to Islam; Christian orthodoxy was dissected by the Muslim journalist Rageh Omar just a few months ago, with no reciprocal analysis of the claims of Islam by a Christian journalist. But even more bizarrely for Cranmer, the BBC’s history of the Church ends in 1054 with the Great Schism. There is absolutely no mention of the Reformation which, of course, had a far greater impact on Christianity in the United Kingdom. It makes one wonder what it was all for…