BBC: Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
Hindus and Sikhs are also religious minorities also from ethnic minorities, but they are of the opinion that the BBC discriminates against them in favour of Islam. Yet it would undoubtedly be true to say that the BBC also treats them differently to the manner in which the corporation treats Christianity.
But how did we get from ‘different’ to ‘more sensitive’?
And why is a Roman Catholic - also therefore a member of a religious minority - prepared to inculcate the nation with greater respect due to Allah and Mohammed while his own God and Father may be dispatched to Room 101?
‘Different’ is designed to induce respect; it is deployed to encourage greater reflection, a pause for thought, serious consideration before one criticises or denigrates. Jesus is not ‘different’. Church is not ‘different’. The Bible is not ‘different’. Christians are not ‘different’. No, they are all mind-numbingly boring and utterly normal. But anything ‘foreign’ is exotic, and everything exotic is ‘different’, and anything ‘different’ must be handled with care, and anything that must be handled with care must be treated with great respect, and anything that must be treated with great respect must be worthy, and one must be sensitive to what is worthy, for what is worthy is greater than what is not.
Yet Mr Thompson insists that the BBC would broadcast programmes that are critical of Islam ‘if they were of sufficient quality’.
And therein lies the unattainable prerequisite. For this ‘quality’ would have to conform to all the BBC’s self-imposed, politically-correct red tape about ‘respect’, ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’, not to mention its responsibility to preach the gospel of relativism and pluralism. And so nothing critical of Islam, the Qur’an, Allah or Mohammed will ever be broadcast by the BBC, for to do so would offend, divide, incite, cause civil strife, and endanger the peace and security of the realm.
Mr Thompson said: "My view is that there is a difference between the position of Christianity, which I believe should be central to the BBC's religion coverage and widely respected and followed. What Christian identity feels like it is about to the broad population is a little bit different to people for whom their religion is also associated with an ethnic identity which has not been fully integrated.”
It beggars belief that the man responsible for broadcasting the musical ‘Jerry Springer -The Opera’ boasts that he has ‘never watched the Monty Python film Life of Brian’, insisting that his ‘Christian beliefs guided his judgments’. It is curious Christian discernment indeed that finds offence in the brilliant satire of Monty Python but none in the unintelligent crudeness of Jesus in a nappy who feels ‘a bit gay’.
Yet it is indeed interesting that ‘no political issue has so far come near Jerry Springer in terms of anger and emotion’. Mr Thompson says: “It wasn't politics that put a security guard outside my house, it was a debate about how the BBC handles religion."
Indeed. And politicians ought to realise that religion is deeper than politics, and that it is folly to try to separate the two, for they are fused, interdependent, symbiotic.
But what irritates Cranmer perhaps the most in the debate over the BBC’s religious output is that he is forced to pay for it through the TV licence: he is obliged to watch his fellow Christians, the Holy Bible, the beloved Church, the holiness of God and the Lord Jesus being ridiculed, despised, trashed and spat upon, while Allah, Mohammed, Muslims and the Qur’an are treated ‘differently’.
Where is the ‘respect for diversity’ or ‘equality’ in that?