Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Conservative Party must follow the Church of England in confronting the BBC

Cranmer was going to omit the final four words of the title, but the exhortation would then have sounded so absurdly outrageous as to cause people to question His Grace’s sanity (for those who do not already) and even damage his reputation (even if he has none worth speaking of). It is not that David Cameron must emulate Rowan Williams by growing a beard and prancing around on the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, but Mark Thompson, the BBC's director-general, must be made aware that the corporation’s pathological anti-Christian liberal-leftist bias must end.

It is reported that the Prime Minister is to ‘reconnect with the people’ through an episode of Songs of Praise to be broadcast next month. Cranmer does not recommend that David Cameron follow Gordon Brown down this path, for participation on Songs of Praise is manifest evidence of a disconnect with the people. The Prime Minister will be given a pulpit from which he can do penance and preach to the nation ‘about courage and the people who have inspired him’. Chosen hymns will include Be Still My Soul, Fight the Good Fight and The Lord is My Shepherd.

This is likely to do more harm than good.

People are not stupid, and viewers of Songs of Praise will discern the hypocrisy. Gordon Brown is not so much concerned with his ‘moral compass’ as he is with courting the Christian vote. This appearance has nothing to do with his ‘Presbyterian conscience’, his father’s legacy or his Church of Scotland roots: it is a brazen attempt to win back the three million viewers who tune in every Sunday; to persuade them that he is a courageous, devout and honest politician.

Cranmer hopes they will remember that New Labour has been the most rabidly anti-Christian government in living memory, and the most religiously regressive in centuries.

The time is right for the Conservative Party to follow the Church of England in confronting the BBC about the quality (indeed, almost total absence) of its Conservative broadcasting: it is not impartial and neither is it professional. The BBC’s coverage of the EU’s new Conservative and Reformist group was as non-existent as its reflections on Good Friday.

With Muslim Aaqil Ahmed now heading the corporation’s Religion and Ethics output, the Church of England finds this a ‘worrying’ development. But it can be no more worrying than the plethora of Socialists who provide the corporation's political output. When a Sikh began to produce Songs of Praise, it seemed bizarre. Until one realises (if one has not already done so) that the BBC has a Leftist multi-faith agenda, centred on the global-warming cult of Gaia. Anglican orthodoxy was ditched for ecumenism decades ago. The Church of England accuses the corporation of treating religion like ‘a freak show’ (as it does the politics of the Right) and of marginalising Christian broadcasting even during the major Christian festivals.

Indeed, according to former employee Don Maclean, the BBC is ‘keen on Islam (and) keen on programmes that attack the Christian church’. He astutely observes:

'I know there are things that need to be brought forward, but you don't see any programmes on Anglicanism that don't talk about homosexual clergy and you don't see anything on Roman Catholicism that don't talk about paedophiles. They seem to take the negative angle every time. They don't do that if they're doing programmes on Islam. Programmes on Islam are always supportive.’

The Sikhs and Hindus have already noted this.

The Archbishop of Canterbury met with Mark Thompson in March to challenge him on the issue. The response came by way of two fingers when the corporation appointed Aaqil Ahmed who had something of a reputation for anti-Christian bias while in charge of commissioning at Channel 4. Last summer, Channel 4 screened a week of special programmes on Islam including a feature-length documentary on the Qur’an and a series of interviews with Muslims around the world talking about their beliefs. Their main Christian documentary broadcast for Easter, called The Secrets of the 12 Disciples, only sought to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the Pope's leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.

It is noteworthy that broadcasting around both Christianity and Conservatism tends to be concerned with fringe issues and with bringing them into disrepute. The BBC is constitutionally bound to provide adequate time and fair representation to both the Conservative Party and the Christian faith, if only because Conservative and Christian issues are the concerns of the majority of the nation.


Anonymous Kwelos said...

The BBC's pro-Muslim bias is chronicled in the links under 'BBC - censorship, bias, lies, omissions, distortions, smears, cowardice, dhimmitude, taqiyya, da'wa and Eurabian propaganda' at The Religion of Peace™ Subject Index

24 June 2009 at 10:32  
Anonymous Puritan Preacher said...

Mr Brown's appearance on Songs of Praise will surely eclipse his YouTube triumph.

Please, please, sing for us Gordon.
'Lead kindly light amid the encircling gloom' would do nicely.

24 June 2009 at 10:38  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

In Milton's Areopagitica, Milton says, "Now you understand of course that when I speak of toleration and free expression I don't mean Catholics. Them we extirpate".

That is what the BBC is doing to Christians and Conservatives in this country.

The Prime Minister’s appearance on Songs of Praise will instantly trigger the recall, in millions of Christians, of how he and his government have introduced and supported measure after measure of anti-Christian legislation. That legislation is going to leave a disturbing legacy in black, white and Asian Christian communities (in black churches they are already preaching against this government). There is more to come when the Equality Bill 2009 becomes an Act. Its provisions will open the way for members of one religious community to sue another as well as opening the way for homosexuals to sue the religious in all communities.

When Labour broke with its roots in Methodism – it did not realise that that would have the following effect: the eventual severance of support from Christians as Methodist notions were replaced by the doctrines of socialism.

There were something like 15 million votes cast in the last set of elections. Labour received about 2 million. It is clear that we are being governed by a fringe party.

24 June 2009 at 10:45  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

Forgive me. Should the Conservatives follow the Church of England in confronting the BBC over its anti-Conservative broadcasting?

My favourite Christian philosopher Francis A. Schaeffer consistently said: ‘Evil demands confrontation.’

If the Conservatives continue to proceed on their present feeble course, then the BBC will continue to exercise its ‘hideous strength’ against the Conservatives.

24 June 2009 at 11:01  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Whoever seeks to spread the Gospel gets my vote. I have the political loyalty of a Laughing Hyena. If Gordon Brown begins to garner respect for the Christian faith, he will get my support. It really is as simple as that.

So, like His Grace says, the Conservatives had better follow the Church of England on this one, because who soever does not will my hemorrhoid-like self to put up with..

24 June 2009 at 11:09  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Of course we can all confront the BBC in very practical ways.

By far the most effective is to ditch the Pandora's box altogether (one of the best decisions our family took 10 years ago) and put the £150 to much better use. Using iplayer is much better. Having to wait for your progamme to download teaches our children to be discriminating in what they watch!

Secondly, complain & commend. I try and do a 1-for-1 ... every time I complain I try and find something to commend. How many of you contacted them to commend their truly excellent Pentecost service?

[Word verification: angst!!]

24 June 2009 at 11:14  
Blogger Gnostic said...

A splendid sermon, Your Grace. And yet another jolly good reason to not support a legally enforced institution so wildly out of touch with those made to fund it.

24 June 2009 at 11:18  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

A cornucopia of BBC partiality can be found at Biased BBC.

24 June 2009 at 11:20  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

If your communicants don’t believe that Christians in this country are being persecuted: silenced and ejected from the public sector; then here is what The Christian Institute is reporting on its website:

Lynne Featherstone the Lib Dem MP for Hornsey and Wood Green was writing on her blog discussing her participation in the 9th and 10th sittings of the Equality Bill Committee.

She said: “On the execution of public duty, it is important that we make it clear here and now that carrying out public services cannot be a matter of conscience.”

I trust that at the next General Election all Christians will exercise their conscience.

Could the Lib-Dems now explain upon what basis the genocides committed by Nazis and Communists be condemned?

24 June 2009 at 11:52  
Anonymous Voyager said...

The BBC is trying to supplant the Church of England as "Church" and seeks to be the Establishment Church funded by compulsory levy.

The Church of England should call for the BBC to rely on Voluntarism in the licence fee and campaign for it to be de-criminalised as it punishes the poor !

24 June 2009 at 13:42  
Blogger Dave said...

It all started out so well. Reith set up the BBC as a Christian organisation. Just read the inscription in the entrance to Broadcasting House.
During the dark days of WW2, the King went on the radio and called for the people to pray. They did and Hitler turned away and decided to invade Russia. Does prayer work? The people of Great Britain believed it did then.
In the late 1940s the then head of the BBC went to a gathering of Christian leaders and said that they could consider the BBC as the evangelism dept for the Church. No-one objected when Billy Graham's events were broadcast from Haringey in the 1950s. No-one objected when Billy Graham appeared on a TV chat show and turned to the camera and gave an altar call to the watching millions. This was in the 1970s.

The BBC is a far cry from what Reith intended. It is no longer fir for purpose and should be broken up and sold off.

24 June 2009 at 13:50  
Blogger Dave said...

"fir for purpose"
Should read "fit for purpose"

24 June 2009 at 13:51  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

On Good Friday this year I hear that the BBC failed to broadcast a
Christian sevice on radio or television. If this is the case, it's too late.You have failed to appoint a strong formidable religious leader who is fearless in defending Christianity.Sorry, you are all doomed!

24 June 2009 at 14:36  
Anonymous jeremy hyatt said...


Rowan Williams pranced around Stonehenge at Summer Solstice (or any other time) exactly when?

'They (the BBC) seem to take the negative angle every time'.


24 June 2009 at 14:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From David Lonsdale

The BBC is staffed from top to bottom by people who are the political soulmates of Rowan Williams. He ha consistently failed to promote the Christian gospel. Why should he expect his friends in the BBC to do what he refuses to do. He has sown the wind as a liberal theologian and he shall reap the whirlwind, if not in this life, certainly in the next.
What Cameron should do is scrap the BBC. It gives him one less institution to fiddle around with.

24 June 2009 at 15:10  
Anonymous eeyore said...

Your Grace will advise whether it is unchristian of me to think thus, but what I yearn for after the next Election is savage and vindictive VICTORS' JUSTICE - starting with the BBC. Slash their licence fee, decimate their budgets, make them wear dunce's caps when reading the news, put dragoons at free quarter in producers' houses and ride off laughing with their best pig. Oh, and force them to advertise job vacancies only in The Lady. How shall the righteous rejoice, and the daughters of Jerusalem triumph!

24 June 2009 at 15:49  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

That's a great suggestion, eeyore.

It's a pity the Tories haven't got the bottle to stand up to the BBC. A mere expression of concern about the balance of their programmes and a promise to review the licence fee again could jolt them back in line.

The BBC must know that the writing is on the wall. With DTV now rapidly spreading across the nation, how long before the technology is available to pay per programme. I would be in favour of this as long as it was payable by the second, so if I didn't like it I could turn over or off.

24 June 2009 at 16:38  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

"Be still my soul"is not a good choice of hymn for this occasion. Being still has caused too many problems already.

I recommend "Fight the good fight" and "Son of God forth to war" as better choices for Prime Minister Brown to sing.

24 June 2009 at 16:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cranmer, I could not agree more.
I am not a Christian but I have noticed that the liberal left, and the BBC in particular, seek to marginalize that faith and put a positive gloss on Islam.

I'm tired of it, tired of this government, tired of the BBC and their ilk. Tired of the now obvious intrusion of Islamic ideology into our way of life. Something has to be done before we reach severe civil unrest.

Perhaps Labour know that this is a possibility, maybe that is why they have built a police state?

24 June 2009 at 17:05  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Songs of Faith?
Years sgo the BBC did not broadcast
between 6-7pm on a Sunday.The viewers were supposed to be in church at that time.

24 June 2009 at 17:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hells Bells your Grace. Have you only just realised how dreadfully biased is the BBC ? They are not just anti Christrian and pro Islam, they are many other things also. By way of example and as I write, tonights unrest in Iran is the main item on the news on CNN, Sky news and even Al Jazeera. The BBC on the other hand are running with one-sided allegations about abuse by US forces at Bagram, presumably to stoke more anti -American feeling and help more American soldiers to be killed by Jihadists. This does not include their anti-Israel, Pro- Labour, Pro Palestinian, Pro Global Warming, pro Minority bias which is so blatant as to be laughable. The sooner they lose the licence fee the better.

24 June 2009 at 17:32  
Blogger McKenzie said...

jeremy Hyass

The Archbishop is an ordained druid, who thinks there is nothing un-Christian about being so. He may not have pranced about Stonehenge specifically , but he does prance around the Gorsedd which is the next best thing.

As for hummmmming about the BBC, do you live in a cave somewhere? I could post lots of links to highlight this, but I am not convinced about the effect it would have after trying to penetrate the cave walls.

24 June 2009 at 17:47  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Gosh, That was obviously a conversation stopper.

Anyway, thanks to the Spectator blog, I have been for the last hour or so been watching one of the most important interviews that anyone can hope to see for a while: Tony Blair with Vanity fair.

It goes on for some time, but there is a heck of a lot in it, and I can say that it is a must view. He waffles on about his faith foundation etc (to be expected), but there are are number of factors in there that will provide insight into some unwitting testimonies about the man, the politics, the lies and the truth. And interestingly the future state of world balance.

Deeply fascinating interview.

24 June 2009 at 22:14  
Blogger McKenzie said...


Interview HERE

24 June 2009 at 22:15  
OpenID jamestheless said...

"Years sgo the BBC did not broadcast
between 6-7pm on a Sunday.The viewers were supposed to be in church at that time."

I have seen suggestions (possibly somewhat tongue-in-cheek) that the Forsyth Saga was responsible for killing off Sunday Evensong.

While investigating this topic, I found the following story, which I trust will bring a little cheer to His Grace's evening. His legacy may be neglected in England, but it has gained a few admirers in Germany.

A successful English export

24 June 2009 at 22:23  
Anonymous Mouseity is Best said...

"Onward Christian Soldiers"? Bet Brownie wouldn't like that one...

Shan't be watching, myself - in case they have some Mozzy striding masterfully across the Green and Pleasant, and talking about what 'we' did in the Middle Ages!

24 June 2009 at 22:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

....must be made aware that the corporation’s pathological anti-Christian liberal-leftist bias must end.

Please understand that I am not in anyway claiming that the BBC is not anti-christian, or has a liberal-leftist bias, or that these things should end ASAP.

Our biggest problem with the BBC and the media in general is that they ALL collectively promote FASCISM. Not the silly jack-booted German type, but REAL WORLD FASCISM.

They all promote without exception a type of fascism that the likes of Hitler could only have wet dreams about. While having absolutely no chance of ever achieving, even if he had won the last WW. Which of course he would never have been allowed to have done, under any circumstances.

When I call the BBC EVIL, I choose my words very carefully. When I say the media, and especially the BBC are effectively controlled by a very small bunch of FASCISTS, I and am being just as accurate and every bit as careful in the use of our common language. I unlike many, know what Fascism really is, who has always promoted it, and why.

The BBC is MIND CONTROL at its most dangerous to the human spirit. The BBC promotes government as a friend of the people, when in reality government, and the DEVIL, that it has long since worked for, has ALWAYS been the most evil enemy of the people that has ever existed.

Government ( that means the REAL government, not the utter shower of S..t currently in office, but not in power ) ONLY exists to CONTROL 99.999999% or more, of the ordinary people.

Our REAL government has virtually no other useful function whatsoever, other then to keep THEM forever up there, and US very much down here.

Our divine universal creator, who sometimes go's by the name LOVE or God, is the ONLY source of all that is good. Government on the other hand has shown itself, time and time again, to be the source of almost ALL that is truly and diabolically EVIL.

Surly even a quick flash through a History Made As God Damned Simple As Humanly Possible Book, forces us, however unwillingly, to see all government as EVIL beyond belief.

We do not now, and never have in the past ever had the governance that we deserve. We deserve honesty, care, consideration, compassion, and above all LOVE.

What we have always got sooner or latter, is WORLD and CIVIL WARS, and other forms of mass murder, CLEVER or otherwise LIES, constant and consistent DISINFORMATION, PERIODIC THEFT, TORTURE, INJUSTICE, etc. In fact, the list of absolute EVIL deliberately prosecuted by government on its OWN people, is manifestly beyond belief, and as good as endless.

Atlas shrugged

24 June 2009 at 23:22  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Since 1997 , actually a bit before on sunday mornings , the BBC has been experimenting with , the religous services slot , sunday evening in the form of songs of praise has quietly morphed into the soft nostalgic program of traditional but greyed services .

The only program that has still put out a service and proper christian message (rather than a vague warm feeling) is R4 sunday service.

The sunday morning slot is sofa religion , "the faith show" titled heaven and earth with snappy strap lines "does god hate gays and is living a different lifestyle compatable with god in todays society" In my view it is a form of spin , nothing in depth , no mention of any particualr faith and no quotations from the bible> it was the sort of show you watched with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice , a crossiant and sunday broadsheet with lifestyle mag included , Comfortable rather than challenging , open ended rather than triumphal , indeed some times it seemed all to well to mark the ebbing congregtions movement to a consumer lifestyle cough i meant socialst construct .

It neither supports or dicusses christainity yet sells its self as relevent religous braodcasting .
of course under the notion of equality why not have an athiest , a satanist anyone but a christian to produce christian programming , it is subject capable of being intellectualised isnt it ???

Rowan Williams a devoute man , may indeed be wondering what has been going on , in this ruinous governments starvation of real christianity to the people , perhaps he didnt notice the pews quietly emptying as people had heard there was a sale on at the local shopping complex. sunday has become not so much a day of rest more a day of recovery or rehab.

labours moral compass has been sitting over ove a socialist magnetic anomoly for some considerable time , spinning round and round.

I have already been told that the respectful world I yearn for is gone and I should get used to porn films being made in graveyards , churches becoming circus training venues or mosques or the more ignorant "you dont believe in that rubbish still do you"

I know society has changed people on here will not remember what it was like to find a pub open in Aberystwyth on a sunday , when we held the holy days in such high regard .

The assault on Christianity is now at least 40 yrs old , schools dare not teach it for fear they offend the thought police , and now offer a buffet of religous beliefs , indeed the fast god menue is , what we are told is good for us .

There was no gothic grandure when Paul was struggling with his unbelief , no songs ancient and modern , no pope or archbishop to take a sermon from and perhaps more importantly no BBC, just a man/person whose love for the lord jesus christ was such that he sought to spread the gospel message to all .

Mass media enhances the belief in the wisdom of crowds , the BBC (nor any other media empire) does not really want you to have a strong christain faith , for if you did , you would probebly throw your TV away or crticse there art presentations and sent the socialist/marxist frauds and runiners packing .

God exists its a shame no one at the BBC thinks so .

25 June 2009 at 01:20  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

@Jamestheless (yesterday at 22:23)

Interesting link. Do you suppose the Germans would care to import a second-hand archbishop? His appearance is a bit shabby but I'm sure they have people who could put that right. After all, the Pope is a German and was always very smartly turned out, even when he was still only a cardinal.

I'm sure old Rowan's sermons would go down well, too, just as long as there's nobody in the congregation who understands English.

25 June 2009 at 02:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace, may I congratulate you on the excellent image you’ve used. You’d better be careful, it’s almost so good that Al Beeb may already be copying the bottom third to re-brand their corporate logo, credits and stationary as we chat.

Wouldn’t it be better for comrade Brown to wait until the new head of Religion and Ethics replaces Songs of Praise by five times daily broadcasts of Call to Prayer? Surely, there’d be more votes in it for him?

25 June 2009 at 10:27  
Blogger dutchlionfrans1953 said...

Where do you think the anti-christ comes from? Certainly not from the unbelievers! But from those who claim to be believers, who turned against Christ... the so called 'christians' are the worst enemies of true disciples of Jesus Christ! As the Jews who rejected Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Lord, which is the English word for God, were the very worst enemies of Jesus Christ, that He called children of the devil (John 8:44)

But most likely the anti-christ is a Jew, or, less likely, a muslim!

Both Judaïsm and Islam are anti-christ because they reject the Son of God, and therefore also do NOT have the Father! (1 John 1:22,23)

So, it should not come as a surprise that the BBC now is handed over to a muslim!

However, it does come as a surprise to see how violance of muslims is rewarded this way.

May be we, Christians, should take up the sword again and have another CRUSADE! We would certainly be respected again! But then...alas...the Kingdom of God (in contrast to the nations of the Jews and the muslims, and even the Roman-Catholics) is NOT of this world. I often regret that. I would like to forget that for, say, 10 or 20 years, and fight and war until there is order again, and the land is cleaned of all vice and workers of evil. Then I would say, ooops, so sorry, Lord, Your Kingdom if not of this world. But I could not live in this pigstall any longer, Lord!

25 June 2009 at 22:43  
Blogger D. Singh said...


You may wish to have a look at the beautiful mathematics of the Bible '666 and all that':

26 June 2009 at 10:10  
Anonymous jez hyatt said...

McKenzie has plainly been let out without his carer. He writes as follows...

'jeremy Hyass' (oh the cutting put down!)

'The Archbishop is an ordained druid, who thinks there is nothing un-Christian about being so. He may not have pranced about Stonehenge specifically , but he does prance around the Gorsedd which is the next best thing'.

I'll speak v e r y s l o w l y

S O W H A T I F H E D O E S !!!!! (are you keeping up?)

Maybe he has a point as regards there being nothing un-Christian about it!

'As for hummmmming about the BBC, do you live in a cave somewhere?'

DURRR!!! I was hmm-ing about Cranmer who criticises the BBC for 'relentless negativity' and yet cheerily ploughs into hisrelentless negativity part 94 in respect of Rowan Williams. He can't see the irony and neither can you apparently.

26 June 2009 at 14:03  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Never mind the BBC,what is all this in the Bangkok Post today about the new Anglican Church in North America(ACNA)?

26 June 2009 at 14:28  
Anonymous mouse said...

jhyatt: So you believe in the superiority of the Enemy. Believe it or not, you won't convert any of us - whatever your rate of speech!

P.S. You're discussing the Celtic - Christian interface with people who've studied it quite closely for quite a long time. So unless you provide evidence that you have done so, or that you were present at the earliest encounters of the two, your comments will continue to ring hollow.

26 June 2009 at 21:24  
Anonymous jeremy hyatt said...

Mouse squeaks - sorry speaks...

'jhyatt: So you believe in the superiority of the Enemy'.


28 June 2009 at 19:40  
Anonymous len said...

The BBC is basically a propaganda machine consumed by Political Correctness and waging war on British values and Christianity in particular.
The sad thing is the British public are are forced by law to feed this monster.
Scrap the licence fee and make the BBC face the realities of the commercial world.

29 June 2009 at 23:20  

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