Saturday, January 09, 2010

Simon Mayo: the BBC is ‘at the forefront of the new atheism’

There is an interview in today’s Daily Telegraph in which broadcaster Simon Mayo states quite unequivocally that the BBC is ‘driving religion to the margin’.

But the examples he gives are not concerned with the eradication of ‘religion’, but of the Christian expression of it.

He said: “I’ve just listened to David Tennant on Desert Island Discs. His father was a minister and that was seen to be a problem (by presenter Kirsty Young).”

And further: “I was listening to a BBC news bulletin during Easter 2008 about services to mark ‘the rebirth of Christ’, a line clearly written by someone who had no contact with or understanding of the concept of resurrection.”

He detects an evident and quite distinct anti-Christian theme ‘in television comedians from Eddie Izzard down’.

Eddie Izzard down?

Cranmer is not quite sure what lies beneath Eddie Izzard.

Unless Mr Mayo is referring to Russell Brand.

But then he did specify ‘television comedians’. And the loathsome Russell Brand can hardly be classified as a comedian, but he exists without doubt on a plane beneath the rest of humanity.

But Cranmer digresses.

The interview makes a connection between these developments and the appointment of Aaquil Ahmed last year as the BBC's head of religion and ethics. The Archbishop of Canterbury was reported to have told the director general, Mark Thompson, that the ‘Christian voice’ was being sidelined.

Cranmer has said this before, and doubtless he will say it again. But the BBC has been ‘at the forefront of the new atheism’ for decades while professing Christians have been at the helm. From the Roman Catholic captain of the ship to the Methodist petty officer who used to control the Corporation’s religious output, the ordinary and able seamen haven’t had a chance of steering it in any other direction. Under ‘Christian’ leadership, the BBC has become a secular humanist organisation which now propagates its own objective worldview through its own biased history and its own version of truth.

Mark Thompson has said that he shows greater reverence and respect for minority faiths than for Christianity, and one only has to sit through a few days of news coverage to realise that the ‘new atheism’ is really only an expression of Gaia earth worship – the oldest religion on the planet. The BBC has a self-styled mission to inculcate the ignorant masses with the Gaia spirituality of the New Age which has its roots in what we now call ‘Hinduism’, and it has embraced the pseudo-gospel of environmentalism with its own global warming apocalypse to that end.

It is not really ‘atheism’, as Simon Mayo suggests, but a syncretised catholic pagan pantheism: Broadcasting House has become a temple dedicated to all the gods.

This should be as offensive and as unacceptable to Aaquil Ahmed as it is to Simon Mayo.

So let this able seaman climb through the ranks, and then see how he draws the line between henotheism, monotheism, monolatry, polytheism and pantheism.

And one must hope that the pantheon’s greatest figure once again emerges victorious, just as he did among the fertility cults, the astral deities and the national gods of Deuteronomy.


Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...

The unfettered and immature instincts will always hunger for instant pleasure and excess. Too much of anything is destructive for the individual and the collective, and this is why we form civilisations of humanity. On a political front, we recycle which every party is going to pander to our desires, and they know the only way they will get to play God is to acquiesce - The BBC is a very useful machine for feeding the pigs; a machine that the next Gods will no doubt put to full use.

9 January 2010 at 11:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another wonderful of example of the christian persecution complex.

Get over yourself. People (or corporations) aren't out to get you, they're just not prepared to give you the undue fawning respect that you seem to think you deserve.

9 January 2010 at 11:19  
Anonymous Michael said...

I do not quite comprehend what was the message His Grace was attempting to convey here, however I must note that Christianity is not a spectacularly unique religion deserving a forefront seat in everything, including public broadcasting. There's nothing that could justify a special privileged position "among the pantheon of deities" possibly save for far greater numbers of Christian viewers.

It is regrettable, however, to see BBC give attention to minority faiths more than the mainstream ones, or a strictly atheist and secular view, and I quite understand the appalled reaction of His Grace.

9 January 2010 at 11:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, Your Grace.
Don't forget the abominable 'Thought for the day' with its preoponderance of PC luvvies.
Privatization of the BBC is the only answer.

9 January 2010 at 11:22  
Anonymous Knighthawk said...

It was inevitable that Christianity would be marginalised when the majority embraced Secular-Humanism, New Age Cultism and Environmentalism. The BBC now projects what it has helped to create, but His Grace should not despair, for the prophets of Gaia are as ineffectual as the prophets of Baal; I observe from my window that their global warming apocalypse is currently skating on thin ice.

9 January 2010 at 12:22  
Blogger Marcellus said...

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9 January 2010 at 12:27  
Blogger Marcellus said...

The BBC is run by an extreme, unrepresentative and unelected cult.

The Left have finally ruined the BBC as well. The BBC is now irreparably infiltrated and broken. Too many of their hand picked staff share their extreme views

The BBC should be broken up as an organisation.

9 January 2010 at 12:36  
Blogger JPT said...

Children's BBC is the worst for this with constant Hindu and Muslim fairy stoties (or whatever they are) but not much Christianity.
It's truly shocking and someone someday will I'm sure be brought to task for it.

9 January 2010 at 13:34  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the Lord's judgement eventually falls on the BBC in some form or other. Please let it be abolition of the license fee!

9 January 2010 at 13:38  
Anonymous Ian said...

We should not be surprised. All that is signified in letters of Greek, Hebrew and Latin still hates Christ.

9 January 2010 at 13:41  
Anonymous Kwelos said...

There is a very definite pro-Islamic anti-Judeo-Christian bias at the BBC . See links under BBC at the RoP index

9 January 2010 at 14:25  
Anonymous len said...

The battle that is being fought against Christianity at the present time is over the truth.
Truth is not a concept or a philosophy, truth is a person the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord said to Pontius Pilate: “For this cause came I into the World, that I should bear witness to the truth”. “What is truth?” Pilate simply wanted to know.

Pilate was right to ask the question, “what is truth?” There is no answer if we mean the ultimate truth, the foundation of the world’s existence. If Pilate had in mind the original truth, or the truth of truths, he should have asked the question, “Who is truth?” And why? Because truth was standing right in front of him - our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ! How did our Lord answer Pilate? “I am the truth” (St. John Ch 15 v6).

Truth cannot be changed you can ridicule it, deny it, try and change it, but the truth remains and will only be found in Jesus Christ.

9 January 2010 at 14:30  
Anonymous Ginro said...

This video, the last of seven (H/T Harry Hook at The Final Redoubt) explains a great deal about the current attitudes with regard the Church, education and society in general. To rebuild their socialist 'utopia' they first need to destroy the old society.
The state of Britain

9 January 2010 at 15:33  
Anonymous graham wood said...

Well said Ien. Exactly right.

If there is any doubt which may still linger about the deep ideological Left trend in the BBC, the do visit the following site:

9 January 2010 at 16:13  
Anonymous Melanie brink said...

Is len a trained priest? I hope so, before he bangs on about religion. What's wrong with the BBC? I think it is fair and unbiased. It is only the hardcore right which thinks it is anything other. Perhaps this is because the BBC show what silly stuff the right comes out with? I guess all this bitterness is down to the fact that the public have endorsed 13 good years of labour rule. Here is to the next 13.

9 January 2010 at 17:23  
Blogger Hazel said...

Eddie Izzard down?

Cranmer is not quite sure what lies beneath Eddie Izzard.

Hmm ... this about a man who has just completed 43 marathons in 51 days for charity?

In terms of resilience and generosity I would say that there are a great many individuals that are “beneath” Eddie Izzard.

However, don't let such facts get in the way of making a cheap crack.

9 January 2010 at 17:37  
Anonymous devine grashria said...

I will never get why Christians think they should dominate in society. Nor do I see what's wrong with gay presenters. This is the 21 century, not the 11th!

9 January 2010 at 17:48  
OpenID transforminggrace said...

Chris Moyles agrees with Mayo when commenting on a church service he saw on TV. Moyles says "it's a bit sad, I always have my radio head on and the song [at church] was a gift of a jingle, but I couldn't get away with using it on radio because it says "Saviour".

See for yourself on youtube about 5 min 45 second into this clip:

9 January 2010 at 18:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melanie brink. If you believe, which IMO you clearly do, that every body you personally politically disagree with is hardcore right then please think again. Or indeed start thinking, for very likely the first time in your entire life.

The BBC was conceived by the establishment, has always been run by the establishment, has always been completely, and absolutely subverted by the establishment, and therefore not surprisingly has always worked entirely for the interests of the establishment.

The BBC was NOT conceived by the working classes, has never been run by the working classes, has never been subverted by the working classes, and therefore not surprisingly has NEVER EVER worked entirely or partially for the interests of the working classes.

The above is not only proved by the FACTS of the matter, the above is self-evidently the case.

You and other ( unwitting I hope ) Fascists may have been conned over a very long time to genuinely believe otherwise, but the FACTS are the FACTS, and self-apparent ones ever more so. It is now the year of our lord 2010 not 1910, and still the working class are no better then SLAVES to private and state corporate interests.

The BBC is CORPORATISM in action.

It seems that the BBC, along with the establishments education system has managed to de-educate the general population to such a high degree of ignorance that otherwise intelligent beings now believe that black is white, 4+4=42, the highest form of personal achievement is a Blue Peter badge, and Doctor Who is infinitely more cool, and real then God, and even worse, truth, the BBC, are somehow related to each other.

The libertarian left, or indeed any other thinking member of the working classes should, and in my personal experience does, hate, despise and distrust the BBC with every atom of their material existence.

The BBC is of course a socialist organization, however socialism has got nothing to do with the interests of the working classes. Less to do with freedom, and infinitely minus amounts to do with telling the truth.

Which is one reason why socialism has a well documented history of murdering and/or needlessly impoverishing as many working class people as it can possibly get away with, and quite often more then even that many. While still having the power to get itself elected time, and time again.

There has never been a working class political movement, or ANYTHING else that ever stayed mainstream for long, that was not either initiated by, or swiftly subverted by the Jesuit Orders of the establishment.

9 January 2010 at 18:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never heard mayo proclaim the merits of christianity nor infact the arch druid of canterbury come to mention it. Christianity will end up underground in this country somewhat like china with a state church allowed so the e.u can proclaim that they allow freedom of religion, but they must tow the line on what they preach,the true church however will be underground spreading the fragrance of Christ not religion nor man made doctrines.

9 January 2010 at 19:50  
Blogger Gnostic said...

You missed out an "ism", Your Grace. I refer to cretinism which I believe adequately describes the BBC's foresight and output. Or perhaps the Beeboids think the poor buggers who fund their heavily biased BS suffer from that particular "ism", namely us. Isn't it time we divested them of their captive bank-rollers?

9 January 2010 at 20:01  
Anonymous bluedog said...

The BBC is a sheltered workshop for otherwise employable journalists or deeply offensive individuals of self-proclaimed celebrity status. It is nothing more than instrument of the British state that has become corrupted as part of Nulabour's plan for the Abolition of Britain. James Murdoch of Newscorp was attacked for his recent criticism of the BBC. Most of these attacks by the Beeb cheer squad were for the largely superficial reason that James and his father Rupert are Australians. Apparently this meant they couldn't offer an opinion on the BBC. That aside, what Murdoch said was right. Here it is from the Grauniad:

9 January 2010 at 20:37  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Woops, left out the all important UN in front of employable.

9 January 2010 at 20:40  
Anonymous Brother Jonathan said...

Some commentators do not seem to realize that the superiority of Christianity is based upon the superiority of the One who will return to judge both the quick and the dead. History, however, does bear ample evidence in the results of various cultures. Those true to Christian (and Jewish) scripture and tradition bear testimony of superiority through their fruits.

9 January 2010 at 20:44  
Blogger Steve said...

Quite apart from the truth or falsehood of Christianity, some cultural beliefs lead to thriving, creative civilizations, and some do not. Christianity has a unique record of success in this area, from the preservation of classical ideas via Byzantium and Rome, all the way up to the anti-slavery movements in the 19th century. Turning our backs on Christianity is the underlying cause of our current ruin, and it will doubtless get worse before it gets better.

9 January 2010 at 21:02  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

If it truly bothers so many of your readers - or indeed Your Grace himself - then stop moaning and get rid of the TV. There really is no need for it anymore anwyay ... everything is available freely & legitimately by the increasing On Demand Services. It really is a liberating experience.

The media & the fashion industry have a disproportionate number of homosexuals in their employ. And as night follows day, godlessness follows.

9 January 2010 at 21:29  
Blogger Marcellus said...

@ Melanie brink

We realise you are working for Labour.

Every time one of you post on a blog we remember how much we hate the dishonesty of Labour and how much we look forward to some decency in public life.

We are not fooled by you.

The way you have deliberately betrayed working people and the poor whilst pretending you were on their side is one of the most appalling betrayals of modern political history.

You contaminate everything you touch.

Stop your lying.
Stop your deceit

It is time for you dreadful people to leave public life for ever.

9 January 2010 at 21:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marcellus, I largely agree.

However I would not worry your mind over much about who, or what Melanie Brink believes she is working for. Because you can be fairly sure that she has very little real idea. Please try to concern yourself with who, and what, ALL of our current political parties are working for.

For surly it is by now SELF-APPARENTLY without doubt, that absolutely NONE of them are working for the common people, on either a collective, individual, spiritual, or temporal level.

We are terminally betrayed, by a power so powerfully seductive, subtle, infinitely wealthy, dishonest, universally spread over the surface of the world, and above all devoutly evil, that the likes of Melanie are no longer of relative importance.

Their once normal minds no longer exists, or indeed never did exist in the first place. These people are empty shells, sometimes known as the un-dead. Which are people devoid of normal human qualities like for example natural empathy or original creativity. They spin like records stuck in the same small set of harmoniously damaged grooves.

They can't stop lying or deceiving, for the simple reason they don't understand that they are doing exactly that. Their minds are so possessed by the dark arts of a lifetime of 'establishment' inspired disinformation that if they were forced to state only truths, they would rapidly find themselves unable to communicate at all.

We can not rid ourselves of these people, as only a revolution could. While such an option would lead to an even more repressively horrid situation for the vast majority, and much quicker then many could possibly imagine.

We can only win by a reawakening of the public to what, who and where, there enemy is, and has almost always been.

9 January 2010 at 23:24  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Enjoyed that Marcellus !

There have been various attempts to make church service televisual , I personally have always found the radio broadcast better . Your grace has some "isms" that I have never heard of but I agree with some of SIMon Mayos comments particulary this rush to ignorance with questions like "your father was a minister was that a problem ?" .

It is exactly what pervades so many alledged educated liberals who are the devoute PC brigade .
Take sister Wendy Becket ask most people about what a nun is and they have the comic line from the fast show "oh does my bum look big in this" , at one level it is funny but at another , it inferes that nuns are somehow regretfull and have run away from society under some sort of false or spurious dedication to god .

In my youth jokes circulated about monks and nuns , most of them cheap and dirty , I never did question where these jokes came from , some of course were entertainers jokes , but now i find myself asking where in peoples souls did these bad taste jokes come from , and why did we laugh at them populary , when we should have asked a different question perhaps .

Mr Mayo is perhaps onto somthing , the BBC certainly does not promote christianity , but it seems not to keen on throwing it a life bouy either , I just wonder who they are that are so angry with it and athiestic that they would deny it to millions ??

9 January 2010 at 23:29  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Well said, Steve @ 21.02. I'm sure, too, that the worldly success of Christian cultures has been informed by what Len describes: the search for Truth; Truth being that which Christ manifested through His humanity.

I believe an important point arises from that perception: Christ - the Incarnation of the Divine - taught us how to live in this world. And that didn't involve, breaking the Law (e.g. the Third Commandment) by trying to blow everybody up in God's name. Nor did it involve worshipping mankind, and pretending that God is made in the image of 'humanity.'

I'm fascinated by Your Grace's take on the not so new-euwy religion! Talk about multi-culturalism run amok. And let's not forget the 'human sacrifices' all the media require us to carry out, whenever they promote scandals for the purpose of destroying people's lives. So here we are, you make me think: in a neu-Arab Empire, and set back to something like 5,000 BC!

As for the beeb and its misuse of technological advance: I gave up television years ago, and have no regrets. The World Service used to be something of a beacon, but now is as unenlightening as anything else. The minute they start talking in euro measurements, temperatures, etc, I switch off. Not to mention my reaction to their patronising explanations of e.g. Christmas as the 'time when Christians ... etc.'

Yes, Your Grace, one hopes. Otherwise, that Second Coming may be nearer than we imagine.

P.S: Yes, I too hope D. Singh is all right.

10 January 2010 at 01:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yawn who cares.

10 January 2010 at 10:06  
Anonymous Michael said...

I wish to respond to brother Jonah:

1. I regret to say this, but both Your perception of The One and his purported coming back are purely subjective perceptions, no less or more objectively valid than ancient Roman fertility cults.

Christianity is simply not above the other religions, nor should other religions (like aforementioned fertility cults) be above it, possibly save from the perspective that Christian views are going to represent and interest far, far greater portion of viewers than some cultist nonsense. Which is why I think I oppose Simon Mayo's plans.

But I'm not a theologian, so I would like to bring more of an attention to your amusing point no. 2

2. History, does bring ample evidence, unfortunately quite contrary to what you would wish to see. If Christianity indeed does grant magic superiority to it's adherents, why did the European powers, often acting in colonial affairs under guise of promoting missionary endeavours, lose all of their power over China which is now a booming economy inside a militantly atheist state? More importantly, why did Byzantium fall?

And please don't blame it on some sort of decadence of Byzantians, they seemed rather faithful, especially in it's last hours.

10 January 2010 at 11:04  
Anonymous len said...

Michael , think you are confusing facts with truth.
Truth as I have said is a person Jesus Christ who doesn`t change.
Facts are constantly changing.

10 January 2010 at 11:26  
Anonymous Ruth said...

Whether you believe or not is irrelevant - Britain has a state religion and it is Christian. The BBC is indeed a propaganda tool of the state, and should therefore be promoting the state religion - Christianity. It is not within its charter to elevate opposing religions above that of the state religion.

Maybe we should take a leaf out of the RoP's political wing and see how they deal with other religions in that most muslim of states, Saudi Arabia - hmm not pretty; The BBC might do well to be remember who and what they are.

10 January 2010 at 11:45  
Anonymous Michael said...

Ien, I was responding to person posting as "Brother Jonathan," I have unfortunately wrongly remembered his name.

10 January 2010 at 14:01  
Anonymous Fran said...


Was not his Grace referring to Mr Izzard's brand of humour - which he ranks a little above Russell Brand's brand?

Respect to Mr Izzard for his charity marathons. But his act is foul-mouthed and from time to time profane.

10 January 2010 at 18:33  

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