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