Is the BBC frightened of criticising Islam?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by armchair_jihad, Nov 18, 2006.

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  1. Not at all

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  2. Yes because Christianity is responsible for colonialism

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  3. No the BBC is always neutral

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  4. Yes as Christianity is the Queens religion and she is Evil

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  5. The BBC is a Christian Organisation

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  6. Allah Akbar Crusader dogs you have lost

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  1. The increasingly excellent Archbishop of York speaks again

    BBC frightened of criticising Islam, says archbishop

    The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has accused the BBC of bias against Christianity and says the broadcaster fears a terrorist backlash if it is critical of Islam.

    The archbishop, the second most senior figure in the Church of England's hierarchy, said Christians took "more knocks" than other faiths at the hands of the BBC.

    "They can do to us what they dare not do to the Muslims," he said. "We are fair game because they can get away with it. We don't go down there and say, 'We are going to bomb your place.' That is not in our nature."

    The Ugandan-born archbishop nevertheless said Christians must be more forceful in promoting their beliefs.

    Blaming the "chattering classes" for undermining traditional Christian culture, he said: "They see themselves as holding the flag for Britain and that Britain is definitely secular and atheist. I want them to have their say but not to lord it over the rest of us."

    He called for a return to family values and an end to the tyranny of materialism, especially at Christmas.

    "We have become a society where we all gather around the microwave or the television. Even while you are eating, the television is blaring. Come on!

    "Parents should spend more time talking to children because that is where behaviour is learned, in the home."

    "The Church of England reminds the nation that in this country the Queen is Defender of the Faith, head of the Commonwealth and head of state." The Queen, he added, was the "real uniting force" and no politician "could ever rise to her level".

    Dr Sentamu also questioned whether Muslim women were required to wear the veil by the Koran, and argued that those who did should not expect British society to be reordered to accommodate them.

    He said Muslim scholars would say three things about the veil. "First, does it conform to norms of decency? Secondly, does it render you more secure? And thirdly, what kind of Islam are you projecting by wearing it?

    "I think in the British context it renders you less secure because you stick out and it brings unwelcome attention.

    "On the first question (of whether the veil conforms to norms of decency) I don't think it does conform."

    The archbishop said he never wore a cross when visiting a synagogue or mosque, explaining: "Because I am going into someone else's home. And I can't simply say, 'Take me as I am, whether you like it or not.'

    "I think the thing is in British society you can wear what you want, but you can't expect British society to be reconfigured around you. No minority can expect to impose this on the public or civic life."


    In full

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/11/14/nmuslim14.xml
     
  2. Hear Hear!

    The man talks good sense.


    There's a lack of the poll option "Yes, they are weak!"
     
  3. call_me_jack I think that is covered by option 2
     
  4. Sorry I took that out of context and thought it was a dig at our colonial roots.

    Vote cast accordingly.
     
  5. Is it just me or has Archbishop Sentamu taken over the Dick Cheneye position in the Church of England i.e. saying the things that his boss either can't or doesn't want to say for political reasons? Not surprising really since his being black and originally from Unganda makes him pretty much fire-proof in regards to saying certain things that would have a white British person either shouted down or ridiculed by the PC brigade. The man talks a lot of sense if you ask me.
     
  6. Rayc

    Rayc RIP

    There is no doubt that the TV is the cause of declining family bonds and values the world over.

    One of the reasons why Islam is given preferential treatment worldwide is that they successfully campaign issues and make others feel 'guilty' eg the hijab and niqab issues, which in acutality is a non issue since even the Koran does not specifically speak about these as items of dress. The Koran simply states that women must dress modestly and cover their bosom. Correct me if I am wrong.

    Or that the War on Terror is actually a War on Islam, which it is not.
     
  7. I've sat through one of his sermons. Passionate man , but he does bang on for an awful long time :D
     
  8. Seems an eminently sensible chap
     
  9. Your right Rayc, radical Islam has adapted very well to established media - literate campaigning and lobbying techniques.

    The press loves it because it fits their 'content template'.
     
  10. With reference to one of the poll options, "Western colonialism, baaaad, Islamic colonialism, goooooood" (not that the BBC seems to acknowledge that the latter ever happened at all...)
     
  11. You only have to look at the over representation of Sub Continent presenters,and others at the Beeb,to see where their priorities lie.The number of programmes that 'Muslims' participate in,has gone up exponentially,in the last 2 years.Their reporter on a programme for Rememberance Sunday on TV was a young lady,of Afro Carribean heritage.It's unclear-at least to me-how she could emphathise on such a subject.