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Posted on 11/14/2006 11:16:16 AM PST by PRePublic
BBC frightened of criticising Islam, says archbishop By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent Last Updated: 2:21am GMT 14/11/2006
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.
Dr Sentamu claims Christians take more knocks' at 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 trad-itional 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."
In an interview with the Daily Mail, he called for a return to family values and an end to the tyranny of materialism, especially at Christmas.
advertisement "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."
Dr Sentamu rejected the idea of the Church severing its remaining ties with the state. "People of other faiths say to me that the Church establishment is critical because it is a bulwark against a secularising agenda," he said.
"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."
A BBC spokesman declined to comment but referred to a newspaper article by Mark Thompson, the director general, which denied that the BBC was systematically biased against Christianity and in favour of Islam, saying that it did not square with the facts.
The Muslim Council of Britain said that if women chose to wear the veil on religious grounds it was "their business and no one else's" as long as it did not conflict with the rights of others.
Someone who tells it like it is. I'm sure the government-funded-and-controlled BBC will tear him a new one for his insubordination.
Not frightened. They just sympathize with Islam.
I assume to many of them were watching the Beheadings on ogrish.com
On the contrary. BBC supports everything islam!
The BBC lost any testicular fortitude long, long ago, when they lost their integrity.
It's Biblical. It will all be righted when Jesus comes back. Hallelujah! Keep the faith.
The most effective weapon against terrorists is ridicule.
Keep that in mind next time you see Islamic reactions to ridicule and frightened media cringe in supplication to the child-molesting prophet.
Tearing the BBC a new one!
True but there is this thing of ISLAMIC INQUIZITION today, see: Centani...
I couldn't agree with you more.
I was quite shocked when I saw a Texas channel KERAO broadcasting the BBC as a PBS program...
Well, I know that the 1/2 hour TV news offering from BBC ("World Report")
airs on the big PBS superstation in Los Angeles (KCET).
And I think it might air on the PBS station in St. Louis.
Also the radio version airs on a number of NPR stations.
I do have to give credit to the BBC as being a decent news-gathering organization
(or was in the past).
The first time I ever heard of Saddam Hussein was on the BBC radio report
played on the NPR station in Stillwater, OK.
It was about how his thugs would hang opponents from telephone poles
and also do mass killings (resulting in mass graves).
This was at least a year before Saddam invaded Kuwait.
And WE are paying for this.