Friday, January 07, 2005

Religious discrimination and double standards

The BBC will go ahead and broadcast "Jery Springer the Opera" tonight in spite of all the protests from Christian organisations angry at the blasphemous way in which Christ is portrayed. As a believer in free speech I respect the right of artists to make criticisms of religion. But as a believer in fair play I know very well that the politically correct BBC would not have dreamed of allowing on air such a grossly offensive portrayal of any other religion.


Blogger David said...

Perhaps the BBC won't be producing a dramatised version of 'The Satanic Verse' anytime soon because of the likelihood of someone being murdered.

Maybe this isn't the BBC's political correctness at play but rahter a very real fear of violence. Witness the dreadful butchering of Theo van Gogh in the Netherlands recently, and the closing of 'Bezhti' here. And also the threats made to BBC staff about 'Springer'.

Perhaps the organisation you should take issue with, David, is the police, rather than the Beeb. There seems to be a public order problem, with presumably unrepresentative fundamentalist Christians, Muslims and Sikhs making easy threats of violence because they can see it works.

8:25 PM  
Blogger David Davies AM said...

Well I would certainly agree with you that the threats of violence from all of these groups are completely unnaceptable including the Christian groups who threatened BBC staff. But I do not believe that the BBC would actually insult other religions in this fashion.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Bishop Hill said...

Why don't you ask the BBC if they will put on a film of Bezhti? I for one would like to see what all the fuss was about.

1:30 PM  

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