A LEVENMOUTH church minister is urging people to take the BBC to task over anti-Christian bias.
The Rev Peter Carr, of Buckhaven Baptist Church, was moved to action by a report in ‘The Christian Institute’, featuring comments by the BBC’s Director-General, Mark Thompson.
Mr Thompson, in a separate interview, had admitted the BBC would never mock Mohammed like it mocked Jesus.
He “justified the astonishing admission of religious bias”, said the report, by suggesting that lampooning Mohammed might have the “emotional force of a piece of grotesque child pornography”.
But Jesus was fair game because, he said, Christianity had “broad shoulders and fewer ties to ethnicity”.
Mr Carr said local Christians should combat such bias in the BBC, and elsewhere, and greater respect ought to be shown to Christians.
He told the Mail: “In recent years, we have witnessed a rise in aggressive secularism, humanism and atheism, along with other groups becoming more vocal against Christianity and the Christian values this nation is built on. Where did the health and education systems originate from?
“There seems to be an underlying assumption that, if you attack Christ and Christianity, it doesn’t matter, whereas if you insult the Prophet Mohammed and Islam, there will be serious repercussions.”
As Easter approached, it was time for Christians, clergy and non, to “wake up and speak up” regarding the bias against Christianity “that exists not only in the BBC, but also increasingly in our culture”, said Mr Carr.
Anyone who read The Bible properly would see Jesus and His followers robustly defending all matters concerning life and doctrine of the faith, he added.
There were times for Christians to turn the other cheek – and times to defend the faith.
“In our post-modern society, much emphasis is placed on tolerance,” said Mr Carr.
“Surely this should extend to Christians and their right to proclaim their God-given faith, a right we have had for centuries?”
Shortly before Christmas, Prime Minister David Cameron had said the UK was a Christian country and should not be afraid to say so.
“Her Majesty the Queen spoke openly of her Christian faith during her speech to the nation on Christmas Day – good on her!” said Mr Carr. “As Christians, we do not need the Prime Minister’s permission to defend our faith; we already have God’s permission.”
A BBC spokesperson told the Mail: “The Director-General was making the point that Christianity is a UK-wide religion and the dominant one in the country, and consequently he felt it was more broad-shouldered and generally able to cope with opposing or challenging viewpoints.
“He also explained many UK-based followers of religions such as Islam and Judaism may already feel they are in a minority in racial and cultural terms, and therefore greater care was sometimes needed to avoid causing offence.”