BBC is anti-Christian and pro-Muslim says ex host

Tue, 23 Jun 2009

The BBC is keen on programmes which attack churches and there is a wider secularist campaign “to get rid of Christianity”, an ex-presenter says.

Don Maclean, the former Radio 2 religious programme host, also says the broadcaster is “keen on Islam”.

He said: “you don’t see any programmes on Anglicanism that don’t talk about homosexual clergy and you don’t see anything on Roman Catholicism that doesn’t talk about paedophiles.

“They seem to take the negative angle every time. They don’t do that if they’re doing programmes on Islam. Programmes on Islam are always supportive.”

He added: “I think there’s a secularist movement in this country to get rid of Christianity. Something must be done.”

At the weekend it emerged that the Church of England will tackle the BBC over its coverage of the Christian faith.

In a document which has the backing of bishops, the Anglican church accused one BBC channel of treating religion like a “freak show”.

Concerns have been raised about the appointment of Aaqil Ahmed, a Muslim, as the BBC’s new Head of Religious Programming.

Mr Ahmed has been accused of producing programmes “that have tended to look at the fringes of Christianity where it can be brought into disrepute”.

In January BBC presenter Jeremy Vine said he believed that Christ is who he said he was, but doesn’t think he would be allowed to say so on air.

He told Reform Magazine that it has become “almost socially unacceptable to say you believe in God”.

In October last year, the conductor of the BBC Philharmonic orchestra spoke of an ‘ignorant’ secular liberal minority in the media seeking to drive religion from the public sphere. He urged religious people to resist “increasingly aggressive attempts to still their voices”.

The previous month the Christian best-selling author G P Taylor told how he was blacklisted by the BBC. He said a producer had told him the broadcaster could not be “seen to be promoting Jesus”.

Last year the corporation’s Director General stated publicly that Christianity should be treated with less sensitivity than other religions.

And in 2006 executives admitted that while they would show a scene where a Bible was thrown away, they would never do the same with a copy of the Koran.

The same year the Archbishop of York said that Christians took “more knocks” in BBC programmes than other faiths.

He added: “They can do to us what they dare not do to the Muslims. We are fair game because they can get away with it.”

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