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BBC will mock Jesus but not Mohammed

The BBC's director general said the the broadcaster would never mock Mohammed like it mocks Jesus.


report by
Christian Institute

 Mark Thompson: BBC director general
Mark Thompson BBCThe head of the BBC, Mark Thompson, has admitted that the broadcaster would never mock Mohammed like it mocks Jesus.

He justified the astonishing admission of religious bias by suggesting that mocking Mohammed might have the “emotional force” of “grotesque child pornography”.

But Jesus is fair game because, he said, Christianity has broad shoulders and fewer ties to ethnicity.

Mr Thompson says the BBC would never have broadcast Jerry Springer The Opera – a controversial musical that mocked Jesus – if its target had been Mohammed.

He made the remarks in an interview for a research project at the University of Oxford.

Mr Thompson said: “The point is that for a Muslim, a depiction, particularly a comic or demeaning depiction, of the Prophet Mohammed might have the emotional force of a piece of grotesque child pornography.”


A BBC spokesman was unavailable for comment.

Last year former BBC news anchor Peter Sissons said Christians are “fair game” for insults at the corporation, whilst Muslims must not be offended.

Mr Sissons, whose memoirs were serialised in the Daily Mail, said: “Islam must not be offended at any price, although Christians are fair game because they do nothing about it if they are offended.”

The former presenter also said that staff damage their careers if they don’t follow the BBC’s mindset.

Christian Institute, 01/03/2012

Brian Ross 01/03/2012 17:32
Some years ago, I had a letter published in The (Glasgow) Herald newspaper in which I commented that Christianity was being mocked, marginalised, and macerated. I have frequently commented - in letters to The Herald; through online fora; and on my own ministry blog - on the way in which, in the U.K., Christians are discriminated against.

Yesterday's news that two midwives had lost their case against supervising the act of murder that we, euphemistically, refer to as "abortion", or. "termination of a pregnany", on the grounds of conscience; followed by this poece of information; makes me wonder! Is this blatant discrimination no more than the herald of the sort of persecution already endured by our brothers and sisters in Christ, in N.Korea, Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, to name but a few of the fifty (or more) countries where such persecution - even unto death - is common?

I do know that, in spite of what certain "tele-evangelists" appear to proclaim, becoming a disciple of Jesus is not the key to a life of material prosperity (although some may be blessed with great wealth, for the common good); but one of dying to self, on a daily basis.

When I was a student at the Bible Training Institute, in Glasgow, in the late 60s, there were those who seemed to long for persecution as a means of cleansing the visible church. It was dear old Doc Fawcett (a visiting lecturer in Ecclesiastical History) who often reminded us that persecution ought never to be actively sought!

Could it be, however, that the desire of my erstwhile fello-students is soon to be realised - not becasue we want it, but becasue it is in the perfect timing of our perfect God? If so, let us be much in prayer that, when that time comes, we will "... be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." "Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, ..." (Eph 6:13-19)

N. R Science (Guest) 02/03/2012 14:21
If you offend Mohammed you risk your life. Leaving the religion he is linked to can bring the same result.

Does that mean that atheists or agnostics should not comment at all about Christianity?
Grumpyoldman 02/03/2012 18:59
This tells us something about equality and the sad state that the UK has got its self into.

Mock Mohammed and risk being killed. Mock Jesus, the Son of Man and nothing happens.

iMac (Guest) 03/03/2012 18:20
And how are the Pastors/Ministers informing their congregations of the movement of Islam throughout Europe?

Take Holland, a country where muslims are now the majority and I fear for Europe should turkey join the EU.

Are Pastors/Ministers aware what is going on outside of their little churches and little minds - waken up!
Mike (Guest) 19/09/2012 22:42
Check your facts, iMac - about 6% of the Dutch population are moslem. The rate is higher in Frabce, about 10%
Smartfone (Guest) 21/09/2012 16:00
iMac said, "Are Pastors/Ministers aware what is going on outside of their little churches and little minds - waken up!"

Hmmm! And what about Christians in general, are they not responsible for reading widely, discovering what is happening in their own culture, as well as others, or must we further burden overworked and under paid clergy with such trivia?

Unless of course like others you are just using this topic as a stick to wallop pastors etc for no good reason other than your own hidden agenda?!!

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