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  • BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     OP - October 15, 2008, 08:17 PM

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    BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity

    Islam should be treated more sensitively by the media than Christianity, according to the director general of the BBC.

    Mark Thompson claimed that because Muslims are a religious minority in Britain and also often from ethnic minorities, their faith should be given different coverage to that of more established groups.

    His comments come after the comedian Ben Elton accused the BBC of being scared of making jokes about Islam, while Hindus have claimed it favours Muslims over other religions.

    But Mr Thompson, speaking at the annual public theology lecture of the religion think-tank Theos, insisted the state broadcaster would show programmes that criticised Islam if they were of sufficient quality.

    The director general, whose corporation faced accusations of blasphemy from Christians after it allowed the transmission of the musical Jerry Springer -The Opera, also said his Christian beliefs guided his judgments and disclosed that he had never watched the Monty Python film Life of Brian which satirises the story of Jesus.

    In his speech last night, Mr Thompson claimed there are now more programmes about religion on BBC television and radio than there have been in recent decades, whereas coverage has declined on ITV.

    But asked whether it was correct that the BBC "let vicar gags pass but not imam gags", as Elton claimed, he admitted it did take a different approach to Islam, which has 1.6million followers in Britain, compared to its approach to the Church of England or the Roman Catholic Church.

    Mr Thompson said: "My view is that there is a difference between the position of Christianity, which I believe should be central to the BBC's religion coverage and widely respected and followed.

    "What Christian identity feels like it is about to the broad population is a little bit different to people for whom their religion is also associated with an ethnic identity which has not been fully integrated.

    "There's no reason why any religion should be immune from discussion, but I don't want to say that all religions are the same. To be a minority I think puts a slightly different outlook on it."

    Read rest of the article here


    Being an ethinc minority is great, we get so much special treatment.  bunny


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  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #1 - October 15, 2008, 09:05 PM

    Idiot. Not you, the BBC tosser. grin12

    Devious, treacherous, murderous, neanderthal, sub-human of the West. bunny
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #2 - October 16, 2008, 09:50 PM

    Is that the same Mr. Thompson that deserves a good smack around the head with a wooden mallet?

    Religion is ignorance giftwrapped in lyricism.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #3 - October 17, 2008, 09:08 AM

    A particularly sturdy wooden mallet, methinks. Preferably applied alternately to the cranium and the gonads (assuming he possesses gonads of some description).

    Devious, treacherous, murderous, neanderthal, sub-human of the West. bunny
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #4 - October 17, 2008, 10:08 AM

    Idiot. Not you, the BBC tosser. grin12


    I think the only idoit is someone who thinks the BBC are not right, its pretty clear the director understands the sensitive nature of Islam, Muslims are a minority all to often we see the media criticizing Muslims , and putting them all into one basket, which creates polarization. Its a shame we don't hear about organizations (movements) such as DawateIslami who have tried so hard to be the moderating force in Islam. These are genteel Sufi groups who are attacked by the whabbi elements within the community and also by the media. Such groups need to be given moral and political support.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #5 - October 17, 2008, 10:38 AM

    Idiot. Not you, the BBC tosser. grin12


    I think the only idoit is someone who thinks the BBC are not right, its pretty clear the director understands the sensitive nature of Islam, Muslims are a minority all to often we see the media criticizing Muslims , and putting them all into one basket, which creates polarization. Its a shame we don't hear about organizations (movements) such as DawateIslami who have tried so hard to be the moderating force in Islam. These are genteel Sufi groups who are attacked by the whabbi elements within the community and also by the media. Such groups need to be given moral and political support.


    I can see how the above would be an argument for the media to treat Islam more sensitively than it does at the moment.  But if you read what the BBC boss actually said, he is calling for Islam to be treated more sensitively than Christianity, which is idiotic. 

    "Befriend them not, Oh murtads, and give them neither parrot nor bunny."  - happymurtad's advice on trolls.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #6 - October 17, 2008, 06:26 PM

    Idiot. Not you, the BBC tosser. grin12


    I think the only idoit is someone who thinks the BBC are not right, its pretty clear the director understands the sensitive nature of Islam, Muslims are a minority all to often we see the media criticizing Muslims , and putting them all into one basket, which creates polarization. Its a shame we don't hear about organizations (movements) such as DawateIslami who have tried so hard to be the moderating force in Islam. These are genteel Sufi groups who are attacked by the whabbi elements within the community and also by the media. Such groups need to be given moral and political support.

    Hi Tut, What are you doing on this thread. Did you escape eternal damnation or something?
    I agree with you though,  but it would help if such moderating groups made themselves more widely known to the population at large.

    Religion is ignorance giftwrapped in lyricism.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #7 - October 17, 2008, 09:53 PM

    Idiot. Not you, the BBC tosser. grin12


    I think the only idoit is someone who thinks the BBC are not right, its pretty clear the director understands the sensitive nature of Islam, Muslims are a minority all to often we see the media criticizing Muslims , and putting them all into one basket, which creates polarization. Its a shame we don't hear about organizations (movements) such as DawateIslami who have tried so hard to be the moderating force in Islam. These are genteel Sufi groups who are attacked by the whabbi elements within the community and also by the media. Such groups need to be given moral and political support.

    Hi Tut, What are you doing on this thread. Did you escape eternal damnation or something?
    I agree with you though,  but it would help if such moderating groups made themselves more widely known to the population at large.


    Well who gives exposure? the media. End of story.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #8 - October 18, 2008, 09:36 AM

    Idiot. Not you, the BBC tosser. grin12


    I think the only idoit is someone who thinks the BBC are not right, its pretty clear the director understands the sensitive nature of Islam, Muslims are a minority all to often we see the media criticizing Muslims , and putting them all into one basket, which creates polarization. Its a shame we don't hear about organizations (movements) such as DawateIslami who have tried so hard to be the moderating force in Islam. These are genteel Sufi groups who are attacked by the whabbi elements within the community and also by the media. Such groups need to be given moral and political support.

    Hi Tut, What are you doing on this thread. Did you escape eternal damnation or something?
    I agree with you though,  but it would help if such moderating groups made themselves more widely known to the population at large.


    Well who gives exposure? the media. End of story.

    Ah, I see your problem. It works like this: if you want the media to take notice of you, you actually have to do something for them to report, even if it's just something as tame as a press conference. You have to decide who you want to impress/target and give your 'activity' an angle that will make your target group take notice. Demonstrations are a good Brit tradition and even one man/woman demos get press, eg 'Fathers for Justice' and their antics.
    But the point is you have to drive it and make it happen.

    Religion is ignorance giftwrapped in lyricism.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #9 - October 18, 2008, 10:27 AM

    BBC has an in-built ideology.. very transparent about its propaganda, too.

    Islam: where idiots meet terrorists.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #10 - October 18, 2008, 11:14 AM

    BBC has an in-built ideology.. very transparent about its propaganda, too.

    Yes, it's very funny sometimes. Remember Tebbit complaining about it's 'left wing bias'.

    Religion is ignorance giftwrapped in lyricism.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #11 - October 19, 2008, 04:07 PM

    How the hell are Muslims the MINORITY in Great Britain???  Roll Eyes

    Come to Western Oz, you'd see tumbleweed and people dressed in cowboy outfits more often than a Muslim.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #12 - October 19, 2008, 04:09 PM

    How the hell are Muslims the MINORITY in Great Britain???  Roll Eyes

    Come to Western Oz, you'd see tumbleweed and people dressed in cowboy outfits more often than a Muslim.


    Muslims make up just under 3% of the population of Great Britain, which of course, makes them a minority.

    "Befriend them not, Oh murtads, and give them neither parrot nor bunny."  - happymurtad's advice on trolls.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #13 - October 19, 2008, 04:18 PM

    I think she was taking the micky, cheetah. In terms of the 'outraged dignity- Ooo I'm ever so offended ' noises they make, you'd think they were the majority.

    Religion is ignorance giftwrapped in lyricism.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #14 - October 19, 2008, 04:52 PM

     Tongue Yup was taking the mick...

    I'm in an ever so cynical mood tonight.
  • Re: BBC boss says Islam should be treated more sensitively than Christianity
     Reply #15 - October 19, 2008, 05:09 PM

    Ah, right.  Sorry, don't think my irony detector is working today.

    "Befriend them not, Oh murtads, and give them neither parrot nor bunny."  - happymurtad's advice on trolls.
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