Thursday, September 20, 2012

The TV elite 'assume Christians are lunatics’

The BBC and other broadcasters are dominated by a “liberal secular elite” whose “default position” is to assume that Christians are “lunatics”, a Radio 4 broadcaster warned last night.   

In an outspoken attack, Roger Bolton, a former presenter of the station’s Sunday programme, warned that those in charge of broadcasting suffered from a “suicidal” ignorance about religion.
He said the BBC was failing to meet its obligations as a public service broadcaster to improve understanding of religion.

Mr Bolton, who presents Radio 4’s Feedback programme in which listeners air their views, said there was a growing view among the audience that Christians in particular were being treated unfairly in comparison with other faiths.

He said it appeared to be impossible to make jokes about followers of other faiths while Christians were viewed as fair game.

Speaking at a debate organised by the BBC’s religion and ethics department, he called for television news reporters to receive training to teach them about faith.


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