Hellos, trust everyone is having a merry christmas-time, or at least surviving it!
Today I’m just going to have a quick rant about some fundamentalist religious antics. Yay! ..?
I was going to combine this with another thing but it’s getting longer and longer so I’ll just keep it separate. Back with that later!
Edit: Here’s a great article (thanks, Dawn) by a child raised by a gay couple – do read it, it’s not long!
The BBC’s Grass is Green
First, this morning’s cup of boiling anger was delivered by the BBC; you may or may not have heard that Elton and David have had a baby boy (via a surrogate, obviously). Now the Daily Mail delivers no surprises on this one, including the insinuation that men bringing up children aren’t even worthy of the title of father.
For some reason the BBC saw fit to get an ‘opinion‘ on this from one of our most conservative, fundamentalist christian voices – the utterly barmy and hate-filled man-shaped entity that is Stephen Green – someone far more suited to the odious pastures of the Mail.
What concerns me about this is not just the fact that they went to Green at all, but why – as the PinkNews article points out, Green has previously pitted himself against the BBC and lost:
On 8 January 2007, submissions were made on behalf of Stephen Green at Horseferry Road Magistrates Court to pursue private prosecutions for blasphemy against the Director General of the BBC Mark Thompson and the [Jerry Springer: The Opera] show’s producer, Jonathan Thoday
Green faced bankruptcy after this action and I find it impossible to believe that no one at the BBC realised who they were asking for an opinion here and I still can’t fathom why they did it.
They’ve a long-running problem of confusing the meaning and purpose of balance in reports and others have covered this with respect to their giving airtime to people like climate change (pseudo)skeptics (this is why that matters), quacks and religious commentators, where their opinions are irrelevant and/or extremely misguided, thus marginalising the real issue or putting it across inaccurately.
I liked this, from Alan Gibson:
… the link between the government and the BBC – one that has been central ever since the broadcaster’s establishment in the 1920s. To prove his own case, Aitken lists a string of Blairite journalists who moved from the BBC into politics during the 1990s. But he does not seem to see how this, and New Labour’s own almost manic need to control the news agenda, has made the BBC more a servant of the government than ever before.
It is obvious how the nature of BBC coverage of things like the student protests relates to its government links, but the point of getting Green’s views here evades me.
I’ve heard suggestions of religious homophobia permeating the ranks but is it that simple? Anyway, to move on from the liberal conspiracy a little, this on the CV site is amusing/irritating:
‘Will it be one with no respect for the Almighty or for other people? One with no sense of right or wrong? One with no limits? One with no acknowledgment of the sacred?
From those who have zero respect for people who do not conform to their particular view of ‘right’, who call for the death of such individuals and consider it just, who will go to alarming lengths to get their points across? Pot, kettle, CV.