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The Perfidy and Contempt of the BBC  
« on: March 07, 2017, 07:50:17 PM »
Access to petition restored
 

 
STOP PRESS:  Access to petition restored

 
With the help of CitizenGo, our petition host, access to the petition to the Secretary of State, Karen Bradley MP, calling for urgent investigation into the governance and leadership of the BBC, is now restored.  It will be remembered that on February 25th the BBC announced the appointment of a second, consecutive Muslim as its Head of Religion, despite at the end of last year declaring the abolition of both the post and department, following complaints of Islamic bias on the part of Aaqil Ahmed, at the time Head of Religion and Ethics.  (Read the full story below).
 
For all of twenty four hours the petition went well, attracting almost 3,000 signatures.  But suddenly, without warning, people across the globe (literally) started to contact us to say they couldn’t get access to sign.  Bizarrely, a very few did manage to get through, but by far the majority couldn’t – including VfJUK!
 
Why had this happened?  We still have absolutely no idea, but the questions inevitably remain - were we deliberately blocked?   And, if so, by whom?    We will probably never find out.
 
However, during the time we have been ‘off-air’, for their part, the BBC appear to have been busy. On Sunday 26th February, in its regular Songs of Praise spot – specifically, as we thought, commissioned to present and cover Christian worship - the Corporation broadcast worship from a mosque, recorded during a school visit which had apparently been arranged because one child at the featured ‘Christian’ school was Muslim.  As one child earnestly told the camera, ‘It’s always good to learn about other religions.’  (BBC iPlayer - Songs of Praise - City Farmers)
 
Does the BBC not realize how very insulting it is to highlight, in their supposedly flagstaff Christian progamme, a religion that denies the divinity of Christ?  Do they not understand that to believers such inclusion is heresy – made infinitely worse by knowledge that, in parts of the world where Islam holds sway, Christians are increasingly the victims of persecution and genocide?
 
No one disputes that there should not be proportionate and fair coverage for all religions in this country.  But Christianity is the basis for our law, culture and traditions, and the main faith of the UK.  Both to reflect this position, and to ensure genuinely fair coverage, it is surely right that the Head of Religion should be Christian. 
 
And not someone who is on record as saying that the BBC needs to give greater voice to the minority group from which she comes!
 
At VfJUK, we believe the BBC needs urgently to be called to account for its demonstrated bias against Christianity and support for what appears an orchestrated attempt to Islamise the UK.   So please, if you haven’t yet been able to sign our petition, do so now, and share as widely as possible with your contacts.
 
Please help us gather 100,000 signatures, so that we can demand debate in Parliament.  And please also continue to write to your MPs, copying in the Secretary of State ([email protected]), and Prime Minister Theresa May ([email protected] ).
 
Let’s make our voice heard!
 
Sign petition here:  http://www.citizengo.org/en/signit/41632/view
 
 
 
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The Perfidy and Contempt of the BBC
 
In November last year, following complaints of unacceptable Muslim bias and the deliberate marginalization of Christianity by its Muslim Head of Religion and Ethics, Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC announced that it was axing both the role of Head and the department of religion, bringing all religious programming and coverage under the remit of former Labour MP James Purnell, the head of radio and education. 
 
However, on February 25, the BBC quietly announced that it had appointed another Muslim, Fatima Salaria, as its new Head of Religious Programming.
 
It would seem therefore that, in clear disregard of their earlier statement, the BBC has not only resurrected this role, but appears to be operating a policy of Islamic prioritization, once again ignoring the pleas of all other religious groups in the UK for proportionate and fair representation.
 
Ms Salaria’s most notable achievement since joining the BBC in 2015 would appear to have been to commission the TV reality show Muslims like Us, described in the press as ‘Muslim Big Brother’.  It may be remembered that in this programme, among the ten Muslim housemates - chosen to reflect the diverse views of Muslims in the UK - was included Abdul Haqq, a Muslim convert, former boxing champion, convicted fraudster … and member of the inner circle of jailed radical cleric Anjem Choudary.   But it gets worse, because Mr Haqq reportedly not only supported banned terror group Al-Muhajiroun, but was arrested in 2014 in Dover, and later charged with plotting to go to Syria to fight with Islamic State after spreading terrorist material online.
 
His inclusion, put forward without comment as merely one view among many, can only have served to ‘normalise’ extremism, and is an affront to all - including moderate Muslims honestly striving to integrate into British culture.
 
Do we really want someone who commissions programmes like this as head of religion for the BBC?   Do we trust her to give proportionate and fair representation to all religious groups?  Do we trust the BBC?  Or do we share the view of Professor Anthony Glees of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, who told The Mail: “If a BBC executive makes a programme that is notorious and then the BBC promotes them, it tells me that the BBC has in that area lost its moral compass.”  (http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/02/25/new-bbc-head-religion-gave-islamist-extremists-platform/).
 
Ms Salaria is on record as saying the BBC needs to give greater voice to Muslims.  It is a view that seems to have been swallowed hook, line, and sinker by dementedly ‘diverse’ Auntie, who seemingly takes every opportunity to undermine and pour derision on those who espouse the traditional Christian beliefs and values upon which our nation is founded.   But exactly what voice does Ms Salaria class as authentically ‘Muslim’ and wish to be heard?  After all, from the example of Abdul Haqq, she appears to have no problem supporting what the rest of us call extremism,
 
It goes without saying that there is religious diversity in this country, and all faiths should receive proportionate coverage.   But Christianity remains the established faith of the UK and, despite declining church attendance, according to the 2011 census Christians still make up 59.5% of the population (https://faithsurvey.co.uk/uk-christianity.html): a clear majority.   Given therefore that Christianity is the main faith of this country, surely the head of religious programming should be Christian - or at the very least, as advocated by Conservative MP Bill Cash, the post should be rotated between the different faiths.  Which should include Judaism, Hinduism and Sikkhism … as well as Islam.
 
As it is, this new appointment seems deliberately insulting both to Christians and to followers of other belief systems, and part of an orchestrated attempt to Islamise the UK.  Such an attitude displays not just contempt, but is a betrayal of the principles and values on which the UK is founded.  For these reasons VfJUK joins those who argue that the BBC is no longer fit for purpose.  We call for urgent investigation into the Corporation’s governance and purpose, and for review of the licence fee.

Please sign our new petition to the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, calling for urgent investigation into the BBC's governance and leadership.  
Sign here: http://www.citizengo.org/en/signit/41632/view
 

 
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