BBC Screens Anti-Christian Series

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: April 24, 2008

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Media



EastEnders, a BBC soap opera based on the life of Lucas Aaron Johnson, a pastor played by Don Giler, portrays Johnson as a twisted Christian preacher with strong religious convictions committing terrible crimes. The executive producer Diederick Santer said about the character: "Lucas is doing the Lord's work".

Pastor Johnson fathered Chelsea and abandoned her and her mother; run into drugs addiction; had another son with Trina; Trina dies in a domestic accident caused by Johnson who let her die; kills ex-husband of his current partner; drowns his own son´s dog and lies the dog had run away; strangles his wife while quoting the Bible, hides her insisting she committed suicide, kills a prostitute; etc.  
The BBC insists the series is not anti-Christian, and only shows a character that is not quite right in his mind, dismissing complaints raised by Christians regarding the offensive plot of EastEnders.
Sources:
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/soaps/3051165/Christians-blast-EastEnders-killer-preacher-Lucas-Johnson-plotline.html
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s2/eastenders/news/a242230/bbc-defends-eastenders-lucas-storyline.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1393081/The-BBC-does-anti-Christian-bias--feeble-Church-England-blame-letting-away-it.html
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/bbc.defends.eastenders.controversial.christian.plot/26304.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucas_Johnson
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/10776668