Personal Experiences of Marginalisation in the Media

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: May 28, 2010

Evangelical Premier Media conducted a survey called "Freedom of the Cross Consultations" in May 2010. 12 % of the respondants answered that they had experienced discrimination personally, another 10% that they knew someone who had. Read here some quotes with regard to the media.

“People who make no mention of the Christian faith now often broadcast thought for today, which is supposed to, and always used to uphold the Christian faith.” “The media’s influence in the last 45 years has contributed to changing moral codes and taboos influencing our society in their transgression to an acceptance of everyone doing their own thing- regardless of previously upheld values. Christianity is now considered out of place- Christians are now seen as a threat to this pagan freedom.” “On television and in radio, I feel the Christian faith is often marginalised in a way other religions are not. I have written about this to several broadcasters without satisfactory answers.” “On radio and TV, I have noticed there are often no Church representatives on debating panels. Political correctness has removed the ‘Jesus factor.’” “Christians often misrepresented in a negative way frequently in TV drama- example ITV’s Lewis, BBC’s New Tricks and film V for Vendetta.” “It is sad to see that in a Christian nation like England, the name of the Lord is not/ cannot be mentioned on national TV and radio.” “Comedians see Christianity as easy comedy fodder compared to other religions.” “The Christian faith is constantly put down by the media in favour of other faiths, Comedians mock and insult our faith but they don’t dare do it to other faiths. Christ’s name has now become a swear word and is not revered.” “About 8 years ago, I was working for a Christian radio station that had a restricted service license (RSL). When it wanted to apply to the radio authority for a full license after 8 years of operation it was refused. Yet again another local secular radio station was given the full license instead.” “Some years ago a presenter on a local BBC radio station was told by management not to say ‘goodnight God bless’ at the end of his programme in case it upsets people of other faiths. It’s supposed to be a Christian country isn’t it?” “The Media and TV portray a negative image of faith. As a result of this, my 11-year-old son finds it difficult to let other children know he is a Christian as he is thought of as a weirdo.” Source and full report: