BBC Creates Negative Stereotypes Against Christianity

According to the CI, in 2006 Andrew Marr, a BBC journalist said the media mogul is “not impartial or neutral”; the BBC is not bias on a political way but "It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias”, stated Marr. In 2009 Jeremy Vine, a BBC host, said he believes in Christ but doesn’t think he could say it on the show. Speaking about intolerance against Christian views, Vine stated “[it is] almost socially unacceptable to say you believe in God.” In June 2009, Don Maclean said the broadcaster is “keen on Islam”. Maclean commented: “You don’t see any programmes on Anglicanism that don’t talk about homosexual clergy and you don’t see anything on Roman Catholicism that doesn’t talk about paedophiles. They seem to take the negative angle every time. They don’t do that if they’re doing programmes on Islam. Programmes on Islam are always supportive.” In addition, Kirstie Allsopp was forced to re-film scenes on the grounds that phrases like "for God's sake" and "Christ Almighty" might offend BBC Channel 4 viewers. Peter Sissons, former BBC employee, said in January 2011 that while Muslims should not be offended, Christians are a “fair game” for the media corporation. His words are backed up by Simon Mayo, a columnist and presenter, who said religion is “increasingly driven to the margin” on the BBC. During the Madrid WYD 2011, a Catholic gathering that brought together almost 2 million youth from all over the world, the BBC focused on the incident between Catholic and a minority of Anti-Catholic demonstrators, that took place at Sol, without any mention to the aggressions and attacks the youth Catholic suffered from radical homosexual, feminist, or atheist groups.

In March 2010 the BBC appointed Aaquil Ahmed, a Muslim programme-maker, as the BBC new Commissioning Editor Religion and the  Head of Religion & Ethics. The Church of England raised concerns on Ahmed´s role and its impact on the BBC Christian audience. Ahmed was responsible for new BBC guidelines seeking to eliminate the references to „Before Christ“ (BC) and „After Christ“ (AC) era (for more information, please visit the Observatory's case here.  Sources: