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Ask The Archbishop: Justin Welby Live On LBC

April 4th, 2014 Jill Posted in Media Comments Off

 

Read also:  African Christians will be killed if C of E accepts gay marriage, says Justin Welby by Andrew Brown, Guardian

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Church at her best when she’s telling the apostolic truth

April 2nd, 2014 Jill Posted in Media, Mission Comments Off

By Julian Mann

At least the vicar in the last episode of the BBC's Johnny Worricker spy trilogy, written and directed by Sir David Hare, is not mendacious and foul-mouthed like the one in Rev. But he is a passive rather than an active character, and thus is fitted to serve at the altar of the morally slippery god of urbane postmodernism.

Benignly, he lets his vicarage be used as a safe house for his old Cambridge friend, disillusioned MI5 agent Worricker, 'a great loss to theology', who is on the run with his girlfriend from the torture-condoning British Prime Minister whom he has set out to expose. As the cleric explains to the character played by Helena Bonham Carter:

It's the Church's traditional function. The thing we've done best for two thousand years – provide sanctuary.

Actually, the best thing the Church can do is actively to tell the eternally saving truth of the Lord Jesus Christ in all its counter-cultural glory. She is at her best when she is courageously obedient to the ethos of the Apostle to the Gentiles, Paul:

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Q. When is free speech not free speech?

March 14th, 2014 Jill Posted in Media Comments Off

From Cranmer

Q. When is free speech not free speech?

A. When it's on a BBC3 programme called 'Free Speech', and the topic is "Britain’s first and we think only gay Muslim drag queen", and the producers decide to broadcast from a mosque.

The short film above was screened to the audience, and then the presenter declared: "We were going to debate that question but today after speaking to the mosque they have expressed deep concerns with having this discussion here. The mosque were happy for us to play that video and we will talk about it on our next programme on March 25th. So we’ll move on to our next question."

Deep concerns?

Since when have the "deep concerns" of the religious inhibited the BBC's fervent advocacy for homomania?

But there wasn't a whimper of objection from the liberals and lefties and equality fanatics who were on the panel (and there was quite a few). And 'Free Speech' is supposedly "the show which makes your voice heard in the national conversation".

Unless, it seems, if you're a homosexual Muslim.

Of course, homophobia within Muslim communities is taboo: everyone knows that Islam isn’t particularly gay-friendly, but our predominantly white, PC, liberal political class won’t even debate the issue. It is the ultimate conflict in the eternal quest for supremacy in the equality hierarchy. Peter Tatchell and his disciples are more than happy to storm the pulpit of Canterbury Cathedral or picket outside Westminster Cathedral, but you tend not to see him knocking on the doors of Finsbury Park Mosque or railing against Muslim homophobia in Leicester, Bradford or Tower Hamlets.

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Dumb, Uneducated, And Eager To Deceive: Media Coverage Of Religious Liberty In A Nutshell

March 13th, 2014 Jill Posted in Media, Religious Liberty Comments Off

By Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

Most Reporters Are Simply Too Ignorant To Handle The Job

In the aftermath of the abominable media coverage of Arizona’s religious liberty bill, an editor shared his hypothesis that journalists care about freedom of speech and of the press because they practice them. And journalists don’t care about freedom of religion because they don’t.
 
But one of the most interesting things about modern media’s deep hostility toward the religious, their religions, and religious liberty in general is that press freedom in America is rooted in religion.
 
[...]  Moving forward nearly 300 years, we have a press that loathes and works actively to suppress this religious liberty, as confident in being on the “right side of history” as they are ignorant of natural rights, history, religion and basic civility.

A broad religious liberty bill — renamed by a juvenile and nakedly activist press as “anti-gay” — gives us a good opportunity to see this dynamic in action.

Perhaps a framework for understanding the truth-avoiding goat rodeo the media participated in is in order. Here’s one provided by Jon Swerens, which he calls the “OOOOOPSI” model:

Opportunity: First, we need a hot-button event that is a proper catalyst for the cycle. Recent examples were supplied by Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, Susan G. Komen, and now, Arizona’s proposed law.

Outrage: Next, those on the opposite side of the culture wars make a lot of noise about “fairness” and “bigotry” and “tolerance.” Maybe they have a point, or maybe not, but it’s an important step in the news cycle.
Opposition: Then, the national media by and large adopts the definitions brought to them by the outraged. For example, in this week’s Arizona story, the media labeled the bill “anti-gay,” without the scare quotes. Such labeling was a tremendous victory for the outraged.
Oversimplification: As a part of its coverage, the media fails to add any nuance to the debate or closely examine the actual facts of what’s being argued, preferring to cover the horse race of two competing interests beating each other up.
Overreach: At some point, a mainline media outlet gets too cocky and goes a step too far in its boosterism. Other media momentarily shrink back in embarrassment.
Pendulum: Prompted by this misstep, a few media commentators rub their chins and publish thoughtful analysis pieces that ask if everyone is being a little too hard on the accused. The accused is still wrong, mind you, but we can be nicer about it.
Silence: After this, coverage ceases as the nation’s attention runs elsewhere.
Introspection: Finally, months later, on a Sunday news program, journalists will gather and ruminate about how they unfairly overstated one side of the debate. They pledge to do better next time.

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Vicar of Dibley to deliver BBC’s Thought for the Day

March 7th, 2014 Jill Posted in Media Comments Off

By Edward Malnick, Telegraph

Dawn French is to step back into her role as the Vicar of Dibley to deliver the Thought for the Day message on Radio 4’s Today programme on March 29

In her fictional role she is used to dealing with a select, albeit rather colourful, set of parishioners.

However, Dawn French will address a much larger and more diverse flock following a highly unusual invitation by the BBC.

The corporation has announced that the actress will be invited to deliver its Thought for the Day message on Radio 4 as part of a day of “anarchy” later this month which it says will see well-known characters causing “havoc” on the station.

Stepping back into her role as the Vicar of Dibley, Miss French will deliver a homily written by Richard Curtis, the sitcom’s creator.

The BBC said her appearance in Radio 4’s “God slot” would be part of a “study of fictional characters” by the station on Saturday March 29, labelled “Character Invasion Day”.

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Stephen Fry to host ‘musical’ gay wedding in same-sex marriage celebration

March 5th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Media Comments Off

By Jess Denham, Independent

Stephen Fry is to narrate one of the UK’s first same-sex marriages in a Channel 4 special called Our Gay Wedding: The Musical.
 
As the 60-minute show’s title suggests, this will be a ‘musical’ broadcast to celebrate the historic passing of the equal marriage bill in England and Wales just days earlier.

The grooms, composer Benjamin Till and West End actor Nathan Taylor, are penning the music and lyrics to be sung during their wedding in accompaniment with Fry’s commentary.

Some famous faces are set to feature in the musical but their names are yet to be announced. Benjamin and Nathan’s family and friends will perform ensemble songs throughout the ceremony, with sung vows, readings and messages from around the world. 

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Oscars: Conservatives Mock Hollywood After Matthew McConaughey’s ‘God’ Speech

March 4th, 2014 Jill Posted in Faith, Media Comments Off

By Paul Bond,  Hollywood Reporter

Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and others tease celebrities who are "confused" when the actor thanks God after winning best actor for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Matthew McConaughey’s best-actor acceptance speech invoking God and family might have garnered a lukewarm reception from his celebrity colleagues at the Oscars on Sunday night, but it was getting lots of positive attention from conservative media figures, including Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who used the moment to insinuate that Hollywood is anti-religion.

“First off, I want to thank God because that’s who I look up to. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand,” McConaughey said after winning for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.

Limbaugh said during his syndicated radio show Monday that the celebrities at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the 86th Academy Awards were “confused” by McConaughey’s acceptance speech.

After playing some of the audio, Limbaugh joked that “maybe three people” in the audience reacted positively when McConaughey thanked God. “That was the only time that they didn’t quite know what to do. That was it,” Limbaugh said.

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Dumb, Uneducated, And Eager To Deceive: Media Coverage Of Religious Liberty In A Nutshell

March 4th, 2014 Jill Posted in Media, Religious Liberty Comments Off

By Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

Most Reporters Are Simply Too Ignorant To Handle The Job

In the aftermath of the abominable media coverage of Arizona’s religious liberty bill, an editor shared his hypothesis that journalists care about freedom of speech and of the press because they practice them. And journalists don’t care about freedom of religion because they don’t.
 
But one of the most interesting things about modern media’s deep hostility toward the religious, their religions, and religious liberty in general is that press freedom in America is rooted in religion.
 
The John Peter Zenger case of 1735, argued successfully by Andrew Hamilton, wasn’t just an important legal event but an important symbolic event in the development of American freedom of expression. We remember Hamilton’s now-famous plea that truth should be admitted as a defense.
 
But perhaps we don’t understand that the members of the jury ruled in favor of press freedom because of their belief in the foundational importance of religion and religious liberty. The Zenger press freedom case was a “disputation on truth and on how truth is revealed to man,” noted David Paul Nord in 2006′s “A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers.” This is another way of saying “religion.” In the Cato letters printed in Zenger’s New York Weekly Journal, it was argued that each individual had not just the right but the duty to seek truth in his own way. From the book (emphasis mine):
 
 
 
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Tell us more about your paedophile chums, Harriet

February 23rd, 2014 Jill Posted in Media, Paedophilia Comments Off

Harriet HarmanBy Rod Liddle, Sunday Times

What a pleasure it is to see the Paedophile Information Exchange back in the news: it’s been too long, chaps.

Just to say the name sends the mind scuttling back, perhaps in a Ford Cortina GXL, to the febrile mid-1970s, when people were out on the streets demonstrating for their right to have sex with anything with a pulse. Including, in the case of the Paedophile Information Exchange, children as young as four.

It is clearly an organisation from a different era. I think if you were minded to set up a similar group today, you’d probably choose a less in-your-face name for it — otherwise sponsorship money would be thin on the ground. You’d keep an ear open for the occasional dawn raid, too.

I say “back in the news”, but this is not quite correct. So far, only a handful of newspapers have reported the fact that three very senior Labour party figures had rather close links with the group back in the good ol’ seventies. They are the two most high-born and hoity of Labour’s women — the former health secretary Patricia Hewitt and the party’s deputy leader Harriet Harman — along with Harman’s hubby, the serving MP and former party treasurer Jack Dromey.

Can you imagine how the media — and especially the BBC — would react if three current senior Conservative MPs were revealed to have had links to a paedophile group? The Beeb would be in a state of perpetual agitation: you would not hear the last. It would make the reporting of Nelson Mandela’s death look a model of restraint and brevity.

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Lies, damn lies and the UN’s attack on the Church: some fun-facts the MSM probably won’t mention

February 18th, 2014 Jill Posted in Doctrine, Media, Roman Catholicism Comments Off

by Hilary White, LifeSite News

Following the first law of modern journalism – never let the facts get in the way of a good story – the mainstream media is gleefully pouncing on the UN report, issued last week, that has repeated one of their favourite anti-Catholic themes: that the Vatican did nothing but wink while local bishops pushed clerical pedophiles from parish to parish, allowing them to reoffend with impunity.

The solution offered to the Catholic Church by the Committee on the Rights of the Child just happens to be exactly the program the modern secular media has supported since about 1965: to get on board with the general frenzy to promote and normalize homosexuality, cohabitation, abortion, contraception and sexual activity outside marriage by minors… the whole of the Sexual Revolution’s repertoire. Oh, and drop all that “organized religion” stuff, while you’re at it. This, the UN’s Committee said, is what is needed to prevent children and young people from being victims of sexual abuse…somehow.

The Vatican has responded with a dull recitation of the facts: that the UN’s information is obsolete and inaccurate, and that more has been done by the Catholic Church – particularly by Cardinal Ratzinger while he was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – than any other organization to protect children. And, more to the point, that the UN has no business telling the Church what to believe and teach about sex and marriage. Naturally this has been roundly ignored.
 
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Behind the headlines: information and misinformation in pregnancy counselling

February 13th, 2014 Jill Posted in Media, pro-life/abortion Comments Off

by Peter Saunders, CMF

The pro-abortion organisation, Education For Choice (EFC) which is a project within the sexual health charity, Brook, who themselves work closely with the Family Planning Association to promote abortion, has produced a new report based on its own mystery shopping of some independent pregnancy counselling centres, mainly linked to LIFE and Care Confidential.
 
Their findings have been reported by the Daily Telegraph, with calls to clamp down on independent counselling clinics and talk of scandalous misinformation being given out.
 
Crisis pregnancy counselling must always be professional and evidence-based. The use of bad science and research is wrong. Counselling clinics must provide women with unbiased information so that they can make fully informed decisions about their options.
 
With that in mind, let’s take a look at what the EFC report claims, and who is behind it.
 
The Daily Telegraph news report highlights cases of poor practice (a grand total of two!), and ignores all counselling or centres where there is very good independent advice and counselling offered ie. the overwhelming majority.
 
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Monty Python’s Life of Brian ‘extraordinary tribute to Jesus’, says theologian decorated by Pope Francis

December 31st, 2013 Jill Posted in Media, Theology Comments Off

by John Bingham, Telegraph

Life of Brian is more historically accurate in parts than some films about Jesus, says first non-Roman Catholic to receive the Papal award dubbed the theological ‘Nobel Prize’

It was once denounced as blasphemous and an insult to Christians, but one of Britain’s most respected theologians insists that Monty Python’s Life of Brian, is in fact a “remarkable tribute to the life of Jesus”.
 
The Rev Prof Richard Burridge, Dean of King’s College London, and a member of the Church of England's General Synod, said that those who called for the satire to be banned after its release in 1979 were “embarrassingly” ill-informed and missed a major opportunity to promote the Christian message.
 
Prof Burridge, whom Pope Francis recently presented with the Vatican’s top theological award, the first non-Roman Catholic to receive it, said that the film’s depiction of faction-ridden messianic movements in First Century Judea was probably a more accurate portrayal of the historical context than many Hollywood films about Jesus.
 
He was speaking as Michael Palin devoted a slot on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, which he was invited to guest edit, to reliving the controversy over the film.
 
Palin and John Cleese were publicly castigated by the then Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Rev Mervyn Stockwood, and the Catholic journalist Malcolm Muggeridge in a high profile televised confrontation over the film. The bishop remarked that they would receive their "30 pieces of silver" for it.

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The Times blasts the Archbishop of Canterbury

December 28th, 2013 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Media, Sermons Comments Off

From Cranmer

The Very Rev'd Dr John Hall is the Dean of Westminster. His Christmas Eve sermon was a healthy portion of erudite soteriology. He preached about the evocative comfort and peace of St Luke's account; the inspiration of the Christmas story to artists and architects over the centuries; the spiritual significance of art; the historical significance of Mary; the divinity of the Christ-child; the prophecies of His coming; the salvation he brings through Resurrection; and His transformational, unfailing love.

The Times reported nothing of this – not one word of appreciation or praise.

Dr Hall's Christmas Day sermon – which was broadcast to the nation – was a nugget of preaching perfection. He spoke about God's apparent absence from the world; of the psalmist's despair in the darkness; of the false gods which offer no answers; of the prospering of the wicked; of theodicy – the justification of God; of teleology – the reason and purpose of order in the universe; of kerygma – the proclamation of good news; of the case for believing in God in the face of the existence of evil; and of Christ, born as a baby in Bethlehem, and yet the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. Jesus was not God in disguise, but God as a human being – homooúsios – one substance with the Father, and yet destined to spend 30 years of his life banging nails into wood, then a few years preaching, and then dying on a cross for the sins of the world. And, again, Dr Hall illustrated this kenosis with art – God emptied and humbled himself to share his love: he suffered and died to redeem the world:

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Read also:  The Mission of Christmas by Peter Ould

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1.2 million viewers watch The Bible

December 6th, 2013 Jill Posted in Bible, Media Comments Off

From Evangelical Alliance

The first episode of The Bible TV series was aired on Sunday night on Channel 5, attracting an audience of 1.2 million people in the UK.

The five-part series, which received three Emmy nominations, was produced by The Apprentice creator Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey in partnership with the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and is sponsored by Spring Harvest.

The 10-hour epic covers major events recorded in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

The first part, entitled Beginnings opens with a dramatic portrayal of Noah's ark on storm-tossed flood waters during which Noah explains creation and the fall to members of his family. The episode covers key moments in the establishment of the Israelites as a people, from Abraham and the destruction of Sodom and birth of Isaac through to the enslavement of the Israelites in Egypt and their eventual emancipation by Moses.

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BBC Minimizes Christian Persecution

November 23rd, 2013 Jill Posted in Media, Persecuted church Comments Off

By Raymond Ibrahim, Christian Post

While it is no secret that the so-called mainstream media habitually fails to report on the international phenomenon of Christian persecution, few are aware that they sometimes actively work to undermine the efforts of those who do expose it.

Consider a new report by the BBC titled Are there really 100,000 new Christian martyrs every year? by Ruth Alexander, who asks:
 
So how widespread is anti-Christian violence?
 
"Credible research has reached the shocking conclusion that every year an estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are killed because of some relation to their faith," Vatican spokesman Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi announced in a radio address to the United Nations Human Rights Council in May.
 
On the internet, the statistic has taken on a life of its own, popping up all over the place, sometimes with an additional detail-that these 100,000 lives are taken by Muslims.
 
The number comes originally from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the US state of Massachusetts, which publishes such a figure each year in its Status of Global Mission (see line 28).
 
Its researchers started by estimating the number of Christians who died as martyrs between 2000 and 2010-about one million by their reckoning-and divided that number by 10 to get an annual number, 100,000.
 
But how do they reach that figure of one million?
 
When you dig down, you see that the majority died in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo….
 
If you were to take away the 90,000 deaths in DR Congo from the CSGC's figure of 100,000, that would leave 10,000 martyrs per year.
 
[...]  And therein lies the main lesson. The BBC is not in the business of reporting facts but rather creating smokescreens, building and knocking down straw men, and chasing red herrings – all to further its narratives, in this case, that "only" 7,000-8,000 Christians are killed annually for their faith, and that the Islamic world is largely innocent-so what's all the fuss about?

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Why does the Left think it’s irrelevant the Co-op boss is a coke-sniffing aficionado of rent boys?

November 21st, 2013 Jill Posted in Media, Morality Comments Off

by Steven Glover, Mailonline

John Wesley, the 18th century founder of Methodism, must be whirling in his grave in the chapel in the City of London that bears his name.

Wesley was ordained in the Church of England before starting the movement that led to the creation of the Methodist Church.

In his sermons, he encouraged people to work hard and to save, and warned against the perils of gambling and drinking. 

For many years Methodist ministers had to take the pledge not to drink, and persuaded their congregations to do the same.

The Methodists were a major force in the Temperance Movement in the 19th century. They were associated with probity, restraint and moral rectitude.

Now we have a Methodist minister, the Reverend Paul Flowers, who wolfs down hard drugs such as cocaine and crystal meth. He also looks (or has done so) at gay porn on his laptop. Oh, and he has reportedly paid for rent boys in a Manchester hotel, allegedly charging the cost of his room to his bank.

That bank was, of course, the Co-op, of which Mr Flowers was a negligent chairman as it sank down the plug-hole.

It has since emerged that he was so unqualified for his £125,000-a-year job, and so incompetent, that he did not have the faintest idea as to what its total assets were.

What would John Wesley have thought? .

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Ireland: Abortion was cause of woman’s death in Rotunda: where are the Irish Times now?

November 12th, 2013 Jill Posted in Media, pro-life/abortion Comments Off

By Niamh Ui Bhriain, Life Institute

Bimbo Onanuga died having suffered massive internal bleeding when her baby delivered into Ms Onanuga's abdominal cavity after her womb ruptured. This was an horrific tragedy with abortion at its centre, yet there are no screaming headlines in the Irish Times, no shouts for justice from the national broadcaster, RTÉ, and no vigils arranged by abortion campaigners. That's because a previous abortion was what led to Ms Onangua's death – and this case shows that abortion can kill mothers as well as their babies. That's a fact the Irish media would rather keep quiet.

[...]  The tragedy has exposed the horrible truth at the heart of the abortion industry: it is very often staffed by the dregs of the profession.

Former abortionist, Joan Appleton, told me once that she found abortionists had high levels of drink and drug abuse issues; many endangered women by negligence and sometimes by causing what only be described as wilful harm, such as the case of the Anaesthetist, James Latham Peters, who was found guilty of infecting more than 50 women with hepatitis C in 2008 and 2009 in a Marie Stopes clinic in Croydon, Australia.

It seems to me that the government, instead of legalising abortion, should be making sure that every woman knows that entering an abortion clinic could constitute a 'real and substantial' risk to a mother's life.

Ironically, the same left wing politicians who previously tried to use the tragedy of Bimbo Onanuga's death to push abortion, are now in silent retreat. Their silence tells us that their support for abortion is all about ideology and nothing to with protecting women. They will work with the media to try to cover up the facts as to the tragic death of Bimbo Onanuga. They will try to gloss over the truth and insist that this death had nothing to do with abortion.

Isn't it time we broke through the silence? Right now, I'm asking you to share the truth; to make it known; to ensure that every woman knows why Bimbo died. And let her tragic death shine a beacon on this fundamental truth: that every mother and every baby deserves better than abortion.

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The West’s strange silence on the martyred Christians of the Muslim world

September 27th, 2013 Jill Posted in Media, Persecuted church Comments Off

From Telegraph Blogs

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that Christians are suffering "mass martyrdom" in the Muslim world – and it's hard to disagree. A recent bomb attack took the lives of 85 people in Pakistan, churches are being destroyed in Egypt and Christians are on the run in Syria.

Fraser Nelson and Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith discuss the nightmare and conclude that the British government is too hamstrung by liberal political correctness to do anything – and Fr Lucie-Smith blames that partly on Richard Dawkins and his radical atheist crew.

Also Dr Alexander Lee gives us a new take on the Renaissance, which he says wasn't just an age of beauty and enlightenment but anti-Semitism, disease and lashings of kinky sex.

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The BBC and Christians: speak now!

September 26th, 2013 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Christianity, Media, Persecuted church Comments Off

By David Baker, Christian Today

What do you think of the way the world's leading news broadcaster covers Christians and their faith? Is it fair? Is it balanced? Is there even enough of it upon which to comment?
 
As it happens, I am writing these words having just heard the BBC at its best in terms of news coverage of Christians. Radio Four's flagship lunchtime programme, The World At One, devoted ten minutes to an interview with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby about the plight of Christian communities under attack in different parts of the world.
 
The interview was the main item following on from the news bulletin; the questioning (from Martha Kearney) was incisive and yet not intrusive, sympathetic and yet not sycophantic. In other words, it was a model of professionalism which truly enabled the Archbishop to articulate his concerns.
 
[...]  But it's not always like that, is it. Sometimes we watch or listen to the BBC's news coverage of Christians and the Christian faith and we groan inwardly – or expostulate out loud! We've all seen and heard items where the issues are portrayed simplistically. We've all sunk our head in our hands as yet another complex matter is portrayed as a bout of fisticuffs between so-called liberals and so-called traditionalists.
 
Well, now we have a chance to air our views. The BBC is conducting a public consultation on its news and current affairs broadcasts. This means we can have direct input into the way the corporation covers Christian issues in its bulletins – as well, of course, as making comments on other news matters.
 
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The interview with Archbishop Justin Welby about persecution of Christians in Pakistan, Middle East, Africa etc may be heard on http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/wato/wato_20130925-1459a.mp3 – full interview starts about 1 minute 48 seconds in.
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Pope Francis excommunicates pro-gay marriage priest. He’s not the liberal the media wants

September 24th, 2013 Jill Posted in Media, Pope Francis Comments Off

By Tim Stanley, Telegraph

From all of last week's headlines saying that the Pope wants to forget this nonsense about abortion and gays, you'd imagine that Germaine Greer had been elected to run the Catholic Church. Actually what the Pope was saying was that he wants the Church to talk more about what it's for than what it's against. But that doesn't mean it won't still be against those things that contradict its teachings and traditions.

Just ask Greg Reynolds of Melbourne – a priest who appears to have been both defrocked and excommunicated because of his radical views on women clergy and gay marriage. From Australia's The Age:

The excommunication document – written in Latin and giving no reason – was dated May 31, meaning it comes under the authority of Pope Francis who made headlines on Thursday calling for a less rule-obsessed church.

The document might give no explicit reason, but the reason is implicit and well understood: Reynolds has offended Mother Church with his politics.

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