Christians are fair game

26 January 2011

Peter Sissons, the well-known news reader, has said that Christians were fair game at the BBC during the 20 years he worked there.

In an article in the Daily Mail he states that “at the core of the BBC, in its very DNA, is a way of thinking that is firmly of the Left.”  As a front man at the BBC, anchoring news and current ­affairs programmes, he reckons that nobody is better placed than he is to give this assessment.

Among his comments, he writes: “Islam must not be offended at any price, although ­Christians are fair game because they do nothing about it if they are offended.”

This attitude to Christianity, picking on it because it will not hit back, is not very different from the cowardly attitude that terrorists exhibit to citizens in free societies, that suicide bombers manifest to the bystanders they blow up, and of the school bully who picks on vulnerable children.  It is the force of brawn over brains, the abuse of one’s position to discriminate against others.

As humanism, homosexuality and islamic fundamentalists cannot win the argument against Christianity in the field of ideas, they turn to force - whether it is the force of mockery, demeaning the sacred, academic censorship such as Richard Dawkins promotes, objecting to street preaching, persecuting laws, cutting off the oxygen of publicity or the BBC “corporation’s cultural mindset” which Peter Sissons highlights.

Christians are practised at turning the other cheek, but Jesus also taught His disciples to root up false teaching by use of the truth Matthew 15:12-14.  It is so effective that some opponents who feel the sting resort to these thuggish methods of violence, mockery, censorship or heavy policing, etc.