Stop me if I wander into the realm of conspiracy theory here, but Iâ€™ve noticed of late a subtle pro-Christianity leaning in the BBCâ€™s news coverage. Stories about Muslims regularly dominate the headlines, and yet Muslims are a very small minority in the UK, so perhaps this is just an attempt to strike a balance, or even placate the growing tide of anti-Islam sentiment in the country. In addition, former Prime Minister Tony Blair has come out of the closet as some sort of near-fundamentalist Catholic, and one has to speculate if the BBC is being influenced from on high (thatâ€™s Government, not Heaven).
Or maybe Iâ€™m totally off-base. Iâ€™m not sure. But this pro-religion story claiming a link between belief and happiness, for example, is simply not news. The BBC doesnâ€™t generally cover science research which has nothing new to say, so I canâ€™t figure out why they went with this. I follow the reader comments quite closely whenever thereâ€™s a story about religion, particularly Islam…(continues after the jump)
…and thereâ€™s always a smattering of â€œBritain is a Christian nation, letâ€™s act like one!â€ rhetoric, but just as much non-Christian comment. Perhaps the BBC is just responding to the small but vocal active Christian minority, for example with their recent decision to commission a large-budget TV drama series of Bible stories (remember, folks, that this is paid for by the public).
And take this story about the claims made by the Bishop of Lichfield, who recently said that â€œdevout worshippers of other prominent faiths in modern Britain has encouraged Christians to “dust down our own Christian faith”.â€
What I find baffling is that the BBC chose to report on his comments as news. Itâ€™s not news. Itâ€™s waffle. A bishop is about as in touch with what the largely secular British population wants as my grandmother. My personal opinion (just as valid than that of the Bish) is that the country will defend Christianity if they think it is threatened, but that by large people donâ€™t give a hoot about actual belief. Your average Brit just wants to maintain the status quo, and the status quo, for nearly everyone, doesnâ€™t involve going to church, praying, or watching Bible stories on TV. And nearly every household in the country pays Â£139 ($280) a year to fund the BBC to invent news about Christianity where there isn’t actually any. Maybe it’s just one over-funded, overbloated, outdated organisation desperately supporting another. “Let’s stick together and we’ll both survive the decade!”