Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Double Standards

In today's Times :

Double standards in dealing with Islam

Sir, I applaud the BBC’s news treatment of the Danish cartoons (report, Feb 4). On its website, however, the cultural cringe is evident and double standards obtain. In its history of Islam we read: “One night in 610 he (Muhammad) was meditating in a cave on the mountain when he was visited by the angel Jibreel who ordered him to “recite” . . . words which he came to understand were the words of God.” This is written as fact, no “it is said” or “Muhammad reported”. Whenever Muhammad’s name is mentioned the BBC adds “Peace be upon him” (pbuh), as if the corporation itself were Muslim.

How different, and how much more accurate, when we turn to Christianity. Here, Jesus’ birth “is believed by Christians to be the fulfilment of prophesies in the Jewish Old Testament”; Jesus “claimed that he spoke with the authority of God”; accounts of his resurrection appearances were “put about by his believers”.

WILL WYATT Chief Executive, BBC Broadcast, 1996-99

1 comment:

JohnM said...

On the Today program this morning (8 Feb), they were interviewing John Read to discuss British troop deployments. The announcer mentioned the "anti Muslim cartoons".

The BBC is starting to fix it's attitude: the narrative is that the cartoons were deliberately intended to cause offence. Any alternative narrative is ignored.