Spooks prompts a whinge
The BBC received 16 complaints, and Ofcom 2, about Monday’s episode of Spooks, which featured Christian terrorists.
A journalist from the Evening Standard considered Stephen Green, the director of Christian Voice, to be worthy of consultation on this important issue:
This could even be incitement to hatred against Christians. It is completely ludicrous and brings the BBC into more disrepute.
Most people watching it will just spot another bit of BBC bias and inaccuracy – nevertheless it shows a worrying mind-set in the people that are producing the programme to even think that there are Christians contemplating violence against any Muslims whatsoever – it is just not what we do.
Perhaps Stephen is forgetting the words of support his organisation frequently gets from the British National Party, or indeed the Christian Council of Britain, a BNP front?
The episode features a group of evangelical terrorists who target the Muslim community in an attempt to spark a religious war in the UK. A video of the group is shown, where the leader declares “Britain is a nation under Christ – we will no longer tolerate the Muslims in our ranks – this is a declaration of war against Islam.”
It is a fictional show, but to anyone aware of the BNP’s methods it is not so implausible.
Head of public affairs for the Evangelical Alliance, Don Horrocks, is apparently oblivious:
This is yet another outrageous example of the BBC’s anti-Christian bias. This beggars belief. I do think that there is a sinister and malicious agenda at work here and that they are trying to plant the seed of the idea through fiction that evangelical Christians are just as likely to carry out terrorism as some members of the Islamic faith
You can’t fool a conspiracy theorist!
Horrocks goes on:
They would never dream of depicting groups such as homosexuals in the same way
Why do evangelical Christians always make this comparison between themselves and homosexuals? Horrocks seems to think he is making a valid point about discrimination, as if homosexuality is an ideological stance which, unlike Christianity, receives unfair protection from criticism.
Oh, by the way, Christian terrorists do exist. It’s just that they are a bit shit.
You can comment on the Daily Mail report here.
UPDATE: (30 mins later) Jonathan Bartley of Christian think-tank Ekklesia agrees:
although some of the details of the storyline were clearly far-fetched, the show’s main theme of a small group turning to violence in the name of Christianity is a possibility which should not be entirely ruled out.