There’s no pleasing some people
News that BBC Radio 4 is to relay a Catholic Mass from San Francisco this Sunday has been greeted with dismay by smut campaigner “Massah” John Beyer of Mediawatch-UK – because it is a mass tailored for the gay community.
The Daily Mail reports that the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church holds the 50-minute service every year, and that this is the first time it has been broadcast. It asked John Beyer to liven up the article with a sparkling quote, and this is what they got:
Religious broadcasting, apart from Songs of Praise, tends to focus on the out-of-the-ordinary and having this particular service I think will cause offence to people who feel that such practices are wrong and are taught as such in holy scripture.
The BBC really ought to be focusing on mainstream services which are more in keeping with the public service requirement that it has.
No luck there then. So, in spite of the fact that the annual service is by all accounts quite a staid and dignified affair, they decided to illustrate the article with a colourful photo of some Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, on the rather tenuous pretext that they used to run a bingo night at the church before the authorities found out how naughty they were.
Goodness, they are a weird and frightening lot, those gays!
UPDATE: The Christian Congress For Traditional Values are also getting in on the outraged act. It has to be said their “Bishop” Michael Reid gives much better quote than Beyer:
The BBC, with its homosexual bias, continues to push back the boundaries of taste and decency. This programme will be highly offensive to thousands of Christians across the country. I am surprised that the BBC has not learned from the debacle over ‘Jerry Springer – The Opera’, when it ignored the complaints of more than 60,000 licence fee payers. The BBC has admitted it has an anti-Christian, pro-gay bias. Such programmes broadcast by the BBC, and the people who run the BBC, do not reflect the views of the majority of people in Britain
They are organising an online complaints campaign. Looks like Radio 4 have hit the jackpot.