Select Committee on BBC Charter Review Written Evidence

Memorandum by D Curtis

  As I have been invited, as a member of the National Secular Society, to make my views known regarding BBC Religious Broadcasting, I wish it to be known that I deplore the great infrequency of any mention of secularism, humanism, agnosticism or atheism on the BBC. The majority of British citizens are not religious, but the BBC output is based upon an assumption that Britain is a Christian country, and in spite of protests by non-religious people, the BBC continues to represent a largely non-existent attitude to religion. Half a century has passed since the BBC broadcast Margaret Knight's programme entitled Morals Without Religion. It is high time that those in charge of Religious Broadcasting in the BBC made it more obvious that morality does not depend upon mythology, and that this is the age of reason.

10 October 2005

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