Memorandum by S Perry
Do different faiths (including no faith beliefs)
figure sufficiently in BBC programmes and services?
There is an over-emphasis on the positive aspects
of faith, with very little focus on the negative aspects. Atheism
or non-faith is essentially ignored, presumably to avoid offending
those of religion.
Atheism is essentially the belief that religion has
got it wrong. The phrase "you're wrong" might offend
religious leaders, but this offence should not be allowed to suppress
the alternative view. Anything that encourages people to debate
and think about religion must surely be a good thing.
How should faiths be represented in BBC programmes,
services and governance?
Politically, the BBC must take an objective approach.
This objective policy must be extended to religion if the BBC
is going to be seen as truly independent.
Currently, BBC programming is surprisingly pro-religion.
How many Atheists or believers without an organised religion have
so far spoken on Radio 2's Thought for the Day?
If the BBC is to continue its religious programming,
it needs to be objective. When addressing a religious belief or
idea, perhaps it would be better if the following points were
What arguments/evidence exists
from the religious leaders to show this is right or truthful?
What arguments/evidence exists from
scientists or ethics experts that this is wrong or unethical?
The BBC should not be afraid to give the impression of "this
didn't happen" in the case of overwhelming scientific evidence
(eg the Adam and Eve story).
Does the view being given contradict
what is written in the written text of the religion itself?
When discussing religious topics in the first place,
currently the majority of subjects seem to be defined by the religious
leaders themselves. They almost always focus on aspects of the
religion that coincide with the public majorities' moral beliefs,
so that people see only the positive side of religion. This isn't
an objective approach. Rarely do we see a program investigating
beliefs about homosexuality, non-virgin brides or other religions
as they are taught according to the word of the Bible, Koran or
other religious text. You need to show both sides to be objective.
8 October 2005