Christians Petition BBC Over Pro-Islamic Bias
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A Christian group is raising red flags about pro-Islamic bias in BBC programming.
The Voice for Justice UK is asking the taxpayer funded British Broadcasting Corporation not to accept proposals that will decrease Christian programs.
Great Britain's Muslim population has doubled within a decade, topping the three million mark, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
Still, the vast majority of Britain's 65 million people claim to be Christian. But the Voice for Justice UK says Islamic influence in the culture is increasing rapidly, and Muslim programming appears to now take first priority on BBC.
The Christian group currently has 12,000 signatures to deliver to the network, hoping this will keep certain Christian programming.
The Head of Religion and Ethics at BBC is a man named Aaqil Amhed. According to reports, he is a Muslim who has been very outspoken.
The Telegraph reports that Ahmed pushed for more coverage of religions other than Christianity.
And Voice for Justice UK argues there is now an "unacceptable bias in favor of Islam and against Christianity" on BBC religious programming.
"The UK is actually a Christian country, it's established as such by statute, all our laws, our traditions, our culture is founded on Christian values, so it would seem entirely right that Christianity be given priority air time," said Lynda Rose, CEO of the group.
"It's scandalous that someone displaying such clear pro-Islamic bias and contempt for Christianity should be BBC's Head of Religion and Ethics," Rose said.
BBC responded in saying that Ahmed is not biased against Christianity and he does not show any pro-Islamic bias.
However, in May of 2016 the BBC concluded that Christianity was too prominent on their network.
"Christianity remains the cornerstone of our output and there are more hours dedicated to it than there are to other faiths. Our output in this area is not static, though. It has evolved over the years and we regularly assess it," Ahmed said in a statement back in May.
Ibrahim Mogra from the Muslim British Council suggested that BBC should air Friday prayers from a mosque, and show children attending Islamic schools called madrasahs.
"We may be a multicultural society, but the UK is still officially a Christian country, and Christianity should be given proper coverage and treated with respect," said Rose.
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