We’ll mock Jesus but not Mohammed, says BBC boss

We’ll mock Jesus but not Mohammed, says BBC boss

The head of the BBC, Mark Thompson, has admitted that the broadcaster would never mock Mohammed like it mocks Jesus.

He justified the astonishing admission of religious bias by suggesting that mocking Mohammed might have the “emotional force” of “grotesque child pornography”.

But Jesus is fair game because, he said, Christianity has broad shoulders and fewer ties to ethnicity.


Mr Thompson says the BBC would never have broadcast Jerry Springer The Opera – a controversial musical that mocked Jesus – if its target had been Mohammed.

He made the remarks in an interview for a research project at the University of Oxford.

Mr Thompson said: “The point is that for a Muslim, a depiction, particularly a comic or demeaning depiction, of the Prophet Mohammed might have the emotional force of a piece of grotesque child pornography.”

A BBC spokesman was unavailable for comment.

Last year former BBC news anchor Peter Sissons said Christians are “fair game” for insults at the corporation, whilst Muslims must not be offended.

Mr Sissons, whose memoirs were serialised in the Daily Mail, said: “Islam must not be offended at any price, although Christians are fair game because they do nothing about it if they are offended.”

The former presenter also said that staff damage their careers if they don’t follow the BBC’s mindset.



all I can say is wow, his admission is pretty incrediable:eek:

British Broadcasting Cowards.

Something that didn’t need to be said. It’s obvious. Surprised he was at least up front with, as deplorable as it is.

But of course they will! Christians don’t get violent when Jesus is mocked but Muslims do get violent when Muhammad is mocked.

They know us Christians will be upset and sad and maybe even angry, and they also know that we will not go crazy and start burning down cars, buildings, embassies, and committing suicide bombings of their BBC stations.

But they also know the consequences when it comes to mohamad & muslims.

And since such ramifications is KNOWN as a distinct possibility by religious extremists…I wouldn’t call it “cowardice” as much as “prudence”.

Not clear here:

Are you suggesting that we Christians do not riot because we are “cowards” …?

Not sure how you got “Christians do not riot becasue we are cowards” out of…it’s not a matter of “cowardice” as much as “prudence”.you have my apologies for referencing your quote…see my next post…and I’m sure it will clear the matter up for you.

Peace friend.

I don’t believe it’s a matter of cowardice as it is a matter of prudence. One does not provoke religous extremists that have a history of violence…especially if innocent pople would be harmed by inciting such violence by a very imprudent portrayal of Muhammad…hopefully that make my post a bit more clear for all concerned.:slight_smile:

Because Christians are too Christian to issue death threats, fatawa, and engaging in riots and murder when the Messiah and Son of God is mocked.

One doesn’t need to even attempt provocation to provoke.

This is blatant use of social engineering.

Can you imagine if Christians today would actually exhibit the fearless faith that the early Christians did?

Naw, they’d get told they’re being uncharitable. Can’t have that.

While perception may be perceived to be everything, this life is but a vapor and perception is nothing. Only that which is truth remains.

Let it burn.

See post #7… you quoted me… instead you meant to quote someone else… :smiley:

No worries dear friend…! :stuck_out_tongue:

Surely, this behavior must have some manner of ramifications. Bias in an organization is simply unacceptable.


I may very well be “social engineering”…don’t know…but Jesus is reported to have said, “I send you among wolves…be as wise as serpents, but harmless as doves.” “Love your enemies…turn the other cheek…go the second mile…if any sue you for your coat, give him your cloak too.”, “Return not evil for evil…but return good for evil.” Paul wrote “Be at peace with all men as far as it is dependent upon you.” …that is a bit of “social engineering” God is involved in…we don’t have an exemption for our behavior toward those who treat us badly…

But it seems to me…sometimes Christians would like to be involved in some of the violence against others as we’re always decrying the fact what others do when their religious leaders/founders may not be portrayed in a proper manner…the words of Jesus don’t give us any “wiggle room” from what I can see…even though some of His followers appear to not like the words and adhere to it rather begrudginly…and sometimes…not even then…words contain violence too perhaps.

“Bless those who despitefully use you…the servant is not greater than his master”…perhaps THAT is a good “ramification” to provide them? Keep showing love, mercy, kindness

Rom 20
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Sounds like a great place to start instead of bemoaning what others do…we have enough to do oursleves…doing what is instructed above is a full time job…is it not?

I think this is sad-but for a different reason than many of you do. I absolutely hate that we live in a world where people have to fear for their safety/lives if they are offensive.

No, it isn’t nice to mock Jesus or Mohammed. But everyone should have the right to do so without fearing violence. Just as Muslims/Christians should be able to defend their faith without fearing violence.

Words are just words. Cruel, hurtful, offensive, spiteful, but just words. No one should ever die because of what they said.

I hope you’re joking. You don’t really want to go down the path of taking away freedom of speech and freedom of the press to get rid of bias. Imagine if Catholic publications suddenly had to start giving equal time and space to the other side(s). That would be a huge infringement. (And pretty much ensure that it wouldn’t be a Catholic news source anymore.)

You’re leaving out the greater part of the story - the rest of the Gospel and NT - like all other Christian pacifists have ever tried to do. Jesus wasn’t a pacifist, and His Church certainly isn’t. He was preaching of justice, charity, and spiritual things, not being roll-overs for evil.

As a peaceful protest, Christians should not watch the BBC.
Let the blind lead the blind.
There is a plethora of “news” outlets elsewhere these days.
For those that actually do watch the BBC, it is just a case of breaking the habit.
When thinking BBC, think “Jesus mockers” and turn elsewhere.
After a while, you won’t miss it.
No one gets hurt.

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