- but of course it is. Its insane! Its just as mad as having “Lord Ahmed” and other Islamic enemy agents in parliament.
The BBC’s appointment of a Muslim as head of religion and ethics is insulting to Christians, an Ulster Unionist assembly member has said.
Retired Presbyterian minister Dr Robert Coulter said the appointment of Aaqil Ahmed was “a juvenile gimmick”.
“According to the Church of England 70% of the UK are Christian, 3% are Muslim yet the BBC for its head of religious broadcast appoints a Muslim,” he said.
Religious commentator Clifford Longley said the complaints were “spurious”.
“It seems to me that no denomination or faith can claim to own a position like that, which must be filled on its merits.”
“The purpose of the BBC’s religious broadcasting department is not to propagandise on behalf of any particular religion – the implication of this complaint is that it is,” he said.
Dr Coulter said he believed many Muslims would agree with his criticism.
“I am sure moderate Muslim leaders will be deeply concerned about this as well, because it will make many UK citizens feel that they are gaining too much influence – for a faith that represents such a small percentage of the whole community.
“It could well lead to many people developing a more hostile attitude to Muslims.”
Later a UUP spokesman clarified that Dr Coulter’s view were not party policy.
“The UUP is a party open to people of all faiths and none. We are party that firmly believes in equality of opportunity and a party which celebrates the diversity of the modern United Kingdom,” he said.
“In a free and open society, there cannot be religious tests to hold position in public bodies. This includes the BBC. Staff should be recruited solely on merit.”
Mr Ahmed has been appointed to the new joint role of Head of Religion and Ethics and Commissioning Editor for Religion TV.
He is currently commissioning editor for religion and multicultural at Channel 4.
In March, the Archbishop of Canterbury urged the BBC not to neglect Christians in its religious programming.
Dr Rowan Williams voiced his concern to the corporation’s director general Mark Thompson in a private meeting at Lambeth Palace.
British publisher scraps Christian encyclopedia for “negative” portrayal of Islam
As well as other tenets of many mainline Christian denominations. Evidently, multiculturalism demands that no one from a Western tradition can believe anything that excludes the truth of another belief system, lest someone feel offended, or invalidated, or excluded. In the temple of political correctness, hurting someone’s feelings is the capital sin that, it seems, excuses all other sins.