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Westminster AbbeyLike many Australians my parents came from the UK and of course followed the Anglican church. The UK today still claims that about 70% of the population are Christian, or about 42 million people. Meanwhile Muslims constitute less than 4% of the population with less than 3 million followers. The national broadcaster, the BBC has for many years presented religious programs for the faithful and so when the top position in the Religious Programming department became vacant recently, the BBC of course appointed…wait for it….a Muslim. How Politically Correct is that? So a man who represents less than 4% of the population is made responsible for religious programs whose largest audience is Christian making up 70% of the population, something is very wrong!
 
Forget the fact that Islam openly declares it will destroy the Christian church and actively persecutes Christians all around the globe. The “best man” for the job was deemed to be a Muslim.
 
This decision has of course caused much consternation within the Anglican church, and the Queen as head of the Church has been silent.
 
Well may they say “God save the Queen” but I say “why should he”. The silence from the Queen, the Head of the Anglican church, has been deafening.
 
About the BBC
BBC - New LogoThe British Broadcasting Corporation, almost always referred to by its abbreviation "the BBC", is the world's largest broadcaster. Unlike other broadcasters, it is a public service based, quasi-autonomous, statutory corporation run by the BBC Trust. It is funded yearly by a television licence (or licence fee) charged to all UK households which own a television capable of receiving broadcasts, rather than being underwritten directly by the Government of the United Kingdom.
 
BBC World, its journalism arm, has bases or correspondents in more than 200 countries and, as officially surveyed, is available to more than 274 million households, though also possibly far more individual persons and groups than surveys can gather, and it is the oldest surviving entity of its kind. The BBC's reach is significantly more than CNN's estimated 200 million. [1]
 
The BBC Religion Department
Understandably, the BBC recognizes the “multi Faith” nature of Britain and provides information on 19 faiths, including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Zoroastrianism and even Atheist. [6]
 
Now understanding that about 70% of the UK population are Christian, one would think that the key executive positions in the BBC Religion department would be Christian, but no, this is the Nu Labor PC Britain. The top position has now gone to a Muslim, one Aaqil Ahmed, while the head of the Songs of Praise unit is a Sikh man named Tommy Nagra. [2]                                                

Aaqil Ahmed The BBC yesterday appointed a Muslim as its head of religious programming in a radical departure from broadcasting tradition.
 
The post - considered one of the most influential religious roles in the country - has gone to Aaqil Ahmed, who has been working as an executive at Channel 4.
 
The appointment will cause dismay among the Christian churches.
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams raised concerns over the prospect of a Muslim head of religious broadcasting during a meeting with the corporation's director general Mark Thompson in March.
 
It comes at a time of deepening worries among Christian leaders that their faith is being sidelined and downgraded by authorities.                             
 
Both Dr Williams and Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu have made repeated public complaints over the indifference and occasional hostility to Christianity shown in Whitehall and from other authorities.
 
Last year the BBC gave the job of producing its most popular and longrunning religious programme, Songs of Praise, to a Sikh, Tommy Nagra.
 
The Church of England points out that 70 per cent of the population of Britain professes to be Christian, but only 3 per cent are Muslims. [2]

The Songs of Praise has been a favourite for many years and presents Christian hymns from locations all over the UK including Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The 30 minute program always brings live singing from the inside of the manyAled Jones wonderful Cathedrals and churches scattered all over the British Isles, and I wonder how much a Muslim man can empathise with the needs of the Christian religious music when Mohammed has banned music and musical instruments in Islam. Surely the cognitive dissonance would be immense, and this raises the question “How can Aaqil Ahmed be deemed the best for the job”. At the moment, the main presenter of Songs of Praise is a Welshman, Aled Jones who not only is steeped in the Christian tradition but possesses a wonderful voice for hymns.
 
The sad conclusion is that the BBC intends to axe Songs of Praise in the near future!

Of course, the Anglican church has not been silent on this issue.
 
Earlier this month the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is understood to have challenged BBC Director General Mark Thompson on ignoring Christian viewers, reports The Times. As evidence, he highlighted cuts in religious broadcasting and the removal of Michael Wakelin, the head of religious programmes.
 
Wakelin, 47, is a Methodist lay preacher who produced Songs of Praise for five years before being promoted to the head of the Religion and Ethics department at the BBC in 2006. He also set up Radio 2’s Faith in the World week 17 years ago.
 
Following a restructuring of BBC commissioning, Wakelin needed to reapply for a new post of commissioning editor and head of production. His application was not successful and he became the fourth of seven executives in the religion department to become unemployed in 2008. [3]

About the Anglican church
England had been Christian since the 4th century and Catholic since the 7th century but it was king Henry VIII who was responsible for the establishment of the Anglican church. Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He was also Lord of Ireland (later King of Ireland) and claimant to the Kingdom of France. Henry was the second monarch of the House of Tudor, succeeding his father, Henry VII.
 
Henry VIII was a significant figure in the history of the English monarchy. AlthoHenry VIII ugh in the great part of his reign he brutally suppressed the Protestant reformation of the church, a movement having roots with John Wycliffe of the 14th century, he is more popularly known for his political struggles with Rome. These struggles ultimately led to his separating the Anglican church from the Roman hierarchy, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Although some claim he became a Protestant on his death-bed, he advocated Catholic ceremony and doctrine throughout his life. Royal backing of the English Reformation was left to his heirs, the devout Edward VI and the renowned Elizabeth I, whilst daughter Mary I temporarily reinstated papal authority over England. Henry also oversaw the legal union of England and Wales with the Laws in Wales Acts 1535–1542. He is also noted for his six wives, two of whom were beheaded. [4]

Conclusion
Recently it was argued that the new appointee Aaqil Ahmed was “not up to the job”.
I’m sure Mr Ahmed is a good and devout man - but he is not up to the job, argues George Pitcher. [5]
So how is it possible for a Muslim to oversee the Christian religion which makes up 70% of the population when Islam bans music and has a stated aim of destroying the Christian church?
 
This appointment can only be construed as a cynical way of further demeaning and diminishing the Christian faith, a faith which was strong when Britain was strong.

And how long before the PC ABC follows suit?


References:
1.  About the BBC
2.  BBC appoints Muslim as head of Religious Programming
3.  Anglicans clash with the BBC
4.  About the Anglican church
5.  Aaqil Ahmed not up to the Job
6.  BBC Religion Department

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