Monday, 16 June 2008

The real terrorist threat

BBC bosses have defended the grisly beheading of a Muslim by a Christian zealot in new drama Bonekickers.

In the bloody scene, ex-EastEnder Paul Nicholls plays a fundamentalist who decapitates a Muslim with a sword.

Producer Rhonda Smith said: "It's not meant to be shocking or to cause offence and it comes very much from the storyline."

BBC chiefs are planning to warn viewers about the gruesome beheading scene.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "It is in a 9pm slot in early July and viewers will be advised of the content immediately before broadcast."

The six-parter billed as Time Team meets Indiana Jones follows a group of archaeologists solving historical mysteries. It stars Julie Graham, Hugh Bonneville and Adrian Lester.

The beheading scene comes in an episode dealing with the excavation of medieval soldiers from the time of the Crusades.

It leads to the hunt for the cross on which Jesus was crucified which the Crusaders may have brought back from the Holy Land.

Also keen to find the cross are right-wing Christian fanatics who also want to use violence to drive Muslims out of Britain.
Hmm. Haven't I come across this last plot detail somewhere before? Consider this Daily Mail summary of an episode of Spooks, broadcast on BBC1 back in 2006:
[The episode] showed a group of evangelical terrorists who carry out a number of attacks on the Muslim community and attempt to spark a religious war in the UK.

The programme also depicted a rogue Bishop, who was also a government advisor, organising the assassination of a radical Islamic preacher.


In the programme the Christian terrorist group was seen carrying out a hand-grenade attack on Muslims and planing to blow up a Mosque in Manchester.

It featured a video broadcast by the fictional group saying: "Britain is a nation under Christ - we will no longer tolerate the Muslims in our ranks - this is a declaration of war against Islam."

With the BBC raking in all that money from the licence fee, you'd hope that they could at least manage to think up new and original ways of demonising Christians!

I accept that there is an element of "if you don't like it, don't watch it" with programmes like this. And I certainly don't say that no Christian should ever be depicted in a negative manner on any TV show.

But what I object to is the sheer mendacity and hypocrisy displayed by the Beeb. When this programme is broadcast it will be the second time in as many years that a BBC drama has featured Christian terrorists targeting Muslims. This despite the fact that there is a distinct paucity of such incidents in the real world. The BBC is inverting reality, and allowing its programmes to give the impression that there is a problem with Christian violence, when such a problem simply does not exist.

At the same time, of course, there is a genuine and significant problem with Muslim terrorism in Britain (and many other places too). But will the BBC make a drama featuring Islamic terrorists targeting Christians, Jews, or Hindus? You know, a drama with a plotline that actually reflects reality. No, of course they won't. They won't even dare to broadcast a joke with a vague, non-insulting, reference to Islam in its punchline! After all, if they were to suggest that followers of the Religion of Peace could get even slightly violent, then, not only would that be horribly non-PC, but it might also put them at risk of, um, violence. Violence being the only appropriate response to such a slanderous accusation, obviously. By contrast, Christians, being designated oppressors, are eminently legitimate targets, and, since they are not actually violent, you can get away with saying that they are.

Hat-tip: Dhimmi Watch


Anonymous said...

Christian terrorists????

What PC crap is this? The BBC has really outdone itself this time.

How about some nice peace loving muslims hacking people's heads off with kitchen knives?? A bit of realism there. Or what about some grown men forcing a twelve year old boy to saw a man's head off while they hold him down? No? Well OK then how about a woman is viciously gang raped then gets whipped for allowing herself to be alone with strange men????? No. Well we will just have to stick to the hot bed of extremism that is a church fete. Or how about a rabble rousing diatribe of hate from a C of E vicar at a coffee morning before some unbelievers are stoned in the village square for leaving the church. Or something.

I need to sit down now.....

Sorry. Rant over. Carry on Fulham.

JuliaM said...

"...the second time in as many years that a BBC drama has featured Christian terrorists targeting Muslims. This despite the fact that there is a distinct paucity of such incidents in the real world."

Though if you reverse those two descriptors...

Anonymous said...

They'll be giving somebody ideas if they're not careful.

Anonymous said...

I see the hijab-wearing Muslima has been awarded £4000 damages against the hairdresser. Another example of LITIGATION JIHAD ?

beswickorbered said...

Anti-racism devours its own:

Union official is branded a racist in row over 'wise monkeys' leaflet

Fulham Reactionary said...


I'd already seen that in the Evening Standard online (and have now written a post on it), but thanks anyway.

GW said...

The BBC's anti-Christian bias is surreal, given their embrace of and willingness to cover for Islamic terrorists. We have PBS on this side of the pond, but whenever they have shown any bias at all, their funding comes under close scrutiny from the right. I do not understand how the BBC can get away with what they do. At any rate, good post. Linked.

Fulham Reactionary said...


"I do not understand how the BBC can get away with what they do."

In large part I think it's because many people remember the days when the BBC was actually a very good, highly impartial broadcaster, and still see it as a kind of treasured national institution. I think the tide is turning away from that attitude - a poll last year showed that the number of people who thought the BBC was impartial had declined from 77% to 54% over five years - but there's still a long way to go.

Thanks for the link.