The media-savvy Archbishop of York – the most senior cleric in the CofE after the Archbishop of Canterbury – has had a go at the BBC:
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has accused the BBC of bias against Christianity and says the broadcaster fears a terrorist backlash if it is critical of Islam.
The archbishop, the second most senior figure in the Church of England’s hierarchy, said Christians took “more knocks” than other faiths at the hands of the BBC.
“They can do to us what they dare not do to the Muslims,” he said. “We are fair game because they can get away with it. We don’t go down there and say, ‘We are going to bomb your place.’ That is not in our nature.
Now, I’m no fan of religions in general or Christianity in particular; but I would suggest that Dr Sentamu’s missing a point here, that mainstream Christians aren’t fair game because the rest of us can get away with it but rather that mainstream Christianity is mature enough to accept the need to engage in reasoned debate in our essentially secular society, rather than demand a right to be taken seriously just by making preposterous assertions.
Some people, though, who might be expected to understand very well the nature of freedom and diversity in a liberal society, display a irresponsible lack of toleration that’s quite staggering. For Tom Coates for example:
Sir Elton John would like to ban all organised religion It’s a sentiment with which I find myself sympathetic to (sic)
Don’t like it? Ban it.