‘Socially liberal’ BBC criticised as transsexual sitcom begins

Aug 25, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: The BBC “simply cannot conceive” that intelligent, thoughtful people could disagree with its socially liberal views, a former worker at the Corporation has said. Edward Lucas does not have a television and said he teases his friends and colleagues by saying that he “would rather have an open sewer running through our kitchen”. Lucas also said while not having a television may be seen as strange, it is “not as odd as spending the equivalent of ten years of your life staring at a piece of furniture and paying a mandatory fee for the privilege”. Next week BBC Two will air Boy Meets Girl, a story about a man living as a woman who falls in love with a younger man. The transsexual character is played by a transsexual actor, who says the programme is the first in the UK to feature sex scenes between a transsexual and a man. It follows a competition organised by the BBC and campaign group All About Trans to find a story offering a “positive portrayal of transgender characters”. Read here...

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Planned Parenthood gives 16 journalists awards at award ceremony. Media still ignoring videos.

Aug 22, 2015 by

By Katie Yoder, LifeSite; While the media stay away from the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted baby parts, they are drawn to Planned Parenthood’s annual media awards ceremony. During Planned Parenthood’s Maggie Awards for Media Excellence Tuesday night, the abortion giant recognized 16 journalists for pushing “reproductive rights.” From Buzzfeed and Yahoo! to MSNBC, MRC Culture compiled a list of several prominent media attendees – and found a picture announcing the winners. Those include Cosmopolitan.com’s Jill Filipovic, for TV & Online Reporting; left-wing magazine The Nation, for Excellence In Media, and TeenVogue.com’s Phillip Picardi, for Youth Media. Salon’s Valerie Tarico won Outstanding Individual Commentary for a piece undercutting liberal claims that no one is pro-abortion. Her story was titled: “I am pro-abortion, not just pro-choice: 10 reasons why we must support the procedure and the choice.” Read here...

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Australian journalists given “fail” for balance on same-sex marriage

Aug 20, 2015 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Australia has finally recovered its mojo and is back at the top of the world laughingstock index which it last visited in 1986 with the release of Crocodile Dundee. At least that’s the story that fans of same-sex marriage are peddling now that Australia is the last redoubt of traditional marriage in the Anglosphere. In the US, the UK, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand SSM is legal. The pressure on politicians to follow the leaders is unrelenting. At the moment only Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s finger in the dike keeps SSM from flooding in. He recently decreed that his Liberal-National coalition would not consider a change in legislation until next year’s election. The question will probably go to the people as a referendum or a plebiscite. How is the Australian media coping with the challenge of balanced reporting on such a divisive issue? Very badly, according to Paul Barry, the presenter of Media Watch, a weekly forum for media analysis whose catchline is “everyone loves it until they’re on it”. His D- grade for bias for print, TV and radio media is astonishing for two reasons. He supports same-sex marriage and his employer, the ABC, the government-funded broadcaster, is universally regarded as the most liberal and “politically correct” network in the country. Barry gave the media a roasting for refusing to air a commercial opposing SSM and for ignoring dissidents. He was withering as he rolled out the statistics: Read here...

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Last rites for the TV vicar?

Aug 20, 2015 by

By Damian Thompson, Mailonline;

A vicar sits cowering on the edge of a chintz sofa, teacup in mid-air as the saucer slides off his lap. The poor man is lost for words because something or other frightfully awkward has just happened. You could cut the air with a butter knife.

Finally the lady of the house breaks the silence. Assuming a forced smile, she asks: ‘More tea, vicar?’

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Mohammed, not Oliver, is UK’s most popular baby name for boys

Aug 18, 2015 by

By Archbishop Cranmer:

According to the Office for National Statistics, 6,649 baby boys were named Oliver last year, making it the most popular baby name for boys born in the UK. This was closely followed by Jack, and then Harry, followed by Jacob, Charlie, Thomas and George; and then come Oscar, James and William. A veritable feast of Norman French, if not Germanic, obscure Gaelic, biblical Hebrew and Greek with a smattering of medieval English diminutives.

But it’s misleading. The ONS background notes (p7) inform us:

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BBC Songs of Praise visits St Michael’s Church in “The Jungle” Calais

Aug 17, 2015 by

BBC Songs of Praise visited St Michael’s Church in the Jungle, the camp of migrants near the Channel Tunnel at Calais.  Sally Magnusson spoke with a theology student from Ethiopia seeking to enter the UK who attended the church. Canon Giles Fraser visited the church for an hour just to be with brother and sister Christians and pray.  Susan Pardo and a group of Christians from Kent made regular trips ‘because of the Lord’ said Susan Pardo. The reports are at the beginning and the end of the programme View here Read also:  Songs of Praise from the Calais migrant camp… with NO songs! by Damian Thompson, Mailonline Good show, BBC, for Songs of Praise from Calais by Charles Moore, Telegraph...

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