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Written by Chris Perver  
Sunday, 19 August 2007 10:35

This link from my friend Frank... The BBC has come under fire once again for permitting hate speech to be propagated on its online message boards. The BBC has strict guidelines on posting to its message boards. The website states that a post can be removed if its is "likely to cause offence to other people".

Despite these strict guidelines, the broadcasting corporation has previously allowed anti-Semitic posts to remain on the site, even after numerous complaints by individuals to its moderators. Last month, a person by the name of "Iron Naz", commented on the message boards that Zionism was a racist ideology, where the Jews are given supremacy over all other religions and faiths, and that the Talmud permits them to lie as long as it is to a Gentile. This falsehood was first published in an anti-Semitic book called "Talmud Unmasked" in the 19th Century, and is still circulated by neo-Nazis today. After several complaints to its moderators, the BBC responded that the message had not breached its guidelines, and that the posting would remain on the site. It did so for over three weeks before finally being removed. In the latest tirade of BBC-censured hate speech, another individual referred to Jesus Christ as a bastard, and despite complaints from several people, the BBC permitted the post to remain on its website for nearly a week. Only after the BBC were contacted by a major newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, was the offending post removed...

Quote: "The remarks about Jesus were left as part of a discussion of the death of the Archbishop of Paris. The debate had descended into an argument about the merits of Christians, Jews and Muslims when a writer, known as 'colonelartist', posted: "Are you a christian? You do know that jesus had to hide all his short life he lived in those promised land because his tribesmen used to call him fatherless, ridiculed him for being a B-A-S-T-A-R-D...' He added: "Jesus...was also persecuted because the jews would never accept as their Messiah a person whose father was missing...'

As has been pointed out by other sites, postings on the same BBC message boards criticizing Muslims were quickly removed, confirming suspicions of an ingrained culture of bias existing within the organization. Responding to that criticism, last year the organization held a secret meeting of company executives to study the problem of bias. They found that "the corporation is dominated by homosexuals and people from ethnic minorities, deliberately promotes multiculturalism, is anti-American, anti-countryside and more sensitive to the feelings of Muslims than Christians". A couple of years ago, I protested outside Broadcasting House in Belfast, at the screening of the Jerry Springer Opera. Despite a record 60,000 complaints registered against the show before it was broadcast, the BBC went ahead in airing the blasphemous production in the name of art and free speech. As one protestor stated at the time, the BBC can mock the Lord Jesus Christ and get away with it, for Christians are a soft touch in this country. But they wouldn't dare criticize Mohammed, Buddha, or half a dozen other religious figures for fear of inciting a riot. But as my nanny often said, "God is not mocked", Galatians 6:7. When men and women curse in my work, it is the name of Jesus they mention. They don't say "Oh Mohammed!", or "Oh my Allah!". It is only possible to blaspheme the true God. And although the Lord keeps silent (Psalm 50:21), as do I although it grieves me much, men will one day give an account of every idle word.

Matthew 12:36-37
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Source BBC, Little Green Footballs, Daily Mail

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