The danger of BBC bias runs deep at so many levels. Take this example flagged up by one of our many eagle-eyed readers;
“Just thought you’d be interested in this appalling brainwashing on the BBC Bitesize GCSE Religious Studies website. Please Note: compare the following entries for Islam, Christianity and Judaism within the War and Peace section of the site which looks at the role of waging war in each of the religions.
I have highlighted some salient quotes which go some way to conveying the BBC’s differing tone towards each – and guess which one comes out the more positive, peaceful and loving???? Judaism comes the worst, surprise, surprise…. I certainly hope this particular section of the curriculum doesn’t find its way into any Jewish households any time soon!
‘Islam is a religion of peace in which fighting and war are seen only as a last resorts’
(Try telling that to your normal Israeli, American or Londoner!)
‘Most Christians believe that war and fighting are wrong except in the most severe cases and they base their views on Jesus’ teaching about love’
‘Most’ – who are the odd ones out then???
Jewish scripture and ‘Just Wars’
‘In the Jewish Scriptures there are examples of wars. Some of these were Holy Wars where the Jews were trying to maintain their religion when other people wanted to make them worship false gods. Others were perhaps ‘Just Wars’ but it could be argued that some of them were wrong and unjustified.’
‘Others were just perhaps wars’ – Wow, what wonderful scholarship!