Here’s a great guest post by a Biased BBC regular. I think it illuminates the essential point that the BBC’s bias is dangerous. Give this a read, well worth your time.
“The BBC’s contemporary battle for hearts, minds and souls extends far beyond the purile petulance of its news outlets. Such is the BBC’s eagerness to produce the next generation of politically correct, self-loathing social justice dhimmis that they are now indoctrinating school children via the BBC Bitesize guide to National Curriculum.
Al-Beeb’s sinister agenda is evident in Key Stage 3 resources, such as “The Islamic World in the Middle Ages”. The licence fee is helping fund a programme of propaganda that is telling children as young as 11 that Allah really is the greatest. Indeed, you will notice that they openly refer to the “Prophet Muhammad”. Does that mean that the BBC officially believes that Mo WAS a prophet of God?
Our children are told that Muslims were going to beauty parlours, using deodorants and drinking from glasses, at a time when the English were telling children not to pick their nose over their food, spit on the table, or throw uneaten food onto the floor (here) and the city of Cordoba in Spain (omitting the fact that Muslims had invaded and conquered Spain) was a city of over half a million inhabitants with street lighting and running water while, at the same time 10,000 Londoners lived in timber-framed houses and used the river as their sewer (here).
Ah, but surely if talking about the Religion of Peace™ the Beeb will have to mention the concept of jihad, dhimmis and jizra? Well, not really. On Islamic imperialism, the Beeb seems to think that the Ottoman Empire expanded so quickly not because of a desire to extend power or the march of Islam but because “the Turks believed in a prophecy called Osman’s dream, about a tree which grew until it covered the whole world” (here). 1.5 million Armenians can’t be wrong.
Foundations of Western Civilization
Ah yes, but the Quar’an and Hadith are very clear what Muslims should do once they are victorious in jihad over the infidels and kuffirs; once they subit they become second class citizens (dhimmis) and pay a tax for the privilege (jizra) of not being killed. Alas, the Beeb suggests: “The different non-Muslim religious communities inside the Ottoman Empire were called ‘millets’”. They were given a great deal of independence, including the right to have their own religion and leaders, and to collect their own taxes. Christian and Jewish people were not persecuted in the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire tolerated different religions. The English kings expelled Jewish people and persecuted the Lollards.”
If the kiddies haven’t got the message yet, what about being told that the Islam provide the foundations of Western Civilization? Shamelessly: “The Islamic empire had a huge impact on the development of medieval western Europe. It is possible to argue that the Islamic world provided the foundations on which later developments in western civilisation occurred.”(here)
Crusades “barely a pinprick” in the history of the Islamic world
Come on though. When the Muslims were invading, enslaving and butchering Europeans, Christendom had to do something? They had to fight back to expel the foreign imperialists, you know, like in Iraq and Afganistan? The Beeb will surely reference the Battle of Tours and the subsequent Crusades that successfully pushed back the invasion and stopped Europe being eradicated? “It would be a mistake to think of the Crusades as the most important wars in the history of the Islamic world. The Crusades were “barely a pinprick” on the Islamic world.” (here)
There are plenty more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zx9xsbk/revision and http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/history/the_wider_world/medieval_islamic_world/revision/2/ while there is also an entire suite of pro-Islam materials: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zsdtsbk.