How to say “I’m a coward” in 98 words

The director of the BBC has finally admitted that, yes, of course the BBC treats Islam with unusual deference.  Mark Thompson offers a 98 word defense of the BBC’s un-evenhanded approach:

‘My view is that there is a difference between the position of Christianity, which I believe should be central to the BBC’s religion coverage and widely respected and followed.

‘What Christian identity feels like to the broad population is a little bit different to people for whom their religion is also associated with an ethnic identity which has not been fully integrated.

‘There’s no reason why any religion should be immune from discussion, but I don’t want to say that all religions are the same. To be a minority I think puts a slightly different outlook on it.’


Ben Elton, a comedian who took umbrage at the BBC’s oh-so-PC censorship, had a different take on the matter (emphasis mine):

‘I think it all starts with people nodding whenever anybody says, ‘As a person of faith …’,’ he said.

‘And I believe that part of it is due to the genuine fear that the authorities and the community have about provoking the radical elements of Islam,” he said.

‘There’s no doubt about it, the BBC will let vicar gags pass but they would not let imam gags pass. They might pretend that it’s, you know, something to do with their moral sensibilities, but it isn’t. It’s because they’re scared. I know these people.’

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  • Mike Devx

    Walking under a Dhimmi sky
    I saw a Christian with his son
    I nodded, smirked and hollered, “Hi!
    May I have a Jesus Hot Crossed Bun!”

    Walking under a Dhimmi sky
    Approached a Muslim with his son
    I knelt and pressed my head down by
    Then rose and I continued on.

  • Ymarsakar

    Fear has always been a useful tool in controlling the weak.

  • Mike Devx

    What was most depressing about composing that was when I thought about the effect on the two sons.

  • Danny Lemieux

    In the case of the Brits, it really is over. Socialism destroyed their confidence, self-reliance and national identity. Next…over to you, America!