Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Thought for the day

Today's thought for the day was by Anne Atkins, which was today a rant about discrimination towards the murderers of Jody Dobrowski. (If he had been heterosexual their sentence would have been shorter).
The mention of Anne Atkins reminded me of a blog entry by Alex Wilcock who postulated a device that would switch from radio to CD at the very mention of this woman's name. Quite how the BBC get away with the series of so called religious commentators on prime time radio is beyond me.

2 Comments:

At 10:10 am, Blogger Paul Walter said...

I think Alex has the right idea. Do hetrosexuals get beaten up for being straight? Presumably in Anne Atkins' world this happens, it is just a question of getting on a spaceship to travel to her planet to find out. Fascinating that a religious slot is taken up with someone complaining about prejudice towards drunk murderous skinheads. Fascinating. I will read the script of the item to spot any mention of compassion for Jody D and his family and friends.

 
At 11:13 pm, Anonymous Phil Banting said...

I didn't hear the broadcast, but found the script here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/programmes/thought/documents/t20060621.shtml

She questions the principle of linking the severity of a sentence with the motive of the crime, and as it happens I share her misgivings. I don't think it's a bad thing to have orthodoxy challenged from time to time, and listeners are not obliged to agree: the slot is entitled "Thought" rather than "sermon" or "lecture". Having said that, I phoned and complained a few months ago when a bishop made a one-sided point about an issue that was to be debated in Parliament later that day. He stepped over the line into campaigning territory, which to my mind was abusing his privilege.

 

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