Comments: General Synod - Wednesday's Broadcasting debate

Here's an occasion when one might well thank the Bishop of Manchester for his amendment, replacing a wholly negative motion with one which commends what is good and seeks to build on that. Leaving aside Songs of Praise which I can't stand, but others obviously value, it seems to me that there has been a great deal on the television recently (not to mention the radio) about religious and ethical matters. These include Diarmaid's History and the currently running series on the Bible which has asked some very good questions about how we perceive myth and story and must be really irritating the fundamentalists. The BBC is not an arm of the state or the established church and it is not there to do the church's job for it. The real problem as always is that the church and the Church of England is sending out such a message of confusion and rancour that Jesus' real message of love, hope and inclusivity is getting lost in all the chaff. Young people may indeed much prefer the internet but they are also turned off and turned away by a church which is trying fast to row back to a an imagined unity characterised by exclusivity and exclusion.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Wednesday, 10 February 2010 at 6:01pm GMT
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