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Sunday, August 19, 2007

BBC forced to removed 'bastard' slur about Jesus

This is in refernce to the BBC airing Islam's story of Christ.. The story I want to talk about, though, comes courtesy of an article from ThisIsLondon.co.uk.
The BBC has been forced to remove statements from its website referring to Jesus as a 'bastard'.

It is the latest in a string of offensive comments that BBC editors have allowed members of the public to post.

The remarks have been allowed to remain for weeks, despite complaints from religious groups.

It has led to claims that the BBC is allowing its output to be hijacked by extremists while censoring anti-Muslim sentiment.

The remarks about Jesus were left as part of a discussion of the death of the Archbishop of Paris.

The debate had descended into an argument about the merits of Christians, Jews and Muslims when a writer, known as 'colonelartist', posted: "Are you a christian? You do know that jesus had to hide all his short life he lived in those promised land because his tribesmen used to call him fatherless, ridiculed him for being a B-A-S-T-A-R-D...'

He added: "Jesus...was also persecuted because the jews would never accept as their Messiah a person whose father was missing...'

The comments were allowed to remain for a week despite complaints. But after The Mail on Sunday contacted senior BBC officials, they were deleted.

While the comment is technically true, I can see how BBC wants to protect themselves. Still, if they already left it up there for that long, they might as well keep it, considering the other shit that was posted.
The BBC has also been criticised for allowing allegedly anti-Semitic posts from a contributor called "Iron Naz'.

In a message left on the site for more than a month, Iron Naz says: "Zionism is a racist ideology where jews are given supremacy over all other races and faiths. This is found in the Talmud...which allows jews to lie as long as its to non-jews."

The remarks brought complaints from the Board of Deputies, the organisation that represents Britain's Jews and its Community Security Trust. They say the post draws on a discredited 19th Century text, the Talmud Unmasked, which is still distributed by neo-Nazi booksellers.

However, the BBC said the remarks did not merit removal.

A spokesman said posts were taken down if they were considered likely to 'disrupt, provoke attack or offend others or are considered racist, homophobic, sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable'.

I've always had a vert linear view of censorship. Either it's all allowed, or none of it is. Of course there are limitations to protect basic rights, such as safety and privacy, but speech especially should be protected from special intrest groups who feel their point of view is more important than any other.

Sure, its offensive, especially the neo-nazi bullshit, but taking down some comments is not going to stop this person from thinking these things to be true, and expressing their opinion in any medium they can. How can a person ever expand their knowledge if their ideology is only enforced, and never challenged?
posted by Nick at 11:25 AM

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