John on November 4, 2006 at 2:12 am
The Beeb is taking heat for a recently aired episode of a popular television drama called Spooks. I’ve never seen it, but from clips I watched it looks like a low budget knock-off of 24. Here’s the description of last week’s episode from the show’s website:
A Muslim group claims responsibility for a number of attacks on the Christian community. As threats of further attacks emerge, Adam goes undercover to find out when and where the attacks are due to occur.
You can probably imagine the kind of outrage this is generating.
In the Beeb’s defense, it was just over one year ago, on 7/7/05, that four Islamic terrorists set off bombs in London killing 52 people and injuring over 750. Just two weeks later on 7/21/05 four more attacks were attempted, though fortunately none of the explosives detonated in those attacks. Then, in August of this year, another plot was foiled which involved a plan to hijack up to 10 airplanes headed for the US.
So at this point I think it’s fair to ask how much heat the Beeb should really be taking for making Islamic fanatics the bad guys in a TV show about terrorism. It’s not like this scenario is that far from reality. Right?
Oh…one small thing. I totally lied. Sorry, dear reader. I confess. You see I switched a couple words in that episode summary above. The real summary is here along with a clip of the episode. Here’s how the un-doctored version reads:
A Christian group claims responsibility for a number of attacks on the Muslim community. As threats of further attacks emerge, Adam goes undercover to find out when and where the attacks are due to occur.
The group have also attracted the attention of the Israeli secret service, who believe that they have an anti-Semitic agenda as well as an anti-Muslim one.
Anti-semitic and anti-Muslim. Wow! Let’s push all the hot buttons. Thus far no firebombs or shootings have resulted, but Christian groups in the UK are understandably upset. As this article about the ensuing row notes:
Christians were outraged by the episode of the drama, which showed a group of evangelical terrorists who carry out a number of attacks on the Muslim community and attempt to spark a religious war in the UK.
The programme also depicted a rogue Bishop, who was also a government advisor, organising the assassination of a radical Islamic preacher.
I think we all know why the Beeb did this. They did it because to represent something a little closer to reality would invite real violence and the possibility of reprisals that go beyond intemperate op-eds in the London Times. And let’s face it, no one at the Beeb wants to become the next Theo Van Gogh.
I know there’s no point in getting upset about a stupid TV show. But in this case it’s not the plot that bothers me, it’s the cowardice. Sheer cowardice. That’s what led them to invert reality in this way less than 18 months after 7/7. The BBC is not only obscenely anti-Christian (something they’ve recently admitted), they’ve now gone dhimmi as well.