The BBC’s report on 800,000 people joining a massive rally in support of marriage and the family in Paris concludes with a report and photograph of four topless feminists protesting in St Peter’s Square during Pope Benedict leading the Angelus.
The only photograph of the Paris rally against Hollande’s plans to legalise gay marriage is a close up shot of protesters carrying pink banners and balloons, there are not distance shots showing the size of the 800,000 protest, like the ones the BBC used to show the size of the 7,000 Protest the Pope protesters during Pope Benedict’s state visit to the UK in 2010.
The BBC even include a paragraph to downplay the size of the rally, quoting from an unnamed government minister claiming the size of the rally was smaller than the organizers expected:
‘Police said the figure was closer to 340,000 and one government minister said the turnout was lower than the organisers had predicted. A similar march in November attracted around 100,000 people.’
A third of the BBC report on the Paris rally includes criticism of the Catholic Church’s stance on gay marriage, concluding with the absurd report of the four topless feminists in St. Peter’s Square:
‘Despite the support of the Church and political right, the organisers are keen to stress their movement is non-political and non-religious, and in no way directed against homosexuals, BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield reports.
An opinion poll of almost 1,000 people published by Le Nouvel Observateur newspaper at the weekend suggested that 56% supported gay marriage, while 50% disapproved of gay adoption.
The poll also said that 52% of those questioned disapproved of the Church’s stand against the legislation.
Earlier polls had indicated stronger support for the legalisation of gay marriage.
As the marchers began arriving in the centre of Paris, four Ukrainian activists staged their own protest in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican in support of gay rights.
The women from feminist group Femen appeared topless while Pope Benedict recited his traditional Angelus prayer.
Police moved to restrain the activists, one of whom was attacked by a worshipper brandishing an umbrella.
Protect the Pope comment: It has become standard practice among the liberal media in the USA to ignore or misrepresent the huge March for Life held in Washington every year, which regularly attracts over 250,000 pro-life supporters. Notoriously one of the US newspapers printed a photograph of seven pro-abortion protesters one year, and no photograph of the pro-life march.
Obviously the BBC have taken a leaf out of the propaganda playbook of US liberal journalists in its coverage of the Paris march to distract from the size and success of 800,000 seeking to protect marriage from being corrupted by the nonsense of gay marriage. The editor of the BBC website thought four topless women in St Peter’s Square would do nicely as a distraction. No doubt she/he justified its inclusion under the BBC twisted understanding of ‘balance’ – 4 feminists versus 800,000 supporters of marriage and the family.