A source within the BBC has disclosed that senior managers are considering dropping the Bible from one of its longest running radio shows, Desert Island Discs, in response to complaints from secularists. The format of the show is that invited guests select eight favourite pieces of music they would want if they were marooned on a desert island. The guests must take the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare on their imaginary journey, but can choose another book,and a luxury item. Desert Island Discs is one of the national treasures of the BBC and is much loved by many of their listeners. But the National Secular Society, and other secularists, have demanded the exclusion of the Bible after its inclusion in the show for 70 years.
The Daily Telegraph reports:
‘Now, after years of complaints from listeners and even guests, senior producers have discussed dropping the bible from the show, a BBC source told the Independent. A BBC spokesperson denied that there are any plans or discussions about any change to the format of the much-loved show.’
The National Secular Society has long campaigned about the imposition of the Bible on those being castaway, and said it would welcome its removal from the show. They complained in 2010 when human rights lawyer Michael Mansfield said he would rather take the Bible of Vegetarian Cooking and was told by presenter Kirsty Young that he had no choice of “there would be letters”.
Terry Sanderson, president of the society, said: “We think it is rather sad that people are forced to take a bible with them if they don’t want to, it should be a matter of personal choice. “They should be able to create a paradise of their own choice, if you do not want to live in theocracy nobody should be forced to. “I know it is only a bit of fun, but it represents something which is quite ubiquitous at the BBC and that is this idea that everybody wants to learn about Jesus, some of us don’t.” The fact that it was mandatory was “outdated” in an increasingly secular society, said Mr Sanderson.
However, some atheists have welcomed their mandatory reading, with Philip Pullman once telling the audience: “There are lots of good stories in the Bible.”
A BBC spokesman said: “There are no plans to remove the Bible from the format of the programme.”
Protect the Pope comment: It comes as no surprise that the BBC is considering dropping the Bible from one of its flagship radio shows, and they expect us to believe their reassurances to the contrary. The BBC is in the vanguard of institutions seeking to create a secular culture that denies the Christian foundations of the United Kingdom. Terry Sanderson, gay president of the National Secular Society, will only be satisfied when all signs of Christianity are expunged from the public arena. He and other secularists perpetuate the myth that the BBC is a bastion of Christianity, when this is obvious nonsense, because he seeks a cover of words to hide his true purpose, driving Christianity into the private sphere, hidden away behind the walls of its churches and homes. And the BBC listens to him because he has the golden ticket of being a homosexual, a secularist, and a vocal member of the liberal establishment, despite the fact that the National Secular Society has a minuscule membership compared to the faith communities of this county.