WELSH “conservative theologian” Robin A Brace, 69, founder of a dotty outfit called UK Apologetics, has been compiling a list of atheists who have infiltrated the BBC.
He is appalled that:
These include several among the regiment of sometimes completely shameless ‘alternative comedians’ endlessly promoted by BBC television, and several high-profile homosexual and lesbian presenters.
The crackpot is particularly upset over the way in which:
Prominent atheists have been given encouragement and support by the BBC during the last half-century or so, but especially during the last 10-15 years. It is noticeable that in most any BBC documentary-type programme, whether on history or science, atheism is simply assumed to be the untarnished truth whereas the central tenets of Christianity are assumed to be ‘purely mythical’.
At the top of Brace’s list of godless presenters is:
The young historian Dan Snow, son of Peter Snow, a former TV newsreader and ongoing General Election ‘swing’ pundit. Dan Snow has been given several series on the trot on BBC television, the current one (at the time of writing) being on the influence of the Normans. Snow is an acknowledged atheist even though he has spoken in glowing terms of the positive educational influence of the early Christian monks on the Celts.
Brace’s list includes Sir David Starkey, Joan Bakewell, Stephen Fry, Sir Alan Sugar, Jeremy Clarkson, Nigella Lawson, Sir Michael Parkinson, Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Terry Wogan but:
That is not the total of it. I can think of at least another 25 or so top BBC television personalities whom – I believe – are atheists but I can find no confessions of such by them so I do not name them.
I stumbled on Brace’s list after learning that Dan Snow is to host an alternative Remembrance Sunday service for atheists.
The event, to be held at Conway Hall in London next Sunday, a week before the official ceremony, is intended to provide a “neutral space” for those who feel alienated by the religious aspects of the traditional ceremony.
There are humanist alternatives to all the things that religion has co-opted such as marriage, death and welcoming someone to adulthood. But the one thing I haven’t been to is a non-religious remembrance service.
The presenter, who describes himself as a “passionate atheist”, said the event will be “Godless” rather than “anti-God”. He has been looking for a way to mark the occasion since his grandfather, who served in the war, passed away two years ago.
Last year Dan Snow was a guest of Michael Berkeley on a BBC Remembrance Sunday programme.
Also in 2012, Peter Thompson, Director of the Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies at the University of Sheffield and an atheist, wrote in the Guardian:
… Despite having served in the army I can’t bring myself to support Remembrance Sunday because behind the facade of concern and mourning for the hundreds of thousands of dead, there is actually a militarisation and sanctification by church, state and monarchy which allows us to actually forget that war is a highly political act carried out for highly political aims not usually in the interests of those who suffer most from its consequences.
Meanwhile we learned that Dorset Humanists are expected to take part in Bournemouth’s Remembrance Day Service this year.
It all began when the fledgling United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association (UKAFHA) asked the British Humanist Association (BHA), though its local groups, to campaign for those of no religion to be included in Remembrance Day Services across the country and to lay wreaths on its behalf.
UKAFHA is a growing body of servicemen and women, their families, veterans and civilian members of the Ministry of Defence who seek to represent the interests of all those who subscribe to non-religious beliefs. It was formed by Lt Col Henry Cummins who joined the Army in 1986 and The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in 1987.
He became an atheist as a result of his experience of sectarian and inter-ethnic violence in Kosovo between 1999 and 2001, and discovered humanism shortly thereafter.
Dorset Humanists said on their website:
We are, at the time of writing, one of two groups (the other is Oxford Humanists) who have achieved this seemingly small but very significant concession. The BHA and UKAFHA are delighted and will encourage other local groups to do the same.
Hat tip: Agent Cormac