Petition accusing BBC of marginalising Christians reaches 6,000 signatures
Sat 11 Mar 2017
By Marcus Jones
A petition which accuses the BBC of an orchestrated attempt to Islamise the UK, has reached 6,000 signatures.Campaign group Voice for Justice UK (VFJUK) says the corporation is deliberately marginalising Christianity despite it being the majority religion in the country.
It's calling for an urgent investigation into the governance and policy of the BBC, and for a review of the licence fee.
The petition was launched after the BBC announced last moth that it had appointed Fatima Salaria, a Muslim, as its new Head of Religious Programming.
She replaced Aaqil Ahmed, also a Muslim, who stepped down from a similar role last year.
VFJUK, which is headed up by Anglican priest Rev Lynda Rose, suggested the BBC is "operating a policy of Islamic prioritization, once again ignoring the pleas of all other religious groups in the UK for proportionate and fair representation".
The petition reads: "Indeed, the BBC appears complicit in an orchestrated attempt to Islamise the UK.
"Such an attitude displays not just contempt, but is a betrayal of the principles and values on which the UK is founded".