30 July 2019
For some time now, we have had reason to question the objectivity of BBC NI in relation to moral and ethical issues. Evangelical Protestant representatives who have taken part in discussions on BBC radio and TV have too often been faced with an aggressive and patronising attitude, not only from other participants but, more importantly, from presenters.
Our suspicions of bias have now been confirmed by the outrageous decision by BBC NI to allow staff to participate in Saturday’s Belfast Pride event wearing T-shirts emblazoned with its name. This event, which is hailed by some as a wonderful carnival occasion, is extremely controversial and highly political. Used as a vehicle to promote the LGBT’s wide-ranging agenda, it can be very offensive. Indeed, we have had cause to complain on previous occasions about placards using foul and vulgar language to denounce the DUP and to mock evangelical Christianity.
We are therefore at a loss to understand how the BBC can argue that participation in this parade will not risk the Corporation’s impartiality. On the contrary, any illusions of impartiality have now been well and truly shattered. BBC NI, by openly associating with the LGBT movement, has now positioned itself firmly on one side in the debate and has therefore forfeited the confidence and trust of many decent people. How can those of us who participate in radio and TV debates have any hope that we will be treated fairly?
Great damage has been done, and the BBC will have a hard job even beginning to repair it.
Secretary, Evangelical Protestant Society