Sunday, 30 May 2004

Sunday papers

Update The BNP election programme recording, with Lord Carey’s name on the sound track, and showing the newspaper clippings, can be viewed and heard from this page. As noted below, the BBC objected to this.

The Sunday Times religious affairs correspondent Christopher Morgan reports today under Carey ‘inspired’ broadcast by BNP that the British National Party claimed that comments by Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, had inspired its election broadcast this weekend which was sharply critical of Muslim extremists.

The BBC insisted on the removal of Carey’s name from the broadcast, but the clip continued to show the newspaper cuttings reporting Carey’s recent attack on Muslims.
Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP, said yesterday that in its election broadcast the party had taken a “softer” line in criticising Muslims than Carey.

Griffin said yesterday: “I would have liked to have had the whole thing (broadcast) attributed to him because it lends a certain amount of gravitas to it and makes it sound more respectable.”
The BNP broadcast warned of what it called “the growing threat from Muslim extremists living here in Britain”.
It also said: “The BNP has no quarrel with the Islamic world . . . but we insist that Muslim fundamentalists are stopped from trying to Islamicise Britain.”

Carey was unavailable for comment this weekend, but Lady Carey described Griffin’s claim as “ridiculous”.

In the Observer Jamie Doward reports in Williams: TV soaps are good for priests that the Archbishop of Canterbury has called on priests to watch soap operas as a way of helping them connect with parishioners in the real world. The sermon in question is now available on the archbishop’s own website (you will have to look hard to find the reference to soaps).

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The Archbishop’s comments on soap operas were two words in an hour long lecture on Friday to mark the 150th anniversary of Cuddesdon Theological College. The title of the Archbishop’s lecture was “The Christian Priest Today”, a deliberate echo of Michael Ramsey’s book. The lecture was truly magnificent, and, at the end, 500 gave him a standing ovation. I can’t wait to read what I listened to so raptly.

Posted by: Justin Lewis-Anthony at May 30, 2004 07:31 PM