Saturday 10 August 2013

Beaten to it

Lest you were eagerly awaiting them (as if!), there won't be any predictions this week about which stories will or won't feature on tomorrow's Sunday (Radio 4, 7.10 am). 

The reason? The programme's website has already listed them, and I've already read them.

So in that light, I confidently predict there'll be: An interview with political commentator Charlie Woolf [do they mean Charlie Wolf?] about whether politicians should 'do God'; an interview with a Coptic newspaper editor about anti-Christian attacks in Egypt; a report over divisions in the Jewish community over the Manchester Eruv; Ed Kessler on the ecumenical interfaith work of Betty Maxwell; a professor on 'Were women airbrushed out of Christian history?'; David Willey on corruption at the Vatican bank; someone following in the footsteps of St Paul; and a discussion about cartoons and religion in the wake of the Pakistani cartoon, 'The Burka Avenger'.


  1. an interview with a Coptic newspaper editor about anti-Christian attacks in Egypt;

    I find that remarkable. The BBC's long-term policy seems to have been to ignore or minimise attacks on the Copts. Takes me back several years to some horrendous attacks that the BBC timidly and grudgingly covered days after other media had covered them.

    Be interesting to see how that interview goes.

    By the way, I'm relieved to find out that in fact it's not yet Sunday the 10th of August, since I have to get up really early on that precise day and date to fill in for a work colleague who just informed me that he couldn't make it. Phew, at least I can get a night's sleep.

  2. Er..I meant Sunday 11th.

    I listened to the interview. Whoever that shmuck is who was "interviewing" the Coptic Christian, he didn't appear at all interested in learning about the attacks on the Copts, but rather appeared to be trying to justify their persecution by pressing him on the role the Copts had played in ousting Morsi.

    As if there is no long and grim history of Islamic oppression of Copts from way before Morsi.

    Here the reprehensible BBC was acting as it habitually does - finding any and every excuse it can to justify, minimise or simply ignore the horrendous crimes of radical Islam.


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