Sunday 9 November 2014

A new-look 'Songs of Praise'

Here's some news you may have missed:
The BBC’s Songs of Praise is to include regular services from a variety of denominations because the show’s traditional Anglican following is “dwindling”.
Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion, said the 53-year-old series would be broadcast from multiple locations each week, including Pentecostal, Roman Catholic and Salvation Army churches. It will also include “magazine-style” reports on topical issues such as the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
Mr Ahmed told the Telegraph that the changes, which will be implemented from next week, are intended to draw a larger audience, including immigrants from Africa and eastern Europe.
I wonder if Aaqil has thought of casting his net ever wider. Maybe do some occasional Adhāns of Praise for Muslim newcomers. That might add a few extra millions onto the viewing figures. (Ed: Don't give them ideas!)


  1. It's only a matter of time, Craig. The first step is being taken, innocent and obvious as it may seem. Once everyone is used to these alternative services, it will be a simple matter to claim diversity needs must, there are more Mohammedans than evangelical Africans, and anyone who complains is a racist Islmaophobe.

    Does anyone seriously think the BBC has been inundated with requests for Serbian Orthodox mass or a broadcast from the United South African Pentecostal Church, and this change is merely the result of a long and well thought-out process of surveys and discussion?

  2. These seemingly positive initiatives often turn out to be Trojan Horses.


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