BBC bigotry flouts royal charter

By June 14, 2017February 18th, 2021No Comments


Dear Marriage supporter

The BBC and other media have been vilifying the DUP over the past few days for believing in traditional marriage.

This follows last week’s election outcome which is likely to see the Democratic Unionist Party (the largest party in Northern Ireland) give support to the minority Conservative Government.

There has been a sustained attack on DUP MPs simply because they are socially conservative. Two issues are always quoted – their opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’ and abortion.

The BBC in particular has seemed far more interested in pursuing this than asking about the DUP’s policy on Brexit or the economy. Even if, like C4M, you are not party political, I expect you are outraged by the media’s actions.

John Humphrys laughed on Monday morning when a former DUP assembly member explained they are a compassionate party. Humphrys immediately claimed that “most people” think their stance is “intolerant”, citing opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’ as an example. And yesterday, the BBC reproduced a long series of satirists’ cartoons lampooning the DUP.

In response to the whole controversy, Roman Catholic commentator Dr Tim Stanley (who does not support the DUP in general) defended the DUP’s right to hold religious beliefs and argued “it has become politically toxic to be a Christian”.

The freedom to advocate traditional marriage in politics is under siege. Marriage supporters must speak out now and hold the BBC to account.

Funded by your licence fee, the BBC is acting with massive liberal bias. It is flagrantly breaching its Royal Charter which says the first purpose of the BBC is “to provide impartial news and information” and output “championing freedom of expression”.

Please complain to the BBC today using its online complaints form or by telephoning: 03700 100 222. Letters should be posted to BBC Complaints, PO Box 1922, Darlington, DL3 0UR.

Tips for what to say

Please be polite but firm.

Say that the BBC is guilty of bias in its recent coverage of the DUP’s beliefs.

Say that the BBC is breaching its Royal Charter requirement to be impartial.

Using your own words, you may wish to include one or two of the following points:

Say that millions of people in the UK oppose same-sex ‘marriage’ and this view is worthy of respect in a democratic society.

Say that the BBC is using its dominant media position to suppress free speech about the definition of marriage.

Say that the BBC has completely failed to provide any coverage presenting your beliefs in a positive light.

Point out that the fourth purpose in the BBC’s Royal Charter is “to reflect, represent and serve the diverse communities of all of the United Kingdom’s nations and regions”. Many people in Northern Ireland, from both sides of the community, support the DUP’s social policies.

It’s time to speak out now in defence of marriage. You may also want to send a copy of your complaint to a local or national newspaper.

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Yours sincerely

Colin Hart
Campaign Director
Coalition for Marriage