BBC homophobia video blasted for being offensive to Catholics

BBC homophobia video blasted for being offensive to Catholics April 15, 2018

A video entitled ‘This is how homophobia feels in 2018, has been bashed by the Bishop of Paisley, John Keenan, for being ‘offensive to Catholics’.
The video was posted on the Facebook page of BBC The Social, a project aimed at young adults and managed by BBC Scotland. In once scene it depicts a priest holding a Mini Cheddar in a parody of the Host, and giving it to a woman who makes the sign of the cross.
The narrator says Jesus:

Saved a lot of time when he died for our crimes, that he would’ve wasted teaching small minds that love is no sin.

He then looks at a street preacher, saying:

See him, he thinks it’s faith.

The video then cuts back to the women who received Communion and continues:

But under all that din, it tastes like cardboard and smells like hate.


Keenan, above, said that the video was:

Offensive to Catholics in both the words and images used.

He said that while there is always room for debate, the video:

Is not fair comment. It is ridiculing and demeaning the faith of ordinary Catholics, especially at a time when Catholics are experiencing more and more abuse and prejudice in Scotland.
The BBC has to be careful. It has to ask itself if it has ceased to be a broadcaster in the public interest, and is just promoting particular interests. You cannot imagine it treating any other religion like this.

The Archdiocese of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh also criticised the video’s suggestion that orthodox Christianity, including Catholicism, encourages public hatred of gay people.
The archdiocese said:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, states that ‘They [homosexual persons] must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided’.

Last month, a report for the Scottish government found that Catholics are the victims of 57 per cent of all religiously aggravated hate crimes reported in the country.
Elaine Smith, a Labour member of the Scottish Parliament, noted that this is also an increasing trend. She called on the SNP government to:

Go out to the Catholic population and listen to their concerns.

She quoted Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, who said:

Our problem is not so much sectarianism but anti-Catholicism.

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  • Leonard Ostrander

    Oh well. I find the church and its catechism to be offensive to rational human beings.

  • Daz

    “The Catechism of the Catholic Church, states that ‘They [homosexual persons] must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”

    “Accepted.” I do not think that word means what he thinks it means.

  • Gary Gissing

    For centuries these revolting bigots tortured, killed, and burned “infidels”, “blasphemers”, women and children (witches). Now that they can’t utilise the old methods they have started to talk about “compassion”, “respect”, and “sensitivity”. Freedom of speech is our most fundamental value. If you can’t stand a simple mockery then you better bury your head in the sand.

  • 1859

    “The Catechism of the Catholic Church, states that ‘They [homosexual persons] must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”
    Uhh? So how is this to square with what the bible says about ‘abominations’ and ‘sodomy’ and ‘if a man lies with a man like a woman…’ he’ll be cast into eternal fire and brimstone etc., etc.,? The only sense I can make of this, is that the catlick ‘catechism’ is trying to re-write bits of the bible (god’s own words don’t forget) to suit the tastes of a changing society. But really, if they were truly honest with themselves and us, they would be quite contented with stoning gay people to death in the shopping malls – as is advocated in god’s own Mein Kampf.

  • Colin Davidson

    Not sure how the call for compassion and avoiding unjust discrimination squares with Catholic doctrine – specifically paragraph 2357 of their Catechism which declares homosexual acts as both ‘grave depravity’ and ‘intrinsically disordered’. A quick look on the interwebs shows a variety of Catholic apologists trying to squirm out of this being what it is, namely, bigotry of the highest order. Their attempts at sophisticated theology are not just pathetic but ignore the real harm that this language inflicts. In their attempts at cleverness they overlook the fact that this nonsense is taught by sheep to sheep who wouldn’t understand or even agree with the nuance that apologists try and fail to parse from these terms.

  • gedediah

    They seem to think objection to their bigotry is a form of bigotry. There’s unfair discrimination and fair criticism and they can’t understand the difference. Ball’s in their court.

  • Igor

    I hope Christians realise they’re not the only ones who feel OFFENDED. We too are offended by Christians’ ignorance, stupidity, nastiness and their ever-ready reservoir of intolerace… But unlike Christians, we won’t be burning any Christians on stakes… That would be a rather godly thing to do: Kill anyone in your way, says God to Moses…

  • Robster

    These unsavoury religious types just can’t handle the truth. Their cannibal ritual is at best a silly nonsense, that it be sent up is more than it deserves.