Tory tit Jacob Rees-Mogg falls victim to 'bigotry' in the BBC

Tory tit Jacob Rees-Mogg falls victim to 'bigotry' in the BBC May 24, 2018

I’ve always regarded Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg as a bit of a tit – and I’m by no means the only one who detests this poncy Brexiteering Catholic.
Back in 2017 Ginger Wildheart, a British musician tweeted:

I’m hoping someone will photoshop Jacob Rees-Mogg’s face on the IT poster, and change it to TIT.

Several people duly obliged, and I tucked the picture above into my “useful graphics” folder, believing it would come in use some day.

Well, today it did. Rees-Mogg, whose faith informs his politics – such as his faith in corporate greed, top hats and a return to “birching” – has complained that he was “picked on” by Jo Coburn when he was quizzed on his religious and social views during The Daily Politics interview.
The Catholic Herald reports that, after Coburn asked him whether his Catholic views meant he had a problem with Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson being a lesbian and pregnant, Rees-Mogg said:

I make no criticism of any of my colleagues, but do you believe in religious tolerance? So why do you pick on this view of the Catholic Church? I am asking you, why do you pick on the views of the Catholic Church?

The Catholic bishops of Shrewsbury and Paisley then accused the BBC of “bigotry” towards Catholicism.
Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury condemned the way the interview was conducted. He told the Catholic Herald:

The hounding of a Member of Parliament like Jacob Rees-Mogg for simply sharing the faith of Catholic Church indicates that the BBC and its interviewers see Catholic teaching as being somehow beyond public tolerance. It is hard to see this treatment of Catholic politicians as being other than a new bigotry.

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley also accused the presenter of trying to:

Hide behind the old red-herrings of ‘other people say’, and ‘members of your own party say’. When that particular trick wasn’t working, she had to lay her cards on the table and put to him the notion – as a serious question, can you believe! – that being a practicing Catholic should be a barrier to high public office.
In short, that Catholics like Rees-Mogg simply can’t be Prime Minister because it’s just not British in this day and age. She openly wondered if it was a ‘problem’ to hold ordinary Catholic beliefs in high office, and seriously suggested that Catholics who were against the likes of abortion and same-sex marriage should be barred from decision-making in public life.
Rees-Mogg was quite right to call this secular bigotry. What else is it?

Bishop Keenan told the Herald that Rees-Mogg was right to:

Point out that this aggressive secularism has nothing liberal about it. He was right to call out the BBC for picking on the Catholic Church particularly, and to signal that it would not treat Muslims or Jews in anything like the same prejudicial way in which it now routinely and casually treats Catholics.


Rees-Mogg’s Conservative colleague Sir Edward Leigh MP, above – a long-standing opponent of LGBT rights – said:

BBC presenters often treat observant religious people in general and Catholics in particular as if they’re not of the modern world. It speaks to the strengths of the Conservative party that people as ostensibly different as Jacob Rees-Mogg and Ruth Davidson get on well in the same party. Actually, I think all the people of this country get on much better than the BBC would really like them to.

The BBC responded:

Jacob Rees-Mogg is viewed by many as a potential future leader of the Conservative Party and possible future prime minister. Jo Coburn did not question his right to be a practising Catholic in public life, and did not raise his Catholicism, but used the interview to explore whether Mr Rees Mogg’s views on gay marriage and abortion were out of step with the mainstream of his colleagues at Westminster.
Both the current and last Prime Minister have backed gay marriage, and argued for the abortion laws in Great Britain to remain largely unchanged.
Jo also referred directly to several Conservative MPs who have said they believe Mr Rees-Mogg’s views on the issues of gay marriage and abortion to be incompatible with leading the party, and it was not unreasonable to ask him to respond to those claims.

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  • Ralph

    Rees-Mogg was quite right to call this secular bigotry.
    That’s a bit rich coming from someone who is a member of the foremost global crime syndicate and paedophile ring with its dogma almost entirely wrapped up in SECTARIAN BIGOTRY.

  • AgentCormac

    @Barry Duke
    Thank you so much for posting this article. Rees-Mogg is quite possibly the most vile human being currently walking the face of the planet. Guided by his unshakable belief in so-called catholic values, and his unwavering desire to return to a period in history when he and his ilk rode rough-shod over those they considered beneath them (in other words you and me), he is the personification of all that is so badly wrong in today’s political climate. A chancer, a theocrat, a smug, aristocratic wanker – I would give anything to have a quick, five-minute chat with this tool of a man in a room with no windows.
    And…. relax.
    Now, allow me to get off the fence for a minute.

  • Barry Duke

    @AC, you find the room with no windows and I’ll sell tickets at a tenner a pop to the thousands who’d also like to have “chat” with this arrogant, self-serving dunderpate.

  • StephenJP

    Steady on, AC. Worse than Trump? Putin? Even Farage? I’m not so sure! Still, I see where you’re coming from…
    The Bishop of Shrewsbury (what has poor old Shrewsbury done to deserve a Catholic Bishop?) complains that “Catholic teaching [is seen] as being somehow beyond public tolerance”. If that is really true, it strikes me as a great step forward.
    “Religion should be an activity for consenting adults in private”. Including Catholicism.

  • Daz

    I’m sure it’s pure coincidence that the doctrines of his church—which he of course keeps separate from his political views—just happen to line up so squarely with his parliamentary voting record. As when, just for instance, he voted four times against allowing same sex couples to marry, once against enabling the courts to deal with proceedings for the divorce of, or annulment of the marriage of, a same sex couple, once against making same sex marriage available to armed forces personnel outside the UK and once against allowing a terminally ill person to be lawfully given assistance to end their life with the consent of the High Court.
    [They Work For You]
    If Moggy doesn’t want his “private” religion made a topic of public discussion and debate then he should stop trying to force its doctrines on others via his public office. It really is that simple.

  • barriejohn

    Private Eye came up with a brilliant cover employing that top hat pic:
    http://www.private-eye.co.uk/covers/cover-1463

  • Robster

    “The Catholic bishops of Shrewsbury and Paisley then accused the BBC of “bigotry” towards Catholicism”. Do any of these ‘people’ ever consider that the accusation is deserved?

  • 1859

    From what century was this guy dug up? He’a a manikin. Surly his whole persona is an act. I once heard him speak and I almost threw up. He stinks of that self-righteous class arrogance from the Victorian era. Surly this is just a performance for the cameras and he’s waiting to take a bow, smile and walk off the stage? As for his ‘secular bigotry’ – it does show an undue sensitivity on his part – very tetchy indeed. If secularist ask embarrassing questions it’s a ‘new bigotry’? Not really, most secular people I know are pretty tolerant people prepared to embrace diversity and new ideas – which is not quite the credo of the RCC. The ‘tit’is an odious throwback who deserves to be lampooned back into the grave from which he crawled.

  • andym

    The Bishop of Shrewsbury has had quite a lot to say about Catholic teaching recently. And Rees-Mogg doesn’t seem to be his only sinister friend on the Tory catholic right.
    https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/politics/2018/05/24/shrewsbury-mp-writes-to-prime-minister-over-faith-schools-admission-cap/
    @ Barry. I’d advise you to keep an eye on Kawczynski-sinister man. Likes the readies too.Or should that be roubles?
    http://origin.shropshirestar-sandbox.mna.arcpublishing.com/news/politics/2018/03/27/shrewsbury-mp-daniel-kawczynski-hits-back-after-taking-second-job/

  • andym

    As for Rees-Mogg. Typical religious hypocrisy.If he kept his ideas about these issues private, he might have a point. But he’s open about them and uses them to push himself into the spotlight. That makes anyone fair game, Catholic, Muslim, Evangelical,Secularist.

  • Eoin Robertson

    Not sure if Rees-Mog could become Prime Minister.I spoke to a friend of mine who is a Constitutional Lawyer and he said it is a grey area.He said that when Eden resigned after Suez it was thought that R.A.Butler would get the job but McMillan got it instead.people said it was because “He did not have the party behind him”or that “He was not Prime Minister material”.What was not mentioned was that Butler was a devout Catholic.and this would preclude him from getting the job.

  • barriejohn

    Here he is setting out his stall on Good Morning Britain:
    https://youtu.be/WE6WC_BVZ4Q
    “I support the teaching of the Catholic Church.”
    “Marriage is a sacrament, and the decision of what is a sacrament lies with the Church and not with Parliament.”
    Absolute and utter bullshit!

  • barriejohn

    Constitutionally, there appears to be no reason why a Catholic should not become prime minister:
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2007/jun/22/uk.religion1
    Rab Butler was passed over in 1957 because Macmillan was a more skilled political operator. I don’t think anyone took his faith into consideration, but they may have been surprised that their favoured choice turned out to be much more middle-of-the-road (like Butler) than he had led them to believe! (See following comment.)

  • barriejohn
  • AgentCormac

    ‘The hounding of a Member of Parliament like Jacob Rees-Mogg for simply sharing the faith of Catholic Church …’
    What’s clever about the way these people operate is that they try to make out that ‘sharing’ the RCC’s vile, bigoted dogma is as innocent as sharing a recipe for cupcakes. It isn’t. This is a sinister organisation that believes in brainwashing children and controlling all aspects of adult life. It should be exposed for what it truly is, not accepted as some kind of ‘normal’ part of society.

  • barriejohn

    AgentCormac: You can’t “share” faith; people either believe it or they don’t. “Sharing” your faith means: “I believe this, therefore it’s the truth, therefore you have to believe it as well.” It’s nonsense. That’s what makes ideology so dangerous. Yesterday is showing new programmes about the Russian Revolution. The Soviet-supporting sailors, and voters, thought that Lenin was on their side, but he KNEW that his (Bolshevik) ideas were right, and once in power introduced a one-party state (which he had envisioned all along) and brutally eradicated all opposition. My father used to tell me when I was a boy that “Communism is a religion”, and there are certainly strong similarities.

  • Broga

    “BBC presenters often treat observant religious people in general and Catholics in particular as if they’re not of the modern world.”
    I hope so. Trouble is that too often they don’t.

  • AgentCormac

    @barriejohn
    I’m afraid the RCC’s meaning of ‘sharing’ is probably best illustrated in photographs such as this:
    https://www.americamagazine.org/sites/default/files/main_image/Students_of_Fort_Albany_Residential_School_in_class.JPG

  • sailor1031

    I realise that, as many old etonians, rees-mogg(is that really his name?) is addicted to birching and misses it. However he need not fret; birching is still available (for a fee) as is caning for aging grammar-school twits One just needs to know where to purchase the service. It used to mean carefully perusing the personals or tobacconists message display boards in Soho, but today one just needs google. Go fer it Jacob…..or just ask a friendly peer in the Lords.

  • John the Drunkard

    Gee, a far-right Catholic is asked about his far-right Catholicism. How could they be so bigoted? Why didn’t they ask him about Swedenborg, or L Ron Hubbard?

  • Colin Davidson

    Jacob Rees-Mogg is a mysogynist, a liar, a bully, a narcissist, a homophobe and a racist.
    Examples abound to justify this statement. His claim that the Uk is ‘95% white’ is but one. As a Conservative politician obviously mindful of his Party’s shitbox record on ethnic minority and immigration rights he would e ither know full well that the actual figure is 87% (and therefore he is a racist cock for ‘disappearing’ nearly 6 million people) or be ignorant of it ( and therefore he is a racist cock for not giving a fuck about the number of Non-white people in the UK). It’s not a fucking rounding error you wanker Jacob.
    I could go on. In February he touted the bullshit theory that the Civil Service is part of an anti-Brexit conspiracy – for which another MP actually apologised for repeating those same allegations but JRM Trumpianly did not. In March he repeated a lie about the costs of living going down after Brexit claimed by that economics oracle, The Sun. That one was thoroughly debunked at the time too.
    He has elevated himself to the position of Britain’s leading political twat; a feat of no mean achievement given the competition he has.

  • Daz

    Basically, the rule of thumb is: if Moggy opens his mouth, he’s either eating or lying.