Wednesday, 21 October 2009

BBC slurs evangelicals in home school debate

Some evangelical parents need monitoring by the state because they may ‘intimidate’ their children with ideas about God, sin and hell, a BBC radio host has said.
Listen to the comments:

The Government’s Schools Minister replied by saying this is part of the reason for conducting a review of the rules on home education.

The comments were made on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Programme, broadcast on 18 October.

The programme featured an item on the Government’s controversial proposals for regulating parents who choose to educate their children at home.

The show’s host, Roger Bolton, spoke of “authoritarian” evangelical fathers of “Victorian periods” who threatened their children with theology.

He was interviewing Schools Minister, Diana Johnson, and went on to say, “some people will worry that this is possible now under home tuition, that this could happen.”

He continued: “and you would not be able to do anything about it because people would just say, ‘we’re simply telling them what we believe’”.

The Schools Minister replied, “that’s part of the reason why we have asked Graham Badman to do this review because at the moment we don’t know what’s happening”. Read more
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1 comment:

Richard Brown said...

I'm not sure Roger Bolton has any idea what he is talking about. Did he never teach his children (assuming he has some) anything at all, theology or otherwise? And if he did, didn't he 'threaten' them? And if he didn't, what was he doing as a father, not equipping his children with whatever he thought they needed for coping in this world?
His problem appears to be one that the BBC suffers from terminally - expression of their own left-leaning ideas is OK, anything else is threat or bigotry or any one of 101 other different terms invented to demonise and suppress.