I am heartened to see that the BBC intends to mark the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible by reading and focusing on it on BBC Radio 4 on January 9th. Kudos to BBC for recognizing the importance of the KJV in Western and English culture.
But, of course, cultural luddites that they are, secularists are whining.
Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, criticised the decision to give so much time to the Bible readings.
"It is fair enough to have a programme devoted to it, but the coverage is so excessive it beggars belief," he said.
"The BBC is supposed to be for everybody, not just Christians, so to devote a whole day to a minority, which is what Christians now are, is unfair to other listeners who may want something different."
In other words, BOOO HOOOOO! NOT FAIR!
First of all, we are talking about one radio channel for one day. Second, the programming has little to do with any “minority,” but on the impact the King James has had on all of English culture.
But secularists are more interested in wiping out the Bible’s impact on culture rather than recognizing it, so this sort of childish whingeing is to be expected. Again, the BBC is to be commended for rising above such myopia.
(And a tip of the hat also to Stand Firm.)