The BBC’s religious quota
JC reader Jonathan Ordman noticed that Radio 4’s Today programme was advertising on the BBC website for people to sit on its listener panel. Potential participants were invited to fill in a form asking: “Which of the following would you consider yourself to be? The choices are: Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and other.”
Any reader who has a strong feeling that there may have been at least one important omission on that list may want to seek advice from their imam or priest.
While on the subject of omissions, the travel section of London listings magazine Time Out focused on “the Holy Land” last week. There was an interesting article on “Jordan”, one on “Syria” and another entitled “Jerusalem”. Alas, Time Out editors failed to point out where the city of Jerusalem might be located (here is a clue: it is the capital of a place called Israel).