Video Confirms BBC Scotland Bigotry – But Bishop Keenan Misses The Point…

Video Confirms BBC Scotland Bigotry – But Bishop Keenan Misses The Point…

From the  Catholic Herald – BBC Scotland video says Holy Communion ‘smells like hate’
Bishop John Keenan of Paisley criticised the video for encouraging anti-Catholic prejudice

The Bishop of Paisley has criticised BBC Scotland after a video said Holy Communion “tastes like cardboard and smells like hate”.

The video was posted on the Facebook page of BBC The Social, a project aimed at young adults and managed by BBC Scotland, under the title “This is how homophobia feels in 2018”.    

Holy Communion
“tastes like cardboard and smells like hate” – blasphemy, BBC Scotland video…

At one point 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”.

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley told the Catholic Herald 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,” he said, “especially at a time when Catholics are experiencing more and more abuse and prejudice in Scotland.”

“The BBC has to be careful,” he added. “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 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’,” the archdiocese said.

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.”   Source 

Catholic Truth Editorial Comment:

The video under discussion is filthy claptrap. It is, by definition, an assault on normality – which homosexual activity, is not. Normal, I mean.  Two people of the same sex engaging in pseudo-sexual activity is now commonplace, but it will never EVER be normal.  Click here to read more.

Yet, instead of objecting to the assumption that sodomy (now renamed “homosexuality” or “being gay” because, well,  who would vote to legalise sodomy?)  is normal and acceptable, we get Bishop Keenan in “gentle disapproval” mode – not of homosexual activity, Heaven forfend, but (of course, rightly disapproving) of the insulting, blasphemous images and words about a central tenet of Catholicism, the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  It’s right, of course, to object to that disgraceful attack on Our Lord, and our holy religion, but he should not have missed the opportunity to challenge the homosexual stranglehold on free speech.  They can say what they like, as insultingly as they like, but the rest of us, not so much…

The LGBT etc Brigade have been hugely successful in shutting down any questioning of their pseudo-sexual activity.  But,  before I’m charged with a “hate-crime” let me be absolutely crystal clear: I do not hate anyone, not bank robbers, not burglars, not mass murderers, not homosexuals, nobody.  I merely disagree profoundly with what they do and I will never EVER allow myself to be blackmailed into silent complicity by the threat of being labelled “homophobic” .  If disapproving of unnatural pseudo-sexual activity is “homophobic” (lit. fear of men!) then, call me “homophobic” – and proud of it. 

Bishop Keenan of Paisley, and the Archbishop (Philip Tartaglia) of Glasgow, both quoted in the Catholic Herald report, should have said the above, instead of leaving it to a small group of Catholic lay people to speak out against the moral evils of our day.  My message to them: stop mincing your words, if you will excuse the pun. 

Yes, this video is an evil attack on our Faith, manifestly anti-Catholic, yes it is encouraging the anti-Catholic prejudice which is a matter of public record in Scotland today, but, just as important is the fact that this video  promotes the lie that we are all bound to accept, without question, the New Morality in Scotland, no matter that our Catholic consciences dictate otherwise.  That needs to be called out for the tyranny that it is, using words of one syllable.  Quoting the Catechism on the need to respect people with same-sex attraction doesn’t quite cut it. They don’t want “respect”; they want acceptance.  They want the Church to condone their behaviour. Won’t happen. Bishops need to spell that out at every opportunity.  Otherwise, we can expect more of the same, and this video, believe me, is not something of which we want to see more…

Now, click here if you choose to watch the actual video which is disgraceful in the extreme.  It ends with a disgusting (let me repeat, disgusting) homosexual kiss. Urghhh!  Pray a Hail Mary for the grace to be unaffected by the film, for your purity to be protected.

For the record, whether they like it or not, BBC Scotland is about to receive the link to this thread.  So, share your thoughts  – politely, and in the Catholic spirit of our House Rules – about whether or not such a  video, featuring any other religion, would have seen the light of publication at the BBC. Rhetorical question, of course, but answer it anyway, in the comments below…

Comments (59)

  • editor

    I’ve submitted the following complaint on the BBC website.

    BBC Scotland posted a homosexual propaganda video, attacking Catholicism. Mocking Catholic doctrine. Catholic Truth, a group of lay people in Scotland, have called out this bias and offence on our blog

    Please see that the link gets to the people responsible at BBC Scotland.

    April 13, 2018 at 10:29 pm
    • Nicky


      I wouldn’t hold my breath for a satisfactory outcome to any complaint about the BBC. They seem to be immune. If Cliff Richard had to take them to court in his situation, I can’t see them bothering about lesser beings like ourselves!

      April 14, 2018 at 10:06 am
      • Margaret Mary


        I agree. These TV companies think they’re gods, and so I can’t see them bothering about complaints from Catholics.

        April 14, 2018 at 3:17 pm
  • Petrus


    You have, as usual, hit the nail on the head with your editorial comment. You’ve said what Bishop Keenan should have said! Of course this video is blasphemous and anti-Catholic and Bishop Keenan is quite right to voice his disapproval.

    However, I have to admit, I think his protestations are feeble. This drives me mad because when the laity speak out against various blasphemies and aberrations we run the risk of losing our friends, family and sometimes our livelihood. The bishops don’t have anything like that to contend with, yet they are so terrified of causing offence. Either that or they are careerists and have one eye on promotion. An authentic Catholic priest or bishop is blackballed these days when it comes to promotion. Only those who walk the centrist line (which is usually painted yellow) are considered for promotion.

    You are, of course, right to point out that Bishop Keenan misses an opportunity. He should have said that the Catholic Church will never accept the validity of same sex “marriage” or the legitimacy of homosexual acts and this is an act of charity, not hate.

    To oppose homosexual behaviour is an act of charity because they are mortal sins. They kill charity in the soul and expose the body to many physical dangers. Society rightly warns about the dangers of smoking, heavy drinking and drug abuse, yet homosexual behaviour is now seen as normal. It’s diabolical brainwashing.

    As for the statement that homosexuals should be treated with respect, of course that is true. That is stating the obvious. We cannot ever justify being uncharitable to anyone for any reason. Any form of abuse, name calling our violence is wrong, no matter who it is aimed at. However, we can, and must, out of charity, uphold the moral law.

    April 13, 2018 at 10:48 pm
    • editor


      Well said – every word. As for the “centrist line being painted yellow” – got it in one! How true.

      We desperately need a Saint Bishop John Fisher to stand up and be counted, as he did last time there was a revolution in the Church. Methinks we’ll have a long wait… if ever.

      April 13, 2018 at 11:47 pm
      • Margaret USA

        Wasn’t it Margaret Thatcher who once said that if you stand in the middle of the road, you get run over?

        April 14, 2018 at 11:23 pm
    • Laura


      I think you have hit a nail on the head with your comment about the laity speaking out and risking losing family and friends and even jobs, but the clergy are ordained to leave them free to defend the faith without such danger. Today, they are too worldly and too keen to be diplomats. That’s what screamed out at me from the responses of the two Scots bishops to this shocking video.

      I’m disgusted that the BBC allowed that terrible, blasphemous video to be aired. It’s homosexual propaganda and a totally un-disguised attack on the Catholic Church. There’s no way they would get away with that sort of coverage of Islam, not in a million years.

      April 14, 2018 at 8:31 am
      • Margaret USA

        Your last sentence is spot on, Laura.

        Wasn’t it GKC who said that a Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own?

        April 15, 2018 at 12:06 am
      • Jan-Louise

        Margaret USA,

        That is exactly what is expected these days, we must praise all the religions on earth but never Christianity, because that’s what everyone else is doing!

        April 15, 2018 at 4:08 pm
  • RCAVictor

    I’d say Bishop Keenan missed a second point, which is that these LGBT[fill in the blank] militants are not only out to silence those who do not approve of their behavior. They (and the BBC) are out to destroy the Catholic Church. And we all know whose goal that is…

    As for “hate,” this video clearly demonstrates where the real hate lies: in the hearts and minds of the LGBT militants and their supporters. What do they hate? They hate themselves, because somewhere in the dim recesses of their consciences they know they are destroying themselves by their behavior. Since they hate themselves, they also hate the truth about themselves: truth which the Catholic Church still teaches (despite Pope Francis and Fr. James Martin, SJ). It is that truth which disturbs their consciences, and so that truth must be silenced.

    The mission of the Catholic Church is to shepherd souls safely to Heaven, where they will enjoy eternal happiness with the God who created them.

    But what is the mission of those who condemn that as bigotry, homophobia and hate?

    April 13, 2018 at 10:59 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Yes, there’s no doubt about it, we can have all the terrorists you care to name killing and maiming in the name of their religion “of peace” and the BBC et al fall over themselves to remind us that bombs and bullets aside, this really IS a religion of peace. The Catholic religion, however, well, that’s a different kettle of peace altogether. Doesn’t approve of throwing homosexuals off the top of buildings but does exhort them – like every other human being on earth – to live chastely. One of these days, the hapless BBC just might remember that sexual activity is not obligatory – that abstaining doesn’t lead to terminal illness! Quite an awakening for the sex peddlers.

      April 13, 2018 at 11:52 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers

    Was just off arguing with a Guy online who approved of this Film . Unfortunately when asked if he approved of Orange Walks he disappeared. This is Scotland’s shame but WE can do something about it Don’t Pay a TV License to keep these Reprobates in a Job .

    April 14, 2018 at 12:14 am
  • Edward.Fullerton


    April 14, 2018 at 4:30 am
  • Josephine

    I am appalled at the blasphemous comment about Holy Communion in this evil video. The BBC knows exactly what it is doing by allowing this video to be published in its name.

    The parallel with its treatment of Islam is the right one – no way would anything so insulting of Islam be permitted to be broadcast in the name of the BBC. It really is anti-Catholic, but then, what’s new. Well, what’s new is the level of hatred evident in this video, but I seriously doubt they will apologise or remove the video. The Catholic Church is an easy target because Catholics don’t respond with violence to such insults.

    I’m giving serious thought to Faith of our Fathers’ suggestion about not paying the TV licence. Most of the stuff on the box is rubbish anyway.

    April 14, 2018 at 8:25 am
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      Josephine they cannot make us pay for Garbage which we do not watch . I only watch the Sport but will discontinue as soon as my present License expires. I used to watch Question Time but stopped watching that also when I realised that all of the Audience were P.C. handpicked. That’s the best way to tell the rotten to the core BBC I don’t watch you so why on Earth should I give
      £ 150 of my money for false and Bigoted Programs. If they are so enthralled with the Homosexuals then let them pay for the service. After all am sure they wouldn’t mind .

      April 14, 2018 at 11:37 pm
  • Nicky

    I abhor the video – it really is an evil piece of work. It’s also full of nonsense. As if a miscarriage isn’t “normal” in the same way that same sex activity isn’t normal.

    The whole conduct of the video makes me agree with RCA Victor when he says that the homos hate themselves: “They hate themselves, because somewhere in the dim recesses of their consciences they know they are destroying themselves by their behavior.”

    That’s got to be true, since God has imprinted his moral law on human hearts, according to the Bible.

    April 14, 2018 at 10:10 am
  • Fidelis

    BBC Scotland are never going to worry about putting the Catholic Church in a bad light or insulting the Church’s teaching. That’s what they do

    A friend contacted me to say there was a discussion on Radio Scotland this morning about the (Fr) Paul Moore, abuse, case but I wouldn’t listen. No need. I know it will be just one more Church-bashing programme. I’ve no time for the BBC, not surprised at this latest example of their bigotry, but very irritated at the wimpish response of the bishops.

    April 14, 2018 at 12:41 pm
  • Liz B

    A yank here putting my two cents worth in. I am an Anglican convert to the traditional Latin Catholic Church. This video is blasphemous and sacrilegious. Why is it that in the west it is always open season on Christianity, but if someone actually tells the truth about the evils of Islam or how Hindus in India are murdering Christians, all we hear is crickets. The U.K. was once the bastion of freedom of speech and rule of law, and we inherited those wonderful traits from you folks. Now the U.K. and Western Europe resemble one big fascist state, except it isn’t being ruled by tall blond Nazis, but 7th century throwbacks whose goal is a world wide caliphate. I’m sure this post will be banned since Scotland, England and the BBC no longer believe in freedom of speech and thought. Just know UK’wrs, we are praying for you here across the pond.

    April 14, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    • editor

      Thank you Liz B – very glad to have another contributor from the USA to join RCA Victor, Jobstears and Margaret USA (although those last two seem to have disappeared for a bit) – in any event, you are very welcome!

      April 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    There are just no words to express my contempt for this video, and the BBC for putting it on their Facebook page. As others have said, they would – no way – have even considered publishing such insulting material about Islam. No way. I hold them in utter contempt. I stopped watching BBC news a while back and I’ve never regretted it. Their sell-out to both the LGBT lobby and Islam means they just cannot be free of bias, can’t help causing offence to Christians. They won’t prosper, though, evil never will in the end, and I take comfort from that.

    April 14, 2018 at 3:19 pm
  • editor

    Here’s yet more evidence (as if we need it) that Scotland is in thrall to the LGBT lobby…


    I have just sent the following email marked –

    For the Attention of the Head Teacher

    Re: LGBT Brainwashing…

    My attention has been drawn to the video on YouTube marking your award “in recognition of the support offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pupils in [your] school.”

    In the context of commenting on the undue influence and, indeed, dominance of the LGBT lobby in society in general and in education in particular, I will be reporting this award, the “rainbow” pedestrian crossing etc in our newsletter and blog, so – given this dominance, and given the fact that “safe spaces” are being provided in Catholic schools for LGBT pupils afraid of bullying because of their “orientation”, would you let me know if you are providing “safe spaces” for Catholic pupils and, indeed, others who may find themselves bullied for having reservations about or not approving of same-sex partnerships.

    Would you please also advise which materials are in use to explain the specific health risks of homosexual activity. There are some starkly detailed and graphic articles available on the internet, describing homosexual practices, but I have selected this simple article instead, which you may choose to share with pupils, assuming you wish them to be fully informed and not simply brainwashed with LGBT propaganda. (note: the section on “homosexual orientation” on that site is very useful, as well.)

    I look forward to hearing from you, in due course.

    Catholic Truth

    April 14, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      Good on you Ed . Not of course that you expect any answer forthcoming. This is despicable what these Homosexuals are doing to our Young to indoctrinate them in a Deviant Reprobate Lifestyle that is fraught with Disease. Last night the Guy on Facebook said that the Catholic Church in Scotland treated Homosexuals terrible and they got what they deserved. I presumed that he was a Sodomite but he said no and that he just liked to see Catholics being more or less bashed and that as WE were so Bigoted we had it coming to us . I rounded the conversation off by saying that I supposed he was part of an Order who all dressed up like Shawaddywaddy from the end of May until the end July banging on Big Drums and waking us all up at the weekend . End of conversation.

      April 14, 2018 at 11:25 pm
    • Jan-Louise


      I’ll be very interested to learn if you hear back from that Head Teacher. Your message is really unanswerable, so I doubt it, personally.

      “Brainwashing” is the word, absolutely the word. It’s disgraceful that any school would be given an award for “supporting” LGBT pupils – what does that mean, exactly? In what way are they “supporting” pupils? Are they actually encouraging young people to consider being homosexually active? Who is paying for this award? Is this what tax-payers want their money spent on?

      Also, do these so-called educators not know by now, generations in, that having fatherless homes and sexually active young people, is not good either for their physical or mental health and it is not going to help them in the learning process? If their minds are focused on boy/girlfriends, with all the emotional baggage that entails (not to mention the emotional trauma of break-ups, jealousies etc) they cannot possibly be in a healthy frame of mind to learn.

      As for your question about what material are in use to educate the young people about the health risks of homosexual behaviour, I would wager a big bet that the answer is “none”, shocking as that is.

      April 15, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    • Michaela


      I’m glad you emailed that school – they really are brainwashing pupils with LGBT propaganda, unless they are also explaining the serious lifestyle and health effects of that type of sexual activity.

      Do, please, let us know if you receive a reply.

      April 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm
      • editor

        No reply today!

        April 16, 2018 at 8:46 pm
      • Margaret Mary


        I doubt if you will get a reply on any day! They’re never going to provide safe spaces for anyone who is not “on LGBT message” – far from it. They’ll be supplying diversity training for which read more brainwashing! LOL!

        April 16, 2018 at 9:49 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Since I have a Facebook page, I’ve just reported this video as “hate speech.”

    April 14, 2018 at 10:53 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      That’s good Victor that you still have Facebook Page . They have blocked me again for calling a Sodomite well a Sodomite. Of course that’s another Mob where Catholics can be called anything. But say anything back and it’s Hate Speech. One Musnt upset the Homosexuals they are a Protected Species. Also it’s really time as Catholics to stop using this G-Y word there is nothing G-Y about the Practices of Homosexuality.

      April 14, 2018 at 11:08 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Brilliant. That’s exactly what it is, hate speech, so well done.

      April 14, 2018 at 11:18 pm
  • Jan-Louise

    What a shocking video on the BBC site, subject of this blog. I actually had a higher opinion of the BBC than others who have commented here, so this has come as something of a disappointment and surprise to me.

    Personally, I’m getting tired of the LGBT message, I really am. When you think of what real victims look like, people who are starving and suffering the effects of war in conflict zones and so on, it’s pathetic to hear the constant mantra about gays being victimised. Just questioning their lifestyle is now considered victimising, as that shocking video shows. The Church isn’t caving in and telling them they’re saints, so the Church is the bad guy.

    I do agree about that kiss. Two people of the same sex kissing on the lips always cause me to cringe – Ugh!

    April 15, 2018 at 3:56 pm
  • Michaela

    An horrendously biased and offensive video, typical of the anti-Catholic media at large, led by the BBC.

    I’m glad I watched it, though, because it removed any slight trace of doubt that I might have entertained about the Corporation. No way in this world would a similarly offensive video about Islam or any other religion be allowed to remain online. No way. Even if no-one had complained, they must know that Bishop Keenan has expressed his concerns (albeit muted) and if any imam has said the same about a video on Islam, it would have been down right away with apologies galore.

    As for Facebook – they are a waste of time. I deleted my account some time back and pay them no attention whatsoever. Their dishonesty is now being laid bare for all the world to see with their ceo, Mark Z, being revealed as a very slippery character indeed. Watching him, crawler, in front of Congress, beginning every answer with “senator” was sickening. What a sycophant! Even so, I don’t think he’s fooled anyone.

    We should be able to have a TV with cable without having to pay a licence fee, so the sooner someone lobbies for that, the better. I don’t want to be without my television, but I don’t see why I should have to pay for a BBC licence when I seldom watch their channels, and will watch even less now.

    April 15, 2018 at 4:19 pm
  • Esme

    I can’t really add anything to what has already been said, except I’m very pleased there are no dissenting voices on this blog – it’s refreshing to see a truly Catholic consensus on something so basic as the evil of mocking the Blessed Sacrament (religious belief) and the wrong of homosexual activity (moral law).

    Long live Catholic Truth!

    April 15, 2018 at 4:36 pm
  • Helen

    Well well, who would have thought that the BBC could produce such biased filth. I am also sick to death of hearing about the LGBT issue. They represent a tiny minority of the population so why are they so over represented, I wonder? Mmmm. Me smells a rat. Certainly, judging by the emasculated men and butch women seen on the BBC, one can assume self interest. N’est ce que pas?
    I’ll never watch the BBC again and, like someone up above said, I can’t wait until we have a choice regarding payment for a licence fee!

    April 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm
  • crofterlady


    “No way in this world would a similarly offensive video about Islam or any other religion be allowed to remain online. No way.”

    Spot on! How dare they insult us like that! The BBC are a disgrace. Until fairly recently I would have believed what they said but no longer! Only recently they were found guilty of doctoring a programme about some long lost tribe — the BBC! Who would have believed it?! They have lost the run of themselves, no doubt. I think that probably the ones at the top are tainted and corrupt and they appoint like minded people so the spiral is never ended.

    April 15, 2018 at 8:22 pm
    • Lily


      I think the presenters at ground level are just useful idiots. The news-casters and presenters of talk shows, won’t have a clue. They just go along with whatever they’re told to spout.

      Whatever the reason for showing that video on BBC online, there is no excuse. It’s a complete disgrace, and utterly anti-Catholic, no question about it.

      April 15, 2018 at 8:24 pm
      • Margaret Mary

        I totally agree – the news people are just useful idiots. They really just parrot what they are told without thinking. It wouldn’t ever occur to them to question what they are reporting.

        April 16, 2018 at 9:54 pm
  • crofterlady April 16, 2018 at 4:58 pm
  • editor

    Here’s the pathetic – and rather sarcastic (see sanctimonious crack about licence fee) – response from the BBC…

    Dear (Name),

    Thank you for being in touch about BBC Scotland’s The Social.

    We were contacted by a number of viewers who were concerned about the same matter. To allow us to reply promptly, and use the licence fee efficiently, we are sending this response to everyone. We are sorry we cannot reply individually, but we hope this will address most of the points raised.

    BBC The Social is a platform for a wide range of opinions and viewpoints. It showcases fresh up and coming talent in Scotland and gives young people a place to talk about the subjects they are passionate about.

    The Time for Love piece is a personal polemic about being gay in 2018 and considers perspectives on normality which can be dictated by convention. The experiences outlined in the film are based on the filmmaker’s reality as a young gay man raised in the Catholic faith and reflects the challenges and opinions he has faced growing up in Scotland.

    This is an artistic piece which the BBC appreciates some people will find challenging as it tackles some very difficult themes. Nevertheless, we believe it important that the BBC should provide platforms for artistic freedom of speech.

    We do value audience feedback and please be assured that your comments have been added to the daily log which is circulated to senior programme makers and management.

    Kind Regards

    BBC Complaints Team ENDS.

    Whatever else that young man may claim, he cannot claim to have been raised in the Catholic faith. Not remotely.

    Anyone with the time and energy to contact BBC The Social and offer to submit their own “artistic piece” to show how sick to the back teeth we all are with the boring LGBT propaganda being pushed down our throats day in and day out, feel free. Won’t happen, of course – not in a million years. The bias is now about as blatant as it’s ever going to be. I’ve not watched a single news broadcast or any other BBC programme, since opening this thread. Liberating!

    April 17, 2018 at 9:45 pm
    • gabriel syme


      Good on you for complaining, even if you felt the reply was underwhelming.

      The reply is the kind I have had from the BBC before – where they do not address any points made in the complaint and instead just patronisingly describe what you complained about back to you. It is a disgrace that this counts as viewer engagement.

      I have loathed the BBC for years now, far from an impartial and high quality broadcaster, it is a highly partisan organisation which very much has its own agenda to push. It is a great injustice it is allowed (still) to skim money from ordinary people, whether they like it or not.

      I see ‘them’ for what they are.

      The content of the video is in fact hate speech, given it directly associates the Catholic faith with hatred. The irony is that the “artist” (I use the term loosely) uses hate speech himself to attack what he considers as hate speech, which is only in fact traditional sexual morality, fully concordant with human biology. Of course, intellectual bankruptcy is a common trait among those who would defend homosexual behaviour.

      If a video associated the Islamic faith with terrorism, the BBC would never dream of carrying such content.

      Indeed, I am sure the BBC was one of Humza Yousef MSP cheerleaders recently, when he attacked a councillor as being “racist and islamophobic” after he made a joke about a burka. Mr Yousef held the headlines for days with his fury and was even in touch with Police over it.

      And there is the difference: anti-Catholicism is so much the norm is Scotland, is is unremarkable and so tolerated – even by Catholics. Whereas the leaders of the Islamic communities have their citizens well drilled to raise hell with the authorities over even an imagined slight. Prominent muslims lead by example, as per Mr Yousef recently. Is is the same with homosexuals.

      No one should have to suffer prejudice, of course, but its very much the case that if you don’t shout about it, no-one will do anything. Not least given anti-Catholicism routinely rears it’s head in both the Scottish Parliament and Police Force.

      This is where the Bishops strategy has been flawed. They have followed the idea of remaining aloof from bigotry, to give the impression “we are above it” and that it is not commonplace, harmful or a big deal.

      But this has achieved nothing. (You would have thought their pals in the Church of Scotland – one of the groups who previously worked so hard to promote anti-Catholicism in Scotland -might have lifted a finger somehow, but no).

      They tried to speak out about this video, but this was only reported both here and at the Catholic Herald, as far as I could see. So they were largely ignored.

      Given Catholics are annually the largest victim group to hate crimes in Scotland, I think it is time for another strategy. I have heard rumblings of that from both the Bishops spokesman and MSPs, but rumblings are not enough.

      April 17, 2018 at 11:21 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        First class comment – see my response to RCA Victor below, wherein I state my intention of using your comment and his, to respond to the BBC.

        Don’t you LOVE it when a plan comes together?!

        April 18, 2018 at 11:16 am
      • gabriel syme


        No sooner had I mentioned how anti-catholicism is often connected with politicians or the police in Scotland, that this crops up:

        The brother of an SNP MSP is under investigation for “sectarian*” behaviour.

        (*this being the favoured term in use to avoid having to acknowledge anti-Catholicism, of course.)

        April 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        I posted the following comment on the Evening Times blog (it’s gone up because they only moderate comments AFTER publication so it may yet be removed) For the record, then, my words of incredible insight and wisdom, and all for posterity…

        Nice headline – neatly avoids identifying the REAL problem which is, of course, anti-Catholicism.

        The fact that the MSP doesn’t see the anti-Catholicism in his brother’s comment is, well, er… of some concern, shall we say. Yip. That’s what I say. Like it or lump it, Mr Mackay, your brother IS a bigot. Big time.

        April 18, 2018 at 3:07 pm
    • RCAVictor

      Ah yes, the old “artistic license” scam to attempt to excuse blasphemy. This video is as horrific as the “crucifix in a jar of urine” piece of excrement that was presented as “art” in 1987.

      And to the artistic license scam, add the “we do value audience feedback” lie. Yes, they value audience feedback, but only if you’re a Muslim, or an LGBTQ, or an atheist, or some other enemy of the Catholic Church.

      As for blasphemy, the wicked controllers of the public square have substituted a false blasphemy for the real one: it is now blasphemy to tell the truth about homosexuality, as well as Muslims and the Muslim invasion of Europe, or global warming, or any other truth that exposes the lies advanced to promote the world government tyranny.

      April 17, 2018 at 11:46 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        I’m going to copy your comment and Gabriel Syme’s and send them as my response to the BBC (in the email they give a case reference number and point to a forum where I can respond.)

        I will tell them their non- response disgusts me, but rather than waste more time on them, I am hereby copying the responses of two of our CT bloggers.

        That’ll show ’em!

        April 18, 2018 at 11:15 am
  • editor

    Having wasted hours trying to submit my second complaint about the original complaint, using the Case Number they gave me, it would not go through. I tried several times.

    Having now studied the BBC website to PhD level, I have worked out – all by my little self – that they have done everything they possibly can to deter “feedback” of the “complaints” kind. I even tried ringing the telephone number given on the complaints section of their awful website, but that is automated and only for leaving messages. No human beings (or in the case of the BBC, NEAR human beings), to whom to speak personally.

    I’ve therefore abandoned the project – and instead will be doing two things:

    1) I will be outspoken – to beyond the legal limits – when commenting on the bigoted and biased BBC because maybe if they have to take us to court to hear our concerns, that will make a difference. Good old Cliff Richard.

    2) I’ve added making an “artistic” video to the list of our educational videos, so that we can comment, forcefully and creatively, on the lies told about the Catholic Church by the LGBT aka Sodomite lobby,

    “Fire and fury”? You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!

    April 18, 2018 at 11:54 am
    • RCAVictor


      You go, girl! And don’t forget to change the name of the blog to “Catholic Artistic Truth!”

      April 18, 2018 at 2:48 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        “CAT” – you being sarcastic or what? 😀

        April 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm
  • Esme

    I came across this video on YouTube just now and it reminded me of this discussion. These people who claim to be Catholics and yet don’t recognise blasphemy when they see it, worry me. I don’t think they can really believe in the Real Presence.


    April 19, 2018 at 9:41 pm
  • editor

    The Scottish Catholic Media Office has just published the following press release. My short response to it follows:

    Catholic Church complains to BBC Scotland

    26 April 2018

    Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, has today published a letter sent to the Director of BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon, outlining his concerns of the corporation’s treatment of Catholics in a recent short film titled ‘Homophobia in 2018, Time for Love’.

    The film, broadcast on the corporation’s digital platform, ‘The Social’, portrays hatred towards gay people and suggests Catholics are the root of the problem, with detailed references to the teachings and liturgy of the Church. With several deeply insulting and offensive representations, the video includes a clip which says the Catholic Sacrament of Holy Communion ‘tastes like cardboard and smells like hate’.

    In his correspondence, dated 23 April, Bishop Keenan quotes recent Scottish Government figures which show fifty-seven per cent of religiously aggravated crime is committed against Catholics, who make up only sixteen per cent of the population.

    Bishop Keenan writes:

    “In the current climate of growing hostility to Catholics I would appeal that the BBC guard against adding fuel to the fire. In that regard I would ask that the Corporation now reach out to Catholics to understand their concerns, that they are being portrayed in a prejudicial way.”


    “When it comes to important public debates about the wellbeing of the human person and the truth and meaning of human sexuality Catholics feel their views are becoming increasingly marginalised, almost criminalised”.

    He requested a meeting with the Director to express concerns and to try to restore some breadth and fairness of critique, adding:

    “Catholics ask nothing more from the media than equity of treatment alongside their peers”.

    The Director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, Peter Kearney, has also sent a complaint to the Head of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs at BBC Scotland, regarding concerns the film has breached official Guidelines.

    Requesting clarification as to whether the video was approved or assessed by the Head of Editorial Standards and Compliance prior to publication, he writes:

    “The Guidelines make it clear that “Programme makers dealing with religious themes should be aware of what may cause offence.” While also stating “Deep offence will also be caused by profane references or disrespect whether verbal or visual, directed at deities, scriptures, holy days and rituals”.

    He adds:

    “The gratuitously disrespectful representation of the Mass constitute exactly the type of disrespect which the Guidelines seek to avoid.”


    To which I responded in a short emailed reply:

    Would be more convincing if he wasn’t himself involved in desecration of the Eucharist by allowing Communion in the hand. Editor.

    And, of course, the following nugget reveals the “we’re all Jock Thampson’s bairns = one religion is as good as another” mentality:

    “Catholics ask nothing more from the media than equity of treatment alongside their peers”.

    Still, as ever, keen not to rock the ecumenical boat. Which is why there is no grace in any of these enterprises, including the above complaint. It will change nothing.

    April 26, 2018 at 8:44 am
    • RCAVictor


      The Church Militant has been replaced by the Church Groveling.

      April 26, 2018 at 2:09 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Got it in one. It’s sad to see bishops reduced to being mini-diplomats, anxious to appease the enemy, always on the back foot. Tragic.

        April 26, 2018 at 5:25 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Perhaps surprisingly, the Bishops have finally succeeded in penetrating the “iron curtain” of the mainstream media on this topics.

    Also surprisingly, its the anti-Catholic Herald which covers the matter.

    Crucially, they portray the Bishops’ complaint as relating only to “disrespect” as opposed to the wicked and deceitful misrepresentation contained in the video. I am banned from commenting on the Herald site (!) and so cannot correct this.

    Still, that the media – and especially the Herald – has eventually covered this indicates positive (if modest) progress.

    April 27, 2018 at 10:16 am
    • Lily

      Gabriel Syme,

      It wouldn’t let me read past the first paragraph saying I’ve viewed three pages in the past month or whatever but I never visit the Herald site, so I’m not going to register now just to read that.

      The article began saying the Bishop demanded a meeting with the BBC but that is not true, see his letter up above. He “appealed” to them and then he “requested” a meeting. Very weak, IMHO.

      April 27, 2018 at 9:12 pm
  • Andrew Paterson

    Oh, get over it! Drip, drip, drip. The only “religion” that is respected and supported and has allowances made for it and is favourably treated and promoted on the BBC seems to be islam.
    The crimes of muslims relate to their culture, so get used to it. So very little mention on the BBC, or anywhere.
    Please pay attention. Upsetting Catholics is OK because they don’t issue fatwas demanding the death of offenders. Besides, all the smart people are atheists.
    The Bishops are useless and will not take a stand, or even speak too loudly. How many Catholic Bishops have been jailed or fined for protesting against civil “marriage”, against abortion, against the intrusion into primary schools of lessons directed at the acceptance of transgender, and homosexuals, as perfectly normal?
    Can our Bishops put their hands up and say,”No we did not send congratulations to the leader of the Scottish Conservatives and her partner on their forthcoming happy event”?

    And if you think that I am in a bad mood with frustration and being powerless to do anything, you are quite right.

    April 27, 2018 at 11:45 pm
    • editor


      “Can our Bishops put their hands up and say,”No we did not send congratulations to the leader of the Scottish Conservatives and her partner on their forthcoming happy event”?”

      Are you kidding? Did they actually DO that? I cannot find any source, so if you are being facetious, please say so or provide a link. That would call for some definite action – such as a dedicated thread!

      And don’t let yourself get depressed. Remember the old say, “don’t get mad, get even!”

      April 29, 2018 at 2:36 pm
      • Andrew Paterson

        It was a hypothetical question, so I made it up, you could say.
        It is axiomatic that support of a LBVGTI agenda will be entirely anti-Christian in tone and in action.
        However, I do not recall any Bishop suggesting to the faithful in Scotland that they should not vote for any political party headed up by a homosexual.
        Last year that would have been Labour, Tory and Greens out of the running.
        While the excuse,”we cannot be part of “politics” is standard it is also naive and specious.
        It is not a position you will ever hear from an imam.

        May 3, 2018 at 7:38 am
  • Pete Jermey

    I think if the BBC need evidence that their video was accurate about religiously motivated homophobia then they need only cite this blog.

    Editor: Now, like every other Catholic Truth critic in creation, you snipe but don’t explain. What on EARTH do you mean by your ridiculous statement? The BBC can blasphemously describe Holy Communion as “tasting like cardboard and smelling of hate” and, somehow, we are to blame for that? Do us a favour and either attempt a rational explanation or blog elsewhere. I nearly said “blog off” but that would be rude.

    April 29, 2018 at 8:28 am
    • Andrew Paterson

      It is not “homophobia” as we do not hate homosexual perverts. We disagree with their view of the Universe. We disagree for religious reasons, it is true.
      From a completely secular, even atheistic viewpoint, also, there is no place for homosexuality in any healthy society.
      The simple biological reason is that homosexuals cannot reproduce and society would die out.
      Any nonsense about surrogacy and adoption simply underlines the physical contortions required to overcome biology. The mental contortions are a kind of madness.

      May 3, 2018 at 7:45 am
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