Early day motion 488

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  • Session: 2004-05
  • Date tabled: 12.01.2005
  • Primary sponsor: Donaldson, Jeffrey
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    That this House regards with dismay the decision by the BBC to broadcast Jerry Springer - The Opera on BBC2, causing widespread offence to Christians and those of other faiths by its mocking portrayal of Jesus Christ, Holy Communion and some of the central tenets of the Christian faith; condemns the show's juvenile and offensive use of repeated profanity in an attempt at humour; further notes that it is particularly serious that the show should have been transmitted by the publicly-funded national broadcaster and questions whether it places the Corporation in breach of its Charter; laments the arrogant dismissal of Christian concerns by the content of programmes aired by the BBC; and calls on the government publicly to rebuke the corporation for its attack on the religion adhered to by over 70 per cent. of the UK population and for its lowest common denominator approach to ethics in its attempts to chase ratings.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Campbell, Gregory Democratic Unionist Party Londonderry East 12.01.2005
Dodds, Nigel Democratic Unionist Party Belfast North 12.01.2005
Donaldson, Jeffrey Democratic Unionist Party Lagan Valley 12.01.2005
Edwards, Huw Labour Party Monmouth 12.01.2005
Smyth, Martin Ulster Unionist Party Belfast South 12.01.2005