God Forbid

Some PBS stations are reportedly set to air a three-part BBC series entitled “A Brief History of Disbelief” which seeks to “uncover[] the hidden story of atheism.” 

Not surprisingly, the Right doesn’t like it at all:

Janice Crouse, director of the Beverly LaHaye Institute for the conservative group Concerned Women for America, told Cybercast News Service that “airing the program gives credibility and cohesiveness to individuals who seek to undermine the beliefs and values on which democracy and the American dream are founded.”

“One has to wonder why it is so important to them for everyone to understand their ‘disbelief,'” she said. “The program is not a dispassionate, positive voice – as they claim. Instead, it is clearly demagogic and propagandistic.”

Perhaps Crouse is not the best judge of what is or is not “dispassionate” considering that Beverly LaHaye, the namesake of the institute which Crouse heads, believes that “Christian values should dominate our government. The test of those values is the Bible. Politicians who do not use the Bible to guide their public and private lives do not belong in office.” And when it comes to demagogic, it’s hard to top this:  “In recent times, Western Civilization has willingly chosen to exchange the faith and logic of a Biblical worldview for an irrational secularism based on an unthinking and cruel relativism. This foolish exchange is at the root of the glaring injustices of modern American public policy.”

But CWA is not alone in opposing this program:

By airing “Disbelief,” [Peter] Sprigg [of the Family Research Council] added, PBS is “revealing their bias against Christianity, against traditional faith.”

“If they really want to be objective, they need to have a three-part series documenting the evidence in favor of Christianity,” he added.

Indeed.  PBS hardly ever runs anything about Christianity.