Why British Television Isn’t All Bad April 26, 2007

Why British Television Isn’t All Bad

For one thing, Britain’s Channel 4 aired the Richard Dawkins documentary The Root of All Evil?, a film which would never see airtime in America.

Besides that, British blogger Nicole says this about a BBC show called Waterloo Road about a struggling school:

A recent storyline involved the school receiving funding from a local businessman, who proceeds to bring in an American fundamentalist. They try to force the school to teach creationism and hold daily prayer meetings.

The most recent episode just featured the (atheist) deputy head of the school explaining precisely what is wrong with creationism to a roomful of students, and the (also atheist) headteacher finally making sure that the school stays free of creationist lies.

Overall score: School 2, Creationist 0.

I know it seems inconsequential, but I’m just so happy that, finally, someone has started to show that fundamentalism is a threat here too, not just in America.

The episode just aired today, but hopefully, a more thorough summary will be up on this site or others like it.

Meanwhile, we Americans can watch similar fare. You know, like Medium.

We do have one series to look forward to, actually. Jonathan Miller’s Brief History of Disbelief, a three-part history of atheism which originally aired on the BBC in 2005, will be airing on public television stations across America beginning on Friday, May 4.

Funding for the program comes from the Center for Inquiry, the American Ethical Union, the American Humanist Association, the Institute for Humanist Studies, the HKH Foundation, and the Discovery Institute.

Kidding. Just keeping you alert with that last one.

If you don’t want to wait until May, a torrent of the entire series is available at Mininova.

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  • Rob

    Friendly Athiest, why do you spend so much time talking about what you don’t beleive in? Most people don’t believe in dragons, but I know of no one who makes a career out of standing against dragons. If they don’t exist, what’s the big deal?
    A Friendly Theist.

  • Rob, maybe because most people do believe in God and act on that belief in ways that affect us.

  • Rob

    Good point Alan. As a Christian I would hope that it would only effect you positively (i.e. Mark 12:31 – “love your neighbor as yourself;” Mark 12:45 “He came to serve”), but then I suspect we would get into a discussion of what is positive, which will be driven by our core beliefs and world view, which are nearly opposite. My original question was naive. But I confess I will keep on, compelled by conscience and conviction, trying to effect and affect others (Christians and others) with the love of Jesus Christ. Peace.

  • Rob,

    There’s an online version of A Brief History of Belief here. Thought you might want to know.

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