I find his writing witty, not po-faced in the slightest and he gets to the nub of the matter.
A post of his a few days ago, dealt with a matter that I had been thinking of over Christmas.
As you will remember, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, gave the Thought for the Day on Radio 4 on Christmas Eve. As predictable as night following the day, the National Secular Society (NSS) complained at the BBC promoting the Pope and the Catholic religion.
Usually the BBC's programmes promote the secular society, or homosexuality, or multi-faith/culturalism, or evolutionary theories dressed up as unassailable facts -- in fact almost anything but Catholicism.
The normal religious output of the BBC is the fuzzy, soppy 'Songs of Praise' which is usually so ecumenical as to be watered down, semi-secular "niceness" which turns people away from Catholicism.
On the other hand, turn the BBC (ITV, Channels 4, 5, Sky etc.) on any day and you will see secular, atheist, agnostic, pagan, homosexual, smutty, pornographic, blasphemous and other "entertainment."
We have a veritable storm of secular programming washing over us all, with "normal" programmes (magazine programmes, the soaps, radio music programmes, news output etc.) usually promoting a secular/atheist/pro-homosexual/pro-abortion agenda which many Catholics (and others) find offensive.
An independent poll recently gave the homosexual population at circa 1% (even after many years of promotion, government funding etc.) whereas the Catholic population stands at circa 5 or 6% as I understand it.
Can anyone reasonably suggest that Catholicism is promoted 5 or 6 times more than homosexuality in the media?
Now I don't believe in relativism or majoritarianism, so even if there were 1% of Catholics and 40% of homosexuals, the Faith would always be right. But the BBC claim to be "democratic" and so, by their own criteria, the TV and radio should have far more Catholicism than it does!
Yet whilst the NSS chokes on its muesli at the thought of the leader of the world's largest religion (and more importantly the only founded by the Son of God, Jesus Christ, but they don't care for those kind of facts) getting a few minutes early in the morning we hear nothing from them about these two choice little numbers put out (multiple times at peak-viewing hours) this Christmas:
- Louis Spence's Christmas Message, full of homosexual double-entendres and outright entendres.
- QI Christmas Special - Witchcraft Special with spinning Satanic pentagram symbols.
In short, by screeching their disgust and banging their little fists in a tantrum over a few minutes given to His Holiness the Pope, the NSS expose how little airtime genuine Catholicism actually gets.
Just as when they gathered their atheist forces in London to oppose the Pope, they were drowned out by a sea of pilgrims flocking to see the Holy Father and showing that they were willing to publicly defend their Catholic Faith.
The NSS: you have to feel a little sorry for them. Poor little loves. They just can't help themselves.
Damian Thompson on the NSS