Today, the BBC published an article under the headline:’
‘Poland Catholics hold controversial prayer day on borders’
Note the word ‘controversial’ here. According to the article:
‘Catholics were encouraged to go to designated points along the country’s borders for a mass rosary prayer for the salvation of Poland and the world. Church leaders say the event is purely religious, but there are concerns it could be seen as endorsing the state’s refusal to let in Muslim migrants.’
Now this is complete rubbish. I am an Englishman living in Poland and the country is about 95% Catholics, the majority of which are very devout, and yesterday was mass rosary prayer for the salvation of Poland and the world. The feast day marks the anniversary of a Christian victory over Ottoman Turks at the sea battle of Lepanto in 1571.
Basically, the BBC is trying to link this religious day with anti-migrant sentiment in Poland – which remains very strong. Some of the prayer locations were along Poland’s borders and whilst the organisers stated that “The border was chosen, they said, because it symbolised their desire to encompass the world with prayer”, some priests and Church commentators, “said the event could be seen as support for the government’s refusal to accept Muslim migrants, a policy backed by a majority of Poles”, and this is exactly how the BBC has decided to portray it, showing their complete lack of understanding of religious feeling in Poland.
I am getting rather fed up with the BBC’s pro-migrant stance. All they show on their broadcasting are the migrant boats being rescued in the Mediterranean and the refugee camps. There is no alternative broadcasting of the rapes being committed by migrants, especially in Italy, or focus on the fact that the majority are illegal economic migrants who shouldn’t even be allowed onto European territory. Likewise I have not heard one single report on how many of these migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan Africa, are deported rather than simply being given refugee status and allowed to wander freely around Europe.
So, my message to the BBC is let’s have a more balanced understanding and reporting of Eastern Europe cultural values (which are not the same as the West’s) and less biased coverage of the European migrant crisis.