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Broadcaster defends editing out evolution

Monday 30 July 2007

Religious TV station EO on Monday defended its editing of wildlife documentaries to remove references to evolution.

Director Henk Hagoort told Trouw that editing was normal in bought-in programmes. 'That also happens in drama series if, for example, there is a lot of swearing'.

On Saturday it emerged that the BBC documentary Life of Mammals by David Attenborough had been edited, and one entire programme scrapped because of its focus on evolution. The EO is an evangelical broadcaster which takes the creation of the world in seven days as one of its standpoints.

'If people do not accept our position on creationism they do not have to watch,' Hagoort said.

Hagoort said the decision not to buy the one episode which focused on evolution had been discussed with the BBC.

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Readers' Comments

I hope EO broadcasts a "health warning" about this, warning viewers that science is being compromised by the station's religion.

By David McCulloch | 30 July 2007 11:16 AM

Do not watch an evangelical channel if you do not want to see programmes edited from an evangelist's point of view. Likewise, you should not watch MTV if you do not want to see music videos, etc.

By J-D | 30 July 2007 5:18 PM

In response to the EO's comment that 'If people do not accept our position on creationism they do not have to watch,' I would like to suggest that if they don't like the content of other people's programmes, they don't have to show them!

I reject absolutely their right to 'gut' and censor other people's creative content to suit their narrow medieval view of the world.

This is not something anyone should be expected to encounter in an enlightened and open minded society - which is what we (possibly mistakenly) expect this to be.

By Peggy Birch | 30 July 2007 6:42 PM

The BBC should not sell programmes (only for commercial purposes) if they know they will be altered this way.

The EO never would have the resources to make a programme like this themselves. Besides their ideology would pervade it in such a way that only their hard core believers would watch it.

By Michiel de Vries | 31 July 2007 10:38 AM

J-D, my concern was that children's education could suffer, because they might not realise that they were watching a program on science that had been doctored from an anti-science perspective.

By David McCulloch | 31 July 2007 11:07 AM

It's commendable of EO to exert themselves to purge programming of pernicious falsehoods such as evolutionism in order to show the remaining content.

This has to be an added expense to the cost of the programming alone. The religious fervor and dogma of evolutionism is so prevalent now that there is hardly any available content that is untainted.

I once sat down with our local daily newspaper and tried to count the instances of the word "evolution" and its related forms, which occurred in nearly every article of every section, for a total, if I recall, of about 50 instances.

Try this yourself if you like, and then count the instances of "creation" and related words for comparison.

By Sharon Wyper | 31 July 2007 4:49 PM

Evolution is a lame pseudoscience that has to masquerade behind biology for legitimacy. It requires more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in any theistic religion.

To find out more, read Why Evolution is a Fraud by Tom Sutcliff. See http://www.evofraud.com for more information.

By Wanda Jones | 1 August 2007 1:50 AM


That Evolution happens is a scientific fact. The details of exactly how it occurs are still being discovered.

Only people who have an unswerving belief in the literal words of the bible need to invent ways to discredit science to prop up their belief in the writings of anonymous bronze-age goat herders.

By Rob | 1 August 2007 9:02 AM

It's a sin of omission. Did EO edit that out of their Bibles, too?

What other sins have they edited out?

(This could be fun!)

By Ed Darrell | 21 August 2007 4:34 AM

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