Petition to the BBC

  • The slot explicitly and without pretence discriminates against the non-religious - they are the only group in society barred from contributing.
  • People of all faiths and none can contribute important "thoughts" to the national dialogue - the implication that only religious people have special insight is insulting and based purely on religious privilege.
  • Putting such a prominent discussion slot within Radio 4's flagship news programme, but outside of that programme's editorial control means that there is no check on balance or right to reply when the slot is used for political or religious proselytising.
  • Contributors should be picked without reference to their religious/non-religious identity. This will benefit both non-religious contributors and those who happen to be religious but don't want to force their thoughts on a specific issue into a religious frame.
Reform 'Thought for the Day'