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For this assignment I have decided to analyse and explain the way in which religious themes have been dealt with in the media.

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RELIGION & THE MEDIA (a) (i) For this assignment I have decided to analyse and explain the way in which religious themes have been dealt with in the media. For the first part of my coursework I will be discussing the variety of specifically religious programmes on the five main television channels, and explaining in which a moral issue has been dealt with in a soap opera, and I will also be looking at a religious theme which concerns Christians in a film or a television drama. The most popular specifically religious programmes is BBC 1's "Songs Of Praise". Audiences of between 5 and 7 million are attracted every Sunday in the Godslot time around 6 in the evening. The godslot is a certain time in which programmes dedicated to religion and god are broadcasted. As well as hymn singing, there is also some sort of inspirational music performances. Ordinary people also contribute to the show by adding human interests stories about how faith has changed their lives. This is similar to chat shows and interviews but related more to religious faith. During ITV's Sunday morning godslot, an entire Christian service is broadcasted live from a church. ...read more.

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However, as a Muslim I believe that abortion should not be allowed accept on certain cases. It should only be allowed if it is a danger to the mother or the baby, or due to a medical reason. If Adele feels she was adult enough to have sex then she should have been adult enough to face the consequences good or bad. (iii) For the next part I have to analyze and explain the way in which a religious issue has been dealt with in a film or a television drama. I am going to be writing in the film called "East is East" with the theme "should Muslims marry Christians?". The film is set in Salford in 1973. This is about a married man called George who has seven kids, Abdul, Tariq. Munir, Saleem, Sajid, Meenah and the eldest Nazir and finally their mother Ella who is white. This family is known to be the only asian/Pakistanis in the area. The film is mainly based on the cultural clashes between the asian and the whites. The father is the bread winner and he expects the family to follow his rules. In the opening scene the children are taking part in a Christian parade and if the father was to find out they would be in trouble. ...read more.

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I have several reasons for arguing for this point of view. My first reason is that the "The Heaven and Earth Show" try and make the viewers interested in the programme by having phone-ins and interviews with celebrities which do not present religious people as out of date or weird. A further reason is that "Witness" which is another programme that people find really interesting is aimed at a more general audience. These programmes would not be so popular if they thought that religious people were out of touch with the modern world. Furthermore is that if a person from a different religion was to watch a Christian programme they would not understand it so they would automatically think that they are not that modern. It would be the same if a Christian was to watch an Islamic or any programme showing a different religion. This is due to the fact that they are not familiar with the religion so that is why they would think that the religious people from that religion are out of touch. Everyone should respect and understand each others religion. Therefore, although some people might argue, I think I have shown my point of view which is, television doesn't show religious people out of touch with the modern world. Sohail Bhamjee 26/11/2002 1 ...read more.

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