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Fatemah Kazmi There are a number of Religious Programmes of different varieties from magazine discussion programmes to comedy shows. Nevertheless, right at the beginning Religious Broadcasts were only aimed at people that regularly attended Church and accepted Christian beliefs. This was mainly because at the time Britain was not a multicultural society as it is today. There were few Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. The only other main faith in Britain was Judaism. The broadcasts shown today are aimed at the vaguely religious. People that believe, but are not necessarily practicing. There are also various programmes for special Religious festivals like Ramadhan, Jewish New Year and Divali that are on late at night. The BBC says the aim of Religious Broadcasting is to ask the big questions that underlie all human life and explore the different ways people try to answer them, whether through worship, prayer or simply giving food for thought." Songs of Praise is the most watched 'Worship type' religious programme it is broadcasted on National Television on BBC 1 at 5:30 pm. More people tune in to watch Songs of Praise then the number of fans who go to watch a football match at a stadium. It is a religious programme that includes interviews and has people singing hymns. It seems to be aimed at the very religious and people of Christian faith. ...read more.


If she is in the first trimester - which is up to 12 weeks a suction method is used. This consists of the uterus being opened gradually and the contents (foetus) is take out by a tube that is connected to a vacuum pump. A spoon like instrument is used to make sure nothing remains in the uterus. If the mother has passed this stage and is in the second trimester the same method is used, however this results in bleeding and much pain for the mother. After 15 weeks, a small amount of the liquid in the uterus is taken out (amniotic fluid) and a salt solution is put in its place. This makes the mother go into labour and the foetus being too young to survive dies. The final stage where abortion is allowed is when the foetus is removed in a similar way to having a caesarean. Some people believe that women should have the right to choose whether they want a baby or not. There are organisations like 'Voice for Choice' that campaign to make abortions easily allowed by all. They reason abortions by saying that a child may be too expensive, a person may not have any family to support them and they might not have anywhere to live. The baby could have been conceived as a result of rape and having the child would be a constant reminder to the mother. ...read more.


Other Protestants (including Church of England, Methodist) believe in The immortality of the soul. After death, souls go immediately before God to be judged. The good go to Heaven and the bad go to Hell, but some believe in an after-life for all religions depending on how you lived your lives. Roman Catholics believe in both ideas. Pure souls go to Heaven and those that have sinned go to Purgatory. This is a place between Heaven and Hell where souls are cleansed of their sins. Those that are not sorry for their sins and non Christians go to Hell for eternity. In the future Jesus will come back to earth and souls will be reunited with their bodies. God will make a new Heaven and Earth and Judge everyone again; Souls in Heaven and Purgatory and those in Hell will stay there forever. "Television always presents religious people as out of touch with the modern world." In some ways, I agree with this quote. A classic example is the programme 'Songs of Praise.' It is old fashioned were hymns are sung by a majority of older people. It is designed to only relate to religious Christians that are unable to attend church. Religion is often associated with cultures and traditions - both of which seem old fashioned. Religious people in soaps are also often portrayed as busy bodies that are too nosy and always quoting references from the bible. An example is Dot Cotton from Eastenders or Harold Bishop from Neighbours. ...read more.

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