Marty Cooper - OneNewsNow - 5/13/2009 10:05:00 AM Earlier this week the British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, appointed a Muslim as head of its religious programming department -- a move being hailed as a "radical departure from broadcasting tradition."
Aaqil Ahmed, former executive at Channel 4, is the new of Head of Religion and Ethics and Commissioning Editor for Religion TV, a position some call one of the most influential religious roles in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is concerned over the appointment of a Muslim, claiming it comes at a time when Christian leaders worry their faith is being marginalized and criticized by authorities. The Church of England notes that Muslims make up only three percent of the country's population while nearly 70 percent claim to be Christian.
However, other religious leaders are taking a wait-and-see approach, calling Ahmed a "respected professional" and the most qualified person for the position. Some even claim that turning him down because of his faith, despite his credentials, would amount to discrimination.