BBC quarantine - fears outbreak of 'Jesus Cooties'
The Rev G P Taylor, who has sold millions of books worldwide, claims that a producer at the corporation told him they couldn't be "seen to be promoting Jesus".
The author of Shadowmancer, which spent 15 weeks at the top of the British book sales charts in 2003, says that he has been the victim of political correctness that favours minority religions at the expense of Christianity, a claim the BBC denies.
He says that once his present series of books is complete, he will write under another name and employ an actor to do any public appearances, in an attempt to stop his work being "discriminated" against. Taylor, who gave up life as a parish priest after signing a £3.5 million publishing deal with Faber in 2004, believes the BBC began to shun him after he was described as the new C S Lewis – the Christian author who wrote The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. "I had good relations with them until they realised that there were religious allegories in my stories," he said.
"Once they had decided that I was promoting Christianity in my books I found the door firmly shut."
The BBC denies it, of course, and one can understand their confusion: Taylor was a CoE clergyman, after all. What are the odds on finding one in the news who actually believes all that Jesus stuff? But once The Awful Truth was revealed, they were swift to do their duty.
"I'm an Anglican priest and sadly while it's OK to be the next Philip Pullman, it's not all right to be a Christian writer."
His second novel, Wormwood, sold 22,000 copies on one day, yet he says that the makers of Blue Peter told him that he was not welcome. "A BBC producer told me 'off the record' that it was a matter of my faith and the fact that I was an Anglican priest. 'We can't be seen to be promoting Jesus', he said with a laugh."
(Hat tip: Kathy Shaidle)