There’s a disabled woman presenting a children’s TV show. Cerrie Burnell was born with one arm, and is presenting some of the CBeebies shows. Only.. it seems.. some parents are up in arms.

One father wants to ban his daughter from watch the channel, for fear that his daughter might have nightmares at the sight of this woman (who isn’t exactly ugly, lets put it this way), and another woman apparently wrote:

“Is it just me, or does anyone else think the new woman presenter on CBeebies may scare the kids because of her disability?”

Whatever parents may think, its important that the BBC doesn’t bow to this disabilist attitude, and continues to expose children to different creeds, religions, disabilities, and so on.

The self-centeredness, the blindness of people never ceases to amaze and disgust me. And i think now, of a quote from Babylon Five, which is a sci-fi TV show, one of the best going. A human (Sheridan) comes up behind an alien (Delenn), who is sitting before a candle, in a prayerful position.

Sheridan: “What does the candle represent?”
Delenn: “Life.”
Sheridan: “Whose life?”
Delenn: “All life, every life. We’re all born as molecules in the hearts of a billion stars, molecules that do not understand politics, policies and differences. In a billion years we, foolish molecules forget who we are and where we came from. Desperate acts of ego. We give ourselves names, fight over lines on maps. And pretend our light is better than everyone else’s. The flame reminds us of the piece of those stars that live inside us. A spark that tells us: you should know better. The flame also reminds us that life is precious, as each flame is unique. When it goes out, it’s gone forever. And there will never be another quite like it. So many candles will go out tonight. I wonder some days if we can see anything at all.”

Full story can be found here and here. You can contact the CBBC here to say what you think of this. Thanks to theMorningStar for alerting me to this.