An ABC radio host has defended a segment on the birth of Jesus after a “so angry” response from listeners.
An ABC host has faced backlash over a segment on the birth of Jesus.
As part of ‘Self Improvement Wednesday’ the segment centers around an interview with Reverend Professor Dorothy Lee of Divinity University.
It discussed two versions of the story of the birth of Jesus Christ found in the Bible.
ABC Sydney Drive host Richard Glover took to Twitter to defend the segment that aired last week.
“There’s a lot of anger about today’s seven-minute radio on the biblical account of the birth of Jesus – featuring an Australian scholar who is one of the best in the world,” he wrote.
“I know a lot of people don’t believe – I don’t – but why is there so much anger about a foundation lesson for a Christian journey?”
Mr Glover was surprised by the reaction.
“It was really mostly literary analysis, which is why the reaction was so strange,” he wrote.
After sharing the “outrage” Mr Glover had experienced after the segment aired, he was flooded with supportive comments, with many claiming he was an atheist.
One wrote, “I’m a staunch atheist, but still I found his presentation interesting, even if it didn’t make any real sense to me.”
“Since when have we become so close to learning? A broad education creates discussion and different perspectives,” wrote another.
Others stood by the complaints.
“Will you have an apologist for a pedophile, or an anti-Semitism on your schedule? Absolutely not, so let’s stop playing this silly canceled culture game. Some thoughts are vague, as you well know, One wrote.
ABC’s website states that the weekly Self Improvement Wednesday segment features a variety of leading experts for “insights into everything from history to astronomy to philosophy.”
ABC has been contacted for comment.