I read today [may require registration] that BBC controllers have felt it necessary to employ security guards to protect themselves from threats from Christian groups. This follows protests about the screening of Jerry Springer – The Opera, which has proven to be hugely controversial. It seems to me, though, that it’s hard to maintain the moral high ground about what can and can not be said on television, when you’re prepared to physically threaten someone. Freedom of speech, freedom of the media, reasoned argument, and any chances of convincing people of your argument get difficult when violence becomes involved. It’s worth pointing out, of course, that the threats came from a minority, and much of the argument on this has been pretty thought-proving and mature.