People of faith have responded to criticism of BBC religious series Songs of Praise after it was revealed the programme will visit ‘The Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais.
While the Daily Mail and others led with criticism of the broadcaster, churchgoers have been vocal in their defence of Songs of Praise and in their support of those migrants displaying their faith in extraordinary circumstances.
It comes as a growing number of Christians begin to organise humanitarian aid between England and Calais.
Ben Bano works for the organisation Seeking Sanctuary which speaks on behalf of migrants and asylum seekers and organises collections of useful items for migrants in Calais.
He told HuffPost UK: "We started last October because we thought that people of faith should be able to make a contribution to the problem.
"We collect things and get it over to Calais but we're equally concerned with raising consciousness amongst people.
"We started out collecting basic essentials like clothes and blankets. Now we're moving to things which promote sustainability and that's because people are going to be in the 'Jungle' for quite a while. Things like footwear and jeans are always going to be needed, toiletries desperate so.
"It's not just us. A lovely group of people in Tunbridge Wells have been doing wonderful work and they have a car full of stuff ready to go over.
"The French aid agencies are working incredibly hard and they are getting basic facilities into the 'Jungle'.
"And other Christian volunteers are giving French lessons to Sudanese people with the hope that the more of the language they know, the more they might be able to claim asylum in France."
And plenty of others have taken to social media to lend their support to Songs Of Praise and the display of Christian values.
Normally don't cite the Daily Mail. But this is brilliant. Good on the BBC and Songs of Praise. http://t.co/viNe8exdFR— Jeremy Fletcher (@RevJFletcher) August 7, 2015
Still reflecting on @giles_fraser visit to Calais migrant's church yesterday & wondering if we were a braver, more compassionate Church...— charity hamilton (@charityhamilton) August 7, 2015
You know what? If Jesus was here today I think he'd be visiting this church too. https://t.co/MN1cMIfIhm— Suzanne Evans (@SuzanneEvans1) August 7, 2015
A religious program doing what Jesus would do shocker— Grazer (@FrontlineXian) August 7, 2015
http://t.co/itoYQwJKin "He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed." Proverbs 3:34. Strong from Songs of Praise.— Chris Rousell (@quitekeenchris) August 7, 2015
Love the idea of Songs of Praise being filmed in Calais. Challenging us with the real world. Exactly what religious broadcasting should do.— Naomi Smallwood (@Naomi_Smallwood) August 7, 2015
Filming an episode of Songs of Praise at the Calais refugee camp is the best idea its producers have had in years https://t.co/BHCEjTApYE— Peter Nimmo (@PeterNimmo1) August 7, 2015
Excellent idea! Well done the BBC. Shouldn't need to defend their decision at all.August 7, 2015
Songs of Praise from Calais camp both upsetting the Daily Fail and doing exactly what Jesus would do in being there, brilliant!— Nick Benn (@nick_benn11) August 7, 2015
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@Ziya_Meral as a Christian I'm really glad Songs of Praise are doing this. It's the job of churches to connect with each other, wherever— parish tweeter (@heavensby) August 7, 2015