I haven't talked much about atheist stuff lately so let me remedy that. This is kind of old news but I thought it was funny.
|Salvation at the end of a television show|
ISTANBUL - Just when one thought TVshows could not get more outrageous, Kanal T comes up with the idea to make an imam, a priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk try to convert 10 atheists. While some fear the program could create problems, a sociologist says this just shows the yearning to learn more about religions
Man, this is all sorts of...everything. Mostly female presenters? The show masterminded by a transsexual (methinks that's supposed to read "transgender" instead but when I googled Soylu...well...I can't read Turkish). The premise alone makes me want to jump off a cliff.
I don't know why, but it seems that conversion is like sport for religious folks, if indeed your religion entails that you go out and convert the masses to your beliefs.
For me, this sums it up:
The yet-to-air program has already drawn reactions from many people, mostly Christians. Hakkı Devrim, a television commentator and columnist for daily Radikal called the idea absurd and said such a show insults religion.
"Religion is not a science, and it is not open to discussion," Devrim said, adding that the program offers atheists a chance to voice their own thoughts.
I feel pretty embarrassed for this show, for everyone involved. For the religious reps that think they can convert atheists, for the atheists themselves, for anyone watching--yes, EVERYONE (I know I'm really acting like I'll have an opportunity to watch this show).
I don't think any atheists are going to be converted thanks to this show unless they really want a free trip (fake it like you mean it!). Chances are if you're an atheist and you somehow see The Light, you probably weren't very atheisty to begin with. Yeah I said atheisty, mark it down and tell your friends.
I'm not against this show because being in America I really don't have any say, but it just strikes me as awful and really ham fisted. It's pretty condescending to both sides. It's implying that atheists are just lost sheep and I don't think the religious reps are going to show the best side of their religion in order to convert the atheists.
On the other hand though, I'm pretty sure everyone involved is a volunteer, and I'm glad it will give atheists in Turkey a chance to voice their thoughts & oppositions against religion so it probably won't be all bad. But again I'm acting like I'm really going to watch this show.