Thursday, July 2, 2009

So a rabbi, a priest, and an imam walk into a TV show...

Check out this story from 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."
That's right. Reality TV gets religion--at least in Turkey, which, from my experience, is not especially known for its political correctness.

(Fun side note: my profile picture seen to the right was taken in Istanbul.)

I'd really like to know which religious leaders would be willing to be on such a show. I can see how the atheists would have a blast. On the other hand, there are benefits to actually being converted, too:
"Each week, a different group of atheists will appear in front of the religious leaders. The producers of the show are well aware that there is a chance none of the atheists will be convinced by the arguments presented to them. Yet if an ex-atheist is "persuaded" to start following one of the religions, he or she will have the chance to travel to that religion’s center, whether Jerusalem for Christians and Jews or Mecca for Muslims or Tibet for Buddhists."
That's a pretty sweet deal for the atheists. They can find salvation and get a free trip.

What would happen if one of the clergy gets "converted" to atheism?

...Maybe they'd win a trip to New York. ;)

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