Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Those Muslims Are up In Arms, Again

What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk in a room with 10 atheists?

Turkish television station Kanal T hopes the answer is a ratings success as it prepares to launch a gameshow where spiritual guides from the four faiths will seek to convert a group of non-believers.

The prize for converts will be a pilgrimage to a holy site of their chosen religion -- Mecca for Muslims, the Vatican for Christians, Jerusalem for Jews and Tibet for Buddhists.

But religious authorities in Muslim but secular Turkey are not amused by the twist on the popular reality game show format and the Religious Affairs Directorate is refusing to provide an imam for the show.

This is just a harmless bit of fun that doesn't disrespect anything at all. Just a sign of the times that people feel much more relaxed about religion and add it to things that a few years ago it wouldn't have done.

But, once again, the Muslims are up in arms. You aren't allowed to draw cartoons, you can't mimick their accents on Big Brother, you can't do this, you WONT do that.

Is Islam a cult or a religion, I can't tell these days.

The makers of "Penitents Compete" are unrepentant and reject claims that the show, scheduled to begin broadcasting in September, will cheapen religion.

"We are giving the biggest prize in the world, the gift of belief in God," Kanal T chief executive Seyhan Soylu told Reuters.

"We don't approve of anyone being an atheist. God is great and it doesn't matter which religion you believe in. The important thing is to believe," Soylu said.

Hear, Hear, well said that man.

A lot of these Muslim leaders and Imams need to lighten up a little and not jump on their high horse whing and moaning at the slightest mention of their religion.

Failing that, at least they should have the decency to stop their hook handed, one eyed preachers from standing outside Finsbury Mosque spouting out anti-British messages to young muslims and inciting racial hatred and suicide bombings on the London Underground.

You can't have everything your own way Mr Mohammed, that's just plain greedy.

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