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Friday, July 10, 2009

Gameshow Atheists Who Convert Win Pilgramage of Choice

I thought Los Angeles was the home of wacky reality shows. Well, welcome to Istanbul where a new Turkish gameshow rewards atheists who convert to a major world religion win an all expense paid pilgrimage to Mecca, Jerusalem, or Tibet -- a cap-off for cementing their newly found religious commitment.

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The Guardian reports makers of a new television game show are creating a new form of reality entertainment. They say they want to educate Turkey's Muslim population about major religions.

And you must be an atheist to compete.

Journalist Robert Tait writes,

"Contestants will ponder whether to believe or not to believe when they pit their godless convictions against the possibilities of a new relationship with the almighty on Penitents Compete (Tovbekarlar Yarisiyor in Turkish), to be broadcast by the Kanal T station.

"Four spiritual guides from the different religions will seek to convert at least one of the 10 atheists in each programme to their faith.

"Those persuaded will be rewarded with a pilgrimage to the spiritual home of their newly chosen creed – Mecca for Muslims, Jerusalem for Christians and Jews, and Tibet for Buddhists."

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Does this accentuate religious commitment? Or trivialize it? Will it lead viewers to greater spiritual devotion? Or will it reinforce the fundamental secularism that has dominated the Turkish population?

Robert Tait discusses responses to this "Convert the Atheist" reality TV show on an audio link.

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