Turkish TV Gameshow - Who wants to Convert An Atheist?

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Turkish TV Gameshow - Who wants to Convert An Atheist?

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - 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.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSTRE5622D020090703?feedType=RSS&feedName=entertainmentNews&rpc=22&sp=true

 

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That is.............awesome.

That is.............awesome. I would definitely watch that.

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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.

"Doing something like this for the sake of ratings is disrespectful to all religions. Religion should not be a subject for entertainment programs," High Board of Religious Affairs Chairman Hamza Aktan told state news agency Anatolian after news of the planned program emerged.

 

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Looks like an awesome show.

Looks like an awesome show. I hope someone uploads it to youtube. I kind of wish there was an atheist version. We could get an atheist biologist, a chemist, a physist and somesort of philosopher to deconvert 10 religious people (bonus points if they're all fundies). The prize could be full tuition at the university of their choice ;D


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What if one or more of the

What if one or more of the atheists simply wanted a free trip? They could just pretend to be convinced and then get to go to Tibet or wherever.


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peterweal wrote:What if one

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What if one or more of the atheists simply wanted a free trip? They could just pretend to be convinced and then get to go to Tibet or wherever.

Haha, I'd do it. Except I would choose Mecca, might as well go somewhere forbidden where there are people willing to explode if they find out that a nonbeliever got in. Or am I suicidal for thinking this way?


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peterweal wrote:What if one

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What if one or more of the atheists simply wanted a free trip? They could just pretend to be convinced and then get to go to Tibet or wherever.

 

 

 


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Abu Lahab wrote:ISTANBUL

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

 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.

What happens if the atheists are able to convert any of the 'holy' men? Where would they send them? I think to be fair they should offer them a trip to the Hedonism resort in Jamica:

www.SuperClubs.com/Hedonism

Also I didn't know you could convert to Judiasm. Kind of thought Yahweh only liked Jews in that religion.

 

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Stosis wrote:Haha, I'd do

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Haha, I'd do it. Except I would choose Mecca, might as well go somewhere forbidden where there are people willing to explode if they find out that a nonbeliever got in. Or am I suicidal for thinking this way?

Apparently, the only way they can tell if your Muslim is with an ID card. So it should just be a matter of paying someone to get an ID card. I think it would be a great adventure to do it someday. I just would avoid the stampede at the stoning of the devil.

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Convert Me, Please!

I have no desire to go to Mecca...looks like a dive. Jerusalem might be ok but not top of the list.I'd readily "convert" to Budhism for a free trip to Nepal. The Vatican (only because it's in Rome) would be cool too...I wonder if you can go on the show more than once and "reconvert" for a different trip. Although, if "converting" means you actually have to attend the sky pixie worship sessions at churches/synagogues/temples/mosques then I'm not sure it'd be worth the trip.

 


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No, apparently you cannot get onto the show just to win a free trip somewhere.

 

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A team of theologians will ensure that the atheists are truly non-believers and are not just seeking fame or a free holiday.

 

As far as where one would go, I don't really care for any of those destinations. Although if they are willing to send me to Barbados when they fail, that would be fine with me. Actually, that is the rub with this idea, you have to claim conversion to win anything. That much being said, there is a whole school of thought in Buddhism which is basically atheist anyway, so it might be possible to win the trip to Tibet.

 

Honestly though, I don't really understand the whole idea of a prize in the first place. In the words of the producer:

 

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We are giving the biggest prize in the world, the gift of belief in God.

 

If that actually meant anything, it would kind of make a trip anywhere pale in comparison. Hell's bells but if that was worth anything, it ought to beat a prize of a trillion dollars.

 

Further, who would want to go to Mecca anyway? From what I gather, it is kind of a nasty place. The only thing that would draw me there would be a chance to play with the local folk musicians.

 

Jerusalem? Kind of a dangerous place to even think about boarding a bus, so no thank you.

 

Rome? Well, the best comment on that comes from Mark Twain's trip there in the mid 19th century. While he was visiting a museum full of Renaissance paintings, his guide kept commenting on the art, repeatedly discussing such indescribable properties as the breadth, feeling and use of color employed by the artist. Twain finally comment himself on one work by observing “I would estimate it's width as about three and a half feet”. Zing!

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Don't look at me in that

Don't look at me in that tone of voice!!

 

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What if one or more of the atheists simply wanted a free trip? They could just pretend to be convinced and then get to go to Tibet or wherever.

 

 

 


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So, are the atheists on the show looking for a religion they don't know anything about, or are they already knowledgeable about the religions?

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My best guess would be that

My best guess would be that they wheel out a bunch of plastic Atheists and then they revert to islam.

 

All for show just to make islam look like the one true religion. Turkey is an islamic 'secular' country,

 

As a finale they'll all head off to the kaaba and then on to a madrassar of their choosing where they develop fundie tendencies and go 'bang' in Iraq.

 

As a side note, I'd love to tag the kaaba, what a prank!

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 I saw this on Pharyngula.

 I saw this on Pharyngula.  It's damn... um... interesting? 

I mean, if it's atheists who actually know what they're talking about, the theists are just going to look foolish, right?  Except, does anyone here believe that the atheist is going to get a chance to deconvert all the theists?  I don't think so.

If the atheists don't convert, it's a win for the theists because they get to point and ridicule and degrade the atheist for being such a dumbass.  If they get a poser or mental midget who will succumb to pressure, they win.

What a crock of shit.  On the other hand, it's nice to see how desperate theists are becoming.

 

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 When I saw "gameshow", I

 When I saw "gameshow", I was sincerely hoping for something much more like Family Feud or The Price is Right.  Or maybe The Dating Game, but with a priest, a rabbi and an imam instead of three sexy bachelors.  Come to think of it, converting to Judaism isn't really done outside of marriage, is it?  

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