A Game Show on REAL Wellness – Who Knows and Is Doing the Most About Quality of Life?
A new game show in Turkey (See Joseph Laycock, “Penitents Compete and the Future of Turkish Secularism,” Sightings, 11/16/09) might be of interest to all REAL wellness WhatsApp lucky Draw winner 2022 nthusiasts. The name is, of course, an English translation of the actual show name, which is “Tövbekarlar Yarisiyor. Turkish television Kanal T (Channel T) created this game wherein true believers of varied religions try to convert atheists-in the time alloted for a single show. What a pity we don’t get the signal – I’d love to watch. For that matter, I’d love to be selected as a contestant and be fair game for conversion. What fun assessing the case made for the religions.
In the Turkish game show, the blandishments are put forward by a Muslim imam, a Jewish rabbi, a Greek Orthodox priest and a Buddhist monk. All are tasked with winning to their side the mind (and soul, too, no doubt) of contestant infidels. Too bad Americans are not eligible for the show. As a certified infidel, I’m curious – which religion would I pick in the course of an hour-long show. Seems about the right amount of time needed to decide which, if any, religion is right for me. I’m thinking the conversion attempts must be pretty effective if managed in this time period.
It would be interesting if a few atheists with whom I’m familiar were given the conversion treatment on the program. What religion would Tom Flynn go for? Richard Dawkins? Sam Harris? Daniel Dennett? How about Christopher Hitchens? Any atheist who experiences a conversion on the show wins an all-expense-paid pilgrimage to a holy site of his or her new faith.
That’s right – by converting, the infidel free-thinker gets an all-expense paid trip to Mecca, Jerusalem or Tibet. Rome is not mentioned as a destination option in the news accounts, so I suppose no representative of the Holy Roman Catholic Church are included as conversion specialists in the Turkish show format. No Mormons, either, and no Scientologists, Mennonites, Baptists or other sects. The show is limited to just the three noted-Turkey is evidently not big on multiple choice religious game shows.
Who comes up with ideas like this? “The Penitents Compete” idea is the work of a Turkish transsexual named Seyhan Soylu, also a pop star of some distinction. (See “Salvation at the end of a television show,” Asli Saglam, Hurriyet Daily News.com, 16 July 2009.) Ms. Soylu downplayed the trip award for converts in media interviews, stating that the contestant winners will get the biggest prize in the world, the gift of belief in God, adding 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. This, I’m sure, will come as good news for followers of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and devotees of other, lesser-known faiths.