Convert or Miss Out On A Fun Filled Vacation to A Holy Destination of Your Choosing!

As if reality T.V. hadn’t sunk low enough ( NYC Prep and Dating in the Dark) we now have Penitents Compete.  A Turkish game show that challenges a panel of  holy men to convert 10 bona fide atheists.  Making up the panel is a Buddhist monk, a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim mullah, and a Catholic priest.  The grand prize is a vacation to Tibet, Mecca, Jerusalem, or Rome.  Like this is hard?  Of the four, only one gets me a free vacation to Europe.  But, just so the game show is on the level, potential contestants are questioned in advance by scholarly theologians who will  guarantee they are in fact atheists and not just a bunch of believers looking to get a free vacation.  Because as we all know, no one is more willing to lie outright about  believing in God to get on Turkish t.v. than religious people.

But the show has run into more than a few problems.  Not the least of which is the inter panel drama that has already begun even before the first show has taped.  The mullah has apparently declared a fatwa on the rabbi, the Buddhist monk is trying to work in finding the incarnation of his former master with a grueling show schedule, and the Priest is having a trouble balancing the show with his real life job as the Vatican’s official twitterer.

But the shows producers are optimistic saying that fatwas happen and it’s nothing that can’t be worked out with a little diplomacy.  In the meantime, however, the rabbi is holed up in his hotel room recovering from a near death experience with an exploding shwarma and the mullah won’t go on the show unless he can kill all the infidels, sort of a Convert or Die, type of scenario.  Producers in an effort to promote peace among the panelists have gone on record as saying, “We haven’t ruled out anything.  We are willing to work with all the panelists to reach a peaceable agreement.  We are not ruling out the possibility of killing infidels, then again we are not saying that we will..  We are remaining open at this point.”   Many potential contestants are complaining that a convert or die type game show means they will end up going to Mecca, when they really want to go to Rome.  Producers are working out the details on a possible, convert to Islam go to Rome, option for the winner.

When asked if the convert or die policy might compel people to convert even if they don’t want to, the producers of the show said they didn’t think so.  When pressed on this issue of whether or not they thought people would convert to Islam just to avoid having their heads lobbed off, the producers of the show said that if contestants feel compelled to convert to Islam rather than die, than it’s still a valid decision because in the end they exercised their choice to convert or die. The fact that it’s not a great choice, the producers say, isn’t really their problem.

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5 thoughts on “Convert or Miss Out On A Fun Filled Vacation to A Holy Destination of Your Choosing!

  1. Sweet, does the conversion have to be heart felt. I mean I would like to get a free trip. Is there any stipulation that says no back sliding? I mean can I go back to my old atheist self after the trip.? I mean everyone knows that we non-theists have no moral compass anyway. How are they going to trust us. Is there some threat of beheading if I don’t stick with it.

  2. It would seem to me that finding the “true” atheist wouldn’t be a piece of cake, either. Like, maybe that person is going to swear on a stack of Bibles, or something. OK, say you do find a true atheist and that person describes the god he/she doesn’t believe in. The priest is going to say, “well I don’t believe in that sort of a god, either. But, how about this kind of god.” And, then he goes on to describe a god the atheist could believe in. Well, the Rabbi can pretty much say the same thing. The mullah, well by the time he writes his response from left to right, the debate is pretty much over. The Buddhist, by definition must go along with whatever happens, since he’s just there to bask in the moment. Don’t you think a better concept for the reality show would be for three sportsmen; a fisherman, a dear hunter and a pheasant hunter trying to convince members of PETA to meat they’ve killed and prepared themselves. I mean, if you can drag them away from burning down housing developments.

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