Game Show Looks To Convert Atheists

I’ve had about a dozen people send this to me:

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.

But what’s the prize if they fail to convert you? I mean besides rational thought, no fear of a vengeful god putting you in hell, or having to have your morals defined in an old book of fairy tales?

And then there’s this:

“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.

I might be wayyyyyyyyy off on this but I’m pretty sure that on one or two different separate occasions throughout history, it kind of did matter what you believed. But let’s not let a small inquisition get in the way of a pithy quote. Can I believe in a giant vengeful yet benevolent bowl of spaghetti that works in mysterious but delicious ways?