1.27.2012

NBC says No to God

Believe in God or don't believe in God, it doesn't matter to me. What does matter is my right to choose how much exposure to religion I want to have.

For those of you have scene Al Linder's fishing show, Angling Edge, you will have learned two things - the first is that Al strongly believes in God and the second is that at the end of each segment,  he shares a passage from the Bible that he finds inspirational.

As American's, we have a fundamental right to choose whether or not we would like to hear about God, believe in God, or care about God. This principle applies to Linder's show - if you don't want to hear Al's message, change the channel. It is your choice and it is wonderful that you have that choice. On the other hand, if you do want to hear Al's message, you have the right to leave the channel where it is and watch.... until now.

NBC Sports has decided that we shouldn't have a choice. According to Angling Edge's Facebook page, NBC Sports sent the following letter

We received notice from NBC Sports regarding the inspirational message Al presents at the close of each program. The following is a quote from NBC Sports (formerly Versus) “Moving forward, NBC Sports Network will no longer allow any non-sports related content, such as religious content in their programs. Any religious references need to be removed entirely. This includes, but not limited to, on show opens or logos, graphics, animations or any references by talent or guests. This change goes into effect immediately.” Therefore, we have no choice but to remove this segment from our Angling Edge series. We have made the required adjustments and Angling Edge will air as scheduled.


The inspirational message will remain part of Fishing Edge airing on numerous networks. Below is a link to the TV air schedule.

Thank you NBC for taking away my right to choose....

So does this mean that every sporting event shown will be free from any religous references? Will this whole "Tebowing" thing not be allowed on NBC? Will every post game interview where a player thanks God be bleeped out? Will TV go black every time some guy hits a home run and does a quick our father as he runs the bases?

Even more, will NBC start applying this censorship to ALL programming on the show? Imagine every awards show shown on NBC where the recipient of an award decides to thank God....It will be a bleep fest! Or what about the religious preferences of the presidential candidates...will that no longer be allowed to be discussed?

Has NBC just declared war on God or war on our rights as Americans?

I think between not being able to say the pledge of allegiance in America's schools and NBC, this country is trying to prove Elton John's lyrics true....





 © 2011, Nick Doumel, used with permission

21 comments:

  1. I can't believe NBC had the nuts to put this rule into effect. Their legal department must suck, not to see a backlash from this after seeing backlash from similar acts of censorship.

    I agree with you on self censoring, my beliefs are mine, your's are your's and Al Linder's are his own. If I don't want to watch it i have a choice and there is a reason I watch what I do based on entertainment. Sometimes "non sport content" is entertaining or thought provoking. I don't think NBD is declaring a war on God. I do think they failed to see what impact their decision to water down programs to attempt to appeal to the masses could do to their image and the position it puts the individuals who are forced to change their content.

    Mike Iconelli left due to the change and what they wanted him to do and not do. I wonder if the Linders will follow.

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    1. I hope they do to, Daniel...I really do. I truly wonder how far they are going to take this though....will it last? Will someone get fired over this horrible PR move?

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  2. I hope they do follow. I think the censorship is garbage and I am not even religious. I do however, listen to the bible verse and the message that he gives at the end of his shows. This was a bad move in my opinion. We'll see!!!

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    1. I agree - they took away our right to decide for ourselves if we want to be exposed to religion or not. Pure garbage.

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  3. Thank you Al I refuse to watch NBC

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  4. Great write up! I had been thinking of ordering NBC sports channel since there are some new kayak fishing shows on there. Not anymore. NBC will lose programs and some of their audience.

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    1. Thanks Jeff! This is a great example of one person affecting change!

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  5. Thank you for standing with Al Lindner. I believe NBC Sport Network will receive thousands of emails over this sickening decision. I can assure you I already sent mine. May I encourage everyone to voice their displeasure to NBC as I have done.

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  6. Wow...I don't really even know what to say to this. I have never heard anyone, even my non-Christian friends, say they did not want to watch a show because there was a spiritual message in part of it. If it is offensive to you, turn it off, but you you can't turn on something that you like if it is no longer there.

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  7. Wow, NBC is really walking a thin line now. Where are they going to draw the line? Thanks for posting this and I hope this gets reversed. I have my doubts, but if enough people hammer on them they may reconsider.

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  8. With a sister news network like msnbc I'm not surprised but that doesn't make me any less disappointed that media outlet choose to censor any reference to God. This info just makes me even less likely to believe anything they 'report'.

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  9. First off, the blog looks spectacular. I really like the header and the background is also great. In this world of over the top political correctness, I say we send a message to NBC Sports that we are Americans with the ability to make up our own minds what we like and don't. Next thing you know they'll ban Sponge Bob because blue people (or whatever color he is) are offensive.

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    1. Thanks, Howard!!

      I agree that we should send that message

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  10. We need that decision. I 100 % agree with you. They lost my viewings.

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    1. Thanks for the comment and support, Devin!

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  11. Choice? You wanna pray, go pray, why does NBC have to do it for you?

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  12. Sports are for sports. Too many "sports'talk shows are nothing but veiled political propaganda!

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