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.Thank you NBC for taking away my right to choose....
The inspirational message will remain part of Fishing Edge airing on numerous networks. Below is a link to the TV air schedule.
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