I just received a forwarded email which begins:
Pastor Removal from Television
Removal of Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah and other pastors from the airwaves.
An organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington , D.C.
Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, on the airwaves of America . They got 287,000 signatures to back their stand! If this attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broad cast on the radio or by television will be stopped.
This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas
programs and Christmas carols from public schools! You, as a Christian, can help!
We are praying for at least 1 million signatures. This would defeat their effort and show that there are many Christians alive, well and concerned about our country.... As Christians, we must unite on this.
It's a recycled urban myth which first surfaced a couple of years ago (Snopes).
Proof that no baseless scare is ever too old or tired not to be rejuvenated by a quick facelift came in November 1999 when what has come to be the canonical text of this petition was prefaced with the following, adding the warning that a particularly well-loved television show was in danger:
FOR YOUR INFORMATION CBS will be forced to discontinue "Touched By An Angel" for using the word "God" in every program.
Please do this, it will only cost you a stamp. If things got bad when prayer was taken from school, think of how it will get with no shows like 'Touched by an Angel'. PLEASE! Your right to freedom of religion is being tampered with.
Where to begin?
Madalyn Murray O'Hair never petitioned the FCC to ban religious programming nor was she ever granted a hearing by that regulatory body to discuss the matter. That's not all that surprising either for there is no federal law or regulation that gives the FCC the authority to prohibit radio and television stations from presenting religious programs.
Religious extremists are seeking to undermine the security of our nation by fomenting discord and uprising against our government. It's not enough that they want to dictate their beliefs onto us, they want to scare people into rebelling against the government now that their puppets are no longer in power in Washington.
The Federal Communications Commission is not going to strip away freedom of religion - but some religious extremists want you to believe that's imminent.
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