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  •  Well, yeah. I can see your point. (5+ / 0-)

    But I see religion as a huge part of the entertainment industry.

    Why else would people tune in to televangelists and prophets for profit without the spectacle? Churches should absolutely be taxed as any other industry.

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    by pucklady on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:01:57 AM PST

    •  'Zaktly (2+ / 0-)
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      I was horrified to note on a TV Guide schedule online that the ABC Family channel [ABC is a subsidiary of Disney] has the 700 Club on it's list of programs to watch.

      Seriously?!?  Seriously....

      Literally, my jaw dropped when I saw that.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:20:53 AM PST

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      •  They're kind of funny, actually. (1+ / 0-)
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        I suspect some of their viewer mail is really trolling, but they're too stupid to know it.

        Then again, there's that old axiom.

        "Sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from parody."

      •  ABC Family is required by contract... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...to air The 700 Club. And if Disney sells the channel to someone else, they are required in perpetuity to air The 700 Club too.

        That's because ABC Family was once The Family Channel—a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, which still owns the "Family" moniker.

        One of the terms of CBN's selling that property first to Fox, and then to Disney, was that the network must continue to air The 700 Club twice per day.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 09:04:51 AM PST

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        •  Nothing stops them from airing (1+ / 0-)
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          other religious perspectives to balance it out.  But they don't.  Pricks.

          "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

          by Troubadour on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:31:24 PM PST

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          •  I'd wager the show isn't stellar for ratings. (0+ / 0-)

            I don't have the time and inclination to look up the numbers right now, but given that the rest of their programming seems to be in the "family-friendly sitcom reruns from the '90s" genre, maybe trying to rope in the rare kid who's home from school sick, I'd be willing to bet that The 700 Club is a ratings drag, and what little controversy it provides is probably enough that it's a bit of a challenge to sell ads against it.

            Why would they invite more controversy and waste another hour or two of low-rating programming time airing other religious perspectives? If I'm the network execs there, I'm doing everything I can to limit the damage The 700 Club is doing to my brand—not trying to increase it.

            "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

            by JamesGG on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:46:55 PM PST

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