I was doing something rare for me the other day, thinking while I watched television. I happened to consider that America is a predominately Christian country, which anyone can tell not only by the advertisements on television but the flourishing and pretty corrupt and downright greedy business of Television Preachers.
What, I wonder, would happen if all of the other religions in the country started buying TV time and advertising their beliefs? I mean, we have in this country Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, as well as the many splintered sects of Christianity. Then there are the Black Muslims, the Nation of Islam, various Vietnamese religions, the beliefs of the American Indians, Druids, Wiccans, and assorted types which I can’t figure out.
Television stations will not advertise condoms to prevent the spread of disease, but they will readily accept money for spots concerning religion. (I mean, look at all of the various evangelistic scams on the tube, like the ones telling you to press your hand on the screen to be saved, ones selling chunks of gravel that are supposed to be from the Tomb of Christ, those asking for prayer donations, those willing, for a fee, of course, to sell you scores of tapes and so on.)
I wonder if the moral ‘minority’ would ‘allow’ say, Buddhists to start hawking prayer wheels, begging bowls, open services, various books and tapes concerning their religion and so on?