observations from a slightly mad german-american

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Church and State and Radio

As I study, I'm listening to BBC London (FM 94.9). It is 6:12 Sunday morning in over there. And what are they playing? Gospel music. Overtly Christian Gospel. (A few minutes later: bland white Christian contemporary.)

Could you imagine America's Public Radio having such a Sunday A.M. show? Can you imagine the uproar it would cause among many of its listeners? What effect, if any, would that have on its current detractors?

The BBC is government-funded. For the next two hours they are going to play religious music. And for the next two hours, those who are not religiously inclined will either tune into another radio station or put up with the programming. No lawsuits. No cries of religious oppression.

It's indicative of a European attitude of tolerance I think this country could use.


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