Friday, April 14, 2006

Baseball is now unholy?

The Associated Press brings us a story which really shows how over the top some people get with pushing their view of morality.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - A television station declined to broadcast a baseball game because it was being played on Good Friday.

WNEP-TV (Channel 16), which traditionally televises the home opener, won’t be broadcasting tonight’s 7:05 game against Norfolk at Lackawanna County Stadium because it’s Good Friday, the day that Christians believe Jesus Christ was crucified.

WNEP President and General Manager C. Lou Kirchen said on an April 5 broadcast: “Good Friday is not an appropriate day for us to do that.”

What?! What is wrong or immoral about baseball? They intend to broadcast a tabloid show instead of baseball? What kind of community standard is that?

If this station really wanted to take a moral stand why not go with 24 hours of religious programming on Good Friday? Do you really need me to tell you the answer here? Because broadcasting 24 hours of religious programming, even on Good Friday, would cost them a ton of advertising!

In effect they are not really doing anything to recognize this as a holy day. They are the same as the Pharisees who Jesus railed against. They make a great public spectacle of their righteousness, but their actual contribution to the spiritual well being of their community consists of little if anything else.

In the meantime... exactly why is baseball wrong again?

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