Televangelists Hope To Smite A La Carte Cable

from the though-I-walk-through-the-valley-of-HBO,-I-shall-not-watch dept

The FCC's got a slightly unusual foe to its call for cable companies to sell channels on an a la carte basis: televangelists. It hasn't just been consumer groups pushing for the change, but also anti-indecency activists, who say the plan would let parents not subscribe to channels that could corrupt their children. The televangelists, who often side with the conservative advocacy groups, staunchly oppose the a la carte plan, because it would likely remove them from a good number of people's TV sets. They say it's so they can "preach to the unchurched", and some are attempting to pre-empt the issue by buying up local broadcast stations and forcing cable companies to relay them through must-carry regulations. Making an exception to the a la carte plan, for religious stations or anything else, would completely undermine it, and would lead to all sorts of channels seeking exceptions and ruling that they must be carried -- whether it's for ideological reasons, or financial ones.
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    ehrichweiss, 30 Nov 2005 @ 12:07pm

    finally my children won't be corrupted...

    As soon as I saw the headline I knew what I was about to read: Televangelists recognize that they won't have any cashflow except from those terminally retarded enough to subscribe to ReligiousNut TV(tm). The real message of xtianity is "Eternal suffering awaits all those who questiond God's infinite love"--Bill Hicks.

    Finally my children won't be corrupted by accidentally tuning into this cult that worships death and irresponsibility.

    The comedian Doug Stanhope has a good bit about how we shouldn't teach any religion to our kids until they're 18 years of age. THEN they can decide if it makes logical sense to them. Seems this is a move in the right direction(or is that the LEFT direction..muahahha).

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