The most recent email I received had the subject line “Pastor Removal from Television-This doesn’t surprise me…..” It seems people know no boundaries when spreading these untruths. Here is the what the body of the email said:
Removal of 20, including Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah and other pastors from the airwaves. An organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington , D.C.
Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, on the airwaves of America .
They got 287,000 signatures to back their stand! If this attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broadcast on the radio or by television will be stopped..
This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from public schools! You, as a Christian, can help! We are praying for at least 1 million signatures. This would defeat their effort and show that there are many Christians alive, well and concerned about our country.. As Christians, we must unite on this.
Please don’t take this lightly. We ignored one lady once and lost prayer in our schools and in offices across the nation. Please stand up for your religious freedom and let your voice be heard. Together we can make a difference in our country while creating an opportunity for the lost to know the Lord.
Please, if you don’t wish to participate, return this email to whoever sent it to you so they can at least keep this email going or forward it to someone you know who will wish to participate.
Dr. Dobson is going on CNBC to urge every Christian to get involved. I hope you will sign and forward to all your family and friends.. Please press forward, CLEAN UP THE MESSAGE, and forward this to everyone you think should read this…..
Now, please sign your name at the bottom (you can only add your name after you have pressed ‘Forward’ or you have copied and pasted the text). Don’t delete any other names, just go to the next number and type your name.
Please do not sign jointly, such as Mr. & Mrs., each person should sign his/her own name. Please defeat this organization and keep the light of our freedom of religion. When you get to 1,000 please e-mail back to: (deleted this person’s email address)
I chose to respond to all that were passing this complete false rhetoric with the following:
Petition to Stop the Removal of Religious Services and Teachers From Airwaves —- Fiction!
According to the Federal Communications web site, petition RM-2493, was filed in December of 1974. There have been different versions of this lying forwarded email:
This false rumor began in February 2008 saying specific preacher’s programs were being targeted for removal: Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah and others —- sound familiar?
In November 2008 another false rumor stating our President, Barack Obama, was the driving force behind banning religious programming from airwaves —– lets not forget all of the blatantly false rumors spread via email stating he was a non-Christian, a Muslim, intended to turn America into Islamic theocracy, a socialist, the anti-Christ —- all lies based in racism spread by God-fearing Christians (with these kind of sins, they should fear God).
Here is a Christian website — Public Christian: Christian morality in politics & public life, coming out against people who spread email lies – It’s Not a Christian Thing To Do http://www.publicchristian.com/?p=707
Another false rumor in December 2005 about “Removing Christmas” saying a group was trying to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from schools.
New versions have appeared over the years naming popular religious leaders and teachers in an attempt to freshen the myth up. There is even a Roman Catholic version warning that the Mass is being removed from Catholic TV Network EWTN.
The Truth: This eRumor is Fiction and is a variation of an old myth that dates back to 1975 about self-proclaimed atheist Madeline Murray O’Hair trying to remove religious content from the airwaves.