Saturday, May 26, 2007

Sometimes, the CRTC just pisses me off.

Via Buckdog, we learn that the CRTC is studiously watching out for stupid Christians:

The CRTC had recently required the Miracle Channel to provide revamped fundraising guidelines several months ago after fielding complaints.

Hosts have told viewers to cash in their RRSPs, one of several on-air statements that prompted CRTC concerns. "There is somebody right now watching, and God is speaking to them about RRSPs," a host told viewers in 2004. "They've got RRSPs, and they've got a sizable amount, and it's a security thing. Well, it's not a security thing; your security is in God. And God's speaking to you to cash those in. And I dare you to do it."

The CRTC warned the network in a subsequent letter: "Encouraging viewers to donate does not pose a problem in itself; however, manipulating viewers into giving to the station is not acceptable."

Dear CRTC: Piss off. I know you mean well but, really, I can't think of anything that gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling like the idiotic devout cashing in their RRSPs and thereby setting themselves up for a retirement to be spent in abject poverty.

Because when I retire, I want a ready pool of poor people who are so desperate for cash that they'll be prepared to mow my lawn for five dollars an hour, while I sit on my porch, sipping Chateau St. Jean and exclaiming in a loud voice, "Have you read this latest article by Richard Dawkins, it's really excellent, hey, you missed a spot."

Old, poor Christians. They're the new Mexicans.


Anonymous said...

If these people are stupid enough to cash in RRSP's (not to mention paying the horrendous taxes associated with it), then they absolutely should cash them in and deserve whatever consequences erupt from that. A man of god is waiting to get rich, go ahead, make him rich. God hates poor people.

Ti-Guy said...

Brilliantly evil, CC. I'm laughing and praying for you at the same time.

The thing is, in Canada, the social safety net means we end up paying for these people anyway.

Let's shut down the Miracle Network and its gang of snake-oil salesmen instead.

Alison said...

Evil bastard. ;-)
Lo, it is easier for a rich man to pass through a camel..