Penn Jillette showed this story to me when he joined my TV show Monday.
It's about a 16-year-old girl from Ecuador who was on one of those reality shows "Ecuador's Got Talent."
She sang and was pretty good.
Obviously being set up by the producers, the judges didn't comment or ask a single question about her singing. Instead, the only question was: "Do you believe in God?"
Now, I do, her father who was backstage clearly does and the judges apparently do. She does not.
Right after this song, this girl was asked the question and then lectured to about how she needed to believe in God. They all refused to send her forward because of her non-belief! They wanted to teach her a lesson that without God you will never make it.
I am so glad this didn't happen here as I don't think I could handle yet another crazy thing like this from Americans.
Put yourself in her shoes. Being humiliated on national TV for your belief. Do you think she went home and cracked open a bible and thought, "gee, someday I want to be just like those judges!"
"Man must learn, freedom goes both ways."
You are free to believe or not. You are free to be for Trump or Clinton or not. You are free to make all kinds of decisions I wouldn't make and I may disagree with, or not.
You have certain rights, at least here. And while we may not make the same choice, we still must live with each other.
I would hope any in America siding with the judges' reaction to her belief would consider this: Our founders took their own time to testify in court on behalf of those facing religious persecution at the hands of people who were either of the same faith or close to the same faith as the founders themselves.
When will we get to a time where we can live side by side with people who disagree with us?
When will we understand that humans come in all shapes, sizes and political and religious belief?
I believe her life would be better if she believed in a just and living God, and if one of the judges or all of them felt that way too, great.
Maybe to say that to her after the show, or even one of them making a comment on the show --- but to judge her solely on this and to grandstand for the applause is sad.
Do you think this is the best way to show others who Christians are?
The thing we have to remember is:
A: We don't want to be those people.
B: It is becoming harder and harder to be someone who worships God and really lives it. Do we want to be treated like this?
How would you feel if this was your daughter and she was passed by because she was Christian?
Do unto others, seems to be a pretty important idea.
I am grateful that this lesson came from another country as I am tired of seeing us on the news. But I'm sad for her and Christians in Ecuador and worldwide who now are reading stories all around the globe making us all look like these four judges.
Watch her face and I think you will feel the same.
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