You need God on your side in this contest
Judges on a South American version of Britain’s Got Talent have been slammed after castigating a contestant who told them she did not believe in God.
According to the Independent, Carolina Peña, above, a contestant on Ecuador’s Got Talent, was asked after her audition if she believed in God.
When she replied, “No”, Maria Fernanda Rios, a singer, actress and model who has been a judge on the talent show for three years, said the 16-year-old would never be successful unless unless she believed in a deity. She said:
God can help you. God helps you be better.
Fellow adjudicator Paolo Farias, who began her career as a model, joined the discussion by asking the teenager:
Why don’t you believe in God? I’m curious.
Peña said she had no reason to, to which Ms Farias replied:
Then where do we come from?
A third judge, the singer Wendy Vera, told Peña:
I believe that you are 16 years old and I think that you have had a pretty good life so far, but there will come a time when you will suffer and the only thing that will help you get through is the amazing love of God.
Peña’s father, who watched his daughter’s audition backstage, also said he hoped the teenager would change her beliefs.
Only the director, producer and comedian Fernando Villarroel, who joined the programme’s panel this year, refused to question Miss Peña saying:
I believe that religion or belief is one thing and artistic talent is another thing.
The judges clarified they were not discriminating against Miss Peña but giving her advice, although The Association of Ecuadorian Atheists have called for a “careful review” of the show’s content.
Disgruntled YouTube commenters have also expressed anger at how Peña was spoken to during the programme. One said:
This is truly an attack that should be reported and publicly punished. Freedom of religion and the absence of religion should be respected.
It’s very disappointing that you are judging her for irrelevant stuff in this competition, like her religion …
Despite the judge’s qualms regarding Peña’s atheism, she was still voted through to the next round of the competition with three ‘yes’ votes from the judges.
Now here’s a thing. Carolina Peña is an extraordinarily attractive young woman. But her non-belief makes her either an “easy lay” or a “lumberjack dyke”.
I’ll leave US pastor Douglas Wilson to explain in a piece he wrote this week entitled “On Why Christian women are prettier“.
I travel a good bit, spending time in airports and the like, and I have also done hard time at Christian conferences. Having been in this place, I am in a good position to state that there is a marked difference between Christian women and women in the general population. Christian women are a lot prettier …
Unbelieving women either compete for the attention of men through outlandish messages that communicate some variation of ‘easy lay’, or in the grip of resentment they give up the endeavor entirely, which is how we get lumberjack dykes.
The former is an avid reader of Cosmopolitan and thinks she knows 15K ways to please a man in bed. The latter is just plain surly about the fact that there even are any men.
Oh, and I should point out that the Dalai Lama is reported here as saying that his successor could be a woman … but only if she’s pretty.
The Tibetan spiritual leader, a self-declared feminist, stunned a BBC interviewer by saying that were a woman to eventually take over his position, she would be unsuitable if she was ugly.
That female must be attractive, otherwise it is not much use.