Kansas to Black Out “Cosmos” Show Over Controversies

Cosmos<National Report>The Fox television show COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey has attracted its fair share of detractors since the docudrama first aired on March 9th.  But soon, the controversy revolving around the show might reach climactic new heights, as several State senators in Kansas will propose a bill on Thursday that would force Fox affiliates in their state to black out the science show completely.

The bill, which many are expecting will pass, would force local Kansas television stations affiliated with Fox to pay steep fines for airing the program.  Should any network continue to air all thirteen episodes of the show’s first season, the State would move to revoke their broadcasting privileges completely, driving those networks off the air.

Conservative lawmakers in Kansas are, however, offering Fox a back door through which they could skirt the new law: they won’t press this law into effect if Fox will agree to immediately develop a new show, hosted by young-Earth creationist Ken Ham, which pushes the theories of so-called “intelligent design.”  This new show would need to be aired on Sunday evenings, before Cosmos, in order for the small-time Fox affiliates to avoid Kansas’ legislative wrath.

The new bill is the brainchild of an ironically-named Kansas State Senator: Tom Edison (R).  “Cosmos is a liberal brainwashing program, designed to force our children into questioning the existence of our lord and savior Jesus Christ,” Edison said during a recent interview on one of the Fox affiliates under the gun.  “It’s a keystone of the liberal agenda that America’s youth be converted into following their so-called `logic,’ so conservatism dies out in a generation or two.  Well, we aren’t going to stand for this.  We aren’t going to let this TV show ruin our children.”

Edison went on to explain all the reasons why he “hates” the TV show.  “This show has no basis in reality whatsoever.  The host goes on and on about science and scientific method, but never once does he say anything positive about Jesus.  He claims evolution and global warming are facts, not the opinions we all know them to really be.  And he very proudly tells viewers that he wants our children to question authority, question religion and faith.  This show won’t rest until all of our children are godless heathen liberals.”

His problems with Cosmos didn’t end there, either.  “I’ve been watching this show since the first episode.  They’ve gone to great lengths to claim Christianity has been terrible for science, and oppressive toward scientists.  But then, last night [April 6th], the host goes on a huge tirade about how awesome Islam is and how the Arabs were all pro-science!  So let me make sure I understand this… Christianity is evil, God doesn’t exist, and Muslims are the kindest people on Earth?  This show is a scourge, and our black out bill is the cure.”

Opponents of the bill note that it’s a clear violation of the first amendment, and the federal government may intervene with legal actions of their own should the law pass.  “This law clearly violates free speech, as well as the separation of church and state,” said a statement issued by the Justice Department.  “If we need to take this fight all the way to the Supreme Court, we’re prepared to do so.”

But Edison claims he isn’t worried about any legal action taken against the bill by the Federal government.  “Jesus will protect this bill and ensure its safe passage.  These liberal science-lovers might question the power of the almighty, but real believers in Christ know that soon, these people are going to see real evidence of the existence of God, when he delivers us from this television show.”



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356 Responses to "Kansas to Black Out “Cosmos” Show Over Controversies"

  1. Janice Adams says:

    I hope all you commenters on this site who are annoyed to incensed that Kanas could pass a law to block a television program because they are “christians”, will remember when November comes around that the reasons such crazies are in power is because in some other election the opposing forces of craziness did not go out to vote. It was too hot, too cold, such a long line, such a problem. Then you had the luxury of getting through in 1/2 an hour, sending your vote by mail, going on the weekend, voting up to a month before the election, registering and voting on the same day. Registering to vote was easy there were people everywhere eager to get you signed up to register. Now, not so much of any of the aforementioned luxuries. Some people will stand for hours in the weather, to cast their ballots on one of the three machines their State has allowed to be used at their precinct. Some people will be challenged when they go to vote and find their name has been struck from the rolls in some pre-election purge. Some will have to wait in lines where toilets have been closed (Miami/Dade Florida). Some will be asked for identification they don’t have.
    All this came about while you were taking that delightful nap instead of voting last time you had the chance. Do not ever think your vote doesn’t matter. Vote yourself and spread the word to everyone you know. These insidious governments did not come about by accident and they will take your freedoms from you one by one and you will laugh and say they can’t do that and yet here we are and they are doing it. Don’t be the one who allows this.

  2. Keith says:

    Parents too lazy to control what shows there child might watch 1 or 2 times a week!

  3. Dave says:

    Not sure when science and religion became synonymous with liberal and conservative but there is definitely something wrong with these ideas being taken over by politicians.

    • TomN says:

      This is a clear violation of the First Amendment. The State of Kansas has no legal right to censor a television show, even if their benighted citizens think it is contrary to their religious beliefs.

  4. Taier says:

    The irony here is that they cite that their religious freedoms are being violated by allowing a show which uses scientific fact to educate to be broadcast. What they fail to understand (among many other things,) is that to deny the rest of society the right to watch the same show, they are violating not only the religious freedoms of others, but their civil rights, freedom of speech, and so many other rights. If you don’t like the show, simply don’t watch it!

  5. Hod Eckel says:

    Sen. Edison: It is one thing to presume that “Our Lord” means “your Lord” and “my Lord” are one in the same.

    It is quite another that you, as a lawmaker, are acting to establish who or what exactly is “Our Lord”.

    I know there are several amendments in the Bill of Rights, but that one is easiest to find as it is the first one.

    I question my Lord, and many other things every day; I do not care what you do with your Lord on your time. See how this is supposed to work?

  6. Z54 says:

    Kansas and Oklahoma put a 30 ft. fence around them and charge people 50 cents each to see the geeks!

  7. Carol says:

    Good job, folks! Well done! But you know, Kansas government has been making it all too easy for you lately.

  8. eric says:

    So can we revoke church’s tax exempt status since they do not allow evolution to be discussed?

    • Gerry says:

      churches should have had their tax exempt status revoked years ago . they do nothing that deems them special enough to be exempt. make them pay just like everybody else.

  9. Kevin says:

    He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

  10. Jeff Turner says:

    don’t you get it? He’s just doing this to get his name in the paper and get a little Ink. It’s an old trick by politicians. They do anything to get their name in the paper and get the spotlight. Its just like photo ops, plus he’s just pandering to the idiots who believes in this crap. Only 5 percent of the population really believe in creationism. It’s a lost cause.

  11. James Smith says:

    What Kansas is doing it voting for ignorance, stubborn stupidity, and the suppression of free speech. Religion can never tolerate free speech or rational thinking. Both are fatal to any religion. Kansas should secede from the Union and for a USS, Union of Stupid States.

  12. Stephen says:

    Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.-Thomas Jefferson. Although in the end he still was a church going person, he made his own bible using the excerpts he felt were important to his life.

    • Dianne Lee says:

      Jefferson also carried on an affair for many years with a slave, who he took to parties as a “date” when he was in France, secure in the knowledge that no one in America was too likely to find out about the situation and hurt his political career. Going to church at that time was also considered what “good” people did. His writings are deist, so there’s a good chance he was doing what was expected to further his political career when he attended church also.

  13. Anthony Diaz says:

    After reviewing and reading this complete utter rediculous bill I have come to the conclusion that our politicians love to mock love praise and say that they are great Christians and do what they can for their god fearing Americans. We all know that they do it in their own best interest. I love this show and believe that learning should be given to evey American religious or not religious. He fav of the matter is we don’t live in country that controls what we hear, see or eat do we I think not. Kansas your an idiot to let someone think for you..

  14. Dianne Lee says:

    I would love to see a creationist program. I have always wondered exactly what they teach, and putting it right before Cosmos would make it easy to program the recorder, so I love that idea too. If creationism makes more sense than science, I’ll even convert. I have no fear of any idea, let them all be presented and let them compete for the rational minds of viewers.

    OK, perhaps rational minds of viewers is a bit optimistic, but there must be some out there somewhere.

    • Gerry says:

      thanks but we already have ENOUGH religious junk on tv we need more educational tv not nonsensical garbage such as Jack Van Impe, the 700 club, walking by faith etc.

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