Re­turn con­tent to the air­waves

The News (New Glasgow) - - OPINION LETTERS -

To the edi­tor,

I write this let­ter over con­cern that CKEC has been, or is be­ing, “sec­u­lar­ized,” which means that re­li­gious con­tent is be­ing re­moved.

Last Sun­day morn­ing I, as usual, tuned into CKEC FM 94.1 and was met by a wall of si­lence — blank air. I was dis­turbed by this. My aged and “shut-in” mother Kay and I, as her care­giver, al­most al­ways lis­ten to the lo­cal churches pro­vid­ing a mes­sage of hope (through one or an­other church and pas­tor) each Sun­day morn­ing. And this morn­ing it was ab­sent.

I don’t know who is re­spon­si­ble for this, but that per­son, per­sons, com­pany or cor­po­ra­tion should bear this in mind. The re­moval of re­li­gious life in gen­eral was per­formed in Nazi Ger­many and in Com­mu­nist Rus­sia (the USSR) and we are all fa­mil­iar with what sub­se­quently hap­pened in those so­ci­eties. I needn’t em­bel­lish.

Fur­ther­more, in our lit­tle corner of the world, de­spite be­ing a closeknit, small com­mu­nity, churches pro­vide the much-needed (and vir­tu­ally ab­sent) men­tal health sup­port that spir­i­tual growth and aware­ness can and does pro­vide.

As Chris­tians we must “love God and love one an­other” as in­structed by Je­sus when he was asked by the Apos­tles which of the Ten Com­mand­ments is the most im­por­tant. And love is cer­tainly what we need in th­ese un­cer­tain times.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Chris­tians are not averse or overly crit­i­cal of other faiths. All faiths share the same goal; that we live peace­fully in a world where shar­ing is the rule, not the ex­cep­tion and where our faith can be ex­pressed openly and to the bet­ter­ment of all peo­ple.

As Christ­mas ap­proaches and the com­mer­cial­ism be­gins to over­whelm the true mes­sage of Christ­mas (love one an­other) I hope those re­spon­si­ble at CKEC 94.1 for this very un­pop­u­lar and ir­re­spon­si­ble ac­tion will re­flect and think a bit more em­pa­thet­i­cally about the ef­fect they are hav­ing on so many peo­ple. Th­ese folks need to hear the words of faith, even by chance, as they search the air­waves, per­haps look­ing for some­thing more than the sec­u­lar world can of­fer.

Please think about restor­ing the pro­gram­ming for the good of our beloved com­mu­nity here in Pic­tou County.


E.M. Wil­son


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