Several years ago I taped a VH-1 Storytellers segment featuring Pete Townshend. Besides the interesting performances, all from Pete’s and the Who’s ‘Life House’/Who’s Next’ project/album(I believe “Baba O’Riley” is one of the single greatest rock songs ever written), Pete offered his thoughts about the original concept. There would be a time when “technology” delivered on its promise which Pete said the promise has always been that entertainment would replace religion. On Sunday mornings you will find me watching Charles Osgood as he hosts “Sunday Morning” on CBS. (originally hosted by Charles Kuralt) If I’m early I’ll flip channels while I wait and marvel at what is allowed to be broadcast out of the mouths of TV preachers. (e.g.- Jesus told me to buy this $465 million private luxury jet to spread his gospel so help me achieve his goal and send all the money you can spare) Living not too far from what used to be Heritage USA, I thought America had wised up to the antics of money grubbers like Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker but I guess not.
Many of us worship different facets of the entertainment industry and Pete’s fictional vision may yet come true but something else has also happened, religion has turned into entertainment.