Penitents Compete (Tövbekarlar Yarışıyor) was a planned 2009 Turkish reality television series in which a Jewish rabbi, a Buddhist monk, an Eastern Orthodox priest, and a Muslim imam were to attempt to convert a group of 10 atheists each week. It was scheduled to begin airing in September 2009 on Turkey's channel T, with the launch intentionally delayed until after Ramadan ended. After the Presidency of Religious Affairs denied permission for an imam to appear, the programme appears to have been cancelled.Overview
Kanal T's Deputy Director Ahmet Özdemir has said that the goal of the show is "to turn disbelievers into [believers in] God," but that which God they choose is up to them. He also believes that the show will be helpful for those interested in learning about other religions. Any converts will be offered a free to one of four holy sites – Mecca, Vatican City, Jerusalem, or Tibet. The newly co
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