Christian morning Prayers on Norway's national radio - NRK P1, has more than 300,000 daily listeners. Now it aims for more diversity. On Monday, both the Our Father Prayer and the Blessing surprisingly were omitted. Morning prayers without the Our Father prayer and the blessing made the Christian newspaper Dagen to react, and they contacted NRK, VG reports.
Njord Røv, head of NRK beliefs editorial stated that NRK wants more variety and that it may eventually be inviting devotional speakers from other religions, including Islam.
The fixed listeners of the morning prayers on radio naturally wants to keep it Christian, and Dagen's Facebook page is full of comments to keep it Christian.
- Morning Prayers are Christian and not a belief program, one says.
- This idea will not lure new listeners to NRK as they might hope, but guaranteed to make the faithful listenership of morning prayers to turn off the radio, another says.
However, NRK has perhaps understood that Christian listeners are a dying group, and must start planning to adapt to a new potential audience which will increase in numbers in line with the demographic changes.
But probably someone in an editorial meeting have pointed out that the current program is exclusionary and perhaps discriminatory, and that the diversity of society must be reflected also in morning prayers.
In the name of political correctness of course.
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