MUSIC > TRT refuses to imagine world without religion, censures Lennon song at Olympic ceremony

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A presenter for Turkish state broadcaster TRT omitted part of iconic British musician John Lennon's lyrics that call for “no religion” during the broadcasting of the Olympic Games’ closing ceremonies, NTV reported on its website.

One of Lennon’s most famous songs, “Imagine,” was included in the Aug. 12 ceremonies and was translated into Turkish by the TRT presenter as it played in the background.
The verses of the song which called for people to imagine a world with no countries and no reason to kill or die for were correctly translated into Turkish, but the presenter skipped the part where Lennon sang for "no religion."
The presenter translated the remainder of the lyrics correctly.


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illawarrior hill

8/17/2012 8:26:41 PM

Anyone who is offended by this wonderful song must look inside of themselves and ask why. Seriously ... think about it ... a world with no national boundaries, no religious prejudices ....where people of all races/ nationalites/ faiths live in peace & harmony. How can anyone possible object to this???

illawarrior hill

8/17/2012 8:17:51 PM

This song is one of the best ever of all time. Most religions preach love and practice war. A world without religion is the only jope for world peace.

Recep Ozel

8/15/2012 12:36:08 PM

The world 'religion' is used once in the beautiful song that promotes peace, harmony, and human values. The fact that a few people feel it may be offensive shows how correct the song the song is! The Turkish Olympic logo for 2020, which our PM personally selected, has mosques and minarets in the background! What people who find the song offensive say about that?

Can Oz

8/14/2012 8:52:25 PM

Keep up with these reports HDN. Private Turkish channels can do what they want, but TRT is a public State owned channel. Religious conservatism is being forced on the Turkish populace. Does Turkey's only liberal "Muslim democrat", Mustafa Akyol, have any comment about this?

mara mcglothin

8/14/2012 7:26:48 PM

PHILPOT AND HDNBLOGGER I is what it is! If I were the one planning such an event I would steer clear of controversial subjects such as religion. Lennon wrote this to get a rise out of people. It didn't backfire nearly as well as when he declared the Beatles to be more famous than God/Jesus. Of course our issue is not with the song , but with the right of Turkey to sensor it. But then again "insult" and "honor" are punishable offenses in Turkey.


8/14/2012 7:07:10 PM

@mara - just because someone is offended doesn't make them right.


8/14/2012 5:22:08 PM

Mara - it's tragic to think that a song which preaches peace, that questions the things which ultimately divide nations and people, can be considered offensive by anyone! But that's the whole point of the song isn't it? To uncover the intolerance felt by people who supposedly live by love and forgiveness. I think this was Lennons genius.

mara mcglothin

8/14/2012 3:34:04 PM

NO matter how you feel about this song, I do believe that is was a very poor choice because it is so highly offensive to many people. BUT that gives no one the right to sensor the words. Democracy is for each individual to decide what they are offended by. Turkish people are NOT children and should have the right to decide for themselves.

sid solo

8/14/2012 3:03:28 PM

These are the darkest hours of the Turkish Republic. Censoring John Lennon for the most beautiful song he has ever written, a song that should be the "world anthem"...What can you say? I am speechless at so much ignorance. But also not surprised at all. Here goes your thin layer of "moderate Islam" make-up, and the ugly face of religious intolerance shows itself. This why secularism is so important, especially in a muslim country.

two sides to every coin

8/14/2012 2:30:55 PM

One word (pathetic)
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