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United Church of Christ or Focus on the Family: Who’s More Controversial?

January 21, 2010 has a petition up call on CBS, who found the ad above to be too controversial to air 5 years ago, to either air this, or refuse to air a Super Bowl ad (starring Tim Tebow) by Focus on the Family that addresses abortion.  Regardless of where you come down on the abortion issue, I find it hard to defend the idea that a church saying they are welcoming to all is somehow more controversial than an anti-abortion ad.

Go to to sign the petition.

Five years ago, television network CBS rejected an advertisement from the United Church of Christ (UCC) that suggested churches should be places free from discrimination, including discrimination based on age, gender, race, and sexual orientation. At the time, CBS told the UCC that the network had “a longstanding policy of not accepting advocacy advertising,” and that the advertisement was too controversial.

An inclusive church is too controversial? Sheesh, if that’s what passes for controversial, then how is CBS justifying its plan to run a Super Bowl advertisement from the vehemently anti-LGBT group, Focus on the Family?

You might know Focus on the Family from their comments about LGBT people, which include among other ringers, that homosexuals are a threat to civilization, that homosexuality can be repaired, and that gays and lesbians who enter into relationships are perverted. Beyond that, you might know Focus on the Family for the rather inflammatory comments of its founder, James Dobson, who once said that girls shouldn’t learn anything about sex education because it strips them of their modesty.

To top that all off, the Focus on the Family Super Bowl ad is scheduled to take a hard-line position against abortion. That’s not controversial?!

Sounds like CBS is employing a double standard here, telling a pro-LGBT Church that their advertisement is too risque, but telling a rabidly right-wing religious group that they can run their advertisement right smack in the middle of the most watched television program of the year. Twice.

Call CBS out on this double standard. Ask them to either reject this advertisement from Focus on the Family, or give the United Church of Christ an opportunity to air their ad on the network.

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