"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
The CBS and NBC television networks are refusing to run a 30-second television ad from the United Church of Christ because its all-inclusive welcome has been deemed "too controversial."
The ad, part of the denomination's new, broad identity campaign set to begin airing nationwide on Dec. 1, states that -- like Jesus -- the United Church of Christ seeks to welcome all people, regardless of ability, age, race, economic circumstance or sexual orientation.
According to a written explanation from CBS, the United Church of Christ is being denied network access because its ad implies acceptance of gay and lesbian couples -- among other minority constituencies -- and is, therefore, too "controversial."
"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples and other minority groups by other individuals and organizations," reads an explanation from CBS, "and the fact the Executive Branch has recently proposed a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast on the [CBS and UPN] networks."
Read that last paragraph again. The networks have not found the Junta's efforts to ensconce bigotry into the fabric of the Constitution itself "too controversial." In fact, the networks have given Dear Leader and his flying monkeys unfettered access to the airwaves - the public airwaves, to which the networks are given free use in the pursuit of holy profit - and Chimpy's minions have exploited that access to spew their bilious hatred under the guise of "news." But, should a church attempt to recruit new members by spreading the news that its adherents have actually read the whole Bible - not just the parts they like - the networks whimper and run away like scared jackrabbits.
I guess now we know why Jesus wept.