Monday, December 06, 2004


Someone forwarded me this from some source called Studio Briefing. Actually, I really hope this is just one more urban legend spam thing. But I'm going to take a chance and reprint it here. Clearly, for Viacom and NBC, just being Christian makes you inappropriate for the public airwaves.

Church Ad Rejected by Networks

Viacom's CBS and UPN networks have rejected a paid public service announcement by the United Church of Christ in which an announcer says, "Jesus didn't turn people away. Neither do we. ... No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."

In a statement, Viacom said: "Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples and other minority groups by other individuals and organizations.
..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 networks." NBC has also rejected the ad as "too controversial," the church said.

In a statement, the Rev. John H. Thomas, the church's president said that it was ironic that "an ad with a message of welcome and inclusion would be deemed too controversial. What's going on here?" The ad was accepted by Viacom's black-oriented BET cable network and its Nick at Nite channel as well as by ABC Family, Fox, Hallmark, and many Turner Broadcasting channels.


Deb said...

Barb - it's real. I've seen it on tv and in the Christian television community, it's a real hot topic. No one has contacted the Christian tv station that I work in Las Vegas to run it, but I've heard others around the country have been contacted. Some stations are running it, some aren't.

Gregory Peter Carl said...
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Gregory Peter Carl said...

Barbara, you've got part of the story, once you see the whole ad, I think you'll agree that it may have been wise of them to pull it, but not for the reason they claim.

The ad insinuates that other churches "bounce" people based on homosexuality or race, (which it lumps together by association), but the offense is not in the acceptance of homosexuals (the christian principle which the viacom statement seems to be scared of). The offense is in the farcically made claim that other churches are obstinately apposed to the mere presence of homosexuals and non-whites.

Jimmy Akin has a good post on the issue, check it out.

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