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Nicholas Carey
12-02-2004, 12:28 PM
[From the You Couldn't Have Made It Up Department]

According to NYU's review of the religious press The Revealer (http://www.therevealer.org/), the CBS, NBC and UPN television networks have deemed the United Church of Christ's new television ad campaign (http://www.stillspeaking.com/default.htm) to be unsuitable for network television because of its message that the UCC is open to all people regardless of age, gender, race or sexual orientation.

This despite their willingness to run just about anything, from Viagra ads to rabid political attack ads to explicitly partisan spots of all stripes opposing gay marriage.

From the UCC's press release published at The Revealer:
CBS, NBC refuse to air church's television advertisement
<span style="font-family:serif;">United Church of Christ ad highlighting Jesus' extravagant welcome called 'too controversial.'

CLEVELAND&mdash;The CBS and NBC television networks are refusing to run a 30-second television ad (http://www.stillspeaking.com/default.htm) 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 (UCC) 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&mdash;among other minority constituencies&mdash;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 [emph. mine], this spot is unacceptable for broadcast on the [CBS and UPN] networks.'

[full text... (http://www.therevealer.org/archives/timely_001292.php)]You can view the commercial at http://www.stillspeaking.com/default.htm

LeeG
12-02-2004, 12:32 PM
Isn't the Constitution for defining sexual relations? After seeing TeamAmerica my understanding of marionette sex has been redefined...makes me want to start fires for some reason,,with little sticks, so many battles to chose.