Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.
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Networks Coward to Religious Right Agenda
Press release from ---
United Church of Christ
United Church News
The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, News Director
May 3, 2005
After twice rejecting UCC's ad, ABC airs 'Focus on the Family' commercial The communications director of the 1.3-million-member
United Church of Christ is questioning a decision by ABC television to allow James Dobson's Focus on the Family
to air two commercials during the network's season finale of "Supernanny" on May 2.
In an Associated Press story (May 2), Focus on the Family's president and CEO, Jim Daly, said the spots were
an attempt by his organization to offer "faith-based" advice on parenting, despite the fact that ABC
executives have twice denied recent similar requests by the UCC to purchase network time as part of its national
"Focus on the Family is clearly a religious organization," the Rev. Robert Chase, director of the
UCC's communication ministry, told United Church News. "Here's yet another illustration of how a particular
narrow agenda makes up the rules as they go along, while another religious viewpoint cannot even purchase time
on the people's airwaves to proclaim an all-inclusive message."
In December and March, the three major networks denied a purchasing request by the Cleveland-based UCC. NBC
and CBS rejected the UCC's 30-second ads as "too controversial." ABC, however, sidestepped the fray by
maintaining that it has a blanket policy against all religious advertising.
"Why are the network executives so willing to bow to this narrow agenda of the religious right?" Chase
told United Church News. "Why is one religious viewpoint continually accommodated by the network elites?"
"Focus on the Family may be using a non-sectarian come-on, but what kind of assurances can ABC provide
that Focus on the Family's follow-up literature is respectful of all faiths, respectful of non-traditional families,
respectful of the one million kids that have same-sex couples as parents?"
The apparent hole in ABC's advertising policy has not been lost on internet blogs. Below are a few recent posts:
Media Matters: Is ABC providing airtime to Focus on the Family after denying it to United Church of Christ?
Talking Points Memo: You may recall
AmericaBlog: ABC accepts ad from Focus on Family after rejecting gay-friendly Christian Church