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Reclaiming Our Voices
Friday, December 3, 2004
Media Cowers to Bush Agenda
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: "Cost of Freedom" C S & N
Topic: Inclusive Message Banned

You may have heard of CBS's and NBC's decision to not show the UCC (United Church of Christ) commercial, that show an example of some people being excluded from a church, and than the UCC message goes on to affirm their inclusion of all people, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. Here is an excerpt from an article reporting on the reason for banning the ad.

". . . Noting that the image of one woman putting her arm around another was included in the ad, CBS announced, "Because the 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 (CBS and UPN) networks."

(Bill - How absurd is that? How scarry is that?)

NBC was similarly concerned that the spot was "controversial." UCC leaders, pastors and congregation members are upset, and rightly so.

"It' seems incredible to me that CBS admits it is refusing to air the commercial because of something the Executive Branch, the Bush administration, is doing," says Dave Moyer, conference minister for the Wisconsin Conference of the UCC. "Since when is it unacceptable to offer a different perspective?" . . ."

Find more information from this article at:
http://www.thenation.com/thebeat/index.mhtml?bid=1&pid=2039

You can sign a petition asking CBS and NBC to reverse their decision to decline to run an anti-bigotry ad from the United Church of Christ, if you agree. The UCC feels their message does not warrants censorship. The denomination wants viewers to know that everyone is welcome at their churches. The UCC ad apparently ran afoul of the CBS policy by promoting the fact that its churches welcome gay and lesbian members as well as members of other minority groups, youth and seniors.

It only takes a few seconds to sign the petition. Click here to sign the petition: http://www.workingforchange.com/activism/petition.cfm?itemid=18182

There is a link to the actual ad within the petition, so you can go ahead and view it and judge for yourself. You can also see it on this link: http://www.stillspeaking.com

Thank you for your consideration.

P.S. Please forward this link to anyone that you know who might be interested: http://pencandle.tripod.com/Reclaim

Posted by pencandle at 5:59 PM EST
Updated: Friday, December 3, 2004 6:02 PM EST

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