It's so fashionable nowadays to be a corporate bigot.
First, Microsoft caves to anti-gay radicals in the name of diversity, and before that, ABC refused to run a pro-diversity ad for the United Church of Christ. The reason ABC gave the UCC for denying their ad:
"The network doesn't take advertising from religious groups. It's a long-standing policy," said Susan Sewell, an ABC spokeswomanYou can therefore imagine everyone's surprise when ABC months later accepted an ad from the radical right religious group Focus on the Family.
Let's take a look at the Focus on the Family mission statement, shall we?
Our MissionHmmm... let's put on our ABC lawyer caps here... cooperating with the Holy Spirit... disseminating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible... sounds like a religious institution to me (or our foreign policy). And for a really fun reading, check out the FoF guiding principles.
To cooperate with the Holy Spirit in disseminating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, and, specifically, to accomplish that objective by helping to preserve traditional values and the institution of the family.
Now let's look at the latest article on ABC accepting the Focus on the Family ad:
The conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family plans to advertise its child-rearing Web site and toll-free number during the ABC reality show on Monday.So, a "conservative Christian MINISTRY" is using these TV ads to spread its "faith-based advice" but that has NOTHING to do with a religious group or religion.
The ad is the first national television spot purchased by the group and is part of an effort to bring its faith-based advice on parenting and relationships to younger families, said Jim Daly, the group's president and CEO.
If I were the UCC, I'd be setting ABC up for a massive federal lawsuit based on religious discrimination. TV networks like ABC can't pick and choose which religions they like based on the political flavor of the day. Even more worrisome, we are witnessed the exact same thing Microsoft did to gays a few weeks ago. Corproate America, the media, our politicians, are chucking liberalsim, civil rights, progressive values and advocates thereof overboard in an effort to suck up to the radical right and their administration currently in power.
The only way to stop it is to make the radical right and their benefactors lose at the ballot box and the schoolhouse door, and to ensure that companies like ABC and Microsoft pay such a high price for their bigotry that it is never repeated again.
UCC, sue ABC's ass of, and join us in challenging their licenses.