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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

United Church of Christ protests rejection of its ad.

Here's the United Church of Christ Action Center, which will help you send your complaint about CBS/UPN and NBC's decision not to accept an ad from the liberal denomination. (The controversial ad says, "Jesus didn't turn people away. Neither do we" — a perspective that apparently impugns the reputation of other churches, seems to welcome gay and lesbian people to the UCC, and conflicts with President Bush's views of potential constitutional amendments. The horror!) Here's the UCC's Action Alert about its "God Is Still Speaking" campaign, with talking points for your conversation with the networks and their local affiliates. One of the most significant things you can do is to contribute to the costs of the ad campaign: Buying network ad time would have been much cheaper than buying ad time in hundreds of local markets, but that may be what the UCC must now do to get its message out. Please consider donating to a good cause.

Meanwhile, you can watch the news media discover this story at Google News, where I've already set up a simple search string focusing on the UCC ad campaign. Come back as often as you like, click that link, and watch the news coverage grow. This will be fun.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 1 December 2004 at 11:19 PM

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6 comments:

Dan:

December 2, 2004 12:17 AM | Permalink for this comment

I know this isn't the place to take God's name in vain (you might tell me there is no such place; sorry, it's a habit), but this is exactly the sort of situation that might prompt me to forget myself and do that.

My first assumption is that it's pure moral cowardice. But what CBS said is actually so bold and out there you wonder whether this is cowardice or a calculated political stand to curry fan with the allegedly ascendant "values" crowd.

Philocrites:

December 2, 2004 08:09 AM | Permalink for this comment

Front page of the Boston Globe: "Two Networks Bar Church Ad Welcoming Gays" by Michael Paulson. Page A8 of the Washington Post: "CBS, NBC Turn Down United Church of Christ's Ad Touting Its Inclusiveness" by Alan Cooperman.

Lara:

December 2, 2004 10:28 AM | Permalink for this comment

Chris, Thanks for your blog. I can't believe CBS and NBC are doing this! What an outrage!

Philocrites:

December 2, 2004 06:23 PM | Permalink for this comment

In the New York Times: "2 Networks Are Accused of Rejecting Ad on Religious Bias" by Bill Carter and Neela Banerjee. Meanwhile, Mormons chat about the ad at Times and Seasons.

Philocrites:

December 2, 2004 06:29 PM | Permalink for this comment

Josh Marshall is tracking which newspapers gave the UCC ad story front-page coverage: In addition to the Boston Globe, which I mentioned earlier, the Chicago Tribune, the Austin Statesman-American, San Francisco Chronicle, Providence Journal-Bulletin, and Des Moines Register ran the story on page 1.

Philocrites:

December 5, 2004 10:29 AM | Permalink for this comment

Additional commentary in the Boston Globe this weekend:

The Rev. Nancy S. Taylor, president of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, writes an op-ed: "Why the Big Deal Over Church's Ad?" (12.4.04).

Eileen McNamara devotes her Sunday City/Region column to the ad controversy: "A Chill in the Air" (12.5.04).



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