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Church_1road.jpg CBS and NBC refuse to air 30-second spot from United Church of Christ welcoming gays and minorities. "The 30-second commercial features two muscle-bound 'bouncers' standing guard outside a picturesque church and selecting which persons are permitted to attend Sunday services, and turning away apparent gays and persons of color. Written text interrupts the scene, announcing, 'Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we.'" Watch ad.

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  1. Ah, screw NBC and CBS. I don't know what else to say. I'm kind of baffled by their decision.

    Posted by: Kenny | Dec 1, 2004 6:14:41 PM

  2. I'm proud to say that both my grandfather and my uncle are pastors in the United Church of Christ. Though I'm not a big church-goer myself, it sure is nice to hear my family's church take a stand like this.

    Posted by: bmw | Dec 1, 2004 9:02:47 PM

  3. Be sure to check out the discussion/coverage at Talking Points Memo and MetaFilter

    Posted by: Eric | Dec 1, 2004 10:32:09 PM

  4. Many media outlets have picked up the story: Boston Globe, CNN, New York Times (requires free registration)and Reuters among the many.

    Human Rights Campaign Denounces CBS and NBC’s Refusal to Air Ad with Inclusionary Religious Message

    The ad has been accepted and will air on a number of networks, including ABC Family, AMC, BET, Discovery, Fox, Hallmark, History, Nick@Nite, TBS, TNT, Travel and TV Land, among others.

    The United Church of Chirst is asking folks to take action (send automated letters) to tell CBS and NBC to run the ad.

    Posted by: Eric | Dec 2, 2004 3:38:30 PM

  5. I'm blown away by this. This is reactionary fear-based decision making by network television like I've never seen before. That a strongly inclusive faith-based message would be censored is outrageous. Proof positive that the "moral values" position has been highjacked by a select group of "Christians." As a Christian myself (but not that breed), I'm feeling a little righteous indignation coming on here.

    Posted by: Kurt | Dec 3, 2004 4:31:36 PM

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