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02/12/2009

WAAH. I can't demonize gay people. WAAH. Futzing with others' lives should be a right. WAAH.

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 2-205Here we go. The American Family Association, as expected, is now claiming victim status after resounding outcry kept their fallacy-filled propaganda piece, Silencing the Christians, off of Grand Rapids, MI, airwaves. This from the AFA's One News Now:

AFA is now buying prime-time slots on the nation's television stations to present that special to provide factual, Christian-based information on the topic. But the pro-family group reports it has run up against blatant "silencing" of that message. "There's a real threat to our First Amendment and free-speech rights because Christians are being shut down and shut out and shut up by the very people who say they champion freedom of speech," asserts AFA president Tim Wildmon.

For example, WSXY in Columbus, Ohio, has refused the air the program. WSPA in Greenville, South Carolina, aired it, but then ran an apology from the station manager. And in Grand Rapids, Michigan, WOOD-TV agreed to air the show earlier this week, then bumped it to Wednesday -- and although the agreement is for prime time, now plans to run it in an afternoon weekend slot.
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Wildmon sees outright irony in what is happening. "It's ironic that the very issue we're bringing up -- that Christians are being rendered speechless when they talk about this issue -- is actually happening to us when it comes to the program itself," he observes.

Why are stations responding that way? According to Wildmon, they are reacting to complaints from homosexual activists about airing Speechless. "[The stations are] just giving us the runaround," he says. "They've heard from a few of the homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered supporters out there -- and so they haven't heard massively from our folks yet."

Christian TV special being stifled [ONN]

Yes, because in case you weren't aware, there is a free speech right to buy broadcast time for whatever sort of program you want. You know, because that's totally what freedom of speech is all about. It's not about government interference in people's lives -- it's all about denying corporations the right to make their own business decisions. We're sure the founding fathers meant to put a right to freely secure infomercial time in the constitution -- they just got sidetracked.

[::writer rolls eyes so dramatically, he's sure he'll be accused of denying Tim Wildmon his right to exist without being confronted by sarcastic eye gestures::]

Get off it, AFA. We're in a tough economy, and people have less time or capital for bullcrap than ever before!

*SEE ALSO: The American Family Association's fascination with fradulent documentaries [Holy Buliies]

**NOTE: Interestingly the One News Now piece, though seemingly written today, still says that WOOD-TV is airing the program, even though the station announced yesterday that the offer is now off the table. Perhaps they are ignoring that development, just like they have ignored the concrete evidence that negates so many of their "facts."

**NOTE2: in anticipation of other arguments, we want to mention the clear difference in situations where our side gets angry about non-inclusive broadcast decisions. Yes, we protest when things like advocacy ads are kept off the air. Yes, we call it unfair. But what we don't do is call it a "free speech" violation. Because it is not. It may be wrong. It may be unreasonable. It may be shortsighted. It may be explicitly anti-gay (which could violate other freedoms, in certain situations). However, it is rarely a "free speech" infringement when a TV network makes a certain corporate broadcasting decision.

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Your thoughts

Leave it to the AFA to try and get traction from this lie.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Feb 12, 2009 12:07:43 PM

If they want to air Christian based information, why don't they use one of the Christian networks? If they think the issue can be forced, they may be opening a can of worms that should be kept closed. Would one of the Christian networks air a Wicca (sp?) based information program? I'm sure they would want to air an Islam based information program. Wingnuts just love Islam.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Feb 12, 2009 12:13:24 PM

As with most of these organizations - they are using a scare tactic that has been proving to work for them. One of the reasons Prop. 8 passed and why one of the reasons ENDA failed is the "Far Right" keeps telling their believers if GLBT people are allowed to marry or if they're protect on a federal level - people of faith will loss their right to speak out against homosexuality - and due to the fact that most of their followers distrust and dislike homosexuals or they’re just not willing to find out the facts for themselves the believe it.

So believe me when I say the fact that this infomercial might not get air on TV will only help the AFA and others like them to fuel the blatant lie that treating GLBT as equals will silence people of faith.

Posted by: Alonzo | Feb 12, 2009 3:13:48 PM

"factual, Christian-based information on the topic"

hahaha

its like saying "hateful, love-based action against a minority"

Posted by: GT | Feb 12, 2009 5:24:57 PM

"factual, Christian-based information on the topic"

OMG GET OUT OF MY HEAD. I was about to quote the same line.

Comedic GOLD.

Posted by: chris | Feb 12, 2009 6:42:03 PM

jeremy this is why the fairness doctrine needs to be re-established so that these people no longer pull this bullcrap. I can guarantee that these conservatives would stop spewing lies on the airwaves if equal time was given to liberals.

Posted by: adam kautz | Feb 12, 2009 6:54:51 PM

I'm surprised at the quote about "homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered supporters." It seems a little more inclusive for them than usual. I also wonder if the quote originally said "gay" instead of "homosexual," since that news site likes to automatically replace words and I've never heard anyone say HLBT instead of GLBT. Then again, these pro-family groups think the word "gay" is too normalizing, so maybe not...

Posted by: Joe | Feb 13, 2009 3:05:13 AM

Wow i tried to watch the silencing the christians thing that they were posting and I just had to stop partially because I was about to start laughing and partially because everything they were saying was so dumb I didn't want my IQ to drop because of watching it. I mean really, they blatantly state that the gay community has a specific hidden agenda and that we're trying to take over everything starting with the media. It pretty much sounded like a classic obsessive phobic disorder, where you become so afraid of something that you can't stop thinking about it and because of your obsession you begin to associate superfluous tendancies with it. Basically I just said they're all homophobes.

I finally realized something though. This is exactly the same as some of the anti-black Christian propaganda from way back in the 60s that I've seen. Stating that they are going to rise up and take over. Making biblical references left and right even if they don't make sense. Giving the group itself an almost communistlike agenda. Shooting them down at every turn.

Also I would like to post a little fun fact about AFA's website, I'm pretty sure that that number at the top that says how many people are supporters, yeah that would be really funny if that was really just a hit count of how many IPs have visited the site

Posted by: zacktheman72 | Feb 18, 2009 11:22:22 AM

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