The so-called 'liberal' television media has banned inclusive religious advertising, again. The United Church of Christ's new ad, scheduled to air on cable starting April 3, will not be screened on ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX due to those networks' position that such advertising constitutes controversial issues advocacy.
The new 30-second 'Ejector Pew' ad features several people — a black woman, a gay couple, a Middle Eastern man, an elderly man in a walker — who are ejected from their church pews at the press of a button. This is followed by a voiceover which says, "God doesn't reject people, neither do we."
What a remarkable world we live in, when the American Family Association or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints can run ads on network TV, but a mainline church cannot — because its message of welcome is considered too controversial or political. Considering the filth and smut that gets passed off on FOX as news and entertainment, this is absurd in the extreme.
Or as the UCC asks, "Mainline churches should be silent while right-wing extremists get to speak their mind? Do you care?"
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