Thursday, December 02, 2004

GAY RIGHTS: Networks Bar Church Ads That Welcome Gays

Networks Bar Church Ads That Welcome Gays: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two leading U.S. television networks angered gay rights groups on Thursday by refusing to carry an ad by a church welcoming gays to their congregations, a message the networks found too controversial.
The United Church of Christ, a Protestant denomination which has about 1.3 million members, said the 30-second commercial was aimed at making gays feel included and they were disappointed by CBS and NBC's decision to reject it. Cable networks have accepted the ad.
In the ad, heavy-set bouncers stand behind a red velvet rope line outside a church and with bells chiming in the background, hand-holding gay couples are turned away.
'Jesus didn't turn people away. Neither do we,' is the message of the ad.
The church's director of communications, Robert Chase, said the ad grew out of a two-year effort to welcome gays.
'There are countless persons who feel alienated, rejected or excluded from the church. What we are trying to say is, you are welcome here,' he told ABC's 'Good Morning America' show.
Chase said he was surprised the networks had turned down the ads, which ran in six test markets last spring in predominantly Republican states and drew no complaints.
'I think that one of the things we need to be concerned about is what has changed that would cause such a stir?' asked Chase. "


At 10:39 PM, Blogger Darren said...

I saw a bunch of ads towards the end of summer for the UCC showing many different people standing together. Since I'm technically still a member of this church, it made me happy. Like all my happiness, it appears to have been short lived.


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