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12/01/2004: WWJD?

I'm just an ignorant atheist, so I'm probably wrong, but Jesus (if he existed, which he probably didn't) would be acting more like the United Church of Christ than those other ignorant bozos who call themselves "Christian" (including the invincibly ignorant bozo currently calling himself "The President of the United States"). From the Enterprise Ethics Weblog (and a few other sources): American Taliban now in charge. The EE Weblog cites this UCC press release telling how NBC and CBS have banned a UCC advertisement because it's too "controversial":

The CBS and NBC television networks are refusing to run a 30-second television ad from the United Church of Christ because its all-inclusive welcome has been deemed "too controversial."

The ad, part of the denomination's new, broad identity campaign set to begin airing nationwide on Dec. 1, states that -- like Jesus -- the United Church of Christ (UCC) seeks to welcome all people, regardless of ability, age, race, economic circumstance or sexual orientation.

According to a written explanation from CBS, the United Church of Christ is being denied network access because its ad implies acceptance of gay and lesbian couples -- among other minority constituencies -- and is, therefore, too "controversial."

"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples and other minority groups by other individuals and organizations," reads an explanation from CBS, "and the fact the Executive Branch has recently proposed a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast on the [CBS and UPN] networks."

Similarly, a rejection by NBC declared the spot "too controversial."
Now let me make sure I can understand this.... As the Enterprise Ethics Weblog points out:
We can see people eat worms for fun and profit. We can watch the organized mayhem of professional football, in which vertebrae and cartilage are sacrificed to the almighty dollar, and we can see people blow up things -- including other people. But the mere mention of tolerance might offend some people and so it's banned.
You go, United Church of Christ! I can't believe in God or Jesus (just too unbelievable a pair of concepts, sorry), but if I could, I'd be there in one of your congregations this Sunday.

Len on 12.01.04 @ 12:20 PM CST


Replies: 2 comments

on Wednesday, December 1st, 2004 at 9:41 PM CST, Abby said

Haha! As a fellow ignorant Atheist, I thoroughly support the United Church of Christ. I'm not so sure our support will help them, but what the hey!

on Wednesday, December 1st, 2004 at 9:47 PM CST, Len Cleavelin said

Hey, the UCC's cool enough that one member church actually let an atheist teach Sunday School for them (the atheist spouse of a member of the congregation).

I respect that.

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