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Controversy over another Focus on the Family ad

posted by jmcgee

This time, it’s spot that appeared on the web.

From the AP:

Weeks after scoring a publicity coup with a 30-second Super Bowl ad featuring Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, conservative Christian group Focus on the Family is at the center of another marketing tug-of-war — this time involving the major governing body of college sports.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association removed a Focus on the Family banner ad from one of its Web sites this week, NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said Wednesday.

The NCAA made the decision after some of its members — including faculty and athletic directors — expressed concern that the evangelical group’s stance against gay and lesbian relationships conflicted with the NCAA’s policy of inclusion regardless of sexual orientation, Williams said.

The ad in question was not about sexuality. It featured a father holding his son and the words, “All I want for my son is for him to grow up knowing how to do the right thing.” Like the Tebow ad, it included the address of Focus on the Family’s Web site and the slogan, “Celebrate Family. Celebrate Life.”

Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger said that if such material were “all of a sudden labeled hate speech, we have deeper problems in our country than we even know.”

Check out the link for more details.



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posted February 25, 2010 at 10:37 am


I see no wrong in an ad such as that… one that promotes good family morals. Sorry, let me rephrase that with Nietzche’s, who slept with a prostitute and contracted syphillis, values. No room for morals in America anymore. I guess as a Christian though, should we stop with the causes and start with the cost of the cross of Christ? I mean causes are attacked as well so why not go right to the center of the faith? Our honesty about the state of sin in our own hearts and the only cure… People should start to read for themselves… what is the most logical answer… where can you find these answers? The Bible… start reading. compare other faiths if you must but start being responsible for what you believe.



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hlvanburen

posted February 25, 2010 at 11:05 am


I agree…I see nothing at all wrong with this ad, and think that the NCAA was foolish for pulling it.
However, I also believe that the Christians who complain about the “Good without God” ads that have appeared in many areas are every bit as silly and foolish in their opposition to those ads.
I have to wonder…if the same ad with the same graphic and tagline had a different tag line (say the United Church of Christ or the Unitarian-Universalist Association) would the same folks be raising the same objections?



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Brodavid

posted February 25, 2010 at 11:41 am


Once again, the left-wingers cannot refute the message, so they muzzle the messenger. I take it as an admission that they can’t win an honest debate on the issues.



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romancrusader

posted February 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm


There’s a difference between being a saint and a demon! A real saint weathers the storm instead of saying a “I quit”. Remember, Satan is a coward.



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Mark Mitchell

posted February 25, 2010 at 7:43 pm


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The fact that CBS would want to pull an add off from public view shows that when a Christian Stands up for what is right, it does make a difference even to CBS. To be afraid to publish pro-life ads, it shows that they are defeated and do not have an argument that would face up to true intellectual scrutiny.



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hlvanburen

posted February 25, 2010 at 7:44 pm


“Once again, the left-wingers cannot refute the message, so they muzzle the messenger. I take it as an admission that they can’t win an honest debate on the issues.”
Either that or they are simply modeling the behavior of fine Christians.
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-8947-LA-Atheism-Examiner~y2009m11d14-Godless-humanists-replace-2nd-defaced-billboard
http://www.inquisitr.com/28336/florida-christians-protest-atheist-billboard-wait-till-you-see-the-sign/
Using BroDavid’s analogy, I’d have to conclude that the Christians in these two instances cannot refute the message of these signs.



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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted February 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm


Mark…
CBS didn’t have a problem with the ad. The NCAA did. They’re the ones who wanted it pulled.
Lest we forget: CBS ran the original Tebow Super Bowl ad on a broadcast which had the highest television ratings in history.
Dcn. G.



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posted February 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm


Get a grip hlvanburen. There is a quantum difference between the main stream media (which have been the gatekeepers of information for the past 60+ years) refusing to air pro life ads versus isolated incidents of vandalism or small protests. What a typical left winger hlvanburen is. Leftists like him have no sense of scale or comparison. Leftists, for hyperbole example, would answer the holocaust of 6 million Jews by citing to an isolated crime by a Jewish person against a German gentile – no sense of scale, no sense of fairness, no “sense” whatsoever. Get a grip. I also have to laugh at neo-libs who, when confronted by historic left wing media bias, cite to Fox News’ presentation. Fox hasn’t been around for 60 years left wing dingbats. Your biased ‘big three’ have. Get a grip.



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hlvanburen

posted February 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm


“There is a quantum difference between the main stream media (which have been the gatekeepers of information for the past 60+ years) refusing to air pro life ads versus isolated incidents of vandalism or small protests.”
Yes there is. Mainstream media outlets making choices about what they accept as paid advertising on their networks is a legal business practice, with decisions made by identifiable individuals within the organization.
Defacing billboards and others signs is usually considered a crime and is therefore done by anonymous cowards who do so in the dark of night.



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Henry Vanden Brook

posted February 27, 2010 at 10:25 pm


It seems to me the true meaning is that the NCAA is against son’s growing up to know how to do the right thing, or they are against families, or they are against life, or they feel homosexuals are against doing what’s right, or that homosexuals are against life, or that homosexuals are against families (which should mean that they should not be allowed to adopt children- which I agree with). So either the NCAA should be closed down for promoting corruption across our country, or homosexuals should be imprisoned or at least kicked out of the country or both since at least one of them is against doing what’s right, the family, or life. I think someone should definitely be going to court and it should be the disgusting decision maker.



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