CBS has once again aired a commercial by the vehemently anti-gay extremist group Focus on the Family during one its nationally broadcast football games between FOF Poster boy Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos and The New England Patriots. (You may remember last year that CBS aired an anti-abortion commercial from FOF which actually starred Tebow and his mother.)
The commercial entitled John 3:16, the biblical quote numbers that Tebow wears under his eyes is the quote that “God doth love the word” and FOF uses children to promote it.
God may so love the world but so is not true of Focus on the Family.
FOF is anti-choice, anti-gay, and against sex education curricula. FOF also focuses on religion in public schools, encouraging Christian teachers to establish prayer groups in schools although it points out that it doesn’t support teacher-led prayer for fear that a teacher would encourage Christian students “to pray to Allah, Buddha or the goddess Sophia against the wishes of the parents and/or students.” FOF is a strong supporter of the Defense of Marriage and works against “special rights” for homosexuals and hate crime legislation, and supports “reparative therapy” for homosexuality, which has been widely discredited and rejected by the vast majority of doctors and physicians. FOF sponsors “Love Won Out,” conferences held around the U.S. that claim to prove that “homosexuality is preventable and treatable,” where many of the speakers are “ex-gays.” “Love Won Out” is from the title of a book by John Paulk, an “ex-gay” who is the host of the conferences and is an employee of Focus on the Family. For those ex-gays who cannot change, FOF considers sexual celibacy another option. FOF regularly asserts the idea that there is a “homosexual agenda” and associates homosexuals with pedophilia and recruitment of children as sex partners.
This is the group that CBS allowed to air a commercial. And to make matters worse at the end of the commercial FOF has a plea for donations.
A petition has already been posted on Change.org that demands an apology from CBS. But an apology is not enough. CBS and the media in general need to learn that enabling hate groups that that hide behind religion to to support a hateful agenda is not okay.
Oh and by the way the Broncos LOST yesterday. It seems that God does not like his name being used to support hate.