ABC, on why it won’t take advertising from the United Church of Christ:
“The network doesn’t take advertising from religious groups. It’s a long-standing policy,” said Susan Sewell, an ABC spokeswoman, in a Religion News Service story on Wednesday.
But they aired an ad by James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. And for the unitiated, this is their mission statement:
To cooperate with the Holy Spirit in disseminating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, and, specifically, to accomplish that objective by helping to preserve traditional values and the institution of the family.
ABC, NBC, and CBS refused to air this ad from the UCC. NBC and CBS claimed it was “too controversial” because it says “Jesus didn’t turn people away”. Tolerance of gays and ethnic and racial minorities is really, really controversial with the bigoted set.
ABC said it had a blanket prohibition of all ads from religious organizations. Unless, it seems, they are run by conservatives.