So Tebow's mother exercised her freedom of choice, now he supports taking away choice from other women.
Focus on the Family is not simply a "faith" group. They are highly political.
They are anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-health reform, and against sex education curricula that are not strictly abstinence-only - as the article correctly points out.
They found a white football player to sell their message. Not surprising at all. Most of their membership would not be so eager to have a player of color endorsing their cause.
I don't think race has anything to do with it. Tebow has always been very vocal about his faith and I think that's why they decided to do this. I don't agree with much of what FOTF stands for, but they've never espoused racism.
I think the big debate is - is the Superbowl really an appropriate time to air this message? The United Church of Christ was turned down when they wanted to air an ad.
Should the network be able to sell time to whomever they want and turn down whomever they want?
Should Superbowl ads only be for beer and nachos?
Here's the first thing in the article that stuck out at me.
So her doctor's were recommending one course of action, but she made the choice and exercised her right to go against the doctor's advice and take a different course of action.
So now is this ad going to advocate that we take that same right of choice away from other women?
I didn't know that about the UCC. I think any church or religious organization should be allowed to advertise during the Super Bowl if FOTF is.
I think the possibility for advertising during the Super Bowl is pretty limited, in that only the wealthiest corporations and other entities could even begin to afford to do it. I think they said that the FOTF ad is costing $2.5 million for 30 seconds, and that the money came from "a few" donations and not from FOTF's own accounts. I can't imagine that they would let just *anybody* advertise, if they felt that the group or product or message were going to be offensive to the vast majority of viewers (I'm thinking neo-Nazis or NAMBLA or something like that), but I think FOTF is sufficiently in the mainstream and enough of a draw in middle America, that they don't see any issue with airing their ad. Still not sure why they wouldn't air an ad for the UCC, though, under those parameters. But I suppose they do reserve the right to decide who can advertise, regardless of what the viewing public would prefer to see. Enough people will agree with the FOTF stance that it probably won't be that big a hit on their ratings or anything like that. They get paid either way.
Honestly, I think they should probably be trying to keep things a bit lighter during a televised sporting event, especially the most-watched one of the year. People of all ages and walks of life are watching the Super Bowl, and I think it would probably be easier to keep the ads funny, eye-catching, and persuasive, but not necessarily focused on topics of social controversy. I just don't know that this is an appropriate forum to be pushing any social agenda at all, not just the PL one. I'm sure it's a matter of using ad time when the most people are watching, and I can understand the need for that, regardless of how I feel about the message being sent. But at the same time, it seems like an odd place/time to be sending the message in the first place.
You know, it makes me wonder what Pam and Tim's stance would be on issues such as the discussion on "Is refusing bedrest a crime?".
Don't know if it's true, but there's word on the grapevine that he was rather promiscuous in high school, and never had much of an issue with participating in under age drinking.
I'd love to know how much truth there is to that - and how he'd answer if confronted with questions about it.
Here is the UCC ad that CBS rejected:
They said it was because they had a policy of "prohibiting advocacy ads, even ones that carry an 'implicit' endorsement for a side in a public debate."
The UCC ad was simply stating that they welcomed gays.
The nerve of the UCC to do something like that! @@