This is going to help the AFA how?

Don’t like a television station’s decision not to air your homosexual-bashing production? Then do the Christian thing and hunt down the names of known or suspected gays who work or have worked at the station so you can accuse them, based solely on speculation, of using their special homopowers and influence to censor the program.

Gary Glenn, president of AFA-Michigan, said in a statement to WOOD-TV General Manager Diane Kniowski that he originally suspected the cancellation was merely a matter of political correctness, but now wonders how deeply the connection runs between Thomas and the station.

Right, at first you were willing to settle for a position that is merely stupid, but upon reflection it became necessary to be paranoid, too.

“Now,” Glenn wrote to Kniowski, “we learn that a public spokesman for the so-called Human Rights Campaign – the national homosexual activist group that claimed credit for pressuring your station to censor and breach its agreement to air AFA’s paid documentary – is a former long-time WOOD-TV newsroom executive who while holding that position was allowed by the station to actively and publicly campaign against the Marriage Protection Amendment approved by Michigan voters in 2004.”

Guess what, AFA: Your actions have consequences, just like everyone else’s. Let’s assume you have a valid complaint here–that the station nixed your agreement because a former newsroom staffer to whom management is sympathetic is a gay activist, and thus took particular interest in the Grand Rapids station’s planned airing of the show. Or perhaps it was the simple pressure of the HRC, with no need for deeper conspiracies. Or maybe someone in the WOOD-TV management woke up one morning that week and, while shuffling to the john for a nice dump, mused, “You know, fuck those Jesus freaks and their propaganda.” The point is, it’s not your station, and WOOD-TV is under no obligation to do your bidding.
What’s astounding is that people can go to such lengths to basically harass someone and then turn around and claim to be objects of persecution. No amount of hypocrisy is too much for robotic ideologues.

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  1. #1 by george.w on February 21, 2009 - 6:13 pm

    Hmm. It sounds like the gay-hating Jesus freaks would like some kind of law or regulation that would ensure a balance of opinion on public airways. Perhaps it could require annual reports from the station to some kind of authority who could punish the station, or even revoke its license, if it declined to give airtime to all sides of an issue (assuming that were even possible).
    Hmm, what would we call such a regulation? How about “The fairness doctrine”? I suppose the Religious Right will be campaigning for it now, even if the Demoncrats don’t seem at all interested.
    Aren’t a zillion goddy-stations already airing the thing?

  2. #2 by jay on February 22, 2009 - 9:00 am

    Damn I hope the ‘fairness doctrine’ dies a long and permanent death.
    Every time someone feels that their particular viewpoint is being overlooked (often with good reason) they want some government intervention whether it’s creationists, or anti vaxers, or others.

  3. #3 by jay on February 22, 2009 - 9:05 am

    I’m not all that fired up about the AFA’s over-reaction though. True they’re a bunch of jerks, but I can easily imagine the same thing happening in reverse:
    A gay-friendly program is suddenly axed, a Christian group takes credit for it, and it’s realized that an executive of the station is a wingnut Christian. How different would the response be?

  4. #4 by Crudely Wrott on February 22, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    The only way to satisfy the AFA would be to keep a log of who is “properly oriented” and who is not.
    A short jump from that imperative list to the one that records everybody’s phone calls and web-page views. Then a simple end around play that records how you just voted.
    Once everything is observed and reduced to manageable data, the imposition of any filtering program is academic.
    For this reason I resist the idea that people are best managed as if they were beef or pork. We are not all the same nor are we all of one accord. The prospect that we will soon be in accord is not tenable.

  5. #5 by Art on February 22, 2009 - 4:59 pm

    Traveling it seems to me that nearly every region has at least on TV channel dedicated to Christianity. Turn it on and you get the usual crap, 70 club, Robertson, Benny Hinn (always good for a laugh) and endless pleas for money, often in return for dime store trinkets and tiny ‘prayer cloths’ made out of paper. Blessed of course. All yours for a love gift of $20.
    Was this anti-homosexual piece so bad that even the Xian station wouldn’t carry it? Have the gays infected the Xian TV station? … Oh-Noos … hostiles inside the wire.
    Or is it a case where the producers of this realize few people look at the Christian TV stations for anything but sound-off comedy relief and so they are trying to force the presentation of their opinions upon people who would rather be seeing Buffy reruns.
    Of course WOOD-TV ( Great name for a gay porn, or carpentry channel … don’t you think) has every right to select what it will and will not show. Or do these Xians hate property rights as much as they hate freedom.

  6. #6 by Art on February 22, 2009 - 4:59 pm

    Traveling it seems to me that nearly every region has at least on TV channel dedicated to Christianity. Turn it on and you get the usual crap, 70 club, Robertson, Benny Hinn (always good for a laugh) and endless pleas for money, often in return for dime store trinkets and tiny ‘prayer cloths’ made out of paper. Blessed of course. All yours for a love gift of $20.
    Was this anti-homosexual piece so bad that even the Xian station wouldn’t carry it? Have the gays infected the Xian TV station? … Oh-Noos … hostiles inside the wire.
    Or is it a case where the producers of this realize few people look at the Christian TV stations for anything but sound-off comedy relief and so they are trying to force the presentation of their opinions upon people who would rather be seeing Buffy reruns.
    Of course WOOD-TV ( Great name for a gay porn, or carpentry channel … don’t you think) has every right to select what it will and will not show. Or do these Xians hate property rights as much as they hate freedom.

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