March 5, 2012

TV Series Mocks Christians, Undermines Liberty

Michael P. Farris, Esq.
HSLDA Chairman

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Here are the sponsors of the offensive ABC-TV show: Philadelphia Cream Cheese, JC Penney, Hulu Plus, Straight Talk, Target, Victoria’s Secret, Mentos, Xfinity, Morgan and Morgan, Scrubbing Bubbles, Chef Boyardee, Verizon, Jea.com, Harrell and Harrell, iPhone and Mac, Black and White, Subaru, Post Cereals, Citi Bank, Hellmans Mayo.

You may contact ABC-TV and these sponsors online:

ABC-TV
Verizon
Comcast xFinity
SC Johnson
Conagra Foods for Chef Boyardee

Michael P. Farris is founder and chairman of HSLDA. He and his wife homeschool their 10 children. Read more >>

ABC-TV has decided that it can take direct aim at Christians with what amounts to hate speech. This is the premise of its new program GCB (which stands for Good Christian B*****es). We need to fight back.

This program ridicules Christians, Christianity, the Bible, and Christian symbols in ways that would be unthinkable if aimed at any other religious group. For example, in the official Facebook page for GCB it said that “cleavage will help keep your cross straight.” Can you imagine the reaction in the Muslim community if that kind of message (complete with a highly suggestive photo) would have been made aiming at a symbol of the Islamic faith?

Here is why this impacts homeschooling. There was a decision of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire about a year ago affirming a decision to take a girl out of homeschooling because this method of education had the impact of advancing the girl’s Christian faith. The government of Alberta, Canada, is trying to force Christian schools and homeschools to affirmatively teach the moral equivalency of homosexuality—and specifically forbidding any instruction that homosexuality is sin—during the school day.

These decisions are being made because it is becoming publicly acceptable to demean Christianity. Our freedoms go with our faith. If they can attack our faith, they surely will attack our freedom. There are law review articles which I have written about in the past with law professors at major universities arguing that homeschooling should be eliminated in the United States because it is necessary to teach our children tolerance.

These anti-Christian homeschooling arguments are a subset of anti-Christian hate-speech and bigotry. We need to stand up and fight back.

I am posting a list of all of the sponsors of this program. But please start your protests by contacting ABC Television with an email. The link is provided.

Wal-Mart was originally listed as a sponsor for GCB, but the retailer has since clarified its position. I talked to a press representative for Wal-Mart Tuesday. They informed me that the ad which included Wal-Mart on this highly objectionable program was placed by one of their vendors rather than by a direct purchase by Wal-Mart. She was unable to clarify whether Wal-Mart had participated in the cost of the ad, but promised to check on that for me. She also indicated that Wal-Mart would not be advertising on this program in the future. We very much appreciate the cooperation of Wal-Mart and their appropriate response.

Thanks for your action.

Update

We have also heard from Rooms to Go, another business originally listed as a sponsor of GCB that has since distanced itself from the TV show. An email from them is reprinted below:

Dear Michael P. Farris:

We came across your article “TV Series Mocks Christians, Undermines Liberty,” and were shocked to find our ads running during such a show. The reason our ads ran during GCB is not because we are a sponsor, but because we buy ad space based on local time slots, not specific programming. We would appreciate it if you would remove our name from the list of sponsors of this program. We are not a sponsor of this program or any other program for that matter. In no way do we support the messages conveyed in this specific program. Therefore we are looking into this situation, and working to pull the ads. Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. We look forward to reaching a resolution as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Nick Phillips
Rooms To Go

A Pepsi representative also contacted us with the following message:

Dear HSLDA,

I work in PepsiCo’s communications department and wanted your organization to be aware that we have no other commercials scheduled to run during the program entitled GCB. Would it be possible to remove PepsiCo from the list of current sponsors on your site?

Thank you,
Gina