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What do you think about networks OK'ing religious ads to run during NFL games?

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:17 PM
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Focus on the Family Ad Inspired by Tim Tebow Is Too Extreme for NFL (VIDEO)

Posted by Maressa Brown on January 15, 2012

focus on the family john 3:16 adTim Tebow may not have had an opportunity to genuflect and get on America's nerves last night, but that's okay, because the staunch anti-abortion, evangelical Christian group Focus on the Family stepped up to the plate to do that for him. Inspired by the "miracle of John 3:16" that went down at last week when the Broncos faced off against the Steelers, the socially conservative group used the verse in a quickly pulled-together advertisement, which aired during last night's highly anticipated Broncos-Patriots game

But anyone who has a bone to pick with the ad can't blame Tebow. The QB and his mom did do a controversial Focus on the Family commercial in 2010, but this time around, his involvement was truly indirect at most. No, the finger-pointing here should be directed at the network that approved the ad: CBS.

Feeling darn good about carrying one of the biggest games of the season, I guess the network figured they had nothing to lose ... That if Focus on the Family wanted to cough up the cash to nab that ad space, why not let 'em? But the danger of that is letting a good ol' football game be overshadowed by a divisive message.

Even FOX Sports (!!) knew better last year when they rejected a similar John 3:16-themed commercial for the Super Bowl, explaining that the network "does not accept advertising from religious organizations for the purpose of advancing particular beliefs and practices." Wow. And yet, CBS couldn't resist, huh?

Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger says they have every right to advertise, since "it's OK to shove Doritos down people's throats, and cars and everything else," so it should be okay to do the same with religion. I beg to differ. FOTF is an organization with extreme, polarizing beliefs. To compare those beliefs to snacks or automobiles is ridiculous! People may prefer BMWs over Lexuses or Sam Adams over Bud Light, but no one's going to feel like their appetite for the game's been ruined if they see an ad related to one of those products. On the other hand, religious, moralistic ads like Focus on the Family's simply do not speak to a wide enough audience and could be considered offensive to many. 

In the end, CBS's decision to run the ad has no concrete repercussions. It's not like NFL fans who weren't down with the ad can really boycott the network the next time it airs a big game. But those of us who opposed the decision should still raise our voices and let it be known that in the future, we're not interested in being served up a plate of football with a heaping side of righteous beliefs.

Here's the ad if you didn't catch it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5beoRa_HR8o

What do you think about networks OK'ing religious ads to run during NFL games?

by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:17 PM
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steveiguana
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I thought that was a cute ad would not bother me as when any ad comes on that I do not want to see I get up and get a snack, turn off the volume or switch the channel.

atlmom2
by Susie on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM
LOL who gives a crap. What law says there can be no religious ads? Isnt this a free country and within reason networks can do what they want.
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mamak57
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM
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yes why not if they pay for the time. Victoria Secret will have skimpily dressed girls on TV during the game

jillbailey26
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM
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I liked the ad.  It's better than a lot of the commercials I've seen.


"Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification"  Romans 14:19

lisa601
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:58 PM
A church runs a similar ad on a local channel all the time. Nothing new. I'd rather see that than erectile dysfunction or Ashley Madison commercials.
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2metalbabies
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 6:02 PM
I would prefer that stuff like that stayed in the churches. If I wanted god to be shoved down my throat, I would go to church, not stay home to watch football
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mom4jads
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 6:06 PM

 I truly believe in Church and State. One should have nothing to do with the other. (football and Religion) Having said that I know that Christian religion is firmly implanted in football, but really one should not have anything to do with the other.

jillbailey26
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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Quoting 2metalbabies:

I would prefer that stuff like that stayed in the churches. If I wanted god to be shoved down my throat, I would go to church, not stay home to watch football

So then beer commercials should only be shown in the store?

Victoria Secret commercials should only be shown in their stores?

E.D. and other medication commercials should only be viewed in Drs offices?


"Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification"  Romans 14:19

Tracylynn100
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM
As with anything on tv if I don't agree I am always free to shut it off.
GaBrIeLlEsMaMa
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:12 PM
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Flip it around to my point of view.. I have 4 little girls who love watching football with daddy.. I dont want them seeing all the half naked chicks and beer comercials..If I wanted them to see that I would take them to a strip club.. If I have to watch women shaking there bootys then you can watch something about God for 30 seconds..If I have to deal with it so do you..


Quoting 2metalbabies:

I would prefer that stuff like that stayed in the churches. If I wanted god to be shoved down my throat, I would go to church, not stay home to watch football

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