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Reform Jewish Movement Condemns CBS and NBC for their Refusal to Air the United Church of Christ’s Commercial
In response to the recent refusal by CBS and NBC to run the United Church of Christ’s commercial welcoming people of all backgrounds to their faith tradition, Rabbi Marla Feldman, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, "People of good will must not allow the rhetoric of bigotry to drown out the voices of those who bring a message of faith, hope and inclusiveness."

Feldman: People of good will must not allow the rhetoric of bigotry to drown out the voices of those who bring a message of faith, hope and inclusiveness.

 

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In response to the recent refusal by CBS and NBC to run the United Church of Christ’s commercial welcoming people of all backgrounds to their faith tradition, Rabbi Marla Feldman, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

 

CBS and NBC’s refusal to air the United Church of Christ’s 30-second commercial on the basis of the ad’s message of inclusion to people of all backgrounds is deeply troubling. CBS’s statement that the ad is unacceptable for broadcast because it, “touches on the exclusion of gay couples and other minority groups by other individuals and organizations, and the fact the Executive Branch has recently proposed a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman,” cedes the public airwaves to one particular religious viewpoint which is exclusionary and insensitive towards gays and lesbians. NBC’s description of the ad’s message of openness and welcome as “too controversial” is simply outrageous.

 

There are ample depictions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals on the public airwaves, including those controlled by the media outlets that rejected these ads. In fact, this commercial ran without incident prior to the recent elections. Within this context, it is shameful that a message of fellowship and acceptance now would be refused. At a time when too few speak out in opposition to homophobia and discrimination, messages of inclusion and compassion should be encouraged, not silenced. As we witnessed during the recent campaigns to diminish the rights of gays and lesbians at both the federal and state levels, the politics of division continues to be manifest in our society. People of good will must not allow the rhetoric of bigotry to drown out the voices of those who bring a message of faith, hope and inclusiveness.

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    The Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism (CSA) is a joint body of the Union for Reform Judaism, representing more than 900 congregations across North America encompassing 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis. The CSA oversees the work of Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.



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