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VICTORY! NCAA Drops Focus on the Family Ad

VICTORY!  NCAA Drops Focus on the Family Ad

Sorry, Tim and mommy Tebow. It doesn’t appear as though there’s room for Focus on the Family’s propaganda on NCAA web turf. 

Earlier this week, a Focus on the Family ad popped up on a National Collegiate Athletic Association website, much to the surprise and chagrin of many who don’t want ultra-conservative, evangelical christian views shoved down their throats while trying to catch the scores from last night’s games.  

Not surprising, the uproar was immediate. After catching some serious flack from activists in the LGBT and women’s rights worlds, as well as NCAA faculty and athletic directors concerned FOTF’s anti-gay stance conflicted with the NCAA’s policy of complete inclusion, the Association decided to pull the ad faster than Tim Tebow can say Mark Ingram. (For those non-sports fans out there, Ingram beat out Tebow for last year’s Heisman Trophy.)  

The FOTF ad showed a father and son with the words, “All I want for my son is for him to grow up knowing how to do the right thing.” (Sidenote: How is it possible that FOTF has the funding to pay for a Super Bowl ad, but not enough money to hire a quality writer?) Anyway, in FOTF language, the slogan is code for, “All I want for my son is for him to grow up to be heterosexual, receive no sex education through his teens, marry a WOMAN, have children, be vehemently opposed to abortion rights and gay rights, and oh, never consider a blasphemous divorce.” 

NCAA standards state that advertisers “should be generally supportive of NCAA values and attributes and/or not be in conflict with the NCAA’s mission and fundamental principles.” The NCAA also maintains the right to exclude ads or advertisers that “do not appear to be in the best interests of higher education and student athletes.”

So apparently the NCAA doesn’t feel collaborating with a group of holier-than-thou, uber-conservatives who wish to strip rights from all those who are different from them, to be “in the best interests of higher education and student athletes.” Right on, NCAA. Right on.

No doubt the controversy surrounding Tebow’s Super Bowl ad played heavily on the NCAA’s decision. And if you remember, Care2 happily participated in that game, garnering nearly 15,000 signatures asking CBS to pull the ad.

But for the time being, I’ll simply tip my hat to the good ole NCAA and say, thank you for choosing what is right over the almighty dollar. 

Now let’s just hope those nasty rumors circulating about CBS planning to run Focus on the Family ads during March Madness turn out to be false. 

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6:40AM PST on Mar 13, 2010

I have no clue as to what that last statement was even about let alone who it is directed to... Talk about hate, disagreeing with the article, saying on is going to hell because of it... YIKES, yes so full of hate aren't we...

Good job NCAA! I am ready for March madness, Go Duke Blue Devils!

3:29PM PST on Mar 10, 2010

So much hate in this article.So sad. What you need is to humble yourself before God,who Will one day judge us all, and ask "For whom am I standing up for : God or man. This article says MAN. You will Never be happy going that route. SO SAD!!!

5:16PM PST on Mar 5, 2010

This article seems a little harsh to me. I am not entirely aware of FOTF views and whatnot, but I think you could be putting a lot of words into the 'mouth' of the ad/organization. From what I do know about FOTF and their views on homosexuality, I do not approve of them, but that does not mean that I am completely opposed to the organization. Sports are cool too I guess. Thanks for stating your opinion though :)

2:35PM PST on Mar 3, 2010

Yes, you do that, along with all the others on the carousel just like the one in Logan's Run. You don't seem to have read your holy book. According to that, your god did all that bad stuff (including the great flood).

Namaste'

2:30PM PST on Mar 3, 2010

Joan B. responds - "I struggle with the conflict about babies conceived as a result of crimes - I am not perfect, never will be - not at the point where I can say that I am against abortion in these cases.

As for God, you are putting words in my mouth which I have not expressed. You don't want to believe in God - that's OK. There are many times when I question His existence, especially as taught by organized religion of all flavors. More people and animals have died in the name God than an other "cause." It's insane - and it's still going on - but that's not God's fault - it's ours. Don't blame God for what people do. Personally, I have come to the conclusion that there is something greater than all of us, but I don't think anyone can say they know what He (or She, or It) is. I never said He was love - although I have been taught that. I find it difficult to reconcile with earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters, etc. but I believe something mighty and much greater than all of us started all of this and sustains it. It's very easy to not believe, and very difficult to have faith in this current world - very di fficult. I don't want to think that I have gone through all of this crap on this planet without something better waiting at the end of the road - like perfect justice - rewards for the good and punishment for the evil, for example. You can believe in whatever you choose - you have free will - and so do I. So, I'll stick with God and not you."

2:01PM PST on Mar 3, 2010

(cont.) Joan B. - How was I to know you were not talking about sex crimes? You failed to differentiate your feelings about certain pregnancies. So, you feel it is O.K. to have an abortion if it was brought about by a sex crime but not if there was no crime involved? How is that? Isn't that a bit conflicting? How can you be anti-abortion but support it in special circumstances? Those babies are all viable, aren't they? How can you be for killing some of them?

You said I hate your god and your holy book. No, I really don't. How can I hate a god who doesn't exist? Rather, I hate the fear-based religion to which you ascribe. I hate what it has done to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the ages. From the destruction of whole cities in the old testament, the bloody crusades, and the continual damage that still goes on today, driving people to suicide and murder. You say, "God is love." (that's a quote from your holy book) I don't get it. I find it refreshing to see many people waking up and denouncing your christian religion and all the evil for which it stands.

Am I saved? Yes, from your religion! I will help anyone see the light if they really want to break away from your religion. Do I hate your god? No. God does not exist and your holy book is simply a collection of written materials, some historical and some fictional materials. That's all.

1:49PM PST on Mar 3, 2010

Joan B. - you tried to take this discussion off line and I don't do that. This is a public discussion not private. I will repeat your communication here for the benefit of the readers.

You wrote me saying, You know that I was NOT talking about sex crimes - so don't try to turn the tables on my viewpoint with your apparent hatred of God and His laws. Just about everyone on this board talks about and defends choice - well both women and men (not talking about sex crimes) have the choice - the choice to engage or not engage in sex, within or outside of marriage. If they do, there is a very good chance there will be a pregnancy, unless they are sterile or have 100% proof birth control (which does not really exist). There are consequences resulting from people's actions - but this society does not want to accept any consequences for their actions - it's called irresponsibility or failure to accept responsibility for one's actions."

I will respond in my next comment. (cont.)

7:14PM PST on Mar 2, 2010

Thanks!!

11:51AM PST on Mar 2, 2010

good news

7:44AM PST on Mar 2, 2010

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