Friday, January 29, 2010

Religious Left Raises Voice on CBS "Pro-Life" Superbowl Ad.

Yes, there is a Religious Left. And it doesn't agree with Focus on the Family's plans to run a "pro-life" ad during the Superbowl, in violation of CBS's existing policy about acceptable ads.

Here's a statement from Women's Media Center:

The religious organizations listed below represent more than ten thousand religious leaders and tens of thousands of people of faithwho believe that abortion must be safe, legal, and accessible. We come together to ask CBS to pull a divisive anti-choice ad by Focus on the Family slated to be aired during the Super Bowl. We believe strongly that the Super Bowl is not the appropriate venue for pressing discussions about moral decisions.

We are concerned that this ad will imply that a specific religious doctrine speaks for all people of faith in America about abortion, not recognizing that many religious denominations have passed policies in support of legalized abortion. No single religious voice can speak for all faith traditions on abortion, nor should television networks like CBS take sides on religious differences. We believe women must have the right to apply or reject the principles of their own faith in making the decision as to whether or not abortion is appropriate in their specific circumstances.

Rev. Steven C. Baines
Assistant Field Director for Religious Outreach
Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Rev. Dr. Ignanio Castuera
National Chaplain
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Rev. Robert Chase
Founding Director
Intersections International

Rev. Steve Clapp
Christian Community, Inc.

Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess
Director of Communications
United Church of Christ

Rev. Debra W. Haffner
Executive Director
Religious Institute

Harry Knox
Director, Religion and Faith Program
Human Rights Campaign

Rev. Peter Laarman
Executive Director
Progressive Christians Uniting

Rev. Barry W. Lynn
Executive Director
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

Rev. Jill K. McAllister
President, Clergy Advisory Board
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross
Concerned Clergy for Choice

Rev. Carlton W. Veazey
President and CEO
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Bishop John L. Selders, Jr.
Interdenominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross, Director
Concerned Clergy for Choice
The Education Fund of Family Planning Advocates of New York State

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