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January 17, 2010


Think Progress - Firedoglake reports that Focus On the Family, an ultra-right Christian group, is poised to drop $4 million on a Super Bowl commercial aimed at promoting its anti-choice propaganda. According to sources:

"A source says the new head of Focus, Jim Daly, spoke at an evangelical conference a few months ago and unveiled the Super Bowl ad plan. Then he begged for donations from like-minded organizations. According to the source, Daly was given about $3 million, and Focus dipped into its general fund for the other $1 million."

. . . In the past, neither anti-abortion nor pro-choice ads have been able to pass the television network and NFL approval process.


Anonymous unborn or braindead said...

I wonder how far four million dollars would go towards help for the working clas and indigent women who must deal with actual pregnancy in a situation where hypocrites think their prejudices are actually more important than the idealised "life" the fucking "CHURCH"" keepS screaming about.

January 17, 2010 8:18 PM  
Blogger Samson said...

It'll be interesting to see if these get on the air. As the article notes, in the past, the NFL and its corporate TV customers have declined to show 'political' ads. For instance, peace groups have tried to run anti-war ads during the super bowl, but had them rejected.

So, it'll be interesting if a very-ultra-right-wing NFL will hold to that position when presented with anti-abortion ads.

Either way, the other comment is right. They could do a lot more good with that money if they actually spent it on helping people. Of course, just actually helping poor women who are pregnant seems to be against the religion of these right-wing pseudo-Christian types.

January 18, 2010 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that I have a particular 'flair-for-the-obvious', but why would these ads be desired to be aired during the Super Bowl?

If they were intended to educate the Young, they might be put on during Children's Programs. If they were to educate and influence teenagers, they might be aired during programs that appeal to boys and girls of those ages. If they are intended to influence adult women and men, they might be aired during evening programming on a continuting basis.

Showing anti-abortion commercials during programming that is largely viewed by a group of excited alcohol and testosterone filled males and socially programmed females is designed to do WHAT?

Neo-Cons have tried very hard to make the Military, Politics, and Science part-of, and subservient to, Religion. These commercials are only one part toward making Everything a Religious Experience.

Praise the Lawd and Pass the Ammun... Football!


January 18, 2010 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we can get our society Christianisty enough, maybe we can change that 'un-christian' secular NFL name to something more acceptable to fundamentalists, like the CFL (Christian Football League).

Of course, money would still reign supreme for all practical aspects of the game, BUT conscious propriety would have to be observed when playing Certain teams. “Secular” teams just couldn't be allowed to win against god-fearin' christian teams.

How about if the Focus On The Family could get Xe (Blackwater) to have a football team. And really, how could you argue with that? A white, christian, mercenary team, with no regard for Rules! What a truly homogenization (and I use that term in the carefullest manner) of true Republican Politics, Religion, and possible Brutality in Sports.

I can see it now, Xe's Best and Brightest, armed with the latest in Football armaments procurred through Military contracts, and willing to use it, all dressed in their matching 'ensembles' reminiscent of true christian crusaders.

Shoulder pads showing their little pointed spear-like armaments that protrude through sequined silver colored chain-mail designed tunics. Pants that modestly extend all the way down to their light, yet scientifically designed and patented shoes that allow the user to 'run rough-shod' when desired. Helmits that are colored light-blue and white for PR purposes, so as to ingraciate themselves with John & Jane Q. Public who think this game is 'just for Sport', but contained in their helmits are the latest in high-frequency communications, laser beams designed by the military for close contact urban warfare, and NASA designed face shield that reflect to momentarily blind the opposition and prevent the others from detecting which way a Xe's players eyes are looking.

Last, but not least to think about would be concessions. Christian concessions. Things like a holy-water Energy drink to be sold in disposable plastic 'Collector' bottles, with the various names of the teams displayed on each bottle just below a 'tastefully' designed christian symbol. Also available might be CFL Players Card with important information including individual player's Baptismal Date, and season and lifetime game statistics... if there is room.

Profits would go to the needy...

Huh?... But... Well, Shuuure they would.

January 18, 2010 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Bar-B-Que'd Angel Wings and Pope's Noses.

January 19, 2010 9:12 AM  

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