After viewing a pilot episode of “The New Normal,” Utah Mormon church-owned NBC affiliate KSL-TV is refusing to air the gay themed show.
In a press release sent to ABC News, the CEO of KSL’s parent company, Jeff Simpson said, “From time to time we struggle with programs that cross the line in one area or another. For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time. The dialogue is excessively rude and crude; the scenes are too explicit and the stereotypes are offensive on all sides.”
“After viewing the pilot episode of ‘The New Normal,’ we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule,” Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told the Deseret News. CBS News 8/20/2012
This is the second year that the NBC affiliate has refused to air content it deems inappropriate, last year KSL-TV banned “The Playboy Club” which was cancelled by NBC after a short run.
Last month, the conservative group One Million Moms called for a protest of “The New Normal,” which was co-created by”Glee’s” Ryan Murphy. It should also be noted that the the One Million Moms Facebook group only has 50,135 members.
Recently, my boys (7 and 8) were in the room while the news was on and we had a pretty lengthy discussion about the hulabaloo surrounding Chick-fil-A. For those of you living under a rock, this fast food greasy chicken chain has made lots of news for their stance on gay marriage. More than their opposition to gay marriage, they’ve spent millions of dollars donating money to organizations which promote bigotry and hatred.
I keep hearing people say, “Oh, it’s free speech.” We’re guaranteed this protection under the First Amendment.
Let’s talk about the First Amendment for a moment, shall we?
I write for a living. I am the child of a journalist who was almost put in jail for failing to reveal the name of a source back when I was a small child. I understand how important the First Amendment is. I value the First Amendment and am so thankful to live in a country where we can say what we want to say.
Unfortunately, this is not about free speech. Why are people up in arms over this? Why do I feel sick to my stomach each time a friend “likes” Chick-fil-A on Facebook? It is because this company has spent millions of dollars donating money to HATE organizations. HATE. Organizations like Focus on the Family, Exodus International, Family Research Council, and more.
I am not a religious person. Actually, if I have to be labeled, I would call myself a “spiritual agnostic”. That is not to say that I have a problem with people with a deep religious faith. I respect people from all walks of life and with all belief systems as long as you are not promoting bigotry or hatred or inequality–and as long as you do not infringe on the separation of Church & State or attempt to impose YOUR beliefs on others. I also ask that you don’t use your religion to pick & choose issues in order to express hate. Do you eat ham, have a tattoo–do you gossip? Do you eat seafood? Did you divorce and remarry? All of the aforementioned items are supposed to be banned in the Bible.
So back to Chick-fil-A and my kids’ questions. I explained matter of factly what the situation is and why there is an uproar. Nick asked me why there are people so full of hate and why people cannot be treated fairly. He’s 8. He is right.
And now, due to the power of social media and the Internet, many of us have found out where one another–friends, family members, coworkers, etc– stands on this divisive issue.
I was brought up by my parents to accept everyone and know that people may look different or have different backgrounds, but that people are all people. And gay people have rights too.
“Gee today I think I am going to be straight.” — Let’s be real, my fellow heterosexuals, did you wake up one day and CHOOSE to be attracted to men or women? No. You were born that way and from an early age, you just had that attraction to the opposite sex. I remember my grade school crushes on the male friends in my life while I was still in pigtails. In fifth grade, I “loved” a boy named Brian D. In middle school, it was Brian S. I was just drawn to boys. Some girls were drawn to girls. Get over it. I never consciously chose that I would be attracted to the opposite sex my entire life….and neither did you.
I have watched one of my closest friends, a gay man, struggle for years before he was able to tell his parents. He even dated women in an attempt to “will it away”, as if that were possible. If you have ever had someone in your life who has endured these struggles, you would know that being gay is NOT a choice. This is 2012, yet people are so backwards in their thinking that they believe that people who are different that them are somehow going to affect their lives.
Why should it matter to you? Would you rather someone you love live their whole life pretending to be someone they are not? I have a wonderful family member who passed away several years ago after a long life –a life where she could not be herself because of what other people would think. She was gay. She did not feel she could tell anyone. She was married briefly to a man. She was not in love with her husband. She married him because it was expected of her all those decades ago. They quickly divorced. This woman was the most amazing, loving woman. She was active in her community, attended church every Sunday and loved God, and was a teacher for many years. She even met someone she believed was the love of her life, yet to almost everyone, these two women were just roommates. If anyone had known at the time that they were companions who were in love with each other, it would have been taboo. The outside world believed they were just two “spinsters” who simply shared a home as friends.
Can you imagine not being able to share that part of yourself with your family and friends? Can you imagine that this would’ve been so scandalous that you would live out a facade because that’s just what was acceptable to society?
In my eyes, gay rights and marriage equality draw many parallels to the Civil Rights Movement.
The climate we are in today seems to be growing more and more hateful. All it takes is a listen to the divisive, fear-mongering talk show hosts to understand that….or the Facebook posts or “news” bulletins promoting hatred. All it takes is to watch the news and see people are being killed because they are “different”, whether it be a different religion or income or sexual orientation.
There is so much ignorance and hate in this world…in this country.
So when my 7 and 8 year olds ask me why people are treated this way, how does one explain it? I try my best, but it is hard to make them understand something that I myself do not.
By Karley Ziegler Mott
By Nathan Wilson
Generally I have a little more respect for Libertarians than I do for Republicans. Mainly because they are the only conservative base that will openly embrace marriage equality.
I was living in Atlanta in 2004 and was taken off guard when I learned that Barr had abandoned the Republican Party and endorsed the Libertarian candidate at the time.
After all, this was the man who authored and sponsored The Defense of Marriage Act then later apologized for it at the 2008 Libertarian National Convention where he ran an unsuccessful bid for President.
Not only did he do a complete turn around with marriage equality by abandoning DOMA for the Respect for Marriage Act. He also adopted a more relaxed view of medical marijuana and was hired in 2009 as a lobbyist for MPP to overturn a bill he authored.
So he continues this love-hate relationship with the Republican Party for a few years then in 2012 dumps the Libertarians for his old friend The GOP. I assume only because he realized there was no way he would ever get elected again on this third-party ticket in Georgia. So to reestablish his loyalty to the GOP he endorses Newt Gingrich for President and calls for other Libertarians to deflect and support Newt and not the more favorable candidate, Ron Paul.
Clearly he is a career politician and only supported Newt because they are both from Georgia and is obviously considering another bid for Congress.
New Hampshire’s only Chick-fil-A restaurant is going against the wishes of chicken chain founder Dan Cathy by pledging to co-sponsor an LGBT Pride Festival in the state. The support from franchise operator Anthony Piccola for the New Hampshire Pride Fest comes as the restaurant chain continues to be criticized for an executive’s comments about gay marriage.
Piccola said Wednesday that the Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in its restaurants “is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.” It followed a statement he made last week that said the Nashua restaurant at the Pheasant Lane Mall has gay employees and serves gay customers “with honor, dignity and respect.
Like many other fast food chains, Chick-fil-A restaurants are independently owned and it’s not yet clear what their policies, if any, are or how it will affect Piccola.