Please call or e-mail WOOD-TV today and urge station managers not to cave in to homosexual activists’ demands that they censor the AFA documentary “Speechless: Silencing the Christians.”
“To inform America and here in Michigan about the danger homosexual activism and the so-called gay rights movement poses to religious freedom,” said Gary Glenn, president of AFA-Michigan.
WXMI-TV Channel 17
Grand Rapids, Michigan
February 9, 2009
Anti-gay TV program stirs up controversy
GRAND RAPIDS – A documentary set to air this week in West Michigan has gay and lesbian groups fuming. Some are saying that it’s pushing an agenda of intolerance.
Speechless: Silencing the Christians was produced by the American Family Association. They say it’s meant to counter “Pro-gay Propaganda.
“It’s a paid program being showed in cities around the country including Traverse City and Flint and set to air this week on WOOD-TV. It’s part of the American Family Association’s anti-gay pro traditional family message.
“To inform America and here in Michigan about the danger homosexual activism and the so-called gay rights movement poses to religious freedom,” said Gary Glenn, president of AFA Michigan.
They want to reveal the “Truths” about what they call the “Radical homosexual agenda,” including that homosexuals are not born that way and should not have protected rights.
Colette Beighley is with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center at Grand Valley State.
“That kind of broadcasting is irresponsible, not only irresponsible, it’s reprehensible,” said Beighley.She had not yet seen the video but read literature about it from the AFA and says it will only spread hatred.
“There’s a direct connect between anti gay propaganda and an increase in hate crimes against the gay community,” said Beighley.
The General Manager for WOOD-TV said they considered not airing the program but felt not airing the documentary would set a bad precedent. She felt it was appropriate to give air time to someone who legitimately paid for it, the same way they would to a political candidate.
The program was supposed to air Monday night but they postponed because of the President’s News Conference. It will still air at 7 pm on a date yet to be announced.
On the Web: Silencing Christians
GRAND RAPIDS PRESS
Grand Rapids, Michigan
February 10, 2009
WOOD-TV considers airing paid program
decrying ‘radical homosexual agenda.
by Ted Roelofs | The Grand Rapids Press
Colette Beighley, assistant director of Grand Valley State University’s Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, says a show decrying the “radical
homosexual agenda” hurts the image of West Michigan if WOOD-TV chooses to air it.
GRAND RAPIDS — A controversial one-hour paid program on the “radical homosexual agenda” scheduled for WOOD-TV is delayed for the second time as partisans on both sides debate its merit.
Opponents decry it as verging on hate speech, as they press WOOD-TV officials to cancel a special funded by the American Family Association.
But backers are just as passionate in their belief it should air, adding heat to an issue that has long divided West Michigan.
The program was originally slated to air Monday in the time slot before President Barack Obama’s 8 p.m. news conference.
WOOD-TV program director Craig Cole said Tuesday that station officials decided to move it to Wednesday, before it was moved again.
“We didn’t feel that it was the appropriate place, leading into the presidential event,” Cole said.Cole said he had received about a hundred emails on the subject, about evenly split on the issue.
In a letter promoting the program, the American Family Association asserts that most Americans get their “information about the homosexual movement from the secular news media and Hollywood, which not only support but promote the gay agenda. What people know is tainted by pro-homosexual propaganda.
“Colette Beighley, assistant director of Grand Valley State University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, called it “irresponsible programming. I am just so disappointed that WOOD-TV would participate in something like this.
“If an organization came into Grand Rapids and wanted to air biased programming slamming the Asian community, West Michigan would send a message that that puts Asians brothers and sisters at risk, Beighley said. “Grand Rapids wants to be a cool city and one of the cornerstones of a cool city is diversity.
“The special, says the American Family Association, will “reveal the truth about the radical homosexual agenda and its impact on the family, the nation and religious freedom.”
It promises to “alert viewers about what’s at stake for the family” if activists get their way.In a statement, WOOD-TV general manager Diane Kniowski said the scheduling of the show “slipped through our filters. We don’t pre-judge people’s ideas or opinions. However, we have restrictions on controversial programming and key time periods.
“Kniowski said the station is offering a time slot for Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. but had not received a decision from the sponsor. “If the show airs, we will have disclaimers at the beginning and end of the show stating that these are not the opinions or views of this station.”