Friday, April 10, 2015
Freedom From Religion Ad Rejected
While watching "The Nightly Show" on ComedyCentral an intriguing advertisement came across the screen. The FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) works to pretect the constitutional separation of church and state. The ad features a man, Ron Reagan, in a chair who recited a monologue. It goes, "Hi, I'm Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I'm alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. That's why I'm asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended. Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell."
The commercial makes some bold statements. I can respect that. But to a national television service, I am not really surprised that most don't. NBC, ABC, FOX, just to name a few, all rejected the commercial. Nobody ran it except Comedy Central. CC has always pushed the boundaries. Their flagship shows, Tosh.0 and South Park, have always crossed lines and occasionally offended people. Other networks simply cannot go as far as Comedy Central does. They had no risk of losing sponsorship because of this commercial. It's really too bad that other major networks can't speak with free minds.