In response to WOOD TV 8’s decision not to air an anti-gay program produced by the American Family Association (AFA), the group is charging that they are being silenced by “homosexual activists” who are opposed to religious freedom. The group is upset not only that the program was pulled from WOOD TV, but also that it will not air in Columbus, Ohio on WSXY. Additionally, WSPA in South Carolina aired the program but then ran an apology from the station manager.
It is also important to remember that this program was produced as part of a coordinated effort aimed at fighting civil rights legislation aimed at protecting LGBT people:
“Make no mistake: this is the opening salvo in a coming battle over pro-equality legislation.
Just as we are on the cusp of historic change – a federal hate crimes law, protections for LGBT workers against job discrimination – extremist groups like the AFA are launching a well-funded national campaign of hatred and fear to halt our progress.
This program recycles familiar lies: that hate crime laws will “do away with our freedom of speech,” or that pastors will be “criminalized for sharing the love of Jesus Christ.” (In fact, the proposed federal hate crimes law explicitly states that it only applies to physical violence – not speech.)”