Tampa Bay Channel 8 to Air Homophobic Infomercial Tonight

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Posted on June 27, 2009 - 5:10pm by Anonymous.


Tell NBC Channel 8 to NOT air this hour of lies!

Contact NBC 8 right now and tell them not to run this horrendous program.

Tonight at 7pm - unless we act RIGHT NOW- NBC 8, WFLA, is planning to air Silencing Christians- a one-hour anti-LGBT propaganda piece designed to "reveal the truth about the radical homosexual agenda."

This ugly infomercial is filled with outrageous, bigoted, and long disproved claims about the LGBT community. It highlights a parade of right wing speakers talking about gay conversion therapy and describes our families as diseased and dangerous.

We need you to speak out IMMEDIATELY against this paid campaign of lies before the program airs on WFLA Channel 8, the local NBC station in the Tampa Bay area.

Contact NBC 8 right now and tell them not to run this horrendous program

Other networks in Michigan and Ohio have refused to air this dangerous and misleading piece of homophobic propaganda, but not this station. Instead WFLA NBC 8 is choosing to make money off the demonization and dehumanization of LGBT people in Tampa Bay by running this 60 minute paid program.

To add insult to injury, they've chosen to air this hateful piece on the same day as St. Pete Pride, the largest pride celebration in Florida. So, while tens of thousands are celebrating diversity and inclusion, WFLA will be broadcasting homophobia. It is an outrageous attack on our families.

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.)

Contact the WFLA assignment desk NOW and demand that they pull this dangerous and bigoted piece off the air.

To view this horrendous program, click here, then call WFLA.

Ask to leave a message for News Director Don North and General Manager Mike Pumo.
WFLA Newsroom: 813-221-5788

Comments

Anonymous (not verified) says:

June 28, 2009 - 11:59am

I am actually surprised it took me 6 minutes into the video to realize what ignorant people are out there. Nobody (GLBT) is looking to "force" as these questions are put, to put this lifestyle(chosen as they say) on anyone. Simply put, the "gay" community is just wanting equal rights as human beings not as anyone "special"!!!! We are all humans and deserve equal rights no matter what the color of our skin, the gender we were given, the orientation we were given (not chosen). I am curious to understand what joy and satisfaction is achieved from putting your all into trying to change something that is not changeable? I am curious to know what satisfaction is gained from people killing themselves because they are "different and not accepted" by what these people are saying is not "normal"?!?! It's a sad world for these people that have nothing better to do than to put other people down for no reason other than the fact that they are just trying to live a "normal" life as they were given, just like everyone else that was put on this earth. Yes, there are extremes on both sides but what is the point of all of it, REALLY??? who is gaining from this? What is there to gain??? The fact that you are corrupting the future of our existence? By telling people that they are less of a person because they have feelings for someone of the same sex? When that is not a choice!! I hope, if anything, that someone who has been given an ultimatum in life based on their God given path, does not feel they have to take their life because they feel they will never be accepted by someone that really has no right to make any rules. Gay pride is nothing other than an expression that we feel needs to be conveyed to show that we are equally created and deserve to be treated as such. It's a sad, sad world and there are so many other things that should be addressed. I hope that someone will read this and understand that we all are real people and deserve to be treated equally> please stop this silly charade on both ends. Who's right, who's wrong? No one is!!! It is what it is!!! Get over it and let's live happily together!!

All Men and Women ARE created
Equal!!!!!!



Anonymous (not verified) says:

June 28, 2009 - 10:16am

OK - so what do we do? It ran and the comments on Channel 8's website are interesting - it got me thinking. Yes, everyone has free speech but where is ours? I suggest that we raise money to run "For The Bible Tells Me So," on the same channel. I've seen this documentary and it is excellent AND "Silencing Christians" quotes a few things from this documentary. This would be OUR free speech response to "Silencing Christians." Watch "For The Bible Tells Me So" on youtube, you'll agree that it is truly a great representation of what we want. We need to get it ON TV!!!



Anonymous (not verified) says:

June 28, 2009 - 7:41am

I seen a sign yesterday and it really summed it up. It read," There are people here starving on the streets and your worried about who I sleep with". Those words are very powerful. The truth is there.

Yesterday during the pride event, I witnessed the religion protestors screaming at the participants going by who where minding their own business. The protestors were yelling, two with bull horns, "you people are going to hell, your perverts, you suck dick and take it up the ass". When the parade was over and the vendor portion of the day was starting, the Saint Petersburg Police felt it was their right to lead the screaming religion?protestors through the event vendor area and allow these people to scream at, intimidate, and slander the people there for a parade and event they paid for with their own money. I agree they have a right to protest, but taking the bullhorned screaming protestors through the main event area caused alot of people undo harm. This was very close to a riot. One that I believe would have been prevent by the Saint Petersburg Police Department taking the protestors to their potesting area on the side lines of the event. I was told by an officer that he will arrest who he wants. We tried to explain that if we did what they are doing during First Friday, or the Festival of States, it would be illegal. Also, the signs were highly illegal and not in legal format. This was never mentioned to the protestors. I never believed the statements from the black community that the police department showed favoritism, but now seeing it first hand I do. Also, why would the mayor not sohw up to a event that brings thousands to people to his city. Also, why would the Chief of Police go on vacation during a time when a street festival that has protestors and highly possible violenance potential not be there.
They call it religion issues. I call it plausable deniablity, What they don't see they feel they do not have to act on.
Religion should not effect your ability to work. When your a governemental employee, working for the city, the good of the city is the priority. When the police were asked to move a vendor that was not part of the Pride event, the pride event staff was told the sargent would have to do it. The sargent was on the complete other side of the event. The funny thing is they shut down a DJ near the protestors that was a vendor participant. They walked in to his tent area as soon as the protestors were put next to them and was told to turn off the music or go to jail. The vendor had been playing music all morning.

Overall it was a great Saint Petersburg Pride event. The Gay community and many straight people that were there confronted the religion? protestors and took a stand against them treating people this way and their actions. No one touched the protestors, even as they were led down the main aisle of the event. The next time you have an event or you go to the mall, imagine someone screaming your going to hell, your a prevert, and that anyone with children here should watch out for them due to you. Just curious what your reaction will be when you find out the Saint Petersburg Police won't help you.



Anonymous (not verified) says:

June 28, 2009 - 3:15am

I am actually surprised it took me 6 minutes into the video to realize what ignorant people are out there. Nobody (GLBT) is looking to "force" as these questions are put, to put this lifestyle(chosen as they say) on anyone. Simply put, the "gay" community is just wanting equal rights as human beings not as anyone "special"!!!! We are all humans and deserve equal rights no matter what the color of our skin, the gender we were given, the orientation we were given (not chosen). I am curious to understand what joy and satisfaction is achieved from putting your all into trying to change something that is not changeable? I am curious to know what satisfaction is gained from people killing themselves because they are "different and not accepted" by what these people are saying is not "normal"?!?! It's a sad world for these people that have nothing better to do than to put other people down for no reason other than the fact that they are just trying to live a "normal" life as they were given, just like everyone else that was put on this earth. Yes, there are extremes on both sides but what is the point of all of it, REALLY??? who is gaining from this? What is there to gain??? The fact that you are corrupting the future of our existence? By telling people that they are less of a person because they have feelings for someone of the same sex? When that is not a choice!! I hope, if anything, that someone who has been given an ultimatum in life based on their god given path, does not feel they have to take their life because they feel they will never be accepted by someone that really has no right to make any rules. Gay pride is nothing other than an expression that we feel needs to be conveyed to show that we are equally created and deserve to be treated as such. It's a sad, sad world and there are so many other things that should be addressed. I hope that someone will read this and understand that we all are real people and deserve to be treated equally> please stop this silly charade on both ends. Who's right, who's wrong? No one is is!!! It is what it is!!! Get over it and let's live happily together!!



Anonymous (not verified) says:

June 28, 2009 - 1:06am

Thats Something Broadcast Homophobioc Material Lets See your Ratings Drop Fast... Ya'll Should Be ashamed of Yourselves....



Anonymous (not verified) says:

June 27, 2009 - 9:53pm

I am completely outraged by this infomercial. Yes, while we do have freedom of speech, we don't have the right to degrade a section of society.

News Channel 8 did an infomercial on Anytown, a diversity program in the 90's.........now this. What do they stand for??

You should be ashamed, WFLA, for airing this.



Anonymous (not verified) says:

June 27, 2009 - 9:18pm

Good. I hope all you fags learn something tonight.



Anonymous (not verified) says:

June 27, 2009 - 6:03pm

If you REALLY want to fight back, get money together, create your own infomerical with interviews from notable people who I bet could be persuaded to do it for free, and buy time and air the other side of the argument!

Tom Lowery
[email protected]



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