Mike Celizic of NBCSports.com can’t believe CBS is allowing the Tim Tebow/anti-abortion ad to air during the Super Bowl next weekend:
… Focus on the Family can run its ad because everyone likes Tim Tebow, and the anti-choice agenda is buried underneath the feel-good story of the kid who wasn’t supposed to be born but grew up to be a hero. But neither [CBS] nor any other network will take an ad from an atheist group whose message is there is no heaven, no hell and no god. That would tick off the paying customers.
This makes me wish an atheist organization would do just that. And if not a Super Bowl ad, maybe one college kid could be persuaded to write “There is” and “no God” on his stripes of eye black. Either that or “Allahu” and “Akhbar.”
Can you imagine the uproar either one of those messages would inspire? The good folks at Fox News would be apoplectic. James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Rick Warren and everyone else who has reaped millions by telling people what God wants them to do would start preparing for the rapture.
Of course, no organization I know of has $2,500,000 to throw around on a 30-second commercial. The donations many groups get barely allow them to sustain general operations, much less spend them on major television commercials.
But if we did…
Celizic is right. The uproar would be incredible. The double standards would be coming from the left and right. We’d be blamed for the downfall of damn near everything.
But as I said before, let CBS air this ad and make their mistake. I don’t think it’ll be very effective toward Focus on the Family’s anti-abortion aim. It’s $2.5 million that isn’t being used against gay friends. It’s ammo for us to use in the future.
Celizic doesn’t think it should be aired at all, though. (And he makes good sense.)
… It will no doubt be a very heartwarming spot. I guess the point is that if Tebow’s mother had followed the doctors’ advice, the world would have been deprived of a desperately needed football player and there would not have been a Heisman Trophy winner in 2007.
The Super Bowl doesn’t need it, and neither do we.
Yes, I’m sure everyone stuffing their face with Cheetos and beer, running to the bathroom, and looking over the paper that tells you how much you won or lost in the office Super Bowl Pool will stop everything for those 30 seconds and cancel that abortion they’re scheduled to have on Monday.
I was curious about the specific content of the ad a few days ago.
Now, I’m more curious about which ads are going to come before and after it and when the ad will be played.
(Thanks to freelancer for the link!)