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Ad Company Rejects Billboard Questioning Homosexuality
Cybercast News Service ^ | 02/13/07 | Payton Hoegh

Posted on 02/13/2007 9:13:35 AM PST by Froufrou

A national communications company refused to display a conservative Christian group's potentially controversial advertisements promoting a conference on sexuality over the weekend.

Focus on the Family expressed disappointment at Clear Channel Outdoor's decision to block ads for its international Love Won Out conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

The billboard ad was drafted to read, "I questioned homosexuality: Change is Possible, Discover How."

Gender issues director at Focus on the Family, Melissa Fryrear, said Monday the advertising company had turned down the business, but as of Monday, its lawyers had not received an explanation for the decision.

A Clear Channel Outdoors representative told Cybercast News Service,"Our local managers review each advertisement on a case-by-case basis to ensure that it meets the tastes and standards of the local community.

"Local managers reserve the right to reject advertising copy if it does not meet their community's standards for appropriateness or the copy is deemed offensive towards any business, group or individual," the representative added.

Fryrear argued that "there is nothing objectionable about [the ad]."

"It gives a hopeful message for those who are dissatisfied living homosexually and [shows] that there is an alternative they could consider," she said

Despite the advertising controversy, the conference was successful, Fryrear said. At the same time, Focus on the Family would never know how many more could have been impacted had the billboard ad not been refused.

"We wanted to try to get the message out in a variety of mediums," she said. "Our concern certainly is that it would have affected potential attendees because we weren't able to promote it as intentionally as we had planned."

Even a group protesting the conference, Arizona Human Rights Foundation (AHRF), questioned the decision to censor the advertisement.

AHRF representative Amy Kobeta said although she was glad the communication company had tried to avoid offense, the move was "a little odd because it seems to be somewhat of an infringement on free speech."

"I would be upset if someone didn't advertise one of our conferences and I think the reverse is also true," Kobeta said.

The ad was eventually picked up by another advertising company in the area.

Focus on the Family said the goal of its annual Love Won Out conference is to answer questions on the divisive issue of sexuality and raise awareness about the continuing need to show love to the homosexual and lesbian community.

"We are trying to help Christians respond in a Christian way to someone who is struggling with homosexuality," Fryrear said. "We are also trying to offer resources and hope to [unhappy homosexuals] that would assist them as they continue to pursue heterosexuality."

She said many of the people attending the conference are Christian family members or friends of homosexuals.

"They don't want to forfeit what they believe about sexuality, and of course they love their loved one," Fryrear said. So Focus on the Family is "helping them continue to stand by what they believe biblically and [show them] how to respond to a gay identified loved one in a compassionate and understanding loving way."

The ARHD and other homosexual advocacy groups, however, expressed concern about the motives of the group.

"I don't understand how it can be compassionate if you are telling someone that they are inherently flawed and they are required to change," Kobeta said.

"The conference is based on two very flawed principles," she said. "One is that homosexuality is a choice and the other is that homosexuality can and should be cured.

"Both of those, we feel, perpetuates stereotypes, bias, and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual people," Kobeta added.

Kobeta argued "this kind of [movement] should not be perpetuated and there is an alternative in loving and accepting yourself for who you are."

Fryrear said she would have preferred that the critics participated in the event.

"The conference has oftentimes been misrepresented and I would much rather them hear the grace that we are exhorting to Christians to extend to them.

"Someone protesting on the sidewalk doesn't have an opportunity to hear that," she said.


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KEYWORDS: exgay; formerhomosexual; homosexualagenda; liberalagenda
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1 posted on 02/13/2007 9:13:39 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

gay agenda ping.


2 posted on 02/13/2007 9:14:14 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

Gay agenda? This is a business decision...and a good one at that.


3 posted on 02/13/2007 9:15:37 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Froufrou

Maybe if it said "I questioned MY homosexuality." That might pass muster?


4 posted on 02/13/2007 9:16:31 AM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: Froufrou

Business have the right to refuse the advertising if they want. What it shows more than anything is just how far this country has slipped in the past few years.


5 posted on 02/13/2007 9:17:25 AM PST by Seņor Zorro ("The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"--Qui-Gon Jinn)
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To: Hildy

"The conference is based on two very flawed principles," she said. "One is that homosexuality is a choice"

Last I heard, it has not been proved that there is a 'gay gene.' It may be a good business decision but the #1 reason they're giving for it is flawed.


6 posted on 02/13/2007 9:18:39 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Hildy
You really are swallowing the whole Guiliani agenda, aren't you?
7 posted on 02/13/2007 9:18:55 AM PST by stevio (Rudy? Don't make me puke.(NRA))
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To: Froufrou

Yet if the wording of this entire article was switched and every heterosexual and homosexual was swapped, there wouldn't have been any problem at all.


8 posted on 02/13/2007 9:20:55 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Seņor Zorro

" how far this country has slipped in the past few years."

I was fine with not 'outing' ANY talk of sexuality. We don't seem to have much etiquette left. Some things are better kept private, IMHO.


9 posted on 02/13/2007 9:21:19 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
The billboard ad was drafted to read, "I questioned homosexuality: Change is Possible, Discover How."

It is sad that political correctness demands that those suffering from Same Gender Attraction Disorder - a sexual addiction - can't even read about where they can go to get treatment or help. It can't even be discussed openly.

10 posted on 02/13/2007 9:21:24 AM PST by Spiff (Rudy Giuliani Quote (NY Post, 1996) "Most of Clinton's policies are very similar to most of mine.")
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To: Abathar

Exactly. We have to be p.c., you know.


11 posted on 02/13/2007 9:22:56 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: stevio
Give me a break...there are GAY people and they are not going away. They have a right in the US to love who they want to love...if you don't believe that, then you don't live in my America. Do I understand it? No. Do I agree with it? No. But they have the RIGHT to do it.

Guiliani says that he believes marriage is between one man and one woman. And that's the issue that concerns me. If people want to enter into a civil union, I don't give a crap. In America, you can enter into any contract you want. If you don't want that in your America, then I don't want to live in your America.

12 posted on 02/13/2007 9:25:29 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Froufrou

Who the hell cares why they made the decision? Country stations refused to play the Dixie Chicks. That's a business decision, and Thank God we can still make them.


14 posted on 02/13/2007 9:27:05 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Froufrou

Who the hell cares why they made the decision? Country stations refused to play the Dixie Chicks. That's a business decision, and Thank God we can still make them.


15 posted on 02/13/2007 9:27:08 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Spiff

http://www.healingforthesoul.org/Articles/My%20Story%20&%20Bio.pdf


Your post sent me looking. This is a pdf file that takes awhile to load, but it's worth it.

Thanks!


16 posted on 02/13/2007 9:27:47 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
I was fine with not 'outing' ANY talk of sexuality. We don't seem to have much etiquette left. Some things are better kept private, IMHO.

At this point, the cat is out of the bag (or the queer is out of the closet) and our society has to take a stand one way or another. There is no middle ground.

17 posted on 02/13/2007 9:29:26 AM PST by Seņor Zorro ("The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"--Qui-Gon Jinn)
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To: Hildy

So what was wrong with Focus on the Family advertising for people who want to get out of that sinful lifestyle?


18 posted on 02/13/2007 9:34:24 AM PST by stevio (Rudy? Don't make me puke.(NRA))
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To: Froufrou

While I am disappointed that the company wouldn't take this billboard, it is the choice of each individual advertising business what they will and will not do. That's part of living in a free nation.


19 posted on 02/13/2007 9:34:38 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Froufrou
It may be a good business decision but the #1 reason they're giving for it is flawed.

LOL Well, yes, but no one said that a business owner had to make decisions based on the truth.

20 posted on 02/13/2007 9:35:34 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Hildy
But they have the RIGHT to do it.

Yep. Doesn't mean I have to support the idea of civil unions. In fact, I will fight against such a thing in any way possible. That's my RIGHT.

21 posted on 02/13/2007 9:39:02 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Seņor Zorro; MEGoody

No middle ground, but heterosexuals are actually losing ground! That's what I don't like about it.

True, the ad company can pick and choose, but keep in mind we're not talking public service announcements here. These would have been paying customers.


22 posted on 02/13/2007 9:40:57 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Huck

Homosexuals can be cured only if they take the first step.


23 posted on 02/13/2007 9:49:12 AM PST by Vaduz (and just think how clean the cities would become again.)
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To: stevio

It's controversial and the billboard company has a right to refuse it if they wish. That's all.


24 posted on 02/13/2007 9:51:59 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Froufrou

Global Warming causes Homosexuality but can be cured by signing the Kyoto Treaty.


25 posted on 02/13/2007 9:52:37 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Hildy

>But they have the RIGHT to do it.

They have a RIGHT to take a flying leap off a cliff, they do, but kind, loving, Christian people seek to present an alternative.

They have a RIGHT not to display the ad, but what's sad is the fear of a backlash of irrational hate, that frightens them into refusing.


26 posted on 02/13/2007 9:53:23 AM PST by ROTB (Our Constitution...only for a [Christian] people...it is wholly inadequate for any other.-J.Q.Adams)
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To: MEGoody

What is so wrong with two people making a legal contract together? Plus, I bet you do nothing but bitch and moan online about it.


27 posted on 02/13/2007 9:53:25 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: TexasCajun

Bush's fault.


28 posted on 02/13/2007 9:53:31 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: stevio

"So what was wrong with Focus on the Family advertising for people who want to get out of that sinful lifestyle?"

Truth in advertizing laws. I know two people, each almost 40 years old, that I have seen wear dresses and act like girls since they were old enough to play out in the yard as toddlers. When we played superheroes as kids, they would fight over who was going to be Wonder Woman. Of course, both of these men are gay and as far as I can tell, have never even had a heterosexual thought in their lives.

I also know this wonam who was called a tomboy, etc. since she was old enough to get out of her yard. She was a tomboy. She liked shooting birds with us and ramping bikes, etc. She even tried to marry a guy. It didn't last a week. She's just a lesbian and that's the way it always has been.

You really think some religous group can fix that? Seriously? If I owned the billboards I would have told Focus to go pound sand. The fact that this is a even news item shows how spiteful Focus on the Family can be. "We'll run to the media on you!!!" Please.


29 posted on 02/13/2007 9:54:25 AM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Froufrou
"I don't understand how it can be compassionate if you are telling someone that they are inherently flawed and they are required to change," Kobeta said.

I wonder what Kobeta has to say about smokers and overweight people.

30 posted on 02/13/2007 9:54:38 AM PST by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: ROTB
but kind, loving, Christian people seek to present an alternative.

I keep hearing about these people, but I haven't seen them online here at FR lately.

31 posted on 02/13/2007 9:55:31 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Alouette

Don't forget alcoholics.


32 posted on 02/13/2007 9:55:50 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
Here is an alphabetical listing of organizations helping homosexuals leave the lifestyle.

 
Abiding Truth  
    Becoming Real  
    Choice 4 Truth  
    Christians No Longer Gay Living For God  
    Courage  
    Courage Online  
    Desert Stream  
    Eagles Wings Ministry  
    Evergreen  
    Exodus  
    Find Out  
    Gay to Straight  
    Help for Jewish Homosexuals That is Consistent with Torah Principles  
    Homosexuality and Gender  
    JONAH  
    Living Hope  
    Living Stones Ministries  
    Love Won Out  
    Matthew Manning  
    NARTH  
    National Listing of Help  
    New Hope Ministries  
    One By One  
    Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays  
    People Can Change  
    Portland Fellowship  
    Positive Alternatives to Homosexuality  
    Realty Resources  
    Regeneration  
    Stephen Bennett Ministries  
    Transforming Congregations  
    Witness Ministries  

33 posted on 02/13/2007 10:01:13 AM PST by scripter ("If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18)
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To: Alouette

People who truly want to change will go to any lengths to find out about these programs. It's like alcoholism..it's attraction, not promotion. The only thing the billboard will do is make some people angry. And that's exactly what they want, don't kid youself.


34 posted on 02/13/2007 10:02:12 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Hildy

Why are you foaming at the mouth?


35 posted on 02/13/2007 10:03:21 AM PST by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: Froufrou
The good news is the APA Has No Disagreement With the Treatment of Unwanted Homosexual Attraction.
36 posted on 02/13/2007 10:05:21 AM PST by scripter ("If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18)
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To: L98Fiero
Ok, I'm convinced. You showed me 3 examples that must be the way the whole world is. /s

You think if someone is an alcoholic they shouldn't get help? Even if they were drinking ever since they were a kid? If someone is truly gay that's their cross to carry and it's a sin. The Bible says it is an abomination. What concerns me is how socially acceptable it is now. It especially concerns me with teenagers. If they think that it's ok or even "cool" to try it, it leaves a spiritual scar on the soul.

37 posted on 02/13/2007 10:05:45 AM PST by stevio (Rudy? Don't make me puke.(NRA))
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To: scripter

It's good to know there are so many! Unless I stop and think about the vastness of the need for them...


38 posted on 02/13/2007 10:06:03 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Hildy
The only thing the billboard will do is make some people angry. And that's exactly what they want, don't kid youself.

From the end of the article:

Fryrear said she would have preferred that the critics participated in the event.

"The conference has oftentimes been misrepresented and I would much rather them hear the grace that we are exhorting to Christians to extend to them.

"Someone protesting on the sidewalk doesn't have an opportunity to hear that," she said.

From what Love in Action has said, their intention is not to make anybody angry. Rather, they want to offer help to those who want help and I commend Love in Action for their work here.
39 posted on 02/13/2007 10:15:09 AM PST by scripter ("If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18)
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To: Froufrou
It's good to know there are so many!

The really good news is there are many more similar organizations, and their numbers, along with the numbers of ex-gays, are growing.

40 posted on 02/13/2007 10:17:41 AM PST by scripter ("If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18)
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To: Alouette
Why are you foaming at the mouth?"

Excuse me, but what part of my post - People who truly want to change will go to any lengths to find out about these programs. It's like alcoholism..it's attraction, not promotion. The only thing the billboard will do is make some people angry. And that's exactly what they want, don't kid youself. - do you deem to be out of control? Or are you just being nasty for the sake of being nasty?

41 posted on 02/13/2007 10:18:18 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Froufrou

This is what "fear of feminazis" does to otherwise normal people.


42 posted on 02/13/2007 10:18:18 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (liberalism is a mental illness)
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To: Hildy
What is so wrong with two people making a legal contract together?

Homosexuals can already make a legal contract. But I won't support civil unions, or whatever name one wants to slap on it this week.

Plus, I bet you do nothing but bitch and moan online about it.

Go take your Midol, honey. You're letting your PMS rule you.

43 posted on 02/13/2007 10:19:52 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: stevio

Focus on the Family can advertise, and any company can refuse the advertising. It happens everyday.


44 posted on 02/13/2007 10:21:10 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Froufrou
These would have been paying customers.

Yes, but business have the right to pick and choose who they will take money from. (Of course, once it becomes public knowledge, they may end up losing other customers because of that choice.)

45 posted on 02/13/2007 10:22:25 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Seņor Zorro
What it shows more than anything is just how far this country has slipped in the past few years.

Indeed. Just a few short years ago, when this was a free country, most folks would have simply lived and let live. It's only recently that some people have developed this fascination about what other people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms. I chalk it all up to the rise of the nanny-staters who want to control every aspect of their neighbors' lives -- a bit like Sharia Law.

46 posted on 02/13/2007 10:23:08 AM PST by Junior (Losing faith in humanity one person at a time.)
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To: Hildy
I agree. I'm just trying to feel out my fellow Freepers. In a strictly platonic way of course.
47 posted on 02/13/2007 10:23:46 AM PST by stevio (Rudy? Don't make me puke.(NRA))
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To: L98Fiero
Truth in advertizing laws.

The truth is, homosexuals can change. Even Robert Spitzer changed his mind.

48 posted on 02/13/2007 10:23:59 AM PST by scripter ("If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18)
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To: Hildy
People who truly want to change will go to any lengths to find out about these programs.

They can't "go to any lengths" to find out about a program that they don't know even exists.

The billboard does not reach out and grab people and force them to sign up for these programs. Just viewing a billboard will provide the inspiration for someone who truly wants to change to seek out the program. Not knowing that these programs exist and being constantly told that change is impossible may drive these people to despair.

You are indeed out of control if you feel threatened by a billboard.

49 posted on 02/13/2007 10:24:14 AM PST by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: MEGoody
Go take your Midol, honey. You're letting your PMS rule you.

So gays aren't the only group you tend to stereotype. Beautiful...it usually takes longer before people reveal their true ignorant nature.

50 posted on 02/13/2007 10:24:14 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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