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AFTAH Condemns WTTW, PBS for Airing Anti-Christian Programming Celebrating Homosexuality During 'Gay Pride Month'

Contact: Peter LaBarbera, Americans For Truth, 630-717-7631, americansfortruth@comcast.net

NAPERVILLE, Ill., June 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- Americans For Truth President Peter LaBarbera today accused the Chicago public TV station WTTW, and by extension the Public Broadcasting System, of using taxpayer monies to celebrate homosexuality and worse, air programs that displays flagrant anti-religious bigotry during "Gay Pride Month."

"It is unconscionable that WTTW would show such blatant disregard for its faith- and tradition-minded viewers that it would use anti-Christian programs celebrating homosexuality for its fund-raising telethons," LaBarbera said. "Public television must be impartial on controversial moral issues. We call on WTTW and PBS to balance their pro-homosexual programming with faith-based educational material from the other side, or stop it altogether."

Last night, WTTW used the documentary, "The Power of Harmony," featuring the Dallas-based Turtle Creek Chorale, as a fund-raiser. It included:

  • The homosexual men's choir singing the song, "I Ain't Afraid," which contains the following refrain denigrating faithful Christians, Jews and Muslims: "I ain't afraid of your Yahweh, I ain't afraid of your Allah, I ain't afraid of your Jesus, I'm afraid of what you do in the name of your God";
  • Repeated assertions that God made homosexuals that way and that portray Christians who disagree as hateful, ignorant or prejudiced. Said one homosexual man's mother: "God created homosexuality. It's just part of a person." Historic Christian teaching holds that homosexual acts are sinful but that this behavior pattern – like other sinful lifestyles – can be overcome through faith in Christ;
  • Testimonies by bitter "gay" men who despise and attack the religion of their upbringing because it does not sanction their lifestyle;
  • A homosexual male couple adopting a Guatemalan baby.

WTTW's 2007 Annual Report, shows that the Chicago station received $3,030,000 in Corporation for Public Broadcasting grants in Fiscal Year 2007 and a State of Illinois grant of $1,679,000.

WTTW's airing of the anti-Christian "The Power of Harmony" comes during June, when homosexuals celebrate "Gay Pride Month." This month, WTTW also repeatedly has aired another pro-homosexual documentary, "Out & Proud in Chicago," as a telethon fund-raiser.

"WTTW talks a good game about diversity, but it shows profound disrespect for people of faith and real diversity with its bigoted, one-sided programming on homosexuality," LaBarbera said. "We expect PBS and WTTW officials to fix this bias problem."