Network Sitcom "Slams People of Faith
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative group accuses NBC of jumping at the chance to "slam people of faith" by mocking the struggles faced by formerly homosexual men and women.
In a statement, the Colorado-based Focus on the Family takes offense at this week's episode of "Will & Grace," in which one of the main characters attends a meeting of former homosexuals and successfully seduces the group's leader, proving the meeting is a hypocritical sham.
"Once again, NBC has chosen to ridicule people with deeply-held biblical convictions and those who believe that change is possible," said Mike Haley, a former homosexual who now works with Focus on the Family. "This is just more evidence of the ever-increasing censorship of the ex-gay point of view," he said.
Focus on the Family, echoing an argument presented by other conservative groups, says, "The gay mantra - tolerance - is completely ignored when it come to those with another point of view."
Focus on the Family insists that for those who want it, change is possible, and it says shows such as "Will & Grace" are blatant attempts to discredit the ex-gay movement.
Others point to the fact that while shows such as "Will & Grace" provide a platform for the homosexual point of view, those who would provide an opposing point of view are castigated as bigots.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the radio talk-show host who advocates the view that homosexuals can change their behavior, provides a case in point.
In March, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation demanded that Paramount Television cancel its plans to launch a TV show featuring Schlessinger. The show would be a TV version of her radio broadcast, and so far, Paramount is sticking with its plan to roll out the show in September.
Schlessinger's critics say she is "homophobic," "intolerant," and not qualified to speak on reparative therapy, which Schlessinger has said can benefit homosexuals who want to change their orientation.
A national homosexual rights group told CNSNews.com that Dr. Laura's opponents want to send a message to media outlets around the country that there's a price to pay for "giving an audience to people with such extreme views" as Schlessinger's.
Many homosexual activists consider suggestions that they can "change their ways" an affront to who they are. They seek validation and acceptance on their own terms, a theme much in evidence at the recent Millennium March for Equality in Washington, D.C.
See Earlier Stories:
P-FOX: No Evidence Homosexuality Biological (May 1, 2000)
Family Groups Come to Defense of Dr. Laura (April 11, 2000)
Homosexual Activists Demand ''Equality'' (April 30, 2000)