Brazilian Government Seeks to Remove “Homophobic” Christian Programming from Daytime TV
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent
SAO PAULO, May 14, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Brazilian government is considering adding warning labels to Christian programming it regards as "homophobic," according to Folha de Sao Paulo, one of Brazil’s largest-circulation newspapers.
According to Folha, the programs will display a warning label that reads, "not recommended for people under the age of 18."
The newspaper reports that the policy decision stems from a plan for the "promotion of the citizenship of LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites, and transsexuals), which will be launched today in the afternoon by the President’s Secretariat of Human Rights."
Brazil’s Secretary of Justice reportedly told Folha that, while such programming would be restricted to after 11 pm, "the ideal is that they not be shown at any time."
If carried out in accordance with Brazilian President Luiz Lula’s definition of "homophobia," the new restrictions will effectively ban public statements on television that identify homosexual behavior as sinful and/or unhealthy.
"Pornographic sex education classes that praise homosexuality cannot be rated as ‘unsuitable for children and teens,’ because they have the approval from the pro-homosexuality socialist State," writes pro-family activist Julio Severo, himself in exile from Brazil because of charges of "homophobia."
"Yet, evangelical and Catholic radio and TV shows now run the risk of being rated as ‘morally harmful,’ ‘homophobic’ and ‘unsuitable for children and teens’ and other attributions, until the social climate is ready for heavier measures, including jail, for those transgressing the state standard for social behaviors."
The measure is only one example of the Lula administration’s national and international homosexualist policy.
Working closely with Brazilian homosexual leader Luiz Mott, Lula has created a nationwide campaign called "Brazil Without Homophobia" that seeks to normalize and legitimize the behavior of homosexuals. As LifeSiteNews has reported, Mott is an open defender of pedophilia and pederasty.
Lula is also seeking to pass an "anti-homophobia" law that would prohibit any public criticism of homosexuals or homosexual behavior. He recently reiterated his commitment to "criminalize words or acts that are offensive to homosexuality" (see LifeSiteNews coverage at http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09043008.html).
However, even in the absence of the proposed "homophobia" law the Brazilian government has already fined individuals and groups for opposing homosexuality, including the Evangelical group National Vision for the Christian Conscience (VINACC), which was ordered to cancel its pro-family campaign for quoting the Bible’s strictures against homosexual unions.
Related LifeSiteNews coverage:
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Brazilian President: Opposition to Homosexuality is a "Perverse Disease"
Brazilian Homosexuals File "Hate" Charges Against Brazilian Christians
Brazilian Gay Groups Launch Multiple Lawsuits to Silence Christian Opposition
Leader of Brazil Homosexual Movement Under Investigation for Pedophilia