Friday August 21, 1998


OTTAWA, Aug 21 (LSN) – Yesterday, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) released a report saying that a radio broadcast by Focus on the Family violates the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) Code of Ethics for its negative treatment of homosexuality. Focus on the Family, a group headed by Evangelical pro-life an pro-family activist Dr. James Dobson, was accused of running “afoul” of the Canadian Radio- television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) Religious Broadcasting Policy which mandates a “full, fair and proper presentation of … opinion, comment and editorial.”

The reviewing Prairie Regional Council found the Focus broadcast in violation because it “treated support for the movement (ie. gay science) as “flimsy” and has disparaged that support.” The show in question called attention to the numerous inconsistencies in the so-called research linking homosexuality to genetics. Further, on the show one of the speakers mentioned the gay “agenda” to which the CBSC took great offence. The CBSC said Focus on the Family “has attributed to the gay movement a malevolent, insidious and conspiratorial purpose, a so-called “agenda”, which, in the view of the Council, constitutes abusively discriminatory comment on the basis of sexual orientation, contrary to the provisions of Clause 2 of the CAB Code of Ethics.”

To hear Focus on the Family radio for yourself go to:

Contact the National Chair of the CBSC, Ron Cohen, to protest this ridiculous and alarmingly biased attempt to suppress traditional free speech on a moral issue. (613) 233-4607 [email protected]

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