I have recently learned that, in the Democratic Primary Debate, scheduled for tomorrow, 12 September, 2019, ABC News has once again opted not to air the following commercial, sponsored by the FFRF:



Sadly, there is little new in this decision, being that none of the major networks are given to offering air time to the FFRF. That does not change the fact that they deserve to be well and properly spanked when those failures occur. That said, the following was just posted to ABC News’ feedback site:

I am disappointed to hear that you have refused to air a commercial, sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which features President John F. Kennedy, stating: "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute." Why should such a statement be controversial? Church / State separation is codified in our Constitution and further reinforced in Article XI of the Treaty of Tripoli, yet you apparently are frightened of the response of those who would have us believe that the United States is something other than a secular nation, who most likely think the US is a Christian nation, where the Christian powers-that-be do all they can to strip away the wall between government and religion and favor THEIRS over others. What is saddest of all is that the above-mentioned commercial was intended for airing during the Democratic Primary Debates, whose audience would include both secularists and religionists who strongly support the idea that there should be no interplay between those two establishments.

The fact is that I watch very little of ABC's programming as it is these days. While I will almost certainly take in at least some of the debate, your failure to consider that portion of your audience which endorses Kennedy's statement gives me that much more incentive NOT to bother with your offerings any further.


It’s pretty clear to me that ABC’s decision-making personnel are not keeping up with the times. They certainly fail to recognize that the number of non-religious citizens in the United States is doing nothing but going UP, while US religiosity in general is going DOWN.

I would urge any of you who feel as I do about this blatant inequity to contact ABC News through their feedback site, add your voice to my disapproval and let ABC know that it is well past time they got with the program.

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