How dare Focus on the Family put up an ad so disgusting that it forced the NCAA to pull it?

How could they put up an ad featuring a father holding his son and the words, “All I want for my son is for him to grow up knowing how to do the right thing.” And if that wasn’t bad enough, the ad included the slogan, “Celebrate Family. Celebrate Life.” Yuck! That kind of hate speech has no place in our society. It needs to be shunned.

Believe it or not that’s seriously the thinking that led to the NCAA pulling down an ad from Focus on the Family.

NYT reports:

The N.C.A.A. removed an ad placed by the evangelical group Focus on the Family from one of its Web sites this week after some members — including faculty and athletic directors — expressed concern that the evangelical group’s stance against gay and lesbian relationships conflicted with the N.C.A.A.’s policy of inclusion regardless of sexual orientation, said Bob Williams, an association spokesman.

So essentially what they’re saying is that Christian groups can’t advertise there. Now, what’s not discriminatory about that?

But I think that whoever is doing the public relations work for Focus on the Family is brilliant because the people opposing them are looking increasingly like radical imbeciles for opposing such light fare.

Mary Katherine Ham

The NCAA took the ad down despite the fact that its policy allows ads from “cause-related organizations…unless the cause endorses a controversial or unacceptable viewpoint.” They would have done well to keep the ad. Focus on the Family is not a group renowned for its subtlety, first and foremost, but its recent embrace of the light touch is succeeding in making its critics look foolish, indeed.

Exit question: When did Christianity become a “controversial or unacceptable viewpoint?” Or maybe it always was.