Article By Tosha Campbell/EEW Contributing Writer
“ABC has lost their minds” says One Million Moms, the conservative Christian watchdog organization that strives to keep mainstream media accountable. The group is opposing Jennifer Lopez's ABC Family pilot "The Fosters" about a lesbian couple raising a multi-ethnic mix of biological and foster kids.
“A premiere date has not been set, but One Million Moms wanted to sound the alarm about this new series,” says the OMM website. “It will be airing on the network soon unless we do something about it. They are in the beginning stages.”
OMM’s primary concern is, “this program is attempting to redefine marriage and family by having two moms raise these children together,” and believes “None of this material is acceptable content for a family show.”
In its letter posted to supporters, OMM points out that “Hollywood is continuing to push an agenda that homosexuality is acceptable when scripture states clearly it is a sin. As Christians, the Bible also says that we must speak up against sin. If we remain silent then we are guilty of sin also. “
The fact that depictions of gay characters on television has increased as a way of normalizing the lifestyle in the eyes of the public is undeniable.
“The cultural battlefield of television has changed markedly since the 1990s, when conservative groups and religious figures objected to Ellen DeGeneres coming out and ‘Will & Grace’ coming on,” pointed out New York Times writer Brian Stelter in an article titled “Gay on TV: It’s All In the Family.”
Stelter also highlights the fact that “activists and academics say that depictions of gay characters on television play a big role in making viewers more comfortable with their gay, lesbian and transgender neighbors.”
The rise in gay-friendly programming is no coincidence.
ABC’s gay comedy, “Modern Family” is the most-honored television comedy, winning the Best Comedy award for the third year in a row at this year’s Emmy’s.
Also, shows like Glee, Smash, Grey’s Anatomy, and NBC’s The New Normal all highlight gay characters.
Lopez will reportedly be an executive producer for her lesbian show, “The Fosters.”
One Million Moms notes that casting has not been announced. It's still in the pilot stage and hasn't been picked up for a series yet. “Let's stop this dead in it its tracks,” the organization encourages its supporters.
For more information visit www.onemillionmoms.com.