Antigay Pastor Claims Censorship Over Show Cancellation

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 01 2011 10:25 AM ET

Evangelical minister and TV personality Charles McVety plans to take legal action over the cancellation of his show following his on-air antigay remarks.

Postmedia News reports that McVety’s Word TV was canceled by Crossroads Television System, a Christian broadcaster, after the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled that CTS violated broadcasting codes when McVety made antigay comments in December.

“In December's ruling, the council said McVety's description of Toronto's gay pride parade as a ‘sex parade,’ as well as his characterization of gay events as ‘malevolent, insidious and conspiratorial,’ were in breach of the standards,” reports Postmedia.

A CTS spokeswoman said that Word TV was canceled not because of political pressure, but because of the show’s "lack of compliance with the CTS code of ethics," Postmedia reported.

McVety claims the cancellation is a case of “political censorship.”