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Groups Take Action After CBS Agrees to Tebow Ad


Focus on the Family's upcoming Super Bowl spot featuring Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has been met with a flood of complaints over its controversial subject matter before the ad has even aired.

Tebow and his mother, Pam, will appear in the ad, sharing their personal story about how she opted not to abort him, despite doctor's warnings that he might be stillborn.

Tebow, a senior at the University of Florida, is known for his Christian beliefs and writing Bible verses on his game-day eye black. Focus on the Family is known for lobbying against gay rights, including marriage and parenting rights, to name a few.

To add insult to injury, many are crying foul since CBS refused in 2004 to air a commercial from the United Church of Christ that promoted the denomination's willingness to accept gay and lesbian members; the network cited its policy against "advocacy advertising." The same year, during the Super Bowl, CBS also refused to air an ad from, a liberal group, which criticized former president George W. Bush over the growth of the federal deficit.

Some groups are taking action. has so far recruited more than 1,100 people to contact CBS about its decision to air Focus on the Family's $2.8 million ad. The ad will air once preceding the bowl and again during the big game.

A Facebook group, consisting of nearly 2,200 members as of Thursday afternoon, is also asking people to contact their local CBS affiliates to share their displeasure with the decision.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation did not reply to's request for a comment by press time.

A spokesman for CBS told the network would not comment on decisions made in the past.

"Our standards and practices process continues to adhere to a policy that ensures that all ads on all sides of an issue are appropriate for air," he said, regarding the Focus on the Family ad.

Despite Focus on the Family's financial troubles -- the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based organization laid off approximately 540 employees in the past few years -- the pricey ad was paid for by a group of "very generous and committed friends" who pooled funds to put it on the air, according to a press release. The ad, which will be the group's first Super Bowl spot, has already been shot.

Since Tebow is no longer an active college football player -- though still a senior at the University of Florida -- he does not violate NCAA rules by appearing in a commercial to denounce abortion.

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