On Sunday, the Gazette
ran an advertisement from the Friendship Assembly of God Church titled "DON'T CATER TO THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA."
"It's time for common sense Americans to stand up and speak out against the Homosexual Agenda," the advertisement begins. "The recent events in Indiana, Utah, and Arizona have caused most Americans to be in great fear for their personal, academic and religious freedoms."
Because newspapers have discretion in the advertising they accept and run, the Gazette's
been getting hammered by commenters on its Facebook page. It's a continuation
of its regression from a Pulitzer Prize-winning source of news to a confused uncle shouting in the corner.
(Check out today's
screed against climate change, to go with one
from a few days ago, something about how people who smoke cannabis don't have jobs or something. Oof. Ten bucks says the next one is a warning against the evils of dancing to the radio.)
Reader Jim McFarland wrote this
to the Gazette
: "Between 'Clearing the Haze'
and now allowing bigoted hate to be printed as ads in the paper, it is getting harder to justify keeping my print subscription. ... Allowing hate as ads and continuing to give Wayne Laugeson [sic] an outlet to spread his right wing nonsense is something I don't want to support."
Another reader, Clay A. Nash, told the newspaper, "You should be ashamed of yourselves! Allowing blatant hate to circulate throughout this community? get with the times, Gazette
The paper responded to all with this statement from publisher Dan Steever
managers discussed the option of rejecting this ad, which did not violate basic guidelines. We decided doing so would set a dangerous precedent. ..."
The ad even drew the attention of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
, who yesterday wrote
: "A recent ad in the Colorado Springs Gazette
used hurtful, venomous words to urge people to stand up against a so-called 'Homosexual Agenda.' Instead, we want to urge you to stand up against this hate speech and end discrimination. ..."
As usual, this led to a whole thread of people talking about what a backwards place Colorado Springs is. Between Rep. K-Schmitt
and the smelly stuff being deposited on people's driveways when the newspaper's dropped off, we're getting downright medieval in these parts. Anyone for a little Catholic Inquisition