Two ads have been featured in the Indianapolis Star lately.
One ad (shown on the left) focuses on Senator Evan Bayh - accusing him of being anti-family because he plans to vote against the Federal Marriage Amendment. It appeared in the Wednesday Star (and the Evansville Press as well and I'm sure other Indiana papers too) and asks the sheeple to call Bayh's office and ask him to change his mind. The attack ad was placed nationwide by Focus on the Family and were aimed at undecided or opposed Senators. Interestingly enough, the run didn't include Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. The ad ran in:
Arkansas - Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor
Colorado - Sen. Ken Salazar
Florida - Sen. Bill Nelson
Indiana - Sen. Evan Bayh
Louisiana - Sen. Mary Landrieu
Maine - Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe
Montana - Sen. Max Baucus
Nebraska - Sen. Chuck Hagel
New Hampshire - Sen. John Sununu
North Dakota - Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad
Pennsylvania - Sen. Arlen Specter
Rhode Island - Sen. Lincoln Chafee
South Dakota - Sen. Tim Johnson
The opposing ad, however, is the one getting all the play. (See Annette's bilerico post, Sheila's bilerico post, Proceed At Your Own Risk's post (which includes a nice "how to donate" segment), the Indianapolis Star, WRTV-6 story, WISH-TV 8, Advance Indiana's post and more.)
The ad ran in Sunday's Star and three more large ads are planned. The ads were designed and are paid for by Faith In America and you can see the ads here. On top of the ad buys by Faith In America, Jesus Metropolitan Community Church has spent $55,000 on a media blitz here in Indianapolis that includes yard signs, bumper stickers, door hangers and t-shirts all asking "Would Jesus Discriminate?" One was put up by our home on Allisonville Road, but by the next day it had been taken down. You can check out JMCC's page on their attention getting signs here.
It's good to see the moderate and liberal Christians taking a stand against the bigotry and discrimination espoused by groups like Focus on the Family and their ilk. We'll have to see how the public responds.