Why You Shouldn't Be GLAAD About the Fall TV Lineup

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Taylor Schilling stars in "Orange Is the New Black," a show that's celebrated by gay-rights groups such as GLAAD. (Facebook)

The prince of the power of the air is celebrating his success this week using media to promote the gay agenda and subtly indoctrinate a generation with the message "it's OK to be gay (or lesbian or bisexual or transgender or intersex or questioning)." Of course, the politically correct twist sounds more like this:

"Television networks are playing a key role in promoting cultural understanding of LGBT lives around the world, and are now producing some of the best LGBT-inclusive programming we've yet seen. As they move forward with new programs and storylines, networks must also keep an eye toward diversity and strive to include significant transgender content comparable to those efforts being made by their online competitors, such as Netflix's Orange Is the New Black and Amazon's Transparent."

Those are the words of GLAAD (formerly Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) president and CEO Sara Kate Ellis as her group released two annual television reports on Wednesday showing how effective the prince of the power of the air has become in his efforts to mainstream ungodly lifestyles in prime-time television. GLAAD is giving major kudos to ABC Family, HBO and MTV and slapping the hands of A&E, the History Channel and TNT for failing to produce original programming that glorifies the LGBTIQ agenda.

GLAAD's Mad Demands

What's more, GLAAD officially announced that, "moving forward, networks must feature significant transgender content in their original programming in order to receive a grade of 'Excellent'" in its rankings. It's not enough that 3.9 percent of prime-time broadcast scripted-series regulars will be LGBT characters, which is up from 3.3 percent last year.

The stats go on and on from there, slicing and dicing LGBT coverage per network, by sex, by recurring and regular characters, and so on. Meanwhile, Christian personalities on prime-time television are largely missing or grossly mischaracterized.

I haven't seen an official study, but my own research makes it appear there are more LGBTIQ characters than Christian characters on television today. Turn the clock back 50 years, and you see a much more wholesome image of the American family with bedtime prayers and meetings with the pastor.

Here's How I'm Praying

As I mentioned in my column last week that looked at the mainstream media's obsession with LGBTIQ characters, when Christian characters do make their way to mainstream television shows, they are usually portrayed as judgmental jerks who run around condemning everyone to hell. By way of comparison, LGBTIQ characters are typically funny, cute and otherwise endearing.

Again, the truth is, not all LGBTIQs are funny, cute or otherwise endearing, and not all Christians are judgmental jerks who run around condemning everyone to hell like vice president Sally Langston on Scandal. And let's face it, Christian broadcasting doesn't always offer the best picture of a true Christian either. I'm grateful for Christian television networks, but the content is, at times, questionable with false prophets and merchandisers fleecing the sheep.

It's obvious from the success of programming such as 19 Kids and Counting and Duck Dynasty—and let's not forget The Bible miniseries that broke all the records—that there is an appetite for wholesome content on television and advertisers willing to support it. The best way to overcome darkness is with light. That's why I'm praying for open doors in media and voices to rise up that can write scripts that appeal to the masses without compromising with the spirit of the world.

Jennifer LeClaire is news editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and author of several books, including The Making of a Prophet and Satan's Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft. You can visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

 

 


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