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People for the American Way auctions off TV goodies

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 7th 2006 12:27PM
PFAW LogoNon-profit advocacy group People for the American Way are hosting a ten-day charity auction that includes some mighty tempting television-related items. If you've got the cash, TV-loving friends and an altruistic spirit, consider your holiday shopping complete. Up for grabs are set visits to Desperate Housewives and CSI: Miami, tours of South Park Studios and the Playboy Mansion, signed scripts from Family Guy and Oz, signed books by Al Franken and James Carville, lunch with Elvira at the Magic Castle and an invite to a table read with the cast of Family Guy.

How did a Washington-based advocacy group get so connected to the Left Coast? One of the organization's founders is none other than Norman Lear, the man who created The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude and All in the Family.

In their own words, People for the American Way "seeks to counter the forces of social discord and fragmentation with an affirmation of 'the American Way.' By this we mean respect for diversity; freedom of thought, expression, and religion; equal justice; and a sense of community." Sounds like something you can get behind? It's general enough, but just in case you're not fully-aware of their political leanings, here's another way they put it: "PFAW has been fighting the Religious Right for twenty-five years, protecting against the Right's backward vision of bending America's politics to reflect their narrow political vision." That's a little more to the point.

Norman Lear's involvement in the organization, which recently celebrated its 25th year in existence, started when he began to see televangelists conflating Christian belief with politics. He was concerned that the idea of "being a good Christian" would come to mean holding a prescribed set of political views. He basically foresaw the rise in power of the Religious Right. In response, he created a television ad, which you can see here. That television spot was so popular that it led to the creation of People for the American Way.

You don't need to count yourself among Hollywood's "liberal elite" to support the organization. Their principals are ones that most anyone can get behind - including South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who usually hold everyone suspect. The best thing to do is check PFAW out for yourself by visiting their website. And, if you've got the disposable income, buy the TV Squad reader in your life some behind-the-scenes magic. Auction ends on December 13th.

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Steven Andrew Miller

Did this site change its name to "Liberal Squad" ?

December 07 2006 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Not to mention pressure from the Religious Right on advertisers, networks and the FCC about what should be allowed on television, nominally to "protect the children" but in reality to promote themselves as a sort of "national parent" telling everyone what's best for them.

December 07 2006 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mikelite

no mike, there is no hypocrisy. PFAW isn't pushing anything on anyone. Working for civil rights, women's rights, labor, etc. doesn't take anything away from anyone on the Right. On the otherhand, they're the ones pushing to keep gays as second class citizens and to refuse women the natural control of their own bodies.

December 07 2006 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Whoosh

".. we mean respect for diversity; freedom of thought, expression, and religion; equal justice; and a sense of community"

it's funny how people like #1 find this so threatening.

December 07 2006 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
const

it's funny how norman lear is wary about a particular segment of the population because they advocate a way of life, while his group insists on telling people how to live their life according to their interests.

got to love hypocrisy.

December 07 2006 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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