Break the Chain Straighten Up, Nickelodeon

Created 6/5/2002 (9/26/2002) Many groups have embraced the online petition as a tool to quickly and easily spread their information and recruit support around the globe. Of course, whenever all the available information on an issue is given by one side, misinformation often abounds.

SAMPLE CHAIN LETTER TEXT

Nickelodeon lies! Will air pro-homosexual TV show this summer!

NICKELODEON PRO-HOMOSEXUAL SHOW IS IN PRODUCTION! WILL AIR THIS SUMMER

May 29, 2002

Dear TVC Supporter:

The homosexual newspaper, "Washington Blade" has just published an action alert on TVC's campaign against the airing of a pro-homosexual show on Nickelodeon. The alert indicates that the show is already in production - contrary to what I was told by Marva Smalls, a Nickelodeon Executive Vice President. Smalls told me that the program was only in the development stages - not in full production. In short, she lied to me!

The "Blade" is now urging its homosexual readers to contact TVC and Nickelodeon to protest our effort to keep this show from airing. They are aggressively targeting children for homosexual recruitment!

I need your help today to flood Nickelodeon with petitions urging them to stop production of this show.

Nickelodeon advertises itself as a network that parents can trust. We now know that we can't trust them. The "Blade" article headline says it all: "Nickelodeon goes gay." The "Blade" says that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is working with Nickelodeon on this upcoming children's program!

If you are one of the 43,000 who have already signed this petition, I want to thank you. If you haven't signed it, please do so now! Go to: http://www.conservativepetitions.com/petition.html?name=stop_nickelodeon

Please cut and paste the message below my name and forward this information on to your friends. Ask that they sign this petition today! We must send a strong message to Nickelodeon that we are angry that they would use their network to promote the homosexual agenda! This show must be cancelled! Please act today!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Andrea Lafferty
Executive Director
Traditional Values Coalition

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People who sign the petition are asked to give the e-mail addresses of friends that can also be recruited for the effort. They then receive this message:

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Dear Friend,

Nickelodeon will be airing a show this summer that will promote homosexual sodomy as a normal lifestyle to our nation's children!

I have just signed a petition urging Nickelodeon to cancel production of this pro-homosexual show. I am urging you to sign this petition to protest this effort to normalize homosexuality. Nickelodeon leaders must get the message that they should not be promoting sodomy to children!

Please join with more than 43,000 concerned citizens who have already signed this petition! To sign this petition, go to: Stop Nickelodeon http://www.conservativepetitions.com/petition.html?name=stop_nickelodeon

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On June 18, 2002, despite more than 100,000 letters and phone calls in opposition, Nickelodeon aired the controversial "Nick News Special Edition: My Family is Different." Hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Rosie O'Donnell, the show included comments from the Reverend Jerry Falwell (who, coincidentally, is among those calling for the show to be blocked). According to Ellerbee the show was "about tolerance ... It is not about sex. It does not tell you what to think."

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In late June, the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC), an ultra-conservative organization strongly opposed to any effort to portray homosexuality in a positive light, launched an online campaign to get Nickelodeon to reconsider. Nickelodeon was forced to set up a separate e-mail address to handle the volume of e-mails the campaign generated. Interestingly, most of the publicity for the proposed program was provided by the TVC campaign and pro-gay reaction to it.

Nick News is a well-respected and multiple award-winning program known for its responsible handling of many topics that would otherwise be difficult to express to children. The show won a Peabody award in 1999 for its coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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