Focus on the Super Bowl. {Plus, the infamous, innocuous Tebow ad}

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 4, 2010
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Update: Here’s the rather innocuous Tebow ad:

super bowl ad pro-choice pro-life planned parenthood tebow

Planned Parenthood’s Super Bowl Response to Focus on the Family’s Pro-Life, Anti-Choice Ad.

We Celebrate the Super Bowl by Supporting our Mothers, Daughters, by Trusting Women.

Focus on the Family’s anti-abortion Super Bowl ad has drawn controversy. Shouldn’t Super Bowl ads be fun, silly, over the top? Or should this be a forum for America, and Big Money, to have its say?

Here’s Planned Parenthood’s response ad (oif course this underfunded ad, by all reports, won’t be making a Super Bowl appearance):



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “Focus on the Super Bowl. {Plus, the infamous, innocuous Tebow ad}”

  1. Greg says:

    On one hand, it is good to honor freedom of expression and allow people to speak regarding their views.

    On the other hand, advocacy ads tend to attempt to support positions rather than dialogue. When we speak from positions we tend to polarize.

    It is very difficult to change another's position, by its nature a position says, "Here I stand." It sends a message of being rooted and fixed. (Interests, by contrast, are more flexible and conducive to dialogue.)

    Being rooted and fixed gives one some satisfaction when it comes to worldviews and values but being rooted and fixed defeats collaborative efforts to bring about understanding. It defeats awareness of interdependence in this world and it strengthens identities based on dualism rather than promoting awareness of connectedness.

    Positions raise fears that one or both groups will attempt to coerce the other to act as they wish.

    In the end each side insists upon the freedom to act as they choose but this demand for exercise of free will carries the caveat that interdependence—how we effect one another—will be disregarded.

    The challenge, I guess, is finding a way to honor one another in our thoughts, actions, and words.