The Rev. Charles McVety, president of both the Canada Christian College in Toronto and the Canada Family Action Coalition, isn’t going to let a government regulatory agency get in the way of his god-given right to talk trash about gays on television.
On his show Word TV, McVety said “disparaging” things about The Gays, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled in December. Things like referring to gay pride celebrations as a “sex parade” that is “malevolent, insidious and conspiratorial.” All of which led broadcaster Crossroads Television System to cancel McVety’s program — not because of political pressure, the station insists, but because McVety’s program showed a “lack of compliance with the CTS code of ethics.”
POLITICAL CENSORSHIP, screams the television evangelical!
His show was consequently pulled from the air. The station let him back the following week, but decided to pre-screen the show. But this past Sunday night, any viewers tuning in to hear McVety were instead met with a notice alerting them that the show had been cancelled. “The council threatened the television station,” McVety said. “So, in order to protect their own interests, the station censored heavily, then just got rid of us, altogether.”
McVety said his show has had “overwhelming support” from a number of organizations, each of whom he will ask to write letters to government protesting the decision. CTS is licensed through the federal broadcasting regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. “The fact is that Word TV failed to keep its agreement to comply with the code of ethics and indicated a refusal to comply in the future,” Innis said. “Unfortunately, numerous attempts by CTS to work with McVety were unsuccessful.”