A commercial approved by CNN showing a man saying hes “not afraid of burning in hell” ran during a presidential debate break on Oct. 15.
Ron Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, is part of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The ad featured Reagan speaking to the camera in a 30-second spot. It was set to air twice during the debate, before and after the debate, and again on Wednesday during breaks in three different programs.
The foundation championed it as “the first freethinking ad believed to have ever run during a presidential primary debate.” It said ABC declined to run the ad during the September debate.
The spot featured Reagan saying: “Hi, Im Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and Im alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. Thats why Im asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nations largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended.”
“Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell,” he added.
In addition to ABC refusing to air the spot, the foundation said that CBS, NBC, and Discovery Science networks have declined to air the ad before.
It has “run periodically on CNN, Comedy Central and Rachel Maddows show on MSNBC,” the foundation stated.
Viewers were stunned by the ad on Tuesday night.
Dear God, the @CNN debate is sponsored by the freedom from religion foundation, with the spokesmans tagline being, “Im not afraid of burning in hell”. Good job playing to the moderates!#DemDebate #DemocraticDebate
— KC ODea Program (@KCOnTheRadio) Oct. 16, 2019
What the hell was that commercial? LMAOO! Was that for real? The Freedom From Religion org? HAHAHH! Not afraid of burning in hell. Only CNN would broadcast that.
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