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Saturday, April 23, 2005; Page B09

Procter & Gamble Boycotts Called Off

The American Family Association and other conservative Christian groups have dropped their boycott of Procter & Gamble, saying they believe the company is "backing off its support for the homosexual agenda."

The boycott began last fall and garnered almost 400,000 pledges to halt purchases of the Cincinnati manufacturer's products, especially Crest toothpaste and Tide detergent.

"Judging by all we found in our research, it appears that our concerns have been addressed," Donald Wildmon, chairman of the Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Association, said in a statement. "Insofar as we can tell by our monitoring, P&G has stopped their sponsorship of TV programs promoting the homosexual lifestyle, such as 'Will and Grace,' and they have stopped their sponsorships of homosexual Internet sites."

The boycott came at a time when Procter & Gamble had donated $10,000 to a campaign for the repeal of a city ordinance barring the enactment of gay rights laws.

Company spokesman Doug Shelton said he was pleased to learn of the boycott's suspension. "We were disappointed by their initial action to boycott our products," he said. "Our consumers come first at P&G, and that's where we'll continue to focus our attention."

He declined to discuss the company's advertising practices.

Focus on the Family also has lifted the boycott, the Colorado Springs organization announced.

-- Religion News Service

Evangelical Host Of Talk Show Fired

Marty Minto, an evangelical Christian talk show host who questioned Roman Catholic beliefs and entertained a caller's question about whether the late Pope John Paul II would go to heaven, has been fired.

Minto, 39, pastor of Turning Point Community Church, had been a host for three years on Pittsburgh's WORD-FM.

Minto fielded a question from a caller who asked whether the pope would go to heaven. Minto said he told the caller that whether someone was "born again" was personal and "between an individual and the Creator," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

He said he was told he was dismissed for alienating listeners. "As far as I'm concerned, I was doing what I've always done on the radio -- look at events around the world from a biblical perspective. I've always been willing to talk about controversial subjects," he said.

Chuck Gratner, general manager of WORD-FM, said the station "needs to function in this city in support of the entire church -- that means everybody -- and not focus on denominational issues."

-- Associated Press

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