he ads were produced and funded by the Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans to offer its explanation of the reason for the Civil War. The organization asserts that in seceding, Southern states were exercising a right that New England states had claimed since the country's founding and that Confederates fought to defend that right when Union forces "invaded" to prevent secession.
The ads also argue that the South seceded partly because "northern congressmen were able to vote themselves virtually anything they wanted, using southern tax money, while the South was powerless to stop it."
However, History - formerly The History Channel - refuses to broadcast the ads. Jack Bridwell, commander of the Georgia Division of the SCV, blasts network executives for hypocrisy.
"We find it more than interesting that the History Channel has no problem airing shows with controversial theories about history, including more than one show which speculates that extraterrestrial aliens in UFOs somehow redirected human history, and yet the same channel does not see the value in allowing a nonprofit, educational organization to present the Southern view of the causes for the war," he said.
The ads aired on one local cable system without the network's knowledge until the network received criticism. That's when it issued a statement.
"History channel does not sell time for advertising that presents a partisan position on a controversial issue (of course we do accept ads from political candidates under the political-advertising rules)," the statement read.
A&E Television Networks, which owns the channel, has guidelines similar to all other broadcast and cable networks, said Lynn Gardner, the company's vice president for public relations.
SCV spokesman Ray McBerry, a two-time failed GOP gubernatorial candidate, announced that the group is producing more ads and is determined to air them across the state over the next four years.