“Increasingly, some educators and other professionals who work with children are asking a question that might surprise their parents: Should a child really have a best friend?” Such is the latest worry according to a recent story by Hilary Stout in the New York Times.
If there were any need to further establish the radical and reckless vision for America embraced by the man who presently inhabits the White House, one need look no further than his proclamation declaring June 2010 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” This is the second year Mr. Obama has made the proclamation honoring a group of individuals based on nothing more than their sexual proclivities, following the lead of his Democratic predecessor Bill Clinton. President George Bush passed on this politically motivated opportunity.
“Be fruitful and multiply” is an injunction not only in the faith of Christians and Jews but throughout most great civilizations. Devout Christians and Orthodox Jews have historically produced large, close families. In America, the “Baby Boomer” generation after the end of the Second World War reflected an affirmation of life by couples who had endured the Great Depression and the Second World War, periods in which having children was a problem that many simply could not afford.
A coalition of religious and pro-family leaders has taken aim against an animated series now being developed by the Comedy Central Network that would denigrate Christianity and the person of Jesus Christ. During a June 3rd press conference the group, calling itself Citizens Against Religious Bigotry (CARB), announced that it would be contacting potential advertisers in an attempt to persuade them not to sponsor the cartoon program JC, now being developed by Comedy Central.
Following a wildly successful effort earlier this year, a new pro-life billboard campaign in the state of Georgia is exposing the lies and racist underbelly of the abortion industry, while highlighting the devastating effect of abortion and the need for more adoptions.
Anyone watching ESPN on the night of Wednesday, June 2, was delighted by the treat of being TV-transported to Detroit for the ninth inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Tigers and the Cleveland Indians.
Flip on the TV, peruse the Internet, or page through the average magazine on the newsstand today, and it is difficult to ignore the obvious: America’s moral values seem to be slipping to new lows every year. Images that would have rated swift condemnation from our nation’s religious leaders (and likely a fine from the FCC) just a few short years ago are now standard fare on today’s television screens. Profanity that few sailors would have been caught uttering in mixed company in previous generations now falls freely from the lips of teens and young adults. And behaviors that once would have been unthinkable in civilized society are now embraced by whole communities as basic rights.
It’s getting so you can’t trust anything marketed as family-friendly entertainment these days. Disney, a holdout against the coarsening of popular culture for more than a decade after its founder’s death, long ago gave up the battle. G-rated movies today feature flatulence jokes and other questionable references that would have relegated (elevated?) them to PG status 20 years ago. Even cartoons cannot be relied on to offer good, clean fun.
Today is the National Day of Prayer, a day set aside for silent reflection and prayer in a variety of forms. However, this spiritual day has been clouded by the presence of various controversies, from a Wisconsin judge’s ruling that it’s unconstitutional to disinviting Reverend Billy Graham’s evangelical son, Franklin Graham.
The Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal of a Circuit Court decision in February of last year to strike down a California statute that bans the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The California law specifically bans the sale or rental of video games deemed “excessively violent.” California State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco warned that allowing minors access to very violent video games could affect the brain development of the child.
“Hard questions” are being asked this week in Montgomery County, Maryland, in the wake of the April 15 discovery that middle-school and high-school girls had transmitted lewd photos and video clips of themselves via cellphone and the Internet to their classmates. Many of the recipients, mostly boys, then turned around and either rented or sold the photos to other students.