May 1993 Attention Pastors Christians & Society TODAY, pages 3 and 4, can be reproduced locally on a photocopier for use as a supplement or insert with bulletins or newsletters. ABORTION Freedom of Choice Act ............... 21 Test for political correctness ............... 22 ANTI-CHRISTIAN BIAS Christianity vs. fanaticism ........... 17 Christians are target .................. 18 FATHERHOOD Living for your children ............ 14 MEDIA BIAS Media violence ........ 15 NBC and ethics ........ 16 POLITICS Surgeon General’s policies fail .............. 13 SEX EDUCATION Gift of self ................ 19 TELEVISION Hollywood sees no problem ................. 5 VALUES False hope for the poor .............. 20 ALL-MEMBERSHIP PLAN Use All-Membership Plan to subscribe for members or leaders of your church. $4 per year per subscription (minimum--10). Send check, name of church and legible mailing list: AFA Journal, P.O. Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803. Single subscription-$15/year. Copies of this issue are available at $12.50 for 50 copies. Enclose check with order. of the American Family Association S.C. Johnson Wax policy supports television sex, violence, profanity S.C. Johnson Wax continues to defend its sponsorship of TV sex, violence and profanity. Christian Leaders for Responsible Television (CLeaRTV) has called for a boycott of the company’s products. Monitoring showed S.C. Johnson Wax as a leading sponsor of TV sex, violence and profanity. CLeaR-TV tried several times to get the company to change their practice, but they refused. Dr. Billy Melvin, chairman of CLeaR-TV, last fall informed S.C. Johnson Wax of the possibility of a boycott and invited the company to meet and discuss the situation and try to work the problem out without a boycott. S.C. Johnson Wax refused the invitation and ignored the possibility of a boycott. In refusing to make any changes, S.C. Johnson Wax is sending a form letter to those who inquire saying, “We feel our existing guidelines for buying advertising programming are very responsible and live up to our high ethical standards.” Continued on page 24 United Methodists pull investment after Kmart refuses to pull porn The Board of Pensions of the United Methodist Church has voted to divest their funds in the Kmart Corporation. The action came after Kmart refused the UM board’s request to get out of the pornography business. Kmart, through their Waldenbooks stores, is one of the leading retailers of pornography in America. The UM Board of Pensions has approximately $23,000,000 invested with Kmart. Donald E. Wildmon, president of American Family Association and a UM minister, began efforts in April 1991 to get the pensions group to divest. Wildmon said he hopes UM pastors will make the announcement concerning the board of pensions action in their churches and encourage their members to participate in the boycott of Kmart. “We call upon all United Methodists to join the boycott of Kmart, and to encourage others to do the same. The refusal of Kmart to get out of the porn business shows their contempt for families,” Wildmon said. The Southern Baptist Annuity Board, which has an investment of approximately $5,477,000 in Kmart, is expected to divest those funds in the near future. “We are hopeful that the fifteen million Southern Baptists and eight million Continued on page 23 Donahue wants to show a live execution On March 8, Phil Donahue hit new depths when he said he would like to show a live execution on his DONAHUE program. “I would be pleased to have an execution on the DONAHUE show. What’s wrong with it? Let’s see future bad guys watch these people fry right here on television.” Donahue also offered total disregard for any child who might tune in to his coverage of the execution. Mr. Donahue puts the blame for the trash on television totally on the shoulders of parents. “It will be the parents’ responsibility to see that their children are shielded from this kind of thing.” Unfortunately, Mr. Donahue reflects the attitude of those who control the networks, movies, music and other entertainment media. It doesn’t matter to these people that parents have to earn a living; or that they have responsibilities in addition to raising their children. It doesn’t matter to them that a child may American Family Association Post Office Drawer 2440 Tupelo, Mississippi 38803 be at the home of a friend and away from his parents’ guiding hand. It doesn’t matter that the child may be home during the day when Donahue comes on and accidentally turn the program on. Mr. Donahue Continued on page 24 Non. Profit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Permit No. 36 Gordonsville, VA 22942 ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED AFA JOURNAL May 1993 1 Brother to brother “What good have you done?” Dr. Donald E. Wildmon President For the last 16 years, I have been fighting the battle against the filth in the media. It has consumed most of my energy. I began with nothing but a desire to stop the entertainment media from trying to pull our society down into the sewer with them. They haven’t been easy years. But, then, little in life which is worthwhile is easy. A minister wrote me last month and asked me the question: “What good have you done?” It is a valid question. Even one I ask myself quite often. Without trying to mention all we have accomplished, I will admit that we haven’t been successful. The entertainment media is far more filthy now than when we began. But something bothers me about the question, especially since it was asked by a minister. “What good have you done?” It seems there is an attitude in that question which says that if you don’t win, you quit. The last place one would expect that attitude to surface would be in the church. But, then, the church is made up of humans and is influenced by the world just as it influences the world. No, we haven’t been successful. Yes, the moral decline is far greater than it was when we began. Are we, therefore, to quit? Absolutely not. Before I go any farther, let me make one thing perfectly clear. We are to do right because it is right, not because it makes us successful. Do I want to win this battle? I would hardly have invested 16 years of my life in this endeavor if I didn’t. But, win or lose, I will continue in the battle. Why? Because it is the right thing to do. Many of you reading this column are new to AFA. You don’t know the history or the struggle which hundreds of thousands of fellow AFA supporters have been involved in during the past 16 years. Let me tell you that the AFA is made up of good people, people who are willing to sacrifice, act, give, pray, and get involved to stop the moral decadence. Most of them, but not all, are Christian. I am a Christian, and I do what I do because of my Christian faith. But AFA has always been, and will always be, open to anyone who wants to join in fighting the moral battle regardless of personal faith. I received a letter from a gentleman who had responded to our “WE ARE OUTRAGED” ad a few days ago. He was angry to learn that we are a Christian ministry and told me that had he known that AFA was a Christian organization he would never have responded. He was in complete agreement with what we are trying to do. He even sent us some money to help, but once he learned that AFA was a Christian organization, his mind closed and his bigotry took hold. At his request, and with our blessings, we deleted him from our list. We don’t want or need individuals who are such anti-Christian bigots. Your AFA is growing. Our influence is growing. The chances of our being successful increase with every new supporter who joins our battle. But can I promise you success? No. The only thing I can promise is that as long as I have breath I will continue with you in fighting the battle to which God has called us, and that I will do so to the best of my ability. Anything more than that I can’t give because I don’t have. Don 2 May 1993 AFA JOURNAL By Tim Wildmon Vice President “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) This month’s column will serve as more of an advertisement than anything else. But I think the product promoted will save some homes, restore others and count for eternity. I’m talking about the 1993 National Men’s Conference to be held in Boulder, Colorado July 30-31 with the National Leadership Conference to precede it July 27-29. This conference is sponsored by the Promise Keepers ministry which was founded by University of Colorado head football coach Bill McCartney. Its motto is, “A man’s man is a Godly man.” This July Promise Keepers is expecting some 50,000 men from across America to gather in Boulder to hear speakers such as Dr. James Dobson, Dr. Jack Hayford, Rev. E.V. Hill, Gary Smalley, John Trent, Ed Cole and a host of other respected men issue the challenge for men to be promise keepers with God, with their wives and with their families. It will also be a time of praise and worship of Jesus Christ. Now, I’m saying a lot about an event I’ve not been a part of before. Last year 22,000 men made their way to Boulder and, having heard some of their responses, I was challenged and will be going this year myself. So many homes are falling apart today because we men have not taken our responsibility of being the spiritual leaders in our families. America today needs men who will defend faith and family. America needs men who will not break their marriage vows, who will love their wives as Christ loves his church. Our country needs men who will love, teach and train their children in the ways of our Lord Continued on page 24 AFA Journal Volume 17 Number 5 A publication of the American Family Association. Published monthly and November/December. Address: P.O. Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803. Phone 601/844-5036. Subscription rate: $15 per year. Executive Editor: Donald E. Wildmon Editor: Randall Murphree Editorial Assistant: Jessica Huckaby AFA is a Christian organization promoting the Biblical ethic of decency in American society with primary emphasis on TV and other media. Christians & Society TODAY April 1993 A supplement for local bulletins and newsletters Holiday Inn spurns Christians, keeps porn Florida’s largest Holiday Inn franchise group tried to deceive a church denomination into believing that they were removing the porn channel from all ten of their franchises. The Missionary Church was prepared to sign a contract with the Tampa Airport Holiday Inn to secure a site for their denomination’s 1995 convention. This convention would bring in approximately $600,000 in revenue for the hotel. However, the Missionary Church became very concerned when they discovered that this Holiday Inn offered pornographic movies on the televisions in their hotel rooms. A church representative advised the Holiday Inn franchise that their denomination would most likely honor the AFA boycott of Holiday Inns by taking their convention to another hotel if they continued to provide the in-room porn channel. The Holiday Inn franchise management team responded quickly to keep the Missionary Church’s convention. Some Tampa Airport Holiday Inn sales personnel and the president of the franchise group met with the representative from the Missionary Church and a representative from the AFA of Florida. The franchise group informed AFA of Florida that Spectra Vision may charge the franchise as much as $4,000 per month if it terminates the porn channel before the television services contract expires. In a last ditch effort to get the Missionary Church’s convention business a Holiday Inn franchise sales employee told the Missionary Church representative that they would permanently remove the adult features and replace them with similar to non-pornographic movies shown on other pay-per-view channels. However, the Holiday Inn franchise’s deceptive practices were uncovered when the Missionary Church’s representative requested that they be allowed at a later date to inspect the movies offered in the rooms. A Holiday Inn franchise employee admitted that they were not actually removing the porn movies. In addition to the Tampa Airport (Westshore) location, this Holiday Inn franchise group also owns the Holiday Inn—Clearwater Beach Surfside, Clearwater Beach Gulfview, Madeira Beach, Clearwater Central, Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Ft. Lauderdale Beach Galleria, Ft. Lauderdale North, N. Miami Golden Glades, and I-64 & Broad, Virginia. Holiday Inns are the nation’s leading provider of in-room pornographic movies. AFA encourages people to boycott those Holiday Inns which provide the late night adult feature movies. Dairy Mart charged with selling obscenity the disease in those already infected, a new study says. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia put the AIDS virus in a test tube along with the white blood cells of 60 healthy people who had had several drinks over a weekend. They found that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS quickly replicated. “Even casual consumption of alcohol stimulates replication of the AIDS virus in cell cultures,” said Omar Bagasra, author of the study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. A Covington, Kentucky, convenience store has been charged with distributing obscene material after a police officer said he bought three copies of Hustler magazine there. Kenton County Attorney John R. Elfers cited Dairy Mart on three counts of distributing obscene material, a misdemeanor that carries a $10,000 fine. Dairy Mart is one of the leading retailers of porn magazines in America. Kentucky Post, 3/6/93 AIDS and alcohol A few drinks of alcohol may raise a healthy person’s chances of becoming infected with the AIDS virus or speed up USA Today, 3/22/93 the teaching of a sexual abstinence program in Caddo Parish public schools. The suit was formally brought by area citizens, whose detailed complaint coincided with charges leveled by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU in other states. “It is unconscionable that the truth about abstinence will be hidden from the children of Shreveport, Louisiana,” said Kathleen Sullivan, director of Project Respect, which published the abstinence curricula. “The message of these texts to teenagers is very simple: Save yourself...for tomorrow and your future family...you’ll be so glad you did.” Louisiana’s statute (LRS 17:281.A.(3)) instructs that “The major emphasis of any sex education instruction offered in the public schools of the state shall be to encourage sexual abstinence between unmarried persons.” “But,” Sullivan noted, “Judge Thaxton sided with the plaintiffs and ruled that by teaching abstinence we are teaching a ‘religion.’ We are hopeful that the Caddo Parish School Board will appeal this outrageous decision,” Sullivan said. This suit is book banning. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU want to ban ideas which they oppose and impose their beliefs on others. Cultural indicators Below is a chart on how things have changed in the past 30 years. Violent crimes per 10,000 people 1960 16.1 (FBI) Percent of children on welfare 3.5% 12.5% (Census Bureau) Illegitimate births 5.3% 28% (National Center for Health Statistics) Single-parent families Shreveport judge bans books on sexual abstinence 1991 75.8 9.1% 28.6% (Census Bureau) Teen suicide rate 3.6% 11.3% (National Center for Health Statistics) Louisiana District Judge Frank H. Thaxton, III granted an injunction to halt SAT scores 975 899 (The College Board) Commercial Appeal, 3/16/93 AFA JOURNAL May 1993 3 Frohnmayer says pornographers are like Christ’s example Some readers will remember John Frohnmayer, former director of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), he who expressed approval of government grants displaying, inter alia, the crucifix in a vat of urine and bull whips inserted into unmentionable parts of the male anatomy. Writing in the Christian Century, he explains the mission he had in mind. “If an artist seeks, either gently or confrontationally, to pique our social conscience, how different is that from the example Christ set?” Homosexual group honors Roseanne and Tom Arnold having been the subject of sexual comments, gestures and looks. Eighty-three percent said they had been touched, pinched or grabbed. The survey included girls ranging primarily from 10 to 18 years of age. Roseanne and Tom Arnold top the list of recipients of this year’s Fourth Annual Media Awards, which were presented jointly by the Los Angeles and New York Chapters of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). For the second year in a row, ROSEANNE, which is co-produced by the Arnolds, took home the award for Outstanding Television Comedy Series. The Arnolds were honored this year with a special award in recognition of their outspoken support for the homosexual community. Other recipients of this year’s GLAAD Media Awards include Sir Ian McKellen, who received the Stephan F. Kolzak Award for his activism for homosexual civil rights, Elton John (Outstanding Music Video award for “The Last Song”), Liz Smith (Outstanding Media Columnist), Garth Brooks (Outstanding Song award for “We Shall Be Free”), Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” (Outstanding Theater Production), The New Yorker (Outstanding Magazine Coverage), the New York Times (Outstanding Newspaper Coverage), and Anna Quindlen (Outstanding Print JourNew York Native, 3/22/93 nalist). Harassment of girls in school rampant, obvious Sexual harassment of girls is rampant in the nation’s schools, ranging from written notes to attempted rape, a survey says. “There are assaults going on right in front of the adults’ eyes,” said Nan Stein, the lead researcher. The survey is based on a review of 2,000 responses to a mail-in questionnaire included in last September’s Seventeen magazine. Stein said the findings in the unscientific survey match parents’ complaints, lawsuits and reports from school administrators. Stein is a research associate for Wellesley College Center for Research on Women in Boston. Eighty-nine percent of girls reported 4 May 1993 First Things, 12/92 Associated Press, 3/10/93 Meet at City Hall: Pray for America Concerned citizens are reminded to participate in Meet at City Hall on Thursday, May 6, the National Day of Prayer. The designated time for Meet at City Hall is 12:20-12:40 p.m. “I trust that AFA affiliates and all others who care about the future of our nation will meet together at their local city hall and pray for a moral rebirth in America,” said AFA President Don Wildmon. For more information contact AFA at 601-844-5036. Gore put in tough situation Vice-President Al Gore finds himself in a tough situation. President Clinton is pushing federal funding for abortions. This is the opposite position taken by Gore. In a letter dated May 26, 1987, Gore wrote a constituent: “During my 11 years in Congress, I have consistently opposed federal funding of abortions. In my opinion, it is wrong to spend federal funds for what is arguably the taking of a human life. Let me assure you that I share your belief that innocent human life must be protected, and I am committed to furthering this goal.” Report says USA in cultural decline The U.S. economy might be the soundest in the world, but the country’s cultural health is in serious decline, says a new study. Ex-Education Secretary William Bennett Monday unveiled his Index of Leading Cultural Indicators. It finds that since 1960—while population, wealth and welfare benefits climbed—U.S. “values” have deteriorated: • Violent crime increased by 560%. AFA JOURNAL Christians & Society TODAY • Illegitimate births climbed by 419%. • Divorce rates quadrupled. • Teenage suicide jumped by 200%. Pouring money on the problems won’t solve them, Bennett says. “To turn around these numbers, we must engage in the time-honored task of the moral education of our young (and the teaching of) values such as self-restraint, respect for other people, the importance of family and selfcontrol.” USA Today, 3/16/93 Janet Reno’s first act contradicts statement When Janet Reno was being questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee prior to her appointment as the Attorney General, she said: “I keep politics out of what I do, Senator.” The first act taken by Attorney General Reno was to fire all 96 U.S. attorneys. Ms. Reno is expected to close down prosecution of obscenity cases with the exception of only the most vile child pornography cases. Washington Times 3/25/93 Military doctors reject abortions Despite President Clinton’s reversal of a ban on abortions at military hospitals overseas, women serving in Europe can’t get abortions at military facilities because no U.S. military doctors will perform abortions. The Pentagon confirmed all 44 military doctors in Europe have decided against doing the procedure on moral and religious grounds. “It’s an individual choice,” said Army spokeswoman Dawn Kilpatrick. No military doctors in Asia are willing to perform abortions either, Kilpatrick said. Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-CO, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said it’s “an outrage” that all military doctors have refused to do abortions. USA Today, 4/1/93 New TV program to push nudity, profanity Steven Bochco and his Steven Bochco Productions will introduce a new series on TV this fall. ABC will bring the police drama series that Mr. Bochco expects will increase the acceptance for both nudity and profanity. Bochco has stated that he wants to bring “R” rated programs to TV. Christians and Society TODAY is published by American Family Association, P.O. Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803, to be reproduced for use as a supplemental insert for church newsletters and bulletins and for use by other concerned organizations. Sources cited indicate source of basic information only. TELEVISION Hollywood doesn’t understand the problem There is a growing disgust with Hollywood’s irresponsible social and political behavior, but Hollywood doesn’t seem to understand the problem. At a recent Washington conference, Motion Picture Association of America head Jack Valenti spoke in defense of his industry. “The only way you’re going to deal with” objectionable movies, he stated, “is to deal with it in the marketplace. The marketplace makes the decision.” The flaw in Valenti’s argument is that it assumes the market is open to begin with. In fact, views held by millions of Americans are routinely ignored in entertainment fare. Observe, for example, how television treats religion. On prime time, religious figures are regularly parodied. Catholics are portrayed as closed-minded bigots with the morals of Torquemada; fundamentalist Protestants are, as one show described them, “Bible-thumpin’ hayseeds.” A review of every prime-time television show from the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons shows that only one series (THIRTYSOMETHING) ever depicted religious institutions in a positive light; every other program was neutral or negative toward religion. During the same time period, a survey was conducted by the City University of New York in which people were asked if they considered themselves religious. Ninety-one percent of America responded “yes.” Don’t nine out of 10 people constitute a “market”? Since the 1989 Webster decision, a slew of television series and TV movies have dedicated themselves to the abortion question. All have supported the woman’s right to an abortion. Not one has ever championed the right to life of a child; even on shows such as MURPHY BROWN where an unwanted pregnancy was carried to term, an abstract “right to choose” was supported. To say that the marketplace determines the product is to say that there is no such thing as a pro-life movement. Is the market calling for the barrage of gay rights themes on television today, and is there no market for the thoughtful opinion that homosexuality is wrong? Is the market calling for movies and television shows regularly to depict businessmen as evil and corrupt, and is there no market for the positive portrayal of the free-enterprise system? Is the market demanding the eco-nonsense we so often see because there is no market for science? Or are these products Hollywood chooses to sell while keeping conservative values out of the market? “Let the marketplace decide!” is the clarion call of those without a social conscience. It is used to justify the anti-Catholic Christian racists murder blacks, Jews on Fox network movie The humble, Midwest farm families in Fox’s March 15 movie BETRAYED go to church regularly and live their faith daily—as they lead and support a white supremacist group, murder blacks and Jews, and rob banks to finance their intended overthrow of the government. In the opening scene a radio “shock jock” named Krause asks a caller, “Do By Brent Bozell Creators Syndicate bigotry of Sinead O’Connor and Madonna. It is used to justify the hate-filled racist messages of Ice-T, Sister Souljah, and NWA. It is used to justify promoting teen-age promiscuity on television shows designed for impressionable teenagers. Yes, there is a market for these things. There is a market for virtually anything in our society. That the entertainment industry caters to those kinds of markets and thereby advances these messages in pursuit of profit is nothing to be proud of. But members of the Hollywood elite don’t care about their responsibility to society. Instead, they admonish parents to better police their children. Mr. Valenti, who pioneered the NC-17 rating system and has championed social responsibility in Hollywood, disappoints when he dismisses parents with, “If you don’t like (it), for God sakes, don’t patronize it.” The average child will spend more time in front of a television set than in the classroom by the time he or she graduates from high school. Add Catholics are portrayed as closed-minded bigots with the morals of Torquemada; fundamentalist Protestants are, as one show described them, “Bible-thumpin’ hayseeds.” to that thousands of hours more listening to music. Add the hundreds of hours in a movie theater. No parent can patrol all of this. No parent should have to patrol all of this. There was once a time when Hollywood was a shining beacon on the public scene. Actors and performers were our heroes, and as children we looked up to them, wanting to emulate their deeds and their values. Today’s entertainers are still our children’s heroes. Some heroes. Sure, Elvis Presley was controversial in his day, but he never grabbed his crotch in magazine advertisements, a la Marky Mark, or made foul-mouthed movies, a la Eddie Murphy, or bitterly criticized his country, a la far too many stars, such as Alec Baldwin, Spike Lee and Susan Sarandon. It’s time for the industry that sponsors them in the name of “the market,” and in the search for profit, to shape up. you have any views on lesbian priests? Any view on masturbation?” In the next scene, he opines, “If there’s a morality in these reborn Christians, that they claim they are, if they all took care of the underprivileged like Christians are supposed to do, then we wouldn’t have a welfare state, right!?” Krause, a Jew, is murdered. The movie’s lead character is Gary Simmons, head of the white supremacist group called Zionist Occupation Government. In one scene, they release a black man, give him a gun and a 30-second head start, then hunt him down like a wild animal. (He is given a gun so the hunters can claim self defense.) The Joe Eszterhas script was produced by Irvin Winkler. In another scene, a Bible-waving political candidate supported by the Zionist group speaks of taking the country back from the Jews and faggots. This family time movie was sponsored in part by: Chrm. Melvin R. Goodes, WarnerLambert Company, 201 Tabor Road, Morris Plains, NJ 07950, FAX 201-5403761, TOLL FREE: 1-800-223-0182, Certs breath mints, e.p.t. Plus pregnancy test, Lubriderm Lotion, Tracer razor. AFA JOURNAL May 1993 5 Priest ignores abstinence in Fox high school series In the March 10 episode of BEVERLY HILLS 90210, series regular Donna is pressured by David to have sex. “What’s the problem?” David demands. “Your parents are out of town.... I have protection....” “There’s more to it than that, David,” Donna responds. “I was brought up believing I’d wait ’til I got married. I can’t just wipe all that out because of how my body feels.” Four of the regular gang go to an AIDS benefit where the comedienne/hostess asks front row teens—including David and Donna—about their sex lives. Donna explains that she plans not to have sex until after marriage. The comedienne responds, “Tell your mom she did a real good job....it’s okay to wait. For all of you who are having sex, please be careful, and every time, use a condom!” Later in a dream, Donna recalls her priest telling her upon her confirmation that no matter what she does, God will always love her. A few days later, she goes to the same priest for counsel. “I don’t know what to do about sex.” she tells Father Chris. “What does your heart tell you to do?” he asks. “It’s not my heart I’m worried about.” “The love you choose to give to another is a precious gift that includes your sexuality. Your virginity is a gift, Donna, so you’ve got to ask yourself if David’s the one you want to give it to.” (No mention of abstinence until marriage.) “I love him, and he loves me.” “That’s wonderful. That just makes this decision that much harder for you, doesn’t it? Why don’t you pray on it for a while. And remember, no matter what you do, God will always love you.” Following the priest’s counsel, Donna tells David she is going to wait until after they graduate from high school (a matter of a few months) to have sex. Among the advertisers was: Pres. Gary Mulloy, Maybelline, Inc., Post Office Box 371, Memphis, TN 38151, Phone 901-320-2011, Maybelline cosmetics. Show pushes teen sex, ‘No mistakes’ mindset In Fox’s March 2 episode of THE CLASS OF ’96, casual illicit teen sex is promoted as positive if one “learns from it.” David, 19 and a college freshman, is ecstatic when novelist Lindsey Kerr visits his creative writing class and offers 6 May 1993 critiques on the students’ work. Ms. Kerr, at least twice David’s age, seduces the boy, and he “falls in love.” She tells him not to “assume anything,” and his friends (when they learn he’s had sex with the older woman) warn him to be careful. However, he insists to his friends, “It’s not just a sexual thing.” He is convinced that Ms. Kerr, after they have sex in the college library floor, is in love with him. For her, though, David is a toy, a mere amusement to relieve stress after having recently broken up with her live-in lover. The promiscuous seductress concludes the episode by imparting this wisdom to her young bedmate: “Nothing’s a mistake if you learn from it.” David, of course, matures by leaps and bounds as he grasps the amoral principle she espouses—any act is morally right if one learns a lesson from it. One must assume, then, that adultery, robbery, murder, rape, etc. have no moral connotation as long as the perpetrator learns from his deed. Among advertisers was: Chrm. John R. Albers, Dr Pepper/Seven-Up Companies, Inc., Post Office Box 665086, Dallas, TX 75265, Phone 214-360-7000, FAX 214360-7980, Dr Pepper soft drink, Nautilus Thirst Quencher, 7-Up soft drink. Network bias obvious in ‘Prime-Time Live’ story ABC’s PRIME-TIME LIVE news show carried a March 25 story on homosexuals in the military. Diane Sawyer’s lead-in had all the depth of a junior high school analysis of the issue: “...all the talk shows and panel discussions were leading to a central question that no one was answering: ‘Do gay men, in fact, stare at and make passes at straight men in the showers or in the barracks?’” The feature presented first those who stood against allowing homosexuals in the military. They included Gen. Colin Powell (a 15-second clip from an earlier hearing, not a PRIME-TIME interview); an anonymous private (seven seconds) and Adm. Thomas Moore, Ret. (an eight-second clip from another TV show). Total time: 30 seconds. With that obligatory show of “balance,” PRIME-TIME proceeded to interview five homosexual men who promise viewers that heterosexual military men are in no danger. Note the unquestionable logic of their collective wisdom: No. 1: “I’m attracted to gay men. I’m not attracted to straight men.” No. 2 goes to the YMCA to work out, not to pick up men. No. 3 admits that he “cruises” and looks at men. No. 4 assures us that homosexuals know AFA JOURNAL how to “behave themselves.” No. 5 served three tours in Vietnam with a straight partner and never had sex with him. Total time: 190 seconds. So much for media balance! It was network news up to its politically correct best, promoting and propagandizing under the guise of “fair” coverage. Top sponsor was: Chrm. John G. Smale, General Motors Corporation, 3044 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202, Phone 313-556-5000. AC-Delco auto parts, Buick automobiles, Cadillac automobiles, Geo automobiles, Saturn automobiles. Teen hookers, adultery fill NBC movie with Ford advertising Kim, a high school student, is a prostitute pimped by Jo Ann and Bobby, husband and wife owners of Sugar Babies Escort Services. At the same time she is having sex with Bobby, who has promised her that they will go away together. Bobby concocts a plan to have Kim murder Jo Ann. It’s all a part of the March 25 episode of NBC’s family time series CRIME & PUNISHMENT. Hookers with their johns and sexual bondage scenes take the movie deep into the gutter. Top advertiser was: Chrm. Harold Poling, Ford Motor Company, P. 0. Box 1899, Dearborn, MI 48121, TOLL FREE: 1-800-392-3673, Ford, Lincoln Continental and Mercury automobiles, Motorcraft automotive parts. Promiscuous sex theme on Fox sponsored by Helene Curtis, P&G In the March 4 episode of Fox’s DOWN THE SHORE, six single housemates run into problems when they all invite guests. The six share a weekend beach home. As in all other episodes, a major focus is casual and illicit sex. As it happens this time, the guests all pair off for sex with strangers—including one homosexual couple. On March 18, neighbors invite Eddie, one of the regulars, over for a drunken orgy. Eddie gets drunk and marries Cheyenne, who says her first marriage ended in the death of her husband. Cheyenne’s orgy friends get them a stolen condom dispenser as a wedding present. Hubby No. 1, however, arrives on the scene to end Eddie’s short-lived marriage. The three women who star in the series seize every opportunity to prance about in skimpy lingerie. On April 1, Aldo, who thinks himself God’s gift to women, approaches a woman at a bar and says, “Hi, I’m Aldo....” His five friends observe with disdain how he denigrates women. Twenty-six seconds after “meeting” this woman, Aldo is headed out the door with her clinging to his arm. Genitalia, illicit sex jokes and lots of profanity are staples in series dialogue. Appearing in all three of these episodes were: Chrm. Gerald Gidwitz, Helene Curtis Industries, Inc., 325 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610, Phone 312-661-0222, FAX 312-836-0125, Salon Selectives hair care products, Suave hair care products, Vibrance shampoo & conditioners. Chrm. Edwin L. Artzt, Procter & Gamble, P.O. Box 599, Cincinnati, OH 45201, FAX 513-562-4500, TOLL FREE: 1-800-543-7276, Crest toothpaste, Noxzema skin cream, Pringle’s potato chips, Sure antiperspirant. Pepsi, NBC bring pro-homosexual show Sex continues to be a main topic on NBC’s SEINFELD. The April 1 re-run features a story in which a character’s father is discovered to have carried on a homosexual relationship for years. (He is still married.) Other “humor” has Jerry and his date engaging in what he calls “filthy sex talk” while they prepare for sex. Jerry can’t wait to tell his friend George about it, and George demands details. In another scene, Elaine explodes in anger when a co-worker tells the boss about Elaine’s $429 worth of personal calls (to her lover in Europe) made on the company telephone. Both the opening and closing monologues focus on sex. Series star Jerry Seinfeld is producer; writers include Elaine Pope, Larry David, Tom Leopold, Peter Mehlman, Peter Farelly and Bob Farelly. Top advertiser was: Chrm. D. Wayne Calloway, PepsiCo, Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NJ FAX 914-253-2070, TOLL FREE: 1-800-433-2652. Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lay’s potato chips, Mountain Dew soft drink, Taco Bell fast food, Tostitos tortilla chips. ‘LA Law’ returns with same old sleaze NBC and LA LAW creator Steven Bochco played a poor April Fool’s joke on viewers with a glitzy promotional campaign for LA LAW. The first episode of a supposed “new and improved” version of the long-time sleaze series aired April l; it was simply more of the same rubbish dished out for several seasons now. The episode included the promiscuous hero Arnie Becker again preparing to have sex (in his office) with one of his married clients. (It was a divorce case, of course). His conversations with the woman included numerous thinly veiled euphemisms for genitalia and sexual arousal. Another story line followed the case of a man who, pretending to be a member of President Clinton’s staff, fooled the whole LA LAW crew. In effect, he made idiots of all of the power-hungry lawyers as they fawned over him and engaged in a sickening display of name-dropping. Top sponsor was: Chrm. D. Wayne Calloway, PepsiCo, Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577, FAX 914-253-2070, TOLL FREE: 1-800-433-2652. Diet Pepsi soft drink, Doritos corn chips, Fritos snack foods, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lay’s potato chips, Taco Bell fast food. Positive values in ABC sitcom A mother and her teenage daughter find understanding and a way to communicate in a rare prime-time portrayal of positive family relationships. It occurred on the March 26 installment of ABC’s FAMILY MATTERS. Teenage Laura’s friends ridicule her “squeaky clean” image and thus pressure her into going with them to a male strip joint. Unfortunately, Laura’s mother has also been cajoled into going to the same club with her sister, so Laura gets caught in the act. Back at home, Laura tries to explain to Mom that she sometimes tires of her image, and wants to be known as wild and crazy. “You want to be cool?” asks Mom. “Then keep resisting temptation. Keep doing what you know in your heart is right. That’s what’s really cool.” “You’re right,” Laura agrees. “You know what, Mom? Every time that I think that nobody in the whole world knows how I feel, it turns out that you know exactly how I feel. Why is that?” “Simple—I’m your Mom!” “The best mom!” Among the advertisers was: Chrm. Michael Eisner, The Walt Disney Company, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, Phone 818-560-1000, Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Attractions and Theme Parks. P&G ads sponsor casual sex, PC themes Maggie O’Connell and Dr. Joel Fleischman are lead characters in CBS’s NORTHERN EXPOSURE; Maggie is also Joel’s landlady. In the February 15 episode, they argue, she breaks his nose, he sues her, she delivers an eviction notice, they argue, he calls her “spoiled and frigid,” she decks him in the nose again, they go to a barn, their argument erupts into a fist fight, they roll in the hay, and then guess what! Yes, they have sex—it’s all just a normal progression in a mature, adult relationship. Their next step is to announce to all their friends—at the local restaurant—that they had sex. In the same episode, Maurice, former astronaut, erects an illegal transmitter tower for his radio station. On March 8, Shelly is hallucinating. A native Indian tells Shelly, about 21, that if she will get married, the hallucinations will cease. (She’s been having sex with Holling, about 60, since she was in her teens.) Holling agrees to marry and gives Shelly his mother’s ring. However, she declines to wear it because it will turn men off and they won’t hit on her. Another story line indicates that Maggie is already involved in another sexual relationship. A closing scene includes praise for the blasphemous movie The Last Temptation of Christ. A very politically correct theme permeates the March 15 episode in which Mike, Maggie’s other lover, makes an impassioned farewell speech as he leaves town to work on global environmental research. He leaves as a hero. Executive producers of the series are Joshua Brand and John Falsey. Top sponsor in these three episodes was: Chrm. Edwin L. Artzt, Procter & Gamble, P.O. Box 599, Cincinnati, OH 45201, FAX 513-562-4500, TOLL FREE:1-800-543-7276. Comet cleanser, Cover Girl cosmetics, Crest toothpaste, Folger’s coffee, Pert shampoo, Tide detergent. McDonald’s regular sponsor on casual, perverse sex series Casual sex, perversion and hedonism are the threads that weave through the Fox network’s MELROSE PLACE. Alison moves to Seattle to live with her lover whose job is taking him there in the March 3 episode. Michael and Jane (the series’ token married couple) entertain Sammy, an old friend from out of town. He kisses and propositions Jane—and she, of course, likes it. Billy moves out of his lover’s apartment. (They’d begun living together after knowing each other a few weeks.) Matt, the series homosexual, appears in one brief scene. In a March 10 re-run, one of Jake’s old lovers shows up, and the two talk over old times, i.e. their sexual affair. She then introduces Jake to the son he didn’t know he had. Another story line focuses on AFA JOURNAL May 1993 7 Matt, who operates a halfway house and feeds homeless kids. He is infinitely more sensitive and compassionate about such issues than are any of his trendy friends. Alison and friends discuss foreplay in preparation for her first date with Rick. Matt is again center stage in the March 24 episode. He is the counselor whom Billy seeks out when Billy’s father dies. Subsequently, Matt and his father reconcile their differences. Matt, of course, initiated the healing process, and the father’s homophobia is apparently cured. One of Michael’s fellow doctors (female) at the hospital tries to seduce him. The March 31 episode opens with Jake and Jo in bed, interrupted by a phone call from Perri, another of Jake’s old bedmates. Perri has come to announce that she has AIDS. Jake’s stupid response is this: “What does this mean—for me I mean?” When Jake later tells Jo that Perri has AIDS, Jo echoes Jake’s self-centered response: “What does this mean?” Jake goes to Matt (Who else!?) for counsel. Matt acknowledges that one of his lovers died of AIDS, but reassures Jake, “Testing positive isn’t a death sentence. Ignorance is!” Jake and Jo both test negative. Helping sponsor all four of the above episodes was: Chrm. Michael R. Quinlan, McDonald’s Corporation, 1 Kroc Dr., Oak Brook, IL 60521, Phone 708-5753000, FAX 708-575-6941. McDonald’s fast food. Sleaze, profanity fill ABC sitcom One plot focus of the March 9 episode of the JACKIE THOMAS SHOW on ABC is the discovery, by the men on the set of the fictional TV show, that Sophie, the show’s star, appears nude in Playpen magazine. They all gather around to gawk at the porn pics and ogle Sophie when she appears on the scene. Doug, a network representative, has Sophie fired because of pressure from religious groups. Jackie, star of his own show, however, decides he wants to do shower scenes with Sophie. He offers to get her job back if she’ll have sex with him, though he doesn’t go through with it when she agrees. Euphemisms for sexual intercourse and male genitalia appear in the dialogue. On March 16, the series boasted sexual bondage jokes and two writers (one male, one female) for the show playing strip poker while the third writer actually works on a script. In the March 23 episode, Jerry fondly recalls his first sexual experience as a teenager in the back seat of his car. Guest 8 May 1993 star Gary Coleman plays himself; he and Thomas make Coleman’s real life lawsuit against his parents a matter for joke lines. Thomas makes numerous references to his practice of promising aspiring actresses roles in the series in exchange for sex. All three episodes have frequent profanity and obscene expressions. Mike Dugan wrote the first script, Sid Youngers the second, and David Silverman and Steve Sustarsic the third. All were produced by Dava Savel. Tom and Roseanne Arnold are executive producers. Top advertiser was: Chrm. Michael A. Miles, Philip Morris, Incorporated, 120 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017, FAX 212-878-2167, TOLL FREE: 1-800-3430975. PRODUCTS: Cool Whip whipped cream, General Foods products, Kool-Aid soft drink, Kraft food products, Maxwell House coffee. GM ads support perversion in Fox sitcom episode The teaser features series hero Neil and heroin Alicia in various stages of dress and undress—in and out of bed, but always preparing for illicit sex. A later bed scene has Neil asking Alicia to be in a porn film, so he can make points with his boss. (He works for the porn film company; she has acted in films for the company in the past.) It was Fox's March 28 FLYING BLIND. Additional dialogue includes other illicit sexual innuendo, genitalia jokes and adultery jokes. Mark Reisman wrote the script, which was produced by Michael Stanislavsky. Top advertiser was: Chrm. John G. Smale, General Motors Corporation, 3044 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48202, Phone 313-556-5000. Buick automobiles, Chevrolet automobiles, Mr. Goodwrench service, Pontiac automobiles, Saturn automobiles. Illicit sex is theme in politically correct series Chief Gillespie, the widowed police chief in CBS’s IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, is embarrassed when townspeople stare as his lover—Harriet, a divorcee—drives him to work after a night of illicit sex. Harriet feels guilty sneaking around and not telling her teenage son about her sex life. The two lovers discuss the fact that very few people in town are not aware of their illicit relationship. And so another prime-time hero falls victim to the Hollywood pens which insist that sex outside marriage is the AFA JOURNAL norm. The major story line follows the U. S. Senate campaign of white supremacist George Deschamps who says that he wants to lead a “revival of conservative tradition.” Nothing politically incorrect there! A white supremacist is—obviously—a political conservative. When the city council debates whether to allow him to stage a rally at the local high school, one member declares, “We’re supposed to have the power to stop things that we do not want.” The story turns into an ugly adulterous relationship going on between Deschamps’ wife and Chris Pastory, his campaign manager. Pastory arranges to have Deschamps assassinated during the campaign rally, but instead himself becomes the target of the assassin’s bullet. The tawdry tale of murder, adultery and illicit sex was a Matt Harris teleplay produced by Joe Gannon. Top advertiser was: Chrm. Arnold G. Langbo, Kellogg Company, One Kellogg Square PO Box 3599, Battle Creek, MI 49016, FAX 616-961-2000, TOLL FREE: 1-800-962-1413. Eggo Waffles, Frosted Flakes cereal, Kellogg’s cereals, Mueslix cereal, Pop Tarts, Special K cereal. Filthy language, teen sex theme in sitcom The March 23 episode of ABC’s ROSEANNE held true to the sitcom’s commitment to gutter-level sludge as family time entertainment. In this episode, jokes about priests are juxtaposed against male genitalia jokes. Occasional profanity is included. In one story line, Molly, about 16, visits the Conner’s house and propositions David, Darlene Conner’s boyfriend. Such is typical fare for the series. Executive producers are Tom and Roseanne Arnold. Robert Borden wrote the script. Advertisers included: Chrm. Robert D. Haas, Levi Strauss & Co., P.O. Box 7215, San Francisco, CA 94120, Phone 415-544-6000, FAX 415-544-3939, Brittania apparel, Dockers apparel, Levi’s blue jeans and denim apparel. Send AFA Responses Please send AFA copies of replies you receive from advertisers and other companies. Also, send news clippings on family issues. Your assistance is deeply appreciated. NEWS OF INTEREST CBS/FOX video asks homosexuals to ‘mobilize’ behind homosexual releases Leading an unprecedented charge into the homosexual market, CBS/Fox Video has announced a national “mobilization” campaign to launch the homosexual-promoting The Lost Language of Cranes. CBS/Fox is urging homosexual consumers to contact local video stores and national chains and request the film. Retailers can only order rental copies of the film until the May 11 cutoff date. “We know demand’s there for gay and lesbian titles all over the country, not just in New York and San Francisco,” said Sal Scamardo, CBS/Fox’s director of promotions. “Now, we need gay and lesbian consumers to help us prove it to retailers.” CBS/Fox will also donate a portion of rental receipts to VIAC, the Video Industry AIDS Coalition. For the home video industry, the campaign could lead to major changes in how it markets to homosexuals. “Our ultimate goal is to better serve gay and lesbian consumers by integrating titles that speak to them into more stores in more places,” Scamardo said. “We’ve always recognized the importance of the gay market, and this title gives us the chance to work directly on their concerns.” According to Scamardo, research indicates homosexual consumers boast a higher household income, spend more, and rent more videos than average consumers. A recent reader survey by Out, the national homosexual magazine, found that its readers rent an average 4.1 videos each month, with 28% renting 6 or more a month. Of readers surveyed, 88.9% said they own a VCR. “It’s not a question of politics for us,” said Mindy Pickard, vice president of marketing for CBS/Fox. “It benefits everyone for video stores to carry more gay and alternative titles–the stores win, consumers win, distributors win. This market offers true growth potential if its needs are addressed.” The Lost Language of Cranes will debut in video stores on June 2, at the start of Gay Pride Month. Congressman Barney Frank calls his homosexual partner his “spouse” The February edition of Washington Life magazine presented a detailed survey of U.S. senators and representatives, complete with portraits of the lawmakers and such information as their education, previous occupation, spouse’s name, and spouse’s occupation. The attention-getter of the group was clearly Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), one of two avowed homosexuals in Congress. For “spouse’s name” in the Frank profile, Washington Life listed “Herb Moses” and for “spouse’s occupation” listed “Mortgage Banker.” Since homosexual marriages are not legally sanctioned anywhere in the United States, Human Events contacted Frank’s office to inquire just who Herb Moses was and why he was listed as the congressman’s “spouse.” Frank himself returned the call and confirmed that he had filled in the questionnaire from the publication and had listed Mr. Moses as his spouse. “I normally wouldn’t discuss this, least of all with you,” Frank told the Human Events reporter. “But since you asked, I didn’t think it would be accurate to just write in ‘single,’ and ‘spouse’ was the closest thing to describe Herb. “Actually, there is no one single word to describe Herb to me or me to him, and this is something he has written about in a magazine article. One can’t describe him as a ‘companion’ because that sounds like he’s a dog and if you simply say ‘friend,’ it suggests he might be an elderly or infirm person that I take care of. No, one (term) can’t really describe what Herb is to me, and there’s no need for one.” Father shares concern about entertainment violence after daughter attacked was sent to my 33-year-old single daughter who is a flight attendant for American Airlines and was forwarded to me for reasons which I will explain. “Kelly was returning home from the grocery store at about 11:30 p.m. on July 20 of last year as she had forgotten to get some cat food for her three pets. She was followed home by three youths from a neighboring town (Ft. Worth) and they managed to get in under her garage door before she AFA regularly receives letters from individuals who have been the victims of violence and pornography. We felt led to share the one below. “Dear Mr. Wildmon, I received your letter the other day on behalf of the American Family Association. Actually the letter Human Events, 3/27/93 could get it closed with her auto door opener. They robbed her of the cash she had and then proceeded to rob her of the life she had enjoyed up to that moment. They hit her in the back of the head with something that cracked her skull and then as she lay on the garage floor they stomped her head, kicked her head and stood on it just to make sure she did not live through it. The imprint of their athletic shoes remained embedded in her face for a couple of weeks afterwards. She lay there in the garage floor until 10:30 the next morning when a neighbor found her. She had lost two pints of blood (out her ears). Her skull was cracked all the way around. The neurosurgeon described it as being like a cracked egg. She was not expected to live but miraculously she did. She has been hospitalized for nearly eight months now and faces an untold period of rehabilitation when she comes out of the coma...and of course we are still praying for miracles. “I have long felt that TV and the programs that are being presented are ruining our society. I wonder how many programs of violence it took to produce two 17-year-olds and a 19-year-old capable of doing what these young men did. They are awaiting trial for attempted capital murder...FOUR lives ruined by a sponsor holding to the argument that they want to sponsor what people want to see...regardless of the consequences for our society. “I just thought you might like a testimonial to keep you working when you’re tired and going is tough. If I can ever help you in any other way please let me know. I would gladly help in any way possible. Name Withheld by AFA Time-Warner adds more porn to lineup Time-Warner has added a new line of porn videos entitled NightVision. The first two releases for the new porn line are Fantasies and Erotic Encounters. According to Video Business, February 1993, Fantasies “focuses on 16 women, all in seductive states of undress, traipsing through a variety of alluring settings.” Video Business says “Ten vignettes of uninhibited man/woman couplings can be seen in Erotic Encounters, where the viewer’s own interest in voyeurism is directly proportional to the enjoyment of the video’s sensuality. The scenarios are all quite titillating, with such situations involving a tutor, a pair of identical twin sisters, an invisibility potion and a News of Interest Sources Sources cited for News of Interest items indicate source of basic information only. AFA JOURNAL May 1993 9 jailhouse warden. As with Fantasies, the players are all realistically attractive and the love-making is deftly delivered with style.” NEA tax dollars push homosexuals in military The National Endowment for the Arts has given $50,000 to Allan Berube and Arthur Dong to help the pair make a film based on Berube’s book, Coming out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two The NEA has been a major player in funding homosexual art for the past several years. The new film will help push the acceptance of homosexuals in the military. Homosexual soldiers’ letters, film footage and government documents will be woven together to support the homosexual cause. Associated Press, 3/7/93 NC-17 videos involved in rape Two Clermont County, Ohio, boys charged with molesting two neighborhood youths admitted their guilt in Clermont County Juvenile Court. On February 24, a 13-year-old boy admitted to four charges of rape, and his 9-year-old brother admitted to being incorrigible, said juvenile Court Judge Stephanie Linder. The New Richmond area boys performed sex acts on two other neighborhood boys while watching Xrated video tapes. The victims were between the ages of 6 and 7 during the time of the incidents, said Clermont County Prosecutor Don White. Clermont Sun, 3/4/93 AFA distributes 35,000 copies of the video “The Gay Agenda” American Family Association has distributed 35,000 copies of the video “The Gay Agenda.” The video has been widely viewed by top military personnel during the current debate on lifting the ban on homosexuals. “We have mailed 35,000 copies of the video to leaders and officials across the country, including U.S. Senators and Representative. The video contains much vital information about the homosexual movement and lifestyle which the major media are not reporting. We feel this information is necessary in order to make an intelligent decision concerning lifting the ban on homosexuals in the military and the move by homosexuals to win acceptance and approval for their lifestyle,” said AFA president Donald E. Wildmon. Wildmon said that he has asked those who received the video to share it with 10 May 1993 • AFA BOYCOTT BOX • COMPANY K Mart Chrm. Joseph E. Antonini 3100 West Big Beaver Rd. Troy, MI 48084 1-800-63-Kmart Holiday Inns REASON Kmart, through its subsidiary Waldenbooks, is one of the leading retailers of pornography in America. Kmart has the authority to order Waldenbooks to get out of the pornography business at any time. All profits from the sale of pornography go to Kmart. Kmart owns Waldenbooks, American Fare Stores, Pay Less and Pay N Save Drug Stores (in the Northwest U.S.), Office Max, Bargain Harold’s, Builders Square home supply stores, Sports Authority and PACE Membership Warehouse stores. (For additional companies owned by Kmart, see article on page 1.) All corporately owned Holiday Inns carry Satellite Cinema movie service which includes in-room porn movies known as Sensations Features. Holiday Inns is the largest provider of in-room pornographic movies in the U.S. Chrm. Bryan Langton 3 Ravinia Dr., Ste. 2000 Atlanta, GA 30346 1-800-HOLIDAY S. C. Johnson & Son S. C. Johnson & Son has been cited by CLeaR-TV for a Chrm. Samuel C. Johnson 1525 Howe Street Racine, WI 53403 1-800-558-5252 one-year boycott. The company has been among the leading sponsors of sex, violence and profanity in primetime television programming for more than two years. (See article on page 1.) • QUOTES OF NOTE • Abstinence is no answer “I strongly believe that abstinence is no cure. I think young people are...gonna do it no matter what you say to them... Condoms really need to be available.” LIFE GOES ON star Chad Lowe (CNBC’s TALK LIVE, February 20). TV, etc. April 1993 Sitcoms are used to push politics “There’s a sort of line they’ve (print media) drawn between entertainment and politics, where people who deal in a halfhour format don’t have any business dabbling in politics. When I met (producer) Larry Gelbart...and found he basically had others. He said that he has received some criticism from those who have viewed the video because of scenes of sexual activity between homosexuals on floats during Gay Pride parades in San Francisco and other cities. “There are offensive scenes, but these scenes were a public part of the gay pride parades,” Wildmon said. Copies of “The Gay Agenda” are available from AFA for $9.95 including shipping. Include check with order to: The Gay Agenda, AFA, Post Office Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803. his own column on television, it was just called M*A*S*H, it really impressed me.” HEARTS AFIRE producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (January 25 Electronic Media). TV, etc. April 1993 Evil believers “Half the country is very religious and thinks sex is a terrible thing, then the other half is into life. I vote for sex...Always the most heinous crimes in history (are committed) in the name of religion: the Crusades, the Inquisition ...Hitler.” Comedienne Elayne Boosler (March 16 ARSENIO HALL SHOW). TV, etc. April 1993 the state of Colorado and shall not convene any national conference or event in said state until this measure is lawfully repealed....” The humanist organization also endorsed efforts by the ACLU to get the will of the voters reversed in court. People for the American Way, the ACLU, American Library Association and other leftwing groups—which in the past have called AFA boycotts censorship— have not come forward to call the boycott by AHA censorship. The Humanist Bulletin, Winter 1993 Humanist Association supports Colorado boycott People For American Way staffer joins White House staff The American Humanist Association has Melanne Verveer, former Director of passed a resolution endorsing a boycott of the state of Colorado. Voters in Colorado refused to grant special rights to homosexuals in a vote last fall. The AHA resolution says that the organization “shall engage in a boycott of AFA JOURNAL Public Policy for the leftwing political group People for the American Way, has joined the staff at the White House. Verveer took the key position of Deputy Chief of Staff to First Lady Hillary Clinton. The Clintons filled several key positions with members of both People for the American Way and the American Civil Liberties Union. AFA State Directors AFA of Alaska, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Head, Sr.,P.O. Box 20218,Juneau, AK 99802,Phone 907-463-3834 AFA of Alabama, Thomas Blackerby, P.O. Box 11453, Montgomery, AL 36111, Phone 205-834-4439 AFA of Arkansas, Bob Hester, P.O. Box 9076, Jonesboro, AR 72403, Phone 501-932-5065 Northern California AFA, David Woodel, P.O. Box 605, Citrus Heights, CA 95611, Phone 916-988-1060 Southern California AFA, Dr. Wiley S. Drake, 6671 Longfellow Dr., Buena Park, CA 90620, Phone 714-522-7201 AFA of Delaware, F. Lytton Patterson, P. O. Box 342, New Castle, DE 19720, Phone 302-328-7469 AFA of Florida, David Caton, P.O. Box 82722, Tampa, FL 33682, Phone 813-971-4622 AFA of Georgia, Nolen P. Cox, P.O. Box 3112, Valdosta, GA 31604-3112, Phone 912-244-8493 AFA of Indiana, Vickie Bowman, P. O. Box 92, Garrett, IN 46738, Phone 219357-5484 AFA of Iowa, Larry R. Johnson, P.O. Box 10111, Cedar Rapids, IA 52410, Phone 319-377-1746 AFA of Kentucky, Dr. Frank Simon, P.O. Box 6689, Louisville, KY 40206, Phone 502-895-6263 AFA of Maryland, Bill Hoffman, Rt. 11, Box 432 Dagsboro Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801, Phone 410-546-3512 AFA of Michigan, Bill Johnson, P.O. Box 202, Fremont, MI 49412, Phone 616924-4050 AFA of Missouri, R. L. Beasley, P.O. Box 2862, Joplin, MO 64803, Phone 417624-9385 AFA of New Jersey, Robert Kellow, P.O. Box 699, Waretown, NJ 08758, Phone 609-693-9590 AFA of Ohio, Scott Ross, P.O. Box 60, Bethel, OH 45106-0060, Phone 513-7342326 AFA of Tennessee, Harry Grothjahn, P. O. Box 412, Alcoa, TN 37701, Phone 615-977-7871 AFA of Texas, Jeff Fisher, P.O. Box 140917, Austin, TX 78714, Phone 512472-9196 AFA of Virginia, Rev. Mark Jarvis, 754 Germanna Hwy., Culpeper, VA 22701, Phone 703-825-1549 West Virginia AFA, Sam A. Cravotta, 3008 Glen Dr., Martinsburg, WV 25401, Phone 304-274-2794 Bernice Wildmon Memorial Award established The Jefferson County (Ohio) affiliate of American Family Association has established the Bernice Wildmon Memorial Award in memory of the mother of AFA founder Donald E. Wildmon. Bernice Wildmon died June 29, 1992. The Jefferson County affiliate stated that the award will be presented to those who have performed heroically for Judeo-Chris- tian morals and traditional family values at great personal sacrifice, regardless of the cost. The first recipient of the Bernice Wildmon Memorial Award was Mr. Billy Inmon, former manager of the Ohio State Fair, who was dismissed for taking a public stand against homosexuals distributing pornography at the fair. Sony, Disney help underwrite homosexual bash Sony Pictures Studio hosted the second annual National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Hollywood fundraiser, which brought in $180,000 for the NGLTF Policy Institute—more than twice the amount raised in 1991. Rocker Melissa Etheridge headlined the evening; actors James Wood, Richard Gere and Dana Delaney spoke. Among the 500 attending were Sen. Barbara Boxer (D- CA), Peter Guber and Barry Diller. Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros., Fox Inc., Largo Entertainment, the Diller Foundation and David Geffen Foundation underwrote the production costs. The money will go to help promote the homosexual lifestyle. NGLTF Task Force Report, Winter 1993 Resources from AFA Public School Sex Education: A Report. A documented study on sex education programs and school-based health clinics. A Guide to What One Person Can Do About Pornography. Step-by-step guide to how you can fight porn in your community. Christianity and Humanism: A Study in Contrasts. A six-session study written by AFA. Biblically based, good for Sunday school, bible study. Pornography: A Report. An in-depth look at the effects of pornography. Some of the finest material available on the subject. Anti-Christian Bias in America. Reveals bias in government, media and education. The Fight Back Book. Gives addresses of TV advertisers and government officials. For Each of the above titles send: One copy $2; 2-9 copies $1.50 each; 10-49 copies $1 each; 50 or more copies $ .50 each AFA T-Shirts. AFA logo in blue on white all-cotton shirt. Minimum order 5 shirts. 5-9, $5 each; 10-24, $4.50 each; 25 or more, $4.00 each. Bumper Sticker. “Porn banned” sticker (3.75" x 4.5") The word “PORN” on black background with familiar red circle and cross bar superimposed. Order in quantity only: 100/$12; 250/$27; 500/$50; 1000/$90. Anti-Porn Billboard. Ready to apply to standard-size billboard. Red and black; “Pornography victimizes women and children” slogan with photo of child. Has AFA name. $25 each, includes shipping. Junior Billboard, $15. AIDS Billboard. Standard-sized billboard reads “Abstinence or AIDS: It’s your choice.” Red and blue on white background. AFA i.d. line can be replaced with local sponsor, $25. The Gay Agenda. Video containing vital information about the homosexual movement and lifestyle which the major media is not reporting. Some scenes are offensive. $9.95. Send check with order to: AFA, P. O. Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803 AFA JOURNAL May 1993 11 AFA Newspapers endorse AFA advertising campaign Editor’s note: The Daily Oklahoman of Oklahoma City and the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gazette recently endorsed the AFA newspaper advertising campaign promoting better entertainment. The editorials are reprinted below. It’s not censorship Every time Donald E. Wildmon goes campaigning on behalf of family values, somebody invokes First Amendment freedoms. It happened four years ago when Wildmon, a Tupelo, Mississippi, minister, took on the National Endowment for the Arts. Some critics assumed he was on a censorship kick when all he wanted was to end taxpayers’ subsidy of sick and repellent works of art. Today Wildmon again is cast as Cotton Mather incarnate— this time for heading a petition campaign to get the entertainment industry to clean up its act. But he and his American Family Association colleagues had the foresight to blunt the criticism: “Spare us the censorship lecture—you in the entertainment industry,” their ad says. “And this is not an appeal to prudery. All we want is to get the movie, TV and record industries to act responsibly. Our children, our families and our country are being hurt too much for us to remain silent.” It is a reasonable request. Asking people to act responsibly is far different from seeking to have their constitutional rights suspended. Wildmon probably will get results. Crucially, the message is going not to headstrong producers, directors and artists, but to directors of entertainment companies, who answer to stockholders. The stockholders, in turn, should see the risk of product boycott and demand that the wares (TV programs, movies and recordings) be made less offensive to mainstream America. These are highpressure tactics, but a threatened boycott is not to be confused with censorship. What makes us think the entertainment industry is out of touch Skateboard magazine features pornography A member of the city council in Southern California called AFA offices to share an experience he had after purchasing a skateboard magazine for his 12-year-old son. The father saw the magazine Thrasher as he scanned the children’s section in a local store’s magazine display. The cover featured a skateboarder jumping through a huge hoop. (More skateboard illustrations and features are evident as one quickly flips through a few pages.) He purchased the magazine and took it home to his son, who soon brought it back and said, “Dad, I don’t think you really want me reading this.” The magazine featured nude photos, as well as an article entitled “How to Get Laid: Ten Sure Fire Steps.” AFA President Don Wildmon 12 May 1993 with the public? Twenty-five years worth of watching and listening, coupled with dwindling viewership of sordid, violent TV shows and movies. Especially movies, where cynicism is the prevalent theme. Almost incredibly, some producers and directors would rather win the praise of their industry peers than draw huge audiences. In Hollywood vs. America (1992) film critic Michael Medved points out that movie patronage dropped 50% in the late 1960s, never to recover. The period coincided with the scrapping of traditional standards in favor of the “anything goes” industry rating system—G,PG,PG-13, R and X (now NC-17). You don’t have to be a stuffed-shirt to lament the decline and to ask that the entertainment industry act responsibly. Cedar Rapids Gazette 3/20/93 ‘Godspeed’ The American Family Association (AFA), based in Mississippi, is making waves with a grass-roots advertising campaign aimed at raising popular awareness of frequently violent and salacious movies, television programming, music videos and shocking record lyrics. Through full-page advertisements which have appeared in most major markets (including a recent ad in The Oklahoman), AFA aims to gather more than one million signatures on petitions which will go to members of the boards of directors of major TV, film, music and record companies. The AFA drive, which had netted nearly 740,000 signatures through late February, is focused on heightening citizen awareness and on communicating to key shapers of the popular culture that “This is not a call for prudery. All we want is to get the movie, TV and record industries to act responsibly. “Our children, our families and our country are being hurt too much for us to remain silent.” In the best tradition of American free speech and advocacy, AFA is standing for traditional morality, common sense and ethics in commerce. Here’s wishing them “Godspeed.” observed, “It’s tragic when parents have to be on the lookout for pornography in magazines in the children’s section.” Wildmon encouraged parents who encounter similar situations to ask city prosecutors to investigate to see if public display laws or harmful to minors laws are being violated. O’Hair, Clairborne, P&G rumors abound For years, rumors have persisted that Madalyn Murray O’Hair has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to enact a ruling that would prevent, even in Sunday worship services, the reading of the Gospel over the airwaves. The rumor will die down for a while, then re-surface. A current rumor making the rounds refers to petition No. 2493. AFA’s inquiries reveal that the rumor is just that—total rumor. There is no such petition by Mrs. O’Hair AFA JOURNAL Daily Oklahoman 3/4/93 on file with the FCC. In a similar campaign, Procter and Gamble Company has been the victim of false reports for more than a decade. The typical flyer calls for a boycott of P&G because the company’s president allegedly boasted on THE PHIL DONAHUE SHOW that he was a Satan worshiper and/or that a portion of P&G profits were funneled to the Church of Satan. Again, no such thing ever occurred. In fact, readers should be advised that P&G won a $75,000 lawsuit against a Topeka, Kansas, couple who were spreading the rumor. Like P&G, the Liz Clairborne women’s apparel company has been wrongly connected to Elizabeth Clare Prophet, a self-styled religious cult leader who has appeared on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW. There is no relationship between the cultist and the legitimate Liz Clairborne products. POLITICS If Elders does for nation what she did for Arkansas, we’re in trouble She displays in her office an “Ozark Rubber Plant”—so called because yellow condoms hang for its stalks. Attached is a note: “Blooms mostly at night. Blooms vary in length, depending on owner. Blooms may wilt in chilly atmosphere.” Funny, huh? She wants to pour more money into a very expensive program that has proven itself an accelerator of both teenage pregnancy and abortions. She plans to institute explicit, no holds barred, sex education beginning with your kindergartener. She advises pro-lifers to “get over their love affair with the fetus” and charges they “love little children as long as they are in someone else’s uterus.” She derides the “celibate, male-dominated church, a maledominated legislature, and a male-dominated medical profession.” She may just call you a “very religious non-Christian” with a “slave-master mentality” if you dare to disagree with her. She is Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Bill Clinton’s Surgeon General designate and current director of the Arkansas Department of Health. Anne Dierks, immediate past president of Arkansas Right to Life and a thorn in the flesh of Elders in frequent public and The Elders answer doesn’t work. It’s researched fact. But the Clinton administration wants to do it. private debates, bemoans the “damage Elders could do nationally...it’s scary.” During her tenure as Arkansas health director, the incidence of teenage pregnancy has steadily risen—after posting steady declines in the years before her appointment. That shouldn’t surprise. Elders’ answer is the use of school-based health clinics which, as research attests, is a sure loser. The Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, reported its findings in 1991: “Clinic presence was not associated with lower rates of pregnancy at any of the sites, either during the previous 12 months or any other time....Our data did not provide evidence that the presence of any of the school-based clinics reduced the schoolwide pregnancy rate.” Researchers Joseph Olsen and Stan Weed, in a 1986 report, found that “instead of the expected reduction in teenage She advises pro-lifers to ‘get over their love affair with the fetus.’ pregnancies, greater adolescent involvement in family-planning programs was associated with significantly higher teenage By Matt Friedeman The Clairon-Ledger March 31, 1993 pregnancy rates.” This is “dramatically different,” they said, from the hypothesized reduction. Message in all this: The Elders answer doesn’t work. It’s researched fact. But the Clinton administration wants to do it anyway. “Doing it anyway” is expensive, however—each clinic costs $100,000-$150,000 annually. Little Rock Central, for instance, She wants to pour more money into a very expensive program that has proven itself an accelerator of both teenage pregnancy and abortions. cost $111,000 the first year with a total of 1,100 visits, which averages out to about $109 per visit. And at what cost to parents and family—if no consent form is received in Arkansas the school assumes that the parent is giving consent; medical decisions are made without parental consent or knowledge and Elders admits that counselors advise students on a range of available options—including abortion. The sex education Elders has in mind is no more comforting. Check these out for yourself—Love and Sex and Growing Up by Eric Johnson and Changing Bodies, Changing Lives by Ruth Bell. Just to be safe hide them somewhere so the kids can’t get to them. Warns Dierks, “The latter is pornographic and encourages the young to ignore any suggestions from authoritative figures in their lives if they don’t like what they say...i.e., parents, ministers, teachers, etc.” And the condoms? Well, Dr. Elders ought to let someone take her “Ozark Plant” to a lab; she will likely find that those yellow latex things have channels of 5 microns or so in them—frightening when you think that the HIV virus measures about .1 micron. The condoms she wants to dispense at schools are found to fail 15.7 During her tenure as Arkansas health director, the incidence of teenage pregnancy has steadily risen. percent of the time in preventing pregnancies; 36.3 percent with young, unmarried minority women. “Governor,” she has queried Clinton occasionally, “should I back off?” His typical response: “No, no, Joycelyn, I love it....keep it up.” In fact, he has said, “I want you to do for the whole country what you’ve done for Arkansas.” School-based clinics, sex education beginning in kindergarten, condoms for your teenagers and abortion—agenda items to reduce teenaged pregnancy and encourage good health? AFA JOURNAL May 1993 13 FATHERHOOD Living for your children I remember seeing a National Geographic special a few years ago about the diverse U.S. national parks and the rangers who serve in them. One ranger from out West talked about some of the tragic incidents he had been involved in over the years. One, in particular, gave me a lot to think about. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. A father had taken his young son on a fishing trip into one of the more remote parks. They had set out in a small fishing boat We are a compass that helps them stay on course. on an unpredictable river noted for rough water that often appeared without warning. Only after the small boat capsized in the seething rapids did the father realize he had made a serious error: there was only one life-vest in the boat. The father held his son close, secured the life vest around him and gave him a shove toward the shore. The last words the little boy heard his father say as he disappeared in the rapids were, “I love you, son.” Was this an unusual sacrifice? Fathers, let me ask you about your convictions. How strongly do you feel about the things that are really important to you? What, for instance, would you be willing to die for? Your wife? Your children? Your God? As I pondered these questions, I asked myself, if my daughter was trapped in the back of a burning automobile—one that might explode at any second—would I hesitate, or would I spontaneously go for her, this child who is so precious to me? Linda and I have nurtured her from the womb. We’ve laughed joyously together and we’ve shared tears of sorrow. Saving her would be an uncontrollable urge. I know that, like the young father in the river, I would willingly die in an instant to save my children’s lives. Heroic? Hardly. They want to know that we care enough about them to give them some of that most precious commodity—time. Practically every parent I know would do the same. The nation’s newspapers often print accounts of mothers and fathers who have made the ultimate sacrifice to save their children. We are willing to die for our children, but how many of us are willing to live for them? What does it mean to live for our children, our spouse, our family? Does it mean only providing a roof over their heads, sufficient food and clothing, an adequate education? No, it’s much more. It means to be constantly sensitive to their total well-being, to know what makes them laugh, what makes them cry, to hurt when they hurt, to be willing to make meaningful and tough decisions for their physical, mental and moral welfare, to love them enough to do this even when it makes them angry or upset, to love them with an unconditional love when they make us sad as well as when they make us glad. We provide the nucleus, the center, of love and compassion and concern around which their earthly lives can rotate. We are a compass that helps them stay on course. 14 May 1993 AFA JOURNAL By William Swindell Excerpt from Fathers, Come Home Children need parents. They need to be loved. They need to be needed. They want to know that we care enough about them to give them some of that most precious commodity—time. We all must examine our schedules and see just how much of our undivided attention is dedicated to our children. There are times when we should let nothing else, mentally or physically, come between us and our child. It is only by spending time with our children that we really get to know them. Joey shuffled reluctantly to the blackboard. The teacher had asked him to write one word that best described his dad. The fourth-grader hesitated and then asked, “How do you spell ‘selfish’?” He slowly wrote “S-E-L-F-I-S-H” across the blackboard. The teacher sensed the delicacy of the situation, so she didn’t pursue the matter until after class. Then she asked Joey why he chose “selfish.” “Because he never does anything with me,” the boy said meekly. “He’s always got time for hunting and fishing by himself ‘Fathers, Come Home’ released by Greenlawn William Swindell’s book Fathers, Come Home has recently been released by Greenlawn Press. It is an enjoyable and creative look at the importance of involved, committed fathers in today’s families. Swindell is head of HomeFires ministry through which he and his wife Linda lead seminars for parents. He formerly served as president of Children’s Legal Foundation and as national associate director of AFA. For more information about the book or speaking engagements contact Christine at Greenlawn Press, 107 S. Greenlawn Ave., South Bend, IN 46617-3430; phone 219234-5088. and playing golf and playing cards and bowling with his friends. He always does what he wants to do but never what I want to do.” Fathers, how are we investing our time? On behalf of pleasures in the present, or on behalf of the eternal? Our children are watching. They remember. They see the disparity when we always have time for the things we deem important and don’t have time for them. When I finally came to the point of asking myself, “How well do I really know my daughters?” questions like these came to mind: Who are Kari’s and Sara’s best friends and what do I know about their parents? What are their favorite subjects in school? What kind of activities, foods, colors, etc., do they prefer? Whom does Kari look to as a role model? What does she want to accomplish this year? What does Sara dream of being when she grows up? Honestly, at the time I couldn’t answer any of those questions. How well do you know your children? Do they excitedly share all their experiences with you, or have you made yourself inaccessible? Fathers, pray every day that God will give you the wisdom, strength and courage to be the kind of parent who lives for your children as eagerly as you would die for them. MEDIA BIAS By Ron Austin National Catholic Register March 21, 1993 Hollywood and violence What to do about gratuitous violence in films and TV is a hot subject in Hollywood at the moment. Perhaps due to the Clinton election, people in the media are feeling less defensive, and even engaging in some serious soul-searching. A recent discussion of the violence issue at the Writers’ Guild reflected the increased concern. It was impeded, however, by some familiar “straw man” arguments which either deny the problem by defining it out of existence, or spread the blame elsewhere. For instance: Straw Man No. 1: “What problem? There’s always been violence in both society and popular entertainment, and it’s really not much worse, etc.” This line is hard to deliver with a straight face in violence-plagued Los Angeles these days. Anyone living in the real world knows this is bunk. Next case. Straw Man No. 2: “OK, so there’s a problem, but there’s nothing we can do about it.” This defense comes in two versions, the political and the philosophical, and both deserve a hearing. The political stance is civil libertarian, i.e., “the cure is worse than the disease,” and the underlying issue is the “c” word. Censorship is, and should be, a central concern of writers and artists. This is legitimate self-interest, and their vigilance benefits everyone. But this concern is too often used to defend the status quo, and to end discussion. Fact is, no one that anyone takes seriously is proposing government censorship—yet. But if Hollywood is perceived as scornful of reasonable criticism and only concerned with the bottom line, then, as we have seen recently, demagogic appeals will find ready listeners. The philosophical version of the passive defense is “violence is simply part of human nature. It’s not ‘dehumanizing,’ it’s all too human!” There’s some bad theology lurking here, and worse reasoning. The problem of evil may remain a mystery, but that needn’t mean the inevitability of widespread violence, and it hardly justifies the deliberate programming of violent entertainment for adolescents. In fact, if one has a grim view of human nature, then logic suggests more restraint and responsibility, not less. Straw Man No. 3: “The media are being used as a scapegoat. We’re just the ‘mirror’ of a violent society.” Corollary: Blame everyone else, including courts, cops, educators and parents. But Boycotts and protests are the inevitable response of consumers who feel otherwise disenfranchised. even the most severe critics aren’t claiming that the media are the sole cause of anti-social behavior. The real question is, to what extent are they a contributor? As to the “mirror” analogy with it’s claim of minimal influence, its Hollywood proponents had better keep this word from reaching Madison Avenue. Advertisers have spent billions assuming the opposite. Straw Man No. 4: “If you don’t like violence then turn it off. The audience has the right to a choice. Let the marketplace decide.” This argument has an ironic flavor in liberal Hollywood, where most people wouldn’t dream of defending Adam Smith’s venerable “invisible hand” as sufficient protection of the public interest. It only confirms the powerful role of self-interest in these debates. Let’s all hope that the “free market” works, but will the media industry really welcome the consequences? A functioning free marketplace assumes informed and energized consumers who will exercise their right to complain. Boycotts and protests are the inevitable response of consumers who feel otherwise disenfranchised. Straw Man No. 5: “There’s no proof of direct causality. We don’t know if movies and TV actually cause violence.” Probably more time is spent (and wasted) on this issue than any other. One reason, of course, is the temptation of statistical obfuscation, but there’s a more serious underpinning. Judgments about popular entertainment, violent or otherwise, are ultimately decided by The biblically oriented “JudeoChristian” ethical system no longer provides a commonly accepted basis of judgment. values and morals. But, increasingly, whether conservatives wish to acknowledge this or not, there is little or no moral consensus in popular culture. To attempt to address these issues in “moral” terms in present-day Hollywood is to disappear into a semantic black hole. This isn’t to suggest that people in Hollywood are unconcerned about the welfare of children. But the biblically oriented “JudeoChristian” ethical system no longer provides a commonly accepted basis of judgment. This is when the social scientists step in. In an attempt to provide an acceptable conceptual framework, they offer studies and statistical guides. What is the measurable effect of TV upon children? How many “counts of violence” are acceptable? It’s an effort to create a more quantified, “scientific” ethical system, a kind of moral calculus. And of course it fails. People’s motives and actions can’t be plumbed that way. So the numbers debate becomes inconclusive and interminable. But it’s another straw man anyway, because, again, few sensible researchers are suggesting simple causality. Some of the studies are nevertheless valuable, and are strongly suggestive of negative effects from media violence. What parent wants to run the risk? Straw Man No. 6: “We’re talking about art. Most of these excessively violent movies are just exploitative junk, but we have to be tolerant or we’ll endanger creative freedom, etc.” Like the civil libertarian argument, this is a point worth respecting. Sometimes Hollywood does produce “art,” but it’s a shame to see that label used as a fig leaf for the mass media commodities that dominate the imagination of the young. This argument does, however, point up a weakness in the position of many well meaning educators and mental health professionals involved in this debate. They often slip into a Platonic view of the arts as being desirable only when they are safely pro-social and offer positive role models. In other words, when art is designed to be moral instruction or education. But Plato’s view of art has, unfortunately, inspired pedants and authoritarians as well as artists. Many, if not most, great works of art would fail Plato’s tests. The aesthetics of Western drama were derived more from Aristotle, and, through Aquinas, entered the Catholic tradition. Aristotle AFA JOURNAL May 1993 15 viewed dramatic action as offering catharsis, a purging of the emotions which leads to insight and deeper understanding. But Aristotelian theory not only doesn’t justify gratuitous violence, it indicts it. For a successful catharsis, or purging, to take place, it must be in a rational and moral context. If the stimulation offered by the depiction of violence is not discharged by the work of art itself, then it remains pent-up and may be released in some far less desirable manner. These “straw men” unfortunately obscure the necessary terms for a beneficial debate. When it’s eventually conceded that there Arrogant attitude caused NBC to self-destruct In the wake of the network’s brazen lying to the public in the last few months, it was high time that NBC News President Michael Gartner resigned. From the staged explosion of GM trucks to the supposedly dead fish in an Idaho stream that were only electronically stunned, NBC’s contempt for the viewing public cannot be tolerated if television news is to be trusted. But Gartner’s resignation is the first step on the road to real responsibility for the network’s atrocious reporting practices. NBC has had a special problem admitting guilt, standing by stories for weeks, only admitting error after being threatened Both scandalous stories set out to expose an industry’s wrongdoing, and all that was exposed was the network’s wrongdoing. with a lawsuit. At NBC, it’s not journalistic integrity that matters, but ratings and profitability. NBC is practicing “checkbook journalism” of an entirely different kind. Liberals may find that this fits into a neat box: journalistic idealism quashed by bottom-line corporate capitalism. But honest journalism is losing out not only to show biz values, but also to liberal bias: Our video may be inaccurate, but industry (the auto industry, the logging industry, the you-fill-in-the-blank industry) is the real villain, and the ends justify the means. NBC News also lost credibility with its response to the furor, using a recycled version of the liberal argument that no one was really responsible for NBC’s actions. NBC risked the perception that in the current world of network news, no heads should roll, since trumped-up fakery is simply a rational response to a system that thrives on sensation and overstatement. Rewind to the DATELINE NBC story on GM trucks, when Gartner avoided any admission of guilt: “We remain convinced that taken in its entirety and detail, the segment . . . was fair and accurate.” Gartner insisted that misleading the public didn’t do any harm, since the incendiary devices NBC hooked to the GM truck didn’t supposedly cause the fire. That unrepentant, viewerbe-da--ed attitude doesn’t belong in an honest news organization. NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw provided a similar mealymouthed defense of NBC in his on-air apology for its dead-fish story: “At one point, we inadvertently used footage of dead fish from another forest further south, not from Clearwater (National Forest).” Inadvertently? How can you air an entire story charging fish are dying from logging in an Idaho forest and then “inadvertently” splice in video of dead fish from somewhere else? That’s a long way from Brokaw’s declaration in a 1988 interview with People magazine: “As one of the most conspicuous symbols of 16 May 1993 AFA JOURNAL is obvious excessive and gratuitous violence in the media, that common sense tells us it has some negative effects, and that we have both the obligation and capacity to monitor what is sold to our children, and while recognizing at the same time that creative rights must be protected, then the real—and difficult—discussion can begin. We must act. What are our choices? Meanwhile, the creative people in Hollywood should stop acting like the oil industry PR folks viewing the post-Exxon Valdez Alaskan coastline, and begin to help in cleaning up the mess. By Brent Bozell Creators Syndicate the network, the anchor ought to take responsibility for the entire news division.” But it gets more interesting. Brokaw ended his apology: “We regret the inappropriate video to illustrate what was otherwise an accurate report.” Wrong again, Mr. Brokaw. The report claimed that 70% of the fish were dying from logging in the Clearwater National Forest, something NBC absolutely failed to prove. It’s interesting that Brokaw emphasized apologizing for the video, but not the story. Does he really think people don’t listen to their reports, but only watch the pictures? NBC’s shoddy reporting is especially ironic since both scandalous stories set out to expose an industry’s wrongdoing, and all that was exposed was the network’s wrongdoing. The usual hideand-seek had been reversed: GM and the loggers were doing the seeking, NBC the hiding. The only ‘inadvertent’ thing NBC accomplished may be causing the public to wonder if journalistic malfeasance isn’t more common than corporate malfeasance. It’s also noteworthy that the networks have been goaded into dishonest stories on allegedly dishonest business practices by left-wing anti-corporate activists: NBC collaborated with the Institute for Safety Analysis on its GM story. CBS worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council to “expose” Alar. ABC conspired with the Government Accountability Project to sabotage non-union Food Lion grocery stores. Had NBC used the logging industry for an expose on Greenpeace, it would have constituted an act of unethical influence-peddling. But stories done in collaboration with left-wing partisans with their own groups’ agendas raise no eyebrows. In fact, the journalistic community gave awards to producers of the DATELINE segment for previous stories using the same leftwing auto-safety activists. Neither the networks nor the activists are looking for the truth—they’re looking for yet another cheap, easy, anti-business “Gotcha” story. “Journalistic ethics” is replacing “military intelligence” as NBC has had a special problem admitting guilt...only admitting error after being threatened with a lawsuit. Washington’s favorite political oxymoron. Gartner’s colleagues, including Brokaw, Nightly News producer Jeff Zucker and DATELINE executive producer Jeff Diamond, need to feel their colleagues’ contempt for these embarrassments before there is any real impact on NBC’s journalism. And all the networks need to reconcile their attempt to cultivate an appearance of objectivity with their desire to collaborate with left-wing special-interest groups. Newspapers hire ombudsmen to patrol such partisan chicanery. It’s time for television to do the same. ANTI-CHRISTIAN BIAS By Ralph Reed The Wall Street Journal March 16, 1993 Christianity vs. Fanaticism Michael Griffin was a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. Beleaguered by marital problems, he erupted into fits of violence without warning. After repeated beatings, his wife sought a Court injunction, citing “incidents of physical abuse” that left bruises. His church removed him from membership after he rejected counseling. Last week the anger raging inside Mr. Griffin boiled over in a parking lot outside an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida, A caring faith community will not merely condemn the abortionist, but offer loving alternatives to pregnant women, such as homes for unwed mothers and adoption services. where he has been charged with the murder of Dr. David Gunn, an itinerant abortionist. This murder has raised anew the national debate over abortion. It also has raised questions about the role of religion in civic discourse in America. Mr. Griffin’s aberrant violence is no more representative of the pro-life movement than the terrorism practiced by the Black Panthers exemplified the civil rights struggle of the 1950s. Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolence. The fact that a few, led by Huey P. Newton and Eldridge Cleaver, carried their rage to violent excess did not signal the moral bankruptcy of the crusade for a colorblind society. Growing contempt Mainstream pro-life organizations recoiled in horror at the murder in Pensacola. “The violence of killing in the name of prolife makes a mockery of the pro-life cause,” proclaimed the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference. The bishops are right. Murder committed in the name of life is hypocrisy, pure and simple. Yet the statement of the Catholic Church went largely ignored. After all, why appeal to religious authority when Dr. Joyce Brothers or Carl Sagan will do? Indeed, the tragedy in Pensacola reveals the vacuum in American intellectual discourse created by the growing contempt for religion. A dark thread runs through the conventional explanation for Michael Griffin’s behavior: He was a devout Christian. His pathology has been cast in largely religious terms. Anthony Lewis of the New York Times opined hysterically that the murder in Pensacola showed that “religious fanatics” want to impose “God’s word on the rest of us.” One news account related that Mr. Griffin educated his children at home, a practice “largely associated with Christian fundamentalist beliefs.” Why are law-abiding, churchgoing citizens associated with the isolated violence of an obvious sociopath? Part of the answer lies in the church’s abdication of its responsibility to the broader culture. After the Scopes trial of 1925, people of faith withdrew to their churches, creating a cultural ghetto of their own making. Their recent re-entry into civic life after decades of neglect has been greeted with fear. In seeking to redress their cultural isolation, people of faith must resist the temptation to promote political involvement as the sole answer to our social ills. The church that saves souls and restores marriages gains a platform from which it can speak to the broader society. The hand that feeds, clothes and educates is strong enough to bang the gavel in the courthouse and statehouse. A caring faith community will not merely condemn the abortionist, but offer loving alternatives to pregnant women, such as homes for unwed mothers and adoption services. A second problem is the growing alienation of cultural elites from middle America, particularly in matters of religion. According to a survey by Stanley Rothman and Robert Lichter, 86% of U.S. media leaders attend church infrequently or not at all. By contrast a survey conducted last month by the Marketing Research Institute found that 48% of Americans attend church twice or more a month. More than 100 million Americans attend church every month and approximately 30 million attend church four times a month or more. Yet few of our nation’s journalists, professors and intellectuals can be found in the pews on any given Sunday. As Jeffrey Bell observes in “Populism and Elitism: Politics in the Age of Equality,” this cultural estrangement has created a values crisis of unprecedented magnitude that is reflected in our politics. As elites have become increasingly isolated from the people (and vice versa), our politics have become downright nasty, even dysfunctional. Christians in the public sphere are “fanatics,” their participation in the civic process a threat to the “separation of church and state.” Columnist Molly Ivins even labeled politically active evangelicals “Shiite Baptists,” a bizarre equation that suggests a connection between evangelical Protestantism and political extremism. Popular disdain for religion has debased our civic discourse until it is vulgar, vitriolic and violent. We no longer communicate because we no longer share a common vernacular. Religionists and secularists snipe at one another across rhetorical barricades. It was not always so. Unique among all nations in history, America was settled by people of faith. Our educational system Mr. Griffin’s aberrant violence is no more representative of the pro-life movement than the terrorism practiced by the Black Panthers exemplified the civil rights struggle of the 1950s. was largely founded by clergy. Jonathan Edwards, one of the first presidents of Princeton, stirred congregations with sermons that warned of “sinners in the hands of an angry God.” Schoolchildren in early America read McGuffey Readers by candlelight, memorizing Scripture verses and church hymns. When Noah Webster published the first American dictionary in 1828, he used Bible verses as definitions. Webster founded a college, served in government, and mastered 28 languages. There was no false dichotomy between personal faith and public service in his day. Well into the 20th century, two bodies of literature informed our civic discourse: the classics and the Bible. Theodore Roosevelt, AFA JOURNAL May 1993 17 who often read three books a day, claimed, “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is more imporant than a college education.” (Roosevelt understood this from personal experience, having graduated from Harvard.) When Abraham Lincoln said in the 1850s that “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” he was quoting the book of Matthew. His listeners needed no translator. Shared language and symbolism muted disagreements and sustained national unity even when political disputes threatened to destroy it. We have lost this common language, and with it our sense of common values. As religion has been pushed to the periphery of intellectual life, the media’s explanation for the continued vitality of religion assumes an apocalyptic flavor. Our morbid fascination with the tragedies in Waco, Texas, and Pensacola is instructive. Religion in the popular mind has become virtually synonymous with fanaticism. Preachers are drawn as Elmer Gantry-like caricatures, and their followers are, in the words of the Washington Post, “poor, uneducated and easy to command.” When religion does find its way into the national debate, it is invariably in the context of bombings, terror, murder and cultic violence. One searches in vain for a positive portrayal of faith in popular culture. When Martin Scorcese remade the 1962 film “Cape Fear” a couple of years ago, he transformed the character played by Robert De Niro into a Pentecostal psychopath who sneers at a woman just before raping her, “Are you ready to be born again?” Gone is our understanding of religion’s vibrant role in sustaining marriages, nurturing children, and strengthening families. Gone is our appreciation for religion as the basis for individual self initiative, social quietude and voluntary civil obedience. Civil religion The Hollywood set argues that the exclusion of faith from the public arena is tantamount to patriotism. But even they cannot deny that skyrocketing crime, drugs, illegitimacy, divorce, teen pregnancy and illiteracy parallel the decline in the public affirmation of religious faith in popular culture. Civil religion was the first of American political institutions. “It was not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness that I understood her greatness,” wrote Alexis de Tocqueville in 1835. Religion, he added, was “indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions” in the U.S. Tocqueville marveled at a nation of churchgoers whose political differences were tempered by shared values and a common language to express them. Until our culture begins to honor and affirm religion, civility may never return to American civic discourse. Even more tragically, a gunman in Pensacola and a lunatic in Waco will remain exemplars of religion, instead of the pathetic aberrations they are. Christians being used as targets Dandy Dan Rather, the CBS anchor, announced the other night a big, important story: Some Christians are running for the school board seats in their home towns. The story has cropped up on TV several times. This is a good indication it originated with some special interest outfit—in this case, probably, the People for the American Way, an outfit with its own agenda that masquerades under the guise of civil liberties. The tenor of the story, of course, is that some awful group is conspiring to seize the country—school board by school board to use the hokum of the CBS report. Whether one agrees with Christians—fundamentalist, looseinterpreters, right-wing, leftwing or whatever version—is entirely Political types who disagree with these Christians on secular political issues...are using their religion to attack them. irrelevant. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. Still, there is nothing in our Constitution, our laws, or our traditions that denies citizenship to Christians. As citizens, they are perfectly within their right to run for office, to organize political campaigns, and to contend in the marketplace of ideas. The absurd bias of the media and of those trying to make something sinister out of this is evident. As it happens, there are 10 Jews in the U.S. Senate and only one black, even though there are far more African-Americans in America than Jews. Does this mean Jews are trying to take over the United States— Senate seat by Senate seat? Of course not. Yet, Jews do run for office. Jews do organize to make sure their views are heard by public officials. African Americans run for office. African Americans organize to make sure their views are heard by public officials. Gays run for office. Gays organize, etc., on down a long list of people who, believe it or not, exercise their rights as citizens in the political arena. 18 May 1993 AFA JOURNAL By Charley Reese The Orlando Sentinel What’s the difference? Christians run for office. Christians organize to make sure their views are heard by public officials. Why are the same activities—legitimately practicing democracy, I might add—acceptable if done by one group and sinister if done by another? But the double-standard these new Christian political activists are being subjected to doesn’t stop there. One charge against them is that they don’t announce ahead of time they are Christians. This is one of those heads-I-win, tails-you-lose dirty tactics. If they mention their Christian beliefs, they are slapped by their critics for injecting religion into a campaign; if they don’t, they are accused of being sneaky and deceptive. Presumably, of course, the overwhelming majority of American public officeholders are already Christian since that is the professed belief of a majority of Americans. I haven’t gotten any notices from IRS that I have to tithe. I haven’t seen any votes in House or Senate split along religious lines. I haven’t seen Dandy Dan or People for the American Way report with horror that Christians have already taken over the country—public office by public office. So what’s going on with this orchestrated media campaign directed against these Christians seeking school board seats? The answer is that they are conservatives. Political types who disagree with these Christians on secular political issues, such as the curriculum in schools, are using their religion to attack them, rather than fairly debate the issues. There is no constitutionally mandated school curriculum. There never has been. There is not even a constitutional mandate for a public school system. What is taught in public schools is a matter of judgment arrived at collectively through the democratic process. Over the years, curriculums have changed as people’s ideas have changed. Every citizen has a right to put his two cents worth in on school curriculums or any other subject matter of government—without being vilified or subjected to well-financed character assassination campaigns. Freedom is for everybody, not just the anointed. SEX EDUCATION By Sharon A. Sheehan Good Health News March 1993 The gift of the self Our local newspaper ran an essay recently by the president of the Youth Council explaining their vote favoring condom machines in high schools. He said that students should be able to pick up condoms in the school bathroom because they fear personal embarrassment at the checkout counter of the local drugstore. Could it be that many teenagers would rather take their chances with AIDS than run the risk of embarrassment? And what about the risk of pregnancy? Family planning workers have observed that many teenage girls cannot bring themselves to march into a family planning clinic and openly declare that they are planning to lose their virginity. It is too embarrassing. So embarrassing that running the risk of pregnancy is preferable. After graduate school in public health, I was employed by the State of California to help solve the problem of teenage pregnancy by educating teenagers about birth control. The fundamental origin of the problem–i.e. the premarital sexual activity of teenagers–was accepted as a given. The Planned Parenthood professional assigned to train me pointed out that the real solution to this problem was to eradicate the sense of shame associated with premarital sex. I was stunned. But the logic was obvious: Teenage pregnancy is a problem. Birth control is the solution. Shame is the barrier to applying the solution. Therefore eliminate shame in order to solve the problem. But taking a young person’s sense of modesty and giving back a pill or a condom wasn’t what anyone would call a fair trade. Nonetheless, for the next several months I proceeded to talk to hundreds of teenagers about various methods of birth control. But I was never convinced that I was genuinely helping them. That one comment about shame was the tip of an iceberg that no condom could ever cover. Professionally, I succumbed to the obligatory gag rule: Don’t say anything that could arouse the sense of shame. In practice, then, I was compelled to imply that all sexual choices were morally neutral. Thus everything that I had learned from my parents’ marriage and my own marriage was off-limits. Everything I believed about how human beings form meaningful and lasting relationships was not only irrelevant, but counter-productive. The new sexual ideology protected teenagers from shame by saying, “If you feel like you are ready, then it’s OK”. Ready for what? Ready to build a life together? Ready for conquest? Ready to feel like a slut? Ready to bring a new life into the world? Shame is a powerful word that explodes off in many directions. There is a cruel, destructive side to shame. Controlling people by shaming them into self-loathing or compliance, for example. But shame also protects us. It prevents us from treating others in a despicable fashion. And it protects the sanctity of our unfinished or unready selves. In his book The Meaning of Persons, Paul Tournier reflects on a young person’s innate sense of modesty: The appearance of this sense of shame is, in fact, the sign of the birth of a person. And later the supreme affirmation of the person, the great engagement of life, will be marked by the handing over of the secret, the gift of the self, the disappearance of shame. Recently, I returned to the high school campus and was free to talk with students about how they see themselves and what they dare to hope for. The poignant, articulate expressions of their ideals and intentions belied every stereotype that the relentless surveys construct in our minds. Many are offended by the adult assumption that most teens are sexually active. One girl was so uncomfortable that she finally went to her teacher in Living Skills class to explain that she was not sleeping with her boyfriend. “It’s like the adult world invading our world,” another girl commented. Yet they are embarrassed to ask the questions they care about most. “What should I look for in a guy?” “How do I know if it’s morally right? How will I feel afterwards?” Behind their “correct,” value-free facade lurks a deep sense of loss. They lament the lack of guidelines and moral structure. One girl described it this way: “It used to be that people got married and then they had sex. Then when the baby came there was a place all prepared for it. Now technology has taken away the worry of having children. That leaves sex to float around in everyone’s life when there’s no guy who’s going to stick around.” “It used to be that kids wouldn’t want to disappoint themselves or each other,” a boy remarked. “I think it’s really lonely,” said another. “It’s sad.” It’s as if the gap between sex and marriage has opened up a In practice, then, I was compelled to imply that all sexual choices were morally neutral. huge, empty hole in which there is “no real sure thing.” A loving relationship that lasts. Hasn’t that always been the goal and bottom line? Isn’t the real C-word for sex education commitment, not condoms? Jesus said, “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?” When kids are asking for help to build a life with someone they love, how can we simply hand them a condom? It’s time to give the thousands of couples in this country who have been happily married 20, 30, 40, 50 years equal access to sex education classrooms. One boy told me, “I’d like to hear more stories...how they met...how they kept the love alive.” If you have built a marriage and family the old-fashioned way, go to a junior high or high school classroom and tell your story. Share the wisdom gained by keeping the promises of your youth. Let them ask the questions they care about the most. In coming face to face with another human being, how much do we value the self that we glimpse through their eyes, that flutters past in a gesture or a smile? Sex education is about nothing less than how and when we hand over this astonishing gift of the self. The goal is that we can love and trust and believe enough to commit our whole self and our whole future. Yes, there are many dangers and temptations that could cause the dream to go awry. But that is no justification for giving it up. There is no excuse for accepting less for young people when they themselves long to expect the best. AFA JOURNAL May 1993 19 VALUES More false hope for poor people Editor’s Note: In addition to being a syndicated columnist, Walter Williams is a university professor of economics and a long time leader in the black community. OK, Clinton is in the White House. Democrats maintain control of both houses of Congress. What does that mean for black people? No doubt a number of blacks will become members of the Clinton administration, as should be the case. After all, political plums are part of the compensation for campaign assistance and loyalty. But a more important question Self-destructive behavior by poor black people is ignored or excused. is whether there’s any indication that political power can deliver on its promises. That’s a reasonable question, because for several decades, the black elite said political power is a necessary precondition for economic power. Enough time has passed for us to ask how has life among poor black people improved, say compared to 1970, in Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Newark, Washington, Detroit and other cities where blacks are mayors, superintendents of schools and chiefs of police. Is black education better? Are streets safer? Do the cities and their citizens have bright prospects for the future? You’d have to be out of your mind to answer yes. By every measure, whether it’s crime, academic achievement, family stability or illegitimacy rates, life has gotten worse for poor urban blacks over the last two decades. Don’t get me wrong. There’s no necessary causal connection between increasing deterioration of urban life and black political power. What I insist is that the socioeconomic progress of black people, as a class, will not come through the political arena. There must be a grass-roots mobilization and moral rebirth which emphasizes individual ambition, responsibility and accountability. One of the most debilitating attitudes toward the poor is captured in the phrase, “There but for the grace of God go I.” This is a vision that differs little from that which sees our country as being divided into people who are lucky (the non-poor) and Women’s groups battle porn publishers in Canada Women’s groups are squaring off with publishers of erotic magazines in a unique case in Ontario that could lead to a ban on the sale of the magazines in the province’s convenience stores. The Ontario Human Rights Commission, a quasijudicial arm of the provincial government, has set up an inquiry to examine complaints by two 20 May 1993 people who are unlucky (the poor). Quite naturally, it’s cruel to blame a person for being unlucky or admonish him to be luckier. Thus, self-destructive behavior by poor black people is ignored or excused. Anybody with the temerity to criticize this behavior is immediately charged with blaming the victim. Liberal mentality says that the fact of slavery and racial discrimination absolves poor blacks of the responsibility for acquiring “middle-class” values of hard work, chastity and lawful behavior. In an article titled “Welfare and Poverty” (First Things, November 1991 ), William Voegeli commented on the intellectual elite’s admonition against “blaming the victim.” He agrees that we shouldn’t blame victims. By definition, victims are people who are not responsible for what has happened to them. The question for us is who can lay legitimate claim to victim status? In 1990, close to one-half of all black families were headed by a woman, and these families accounted for 73% of black poverty. Thus, the largest component of black poverty are female-headed households. Unless you believe people, like animals, are driven by uncontrollable instincts, irresponsible sexual behavior does not give one claim to victim status. If anyone is a victim, they are 68% of black children, born each year to these callous and irresponsible parents. Blacks must wake up to the fact that we’ve been sold a bill of goods by black and white poverty pimps, social engineers and political hustlers. In the process, many of us have abandoned those principles and strengths of character that stood us in good stead throughout slavery, Reconstruction and Jim Crowism. I say it’s about time we tell those chumps to go play in the traffic and demand more Blacks must wake up to the fact that we’ve been sold a bill of goods by black and white poverty pimps, social engineers and political hustlers. responsibility and accountability from one another. If we’re waiting for Clinton to do what we must do ourselves, we’re going to be waiting a long time. Toronto women. The women claim that the magazines, including Playboy and Penthouse, create a negative and hostile environment for women in three convenience stores where they shop. They say that constitutes discrimination under the province’s human rights code. If the three-person inquiry board finds discrimination, it could order the owners of the three stores to pay a penalty to the women, stop selling the magazines or even ban the sale of such magazines in all of the AFA JOURNAL By Walter Williams Syndicated Columnist province’s convenience stores. The issue “has nothing to do with censorship,” but harm to women, says Susan McCrae Vander Voet, executive director of the Metro Action Committee on Public Violence Against Women and Children, a Toronto group taking part in the inquiry. The images in erotic magazines and videos “contribute to the mentality that women are suitable targets for violence,” she says. The Wall Street Journal, 3/30/93 ABORTION The Freedom of Choice Act Washington is awash with solutions to America’s abortion dilemma. But the “problem” from Washington’s official perspective is that there are too few abortions. The Clinton White House works overtime shoveling edicts out the door to Congress and the various federal agencies now under the President’s firm control: • The Hyde Amendment is to be eliminated and thus the federal government would pay for abortion; • federally funded family clinics will be allowed to promote abortion; • the manufacturers of RU 486, the French abortion pill, are being pressured to seek approval for U.S. distribution; • and military hospitals will soon provide abortions—(although finding military doctors who will partake in the killings is proving formidable; not one doctor in one overseas military hospital is willing to do abortions). On Capitol Hill, Congress one ups the President proposing “clinic access” legislation seeking to punish protesters of this government preferred procedure. But the most sinister of all abortion-related proposals—one backed by the President and steamrolling through Congress—is the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), (S 25 and HR 25). FOCA, if enacted, would extend the long arm of the federal government into each state striking down any meaningful abortion regulation. As the House version of the bill stands now, it would:, • overturn prohibitions on third trimester abortions; • deny parents any involvement in their child’s decision to abort; • allow non-physicians to perform abortions; • prohibit waiting periods; • outlaw conscience statutes that protect religious hospitals from having to provide abortions; • invalidate informed consent laws for abortion which serve to provide women with meaningful information regarding the development of children in the womb as well as alternatives to abortion. FOCA may even require states to use taxpayers’ funds to pay for some abortions. In other words, FOCA would allow abortion on demand through nine months of pregnancy in all 50 states and the territories. Some in favor of this bill contend that states could act to prevent post viability abortions unless the woman’s life or health is endangered. They are either unfamiliar with or choose to distort the Senate Committee report on the bill which defines “health” to include “all factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial (what does that non-medical term mean?), and the woman’s age—relevant to the well-being of the patient.” Then too, it is the abortionist who makes the determination based on these factors. The National Right to Life Committee of Washington, DC estimates there are already thousands of third trimester abortions each year in America. The number would surely grow once President Clinton signs FOCA into law. There seems no doubt he will sign it although as governor of Arkansas he signed another bill limiting third trimester abortions. Throughout his campaign Mr. Clinton promised to support FOCA. There must be only a very few people in the 43% who supported Clinton in the election who favor third trimester abortions. So the question arises, “Why doesn’t he break this campaign promise as he has so many others?” Supposedly, he would be offending only a tiny portion of the voting public— By Patrick A. Trueman, Legislative Counsel American Family Association, Washington, DC those who believe life doesn’t begin until birth and those who know very well that what is killed is human life but don’t care. Of course, no morally significant difference exists between an abortion of an eight-week unborn child and one of 32 weeks. There is, however, almost universal revulsion to late-term abortion in America. That is illustrated in the recent criminal conviction of a New York doctor for an illegal third-trimester abortion at 30 to 32 weeks. The victim of that botched abortion, Ana Rosa Rodriguez, now 17 months old, born with her right arm sheared at the shoulder, was recently pictured on the front pages of New York newspapers (and reprinted elsewhere). Ana Rosa’s plight, however, seems not to have deterred Congress or the President from FOCA. The bill passed out of the Senate committee by an overwhelming vote and moves to the Senate floor soon. In the House it sailed through a subcommittee and could be taken up in a matter of days by the full Judiciary Committee. Why is FOCA steamrolling through Congress? Two answers: First is President Clinton’s leadership. Even the casual observer of American politics notes there are few political leaders anymore. Most in office seem to prefer polls to principle in formulating their views. Not Bill Clinton. He is a leader, however wrong-headed. Not intimidated by the 57% of the electorate who opposed him, he is leading the country into large tax increases for the middle class, homosexuals in the military, and now abortion on demand through nine months of pregnancy—all minority views. But the telegenic Mr. Clinton, master of rhetoric, possesses a frightening ability to lead the public where he wishes. And he has a plan for America. Abortion on demand through nine months of pregnancy is a major part. FOCA is his instrument. The second factor is not, as one might think, a pro-abortion Congress. Rather, it is a morally complacent public. In two decades of legalized abortion, we have gone from a country where abortion was hardly mentioned in polite society to one where opposition to abortion is hardly mentioned at all. The result is a pro-abortion majority in Congress. Given that majority, FOCA could pass. But some in Congress are reluctant to vote for abortion on demand. Thus, you can make a difference now. If these senators can be convinced to vote no, FOCA would fail: Howell Heflin of Alabama Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania John Warner of Virginia Slade Gorton of Washington Sam Nunn of Georgia Byron Dorgan of North Dakota Kent Conrad of North Dakota William Roth of Delaware These eight are thought to be undecided at this time. Help them decide. Let your own state’s senators hear from you also. Your representative in the House should hear from you as well. We may have an even better chance there. One telephone number, 202-224-3121, can reach any member of Congress. If you don’t know your member’s name, give the operator your zip code and she will connect you to your House member’s office. Write also. The address for each member of Congress is U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC 20510. America has a real abortion problem. Don’t rely on the President or Congress to fix it. Only you can do that. AFA JOURNAL May 1993 21 Abortion is such a test for political correctness that all reason is lost Why do the freedom-of-choicers rage? And they can rage, as the Arkansas legislature discovered when it considered a modest proposal to require a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. Outrage! Apostasy! Another vicious attack on women’s rights! How strange when you think about it, if anybody thinks, rather than shouts, about this issue any more. Here are people who might be receptive to requiring a 24-hour or maybe a 30-day waiting period before allowing someone to buy a dangerous weapon; who surely would want to sleep on it before deciding to change jobs; who might think it only prudent to pause and get a second opinion before going ahead with any If abortion is not wrong, then nothing is. other kind of elective surgery on a healthy human being; and who would surely take at least a day before making a final decision on buying a house or a car or where to take a vacation . . . and these good, reasonable, ordinarily calm citizens are thrown into a political paroxysm because the legislature might hold up an abortion for 24 hours. Why is that? Why has abortion become the functional equivalent of a political sacrament among a broad band of American opinion? How did abortion become the litmus test of political correctness, the combined sine qua non and summum bonum of political progress? Why should an undivided loyalty to Roe v. Wade become the only specific qualification announced by the president of the United States for the next appointment to the Supreme Court? Of the estimated 1,600,000 abortions a year in this country, or 30 million since Roe v. Wade, surely some of them—just one of them?—could have waited 24 hours. Is there not any reason for any abortion anywhere that would be acceptable to those who Now there is a “serious” question about whether it is human life at all. What else could it be— an aardvark? look on the right to an abortion as the one absolute constitutional principle in the American system? Consider these test cases: What about the young matron who just got a wardrobe of new clothes and really doesn’t want to spend the season pregnant and unable to wear any of those super new gowns, and so opts to Have It Done? Then there’s the couple who really want a boy and, thanks to recent medical and legal advances, can discover the sex of their next child while it’s still in embryo, and keep aborting till they get one of the desired sex. Ain’t science grand? And in this case, what a boon for women’s rights! Or what about the young lady who might otherwise have to 22 May 1993 AFA JOURNAL By Paul Greenberg Little Rock, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette miss a semester of college? Or the family that would really rather have a new car? Surely there are some cases in which abortion is so, uh, gratuitous a procedure—let’s not be caught using outdated words like sin or crime—that the state, which is all of us, should be able to say in clear, unmistakable terms: No. Or if we lack the courage, perhaps whisper a pusillanimous: Wait a day before you do this thing. To judge by their sheer number in this country, abortions have become but another means of birth control, and one of the more popular ones at that. Is that some great testament to liberty, or only one more symptom of rampant license? The test of a civilized society, it seems to me, is how it treats the most vulnerable—the old and sick, the young and ignorant, the poor and disabled, the homeless and despised, the dispossessed and imprisoned. The least among us. Once upon a time there would have been no hesitation to include in such a category life in the womb. Now there is a “serious” question about whether it is human life at all. What else could it be—an aardvark? Once there was a folk metaphor for security—“as safe as a child in its mother’s womb.” At the rate of 1.6 million abortions a year in America circa 1993, surely few would make any such assumption now. Abortion is wrong. If abortion is not wrong, then nothing is. Most people understand as much, which is why many of us tend to duck into evasions and shift from foot to foot when trying to rationalize it, and start using slippery words, or constructions like, “While I’m personally opposed to it . . .” preparatory to defending it. Why has abortion become the functional equivalent of a political sacrament among a broad band of American opinion? This is not to say there are no greater wrongs that may arguably justify an abortion. For example, the need to save a mother’s life, or the barbarity of forcing a woman who cannot bear even the thought of it to bear the child who may be the result of rape or incest . . . but such surely are the horrific exceptions, and not the rule among the millions and millions of abortions that have taken place in this country since Roe v. Wade, the great Magna Carta of American abortion. Yet to say that abortion should be limited by law, even for 24 hours, is to draw the wrath of its advocates, who often deny that they are advocates at all. They are not pro-abortion, they explain, but prefer to be thought of as pro-choice—as if any choice other than abortion required defending. The need for that kind of verbal disguise should tell us something about just what is being advocated here. Someone who is really opposed to something, one would innocently think, would oppose it. But that may seem unspeakably logical as the country tries not to look too directly at just what is being tolerated here, and more than tolerated—promoted. Porn magazines depend on PM/ General Foods ads The following companies were among advertisers in the April 1993 issues of Playboy and Penthouse: Chrm. Michael A. Miles, Philip Morris, Incorporated, 120 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017, FAX 212-878-2167, TOLL FREE: 1-800-343-0975, General Foods products, Kraft food products. Chrm. Stewart Resnick, American Protection Industries, Inc., 12233 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 380, Los Angeles, CA 90064, phone 213-442-5700, FAX 213207-1557, Tele-Flora flower delivery, The Franklin Mint. Kmart... Continued from page 1 United Methodists will follow the lead of their pension groups and boycott Kmart,” Wildmon said. The Southern Baptist Convention’s Annuity Board has filed a shareholder resolution with Kmart, asking it to stop selling pornography. Kmart is expected to ignore the resolution. Robert E. Osborn, Associate Treasurer for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, has stated that if Kmart refuses to stop selling porn, his group will also divest. A number of other denominations, holding millions of dollars in stock, are expected to divest in the company also. The groups also have investments with other companies involved in the sale and distribution of pornography and entertainment media which scorn and ridicule Christians and Christian values. The UM Board of Pensions has an investment of $7,807,000 with Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., $661,000 with CBS, Inc., $4,430,000 with General Electric (which owns NBC), $17,730,000 with TimeWarner (porn movies on HBO and Cinemax and porn music, publishing Madonna’s porn book SEX), $1,554,000 with ITT (which shows porn movies in their Sheraton motel chain), and $231,000 with Marriott (which also shows the porn movies in their motels). The Southern Baptist Annuity Board has investments of $795,000 in Capital Cities/ABC, $1,182,030 in CBS, $3,791,225 in General Cinema Corporation, $25,180,000 in General Electric/NBC, and $5,315,200 in Paramount Communications. They also own 5,000 shares of Multimedia (which owns the Donahue show), 8,100 shares of Turner Broadcasting, and 30,000 of Viacom. The Annuity Board divested nearly $8,343,000 worth of Time-Warner stock after Time Warner published Madonna’s book SEX. Sheraton and Marriott motels show porn movies in all their corporately owned motels, and Time-Warner shows porn movies on their HBO and Cinemax cable channels. All three networks and the movie studios regularly bash Christians and Christian values. Time-Warner owns HBO which recently produced and aired a show called “Real Sex.” Youth specialist Bob DeMoss of Focus on the Family had this to say about Time-Warner: “‘Real Sex’ looks like it wandered over from the Playboy Channel. It’s that explicit. Burlesque shows, sexual bondage, indecent interviews about sexual fantasies and things I’d rather not describe on national radio. Deviant stuff. Last month they even featured a grandmother who’s the ringleader of a $50 million pornographic enterprise. “...In recent months Time-Warner promoted Madonna’s pornographic book, SEX. They published the infamous Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and they’re the driving force behind Prince, whose latest tour carries on a tradition of on-stage vulgarity. It’s all part of Time-Warner’s effort to popularize pornography in this country. Now they’re piping this sewage straight into American homes through HBO.” United Methodists wishing to express appreciation for the board’s action and encouraging them to do the same with the other companies can write: Bishop Clay Lee, President, UM General Board of Pensions, P.O. Box 51787, Knoxville, TN 37950-1787. AFA urges conventions and conferences being held by Christian denominations and groups to pass resolutions in support of the Kmart boycott. Below is a sample resolution. “We wish to express our concern to Kmart regarding the pornography sold in their Waldenbooks stores. We believe that pornography is detrimental to the moral fabric of our society. We are especially distressed that Kmart, through their Waldenbooks stores, is one of the largest retailers of pornography in America. “We call upon Kmart to discontinue the sale of pornography and return the company to its historic image of a family-oriented company. “Until Kmart takes such positive action in disassociating itself with pornography, we urge concerned individuals, churches and businesses to discontinue doing business with the Kmart Corporation including Kmart stores, American Fare Stores, Bassett Book Shops, Borders Bookstores, Brentanos Bookstores, Coles Bookstores, CooperSmith Bookstores, AFA JOURNAL May 1993 23 Pay Less and Pay N Save Drug Stores (located in the northwestern states), Bargain Harold’s, Builders Square home supply stores, Office Max, Sports Authority and PACE Membership Warehouse stores.” AFA also urges calls to Kmart customer service. The number is 1-800-63KMART. Please be polite when you call. Individuals are also urged to call their local Kmart store and tell the manager you are boycotting Kmart and asking others to do the same. The pornography is sold in Waldenbooks, owned by Kmart. Kmart has the authority to order Waldenbooks to get out of the pornography business at any time. All profits from the sale of pornography go to Kmart. AFA still has “Boycott Kmart” postcards available. The cards, which contain information about the Kmart boycott along with a postcard to mail to Kmart, are available from AFA for $1 per hundred. “We hope that many individuals and pastors will order the cards and distribute them to their friends, family and church members,” Wildmon said. Order from Kmart Boycott Cards, P.O. Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803. Also write Chrm. Joseph Antonini, Kmart Corporation, 3100 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084. Donahue... Continued from page 1 refuses to accept any responsibility for his actions. He is going to blame the parents. “I think it is time for individuals to send a message to Mr. Donahue that he has crossed the line of acceptability,” said AFA president Donald E. Wildmon. Scores of sponsors have dropped off the DONAHUE program in recent months. AFA encourages individuals to watch the DONAHUE program in their local communities, and to call and write the local sponsors to complain and ask them to stop sponsoring DONAHUE. In addition, here are three of the leading national sponsors of DONAHUE. A letter and/or phone call reminding them that you don’t care to do business with a sponsor of a program wanting to show a live execution would help. Chrm. James A. Block, Block Drug Company, 257 Cornelison Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, phone 201-434-3000, customer service toll free number 1-800652-5625. Products include BC headache powder, Polident denture cleaner, Tegrin shampoo, Zestabs. Chrm. Melvin R. Goodes, WarnerLambert Company, 201 Tabor Road, Morris Plains, NJ 07950, phone 201-540-2000, customer service toll free number 1-800223-0182. Products include Certs, Listerine mouthwash, Rolaids, and Efferdent. Chrm. Gerald Levin, Time-Warner, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019, phone 212-522-1212, fax 212-522-0907. Products include Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Progressive Farmer, Southern Living and People magazines, HBO and Cinemax TV cable services, and Time Life books. S. C. Johnson... Continued from page 1 That is basically the same response the company has been giving for the past two years. Two years ago CLeaR-TV called for a boycott of S.C. Johnson after they were on the list of top sponsors of sex, violence and profanity and refused to change their advertising practice. After that boycott began, S.C. Johnson dropped off the top list. When the boycott ended, S.C. Johnson moved back to the top list again. During the past monitoring period, the company averaged sponsoring a whopping 16 incidents of sex, violence and profanity with every 30-second ad they ran on prime time TV. (For a list of some of the programs Johnson Wax helped sponsor, see the March AFA Journal.) AFA has boycott card decks available to BOYCOTT THESE S.C. JOHNSON WAX PRODUCTS Personal Products: Agree shampoo, Aveeno bath products, Curel skin lotion, Edge shaving cream, Fisher Price bath products, Halsa shampoo and conditioner, OFF INSECT REPELLENT, Soft Sense lotion. Household Products: DRANO DRAIN OPENER, Favor polish, GLADE ROOM ODORIZER, Glory rug cleaner, Mr. Muscle oven cleaner, Pledge Dusters, RAID INSECTICIDE, Shout stain remover, Step Saver cleaner, Toilet Duck cleaner, Vanish toilet cleaner, WINDEX GLASS CLEANER. Waxes and Polishes: Bravo wax, Brite floor wax, Clean & Clear wax, Future floor coating, Glo Coat floor coating, Johnson Wax, J-Wax, Klear floor coating, Pledge wax, Pride wax. Address: S.C. Johnson Wax, Inc., Chrm. Samuel C. Johnson, 1525 Howe Street, Racine, WI 53403, Phone 414-631-2000, Toll free 1-800-558-5252, FAX 414-631-2133. 24 May 1993 AFA JOURNAL help promote the S.C. Johnson Wax boycott. The boycott card decks contain 100 cards with the list of Johnson Wax products plus the reason for the boycott and 100 pre-addressed and printed postcards which can be mailed to the company informing them that the sender is joining the boycott. These can be distributed in churches, businesses, among friends, clubs, etc. AFA has shipped 18,000,000 of the cards to churches asking that they be distributed among the local church members. The card decks are available at only $1 per 100, shipping included. Order from: Johnson Wax Boycott Cards, AFA, Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803. CLeaR-TV is composed of over 1000 Christian leaders from nearly 100 denominations. Members of the Executive Committee of CLeaR-TV include: Dr. Billy A. Melvin, Executive Director, National Association of Evangelicals; Rev. Dr. Milton Efthimiou, Executive Director, Dept. of Church & Society, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of N. & S. America; Dr. Leonard J. Hofman, General Secretary, Christian Reformed Church; Dr. G. Raymond Carlson, General Superintendent, The Assemblies of God; Rt. Rev. William C. Wantland, Bishop, The Episcopal Church; Bishop Stanislaus J. Brzana, Catholic Bishop of Ogdensburg; Mark Taylor, Editor, The Lookout; Dr. Richard Land, Executive Director, Christian Life Commission, Southern Baptist Convention; Tom Minnery, Vice President, Focus on the Family; Dr. Donald E. Wildmon, President, American Family Association. AFA urges you to call (1-800-5585252) and write S.C. Johnson Wax. Be aware, however, that individuals are being told that some of the products cited by CLeaR-TV as belonging to S.C. Johnson “aren’t even S.C. Johnson products.” What callers aren’t told is the products Endust, Renuzit and Behold were sold by S.C. Johnson after the boycott began and were part of S.C. Johnson during the monitoring period last fall. Brother... Continued from page 2 Jesus Christ rather than be consumed with climbing the proverbial ladder of success. And the church needs men who make decisions based on the Holy Bible and prayer rather than the popular trends of our times. We need the road less traveled to become the road worn out. Let me encourage you men to gather a group of your friends and make your way to Boulder, Colorado, to be a part of this national men’s conference. For more information call Promise Keepers at 1303-421-2800 or write P.O. Box 18376, Boulder, CO 80308.
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