A religious group calling itself Faith Driven Consumer has kindly created a shopper's guide to ethical companies. The group explains:
With Christmas fast approaching, it's time to stock up the pantry, scout out the
sales and spend time with the ones you love.
It's also a great time to be a good steward and match your wallet to your Christian worldview by actively supporting companies that align with your biblical faith and values.
With more than $602 billion in projected sales up for grabs this Christmas season, faith-driven consumers like you and me have an unparalleled opportunity to support companies that are friendly to our Christian faith and worldview.
Given this, we've created the 2013 Faith Driven Consumer Christmas Guide to help you be as well-informed as possible about the degree to which the companies you spend your hard-earned dollars with are
We've ranked 43 major holiday retailers according to their sensitivity to a faith-driven worldview on a five-star scale -- based on seven criteria important to Faith Driven Consumers like us.
The group's highest accolades are for the following companies:
While Amazon uses the word Christmas in its advertisements and supports a number of charitable
causes, its sale of some pornographic content and unwholesome entertainment is a concern for Faith Driven Consumers. In addition, its staunch support of same-sex marriage and the homosexual, bisexual and transgender political and social agenda is in
opposition to the biblical understanding of sexuality, marriage and family. Finally, Amazon's sale of pro-abortion materials and support for the United Way, which indirectly funds Planned Parenthood, is problematic for Christians.
Apple is a market leader in computer manufacturing, software and electronics. While Apple has worked to improve its corporate philanthropic efforts and allowed a Christian employee group to form, it vocally supports
same-sex marriage, actively donated to efforts to defeat Proposition 8 in California and caved in to pressure from small groups of homosexual and transgender activists and their allies by removing previously approved, faith-based apps supporting natural
and traditional sexuality, marriage and family. Here, Apple showed a high level of insensitivity toward a much larger market of Christian consumers and needs to take active steps to rebuild a relationship with those who hold to a biblical worldview and
values system. Beyond this, Apple promotes internet pornography and was listed as one of the Top Ten Worst Advertisers in 2012 by the Parents Television Council.
While Nike's advertising
is non-offensive and it contributes to causes that encourage youth, particularly girls, to participate in sports, the company is one of the most vocal corporate advocates for abortion in America. It also fully embraces the homosexual, bisexual and
transgender political and social agenda in the workplace and beyond, and advocates for same-sex marriage, creating a PAC fund to donate $280,000 to the current effort in Oregon to redefine the institution away from the natural and traditional male-female
paradigm. Nike does not use the word Christmas in its seasonal promotions.
Abercrombie & Fitch
While Abercrombie & Fitch is strongly committed to philanthropy, corporate
responsibility, environmental stewardship and ethically sourced products, its highly sexualized focus on the cool and popular kids, branded around highly inappropriate, exploitative and homoerotic advertising, is shocking and offensive to
many Faith Driven Consumers. A&F's full embrace of the political and social goals of the homosexual, bisexual and transgender movement, including same-sex marriage, also points to a corporate worldview that is at odds with the Bible. Finally, A&F
does not use the word Christmas in its seasonal promotions.
The US moralist campaign group One Million Moms has had a whinge about the TV show Glee featuring a sexy shirtless male Santa. The group whines:
Unfortunately not all Christmas TV features are wholesome entertainment. Glee
's previously Never Aired Christmas episode should have stayed just that and remained unaired, considering it was complete with a bisexual Santa, transgender Virgin Mary and its fair share of drunkenness.
religions do not tolerate this behavior and as Christians we will not either. Why any producer or network feels mocking a sacred and religious holiday where Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ is acceptable is beyond me. GLEE should
not and will not get a free pass to make a joke of Christmas.
Last week's episode went too far. The mockery of the Christmas story was blasphemous and an abomination. The show featured the transgender student, Unique, portraying
the Virgin Mary in their high school's nativity scene and acts out giving birth to the baby Jesus. The doll representing Jesus wore a sequin diaper and was thrown from singer to singer while they sang Love Child, Never Meant to be. Baby Jesus is
tossed around like a rag doll and shown no respect.
In another scene, a bisexual Sexy Santa, gets two female characters and the show's gay male character drunk before robbing them blind - all this after making out with and
tying the male character up in bed. These same females in a previous scene are elves at the local mall and tell kids to ask for mobile devices they could download porn on while wearing skimpy elf costumes.
Glee is not a late-night
program and is rated TV-14 DLSV. While it currently airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT on FOX, in February it will be moving to Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT - well before many children's bedtimes
Pastors from across the Oklahoma City metropolitan area say they are outraged and offended over a play featuring biblical satire and simulated gay sex.
Members of the clergy are planning a protest to be held at the city-owned Civic Center Music
Hall on the opening night of OKC Theatre Company's production of, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told . The play's opening night is Dec. 6.
The comedy features a twist on stories of the Bible. In one scene at the Garden of Eden, God
creates Adam and Steve along with the first lesbians, Jane and Mabel.
We feel like we have a responsibility to speak out and say, 'this is wrong,' Rev. Steve Kern of Olivet Baptist Church said. Kern, who is running for a seat in the
Oklahoma State Senate, says the play accepts a sinful lifestyle and anyone involved should pray that gays become straight.
Church leaders from across the metro are asking the city to prohibit the play from being performed on Oklahoma City
The Parents Television Council has released its annual Best TV Advertisers List which focuses on companies that sponsor the least family-friendly TV programming.
PTC President Tim Winter explained:
analysis should provide greater clarity for those members of the public who wish to 'vote with their wallets'.
We base this list purely on the sponsorship behavior we see from these companies.
the public to use this list when they're shopping.
The list is based on each company's prime time broadcast television ad buys during the 2012-2013 television season. Using the PTC's trademarked traffic light ratings system, each
company was assigned a point value based on the number of green, yellow and red light shows it sponsored.
Morality campaign group, One Million Moms are well impressed by Kmart's Christmas TV advert:
Kmart has a new commercial that is not only offensive - but this once family department store has made a deliberate decision
to produce controversial advertisements instead of wholesome ones. This is a terrible plan on Kmart's part, especially at this time of year!
The title of the current ad is Show Your Joe, and Kmart includes sexual content
during a Christmas hand bell choir performance. The commercial focuses on several men wearing Joe Boxer underwear thrusting in a sexualized way to the tune of Jingle Bells. They start gyrating and shaking themselves instead of the hand bells, intending
to make their bells ring in song - which is highly inappropriate.
The commercial ends: Shop Your Way, Joe Boxer, Kmart. Get In Get More Christmas.
Normally, we do not provide a link since One
Million Moms does not want to contribute to this filth being spread around even more, but we made an exception this time to show how ridiculous and disgusting this ad really is. The link to the commercial is provided
here for reference only so you will have the information you need to voice your concern. If you would rather not watch the video clip, you may take our word on it,
knowing this is not the first or second time Kmart has aired offensive commercials.
This commercial is airing during primetime, even during Christmas movies on family networks such as the Hallmark Channel, which families will
likely watch together. Kmart should be more responsible in their marketing decisions.
US moralist campaigners, One Million Moms are hyping a new US TV horror drama, Dracula. The group writes:
Warning! NBC's new program Dracula airs on Friday evenings at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT with a
TV-14-SV rating. The gory series will air on weekends when children and teens usually stay up later. Not only is this show extremely violent, but it also includes a high level of sexual content that should be considered pornographic material.
NBC's website describes the series with words like sex, style, mystery and adventure. Even the previews included several brief clips of sex scenes that would be considered soft porn. This program is entirely too graphic in too many
Previews of this program also included: terrifying screams, a rotted corpse, death, murder, a woman burned alive while tied to a stake, spirits, satanic and occult elements, homosexual content, tons of blood (mostly on
Dracula's face and victim's necks) and other gore, including decapitated heads in boxes and pools of blood.
Please send an email letter to the sponsors of this week's episode of Dracula . This week's national sponsors were:
Chili's (Brinker), Olive Garden, L'Oreal, Revlon, JELL-O (Kraft Foods) and Rolaids (Chattem). Urge advertisers to place the program on their do not advertise list in protest of the attempt to desensitize America and our children by promoting
US morality campaigners have called for the censorship of a family Guy episode:
It is a violation of Federal Law for broadcasters to air indecent material on the publicly-owned airwaves when children are likely to be
in the viewing audience.
Yet that is EXACTLY what the Fox Broadcast Network (not to be confused with Fox News) did this past Sunday, November 10th, with its most recent episode of Family Guy.
brags to its advertisers that Family Guy is #1 with Teens ...and because it is a cartoon, the show is watched by tens of thousands of young children every week.
What were children exposed to on Sunday's episode of Family
Guy? Unbelievably vile sexual content -- including jokes about child molestation, exploitation, rape, and the sexualized use of food and the perverse internal defrosting of frozen hot dogs.
Beyond the repugnant
sexual content, the overall theme of the episode is that it is humorous for a boy to bully and beat up a girl.
This episode aired at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT -- only 8 p.m. in the Central/Mountain time zones.
A park statue with boobs of bronze has wound up the American Family Association (AFA) in Kansas. The AFA lost the first round of their battle after the statue was found to be not obscene. However the AFA have now regrouped for another ludicrous
Accept or Reject is a bronze sculpture donated to Overland Park Arboretum by sculptor Yu Chang, depicting a fractured, topless woman taking a selfie of her exposed (bronze) breasts.
Previously in 2012 a Kansas group of the
AFA circulated a petition to convene a grand jury for the purpose of deciding whether the popular statue was illegally obscene. They got the necessary signatures, and a grand jury of Kansas citizens gathered to... criminally investigate the
statue. Fortunately, the grand jury looked at the statue, looked at state obscenity law, and determined that the sculpture in question did not meet the legal definition of obscenity.
Kansas is among a small handful of states that have a
citizen-empanelled grand jury law on the books. Under this process, a group can start a petition drive to seek a particular criminal indictment. If they reach the required number of signatures, around 4,000 in Johnson County, Kansas, a grand jury is
empanelled to investigate violations of Kansas law. But until this year, the citizens' influence over the process stopped there.
That changed in 2013. Angry after a string of grand juries failed to return indictments alleging illegal abortion and
pornography, groups like Kansans for Life advocated for a bill expanding citizen involvement in the grand jury process. The bill passed and is now law. Now the law requires the grand jury to call the petition organizer as its first witness, and permits
the jury to pay for a special counsel or investigator of its choosing, even to replace the government prosecutor.
The Kansas AFA is now gathering signatures for another attempt at censorship, this time under the new grand jury process.
Update: Brass boobs all a bit to much for Facebook
Facebook's porn filters were apparently so offended by a statue by sculptor Yu Chang that depicts a fractured, topless woman taking a photograph of her exposed (bronze) breasts, that they removed a post last week by the American Civil Liberties Union
The photo linked to an article about the artwork, which has been the subject of a concerted campaign by social conservatives to get it removed ever since it was installed at the Overland Park Arboretum, south of Kansas City, in 2011. The
removal of the link was accompanied by a 24-hour ban on the ACLU's ability to post to its Facebook page, according to the Washington Post.
Mistakes happen, of course, but in its efforts to appeal the mistaken censorship, the ACLU found out the
hard way that getting through to Facebook is a daunting task in and of itself, and that, as the Post put it:,
That's a happy ending of sorts for the ACLU, but as the organization's Lee Rowland points out , ordinary
users may not be so lucky. If you don't represent a prominent national organization, it can be a challenge to get Facebook's attention.
The Radisson Hotel is set to host the XBIZ porn conference in London on September 22-25th.
US nutters from Morality in Media, as well as casting libellous aspersions about attendees, are calling in supporters to write to the Radisson asking
managers to end the conference. Morality in Media claim on the Porn Harms website:
We are outraged that they will provide space to an industry that is based on making a profit from brutalizing women.
Email Radisson and let them know your opposition. The hotel is not only supporting the sexual exploitation of women but also putting female employees at risk because men who sexually abuse women for profit will be staying there and in
close proximity to female employees.
Pornography puts all women at risk by teaching men that women only have value as sexual objects, are always available as willing participants, and are thus legitimate targets of sexual
harassment, abuse and rape.
The group offer a template letter for supporters to send to the hotel:
Dear Radisson Board Members,
I am writing to protest your hotel hosting the
XBIZ porn conference in London on 22-25th September. I am outraged that you would provide space to an industry that is based on making a profit from brutalizing women.
Moreover, pornography puts all women at risk by teaching men
that women only have value as sexual objects, are always available as willing participants, and are thus legitimate targets of sexual harassment, abuse and rape.
You are [especially] putting at risk all the female employees who
work at your hotel during the XBIZ conference because men who sexually abuse women for profit will be staying in your hotel, eating in your hotel, and will be in close proximity to women employees who work at your hotel so they can feed themselves and
Please take this letter as a warning notice regarding these risks. Should a female employee be the victim of sexual harassment or assault, then your knowledge of these risks will increase your negligence and
liability. Should you ignore this letter, our campaign could cause serious damage to your reputation and revenue.
Please consider this before you provide a venue to an industry that does serious damage to the health and well-being
of women and children.
The Parents Television Council has issued a whinge in response to MTV's Video Music Awards. PTC Director of Public Policy Dan Isett enthused:
MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young
children using former child stars and condom commercials -- while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable.
This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to
children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children.
MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate 'twerking' in a nude-colored
bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?
How is it appropriate for children to watch Lady Gaga strip down to a bikini in the opening act?
How is it
appropriate for 14-year-olds to see a condom commercial and a promo for an R-rated movie during the first commercial break?
PTC Advisory Board Member and former BET Executive Paul Porter said:
Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance simply substituted talent with sex. Viacom has a set of corporate broadcast standards that were obviously broken in this case for financial gain. While the performance was shocking to the audience, MTV approved it
during the show run prior to the broadcast. Heads should roll at MTV.
The Parents Television Council (PTC) has issued a press release commenting on the FCC proposal to end fines for broadcasting fleeting strong language and nudity like Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction'.
The PTC President Tim Winter wrote in
a press release:
The FCC asked for the public's comment, and they got it. By a margin of nearly 1,000 to 1, the American public told the FCC to enforce existing broadcast indecency law, and not to weaken it. The only
question now before the FCC is whether to heed or disregard the public's comments that they, themselves, asked for.
The broadcast networks and their agents continue to cloud the issue at hand by arguing against the very existence
of the broadcast indecency law. They are trying to re-litigate the Supreme Court cases that they lost, rather than focus on the FCC's proposal to focus only on 'egregious' instances of indecency.
It is essential for the FCC to
remember whose interest it is that they are mandated by Congress to serve. The sheer volume of public comments -- over 102,000 comments that were individually filed by individual Americans, and were roughly 1,000 to 1 in favor of keeping existing
indecency standards -- speaks louder than the broadcast networks that want to dismantle the law.
The American people have spoken. We call on the FCC to hear and to heed the public's overwhelming support for the existing broadcast
indecency law. And we call on the Commission to reject the proposed change to the law as crafted by its outgoing and now-departed chairman.
Ungrateful US moralists from Morality in Media have been aggressively campaigning to get porn magazines totally banned from military bases.
But now a top Pentagon official has stood up for the troops explaining that adult magazines are allowed for
sale on military installations because they do not meet the definition of indecent material.
According to a story in The Military Times , Frederick Vollrath, assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management, in response to
a complaint from Morality in Media, said publications such as Playboy, Penthouse and Nude, do not meet the federal definition of indecent material, and are thus allowed for sale on Department of Defense property.
Morality in Media had complained
that the magazines should not be sold on DOD property because it violates the Military Honor and Decency Act of 1996 which prohibits the sale or rental at military exchanges of material in which the dominant theme ... depicts or describes nudity,
including sexual or excretory activities or organs in a lascivious way.
Morality in Media subsequently spewed that his response would be hilarious if it were not so tragic. The group said it does not understand why the Pentagon will
continue to sell porn magazines despite being in the midst of its unprecedented sexual exploitation scandal.
Rappers say 'outrage' over lyric on leaked track Jodeci Freestyle was learning lesson. Drake has joined J Cole in an apology for mocking autism on their new single. They said that the offending lyric will be removed from the upcoming
The track had included Cole rapping: I'm artistic . You niggas is autistic, retarded.
Recently there's been a trend that includes rappers saying something
offensive, only to be attacked for it in the media and pressured to apologise. I do not believe that an apology is needed every time someone is offended, especially when that apology is really only for the sake of saving an endorsement or cleaning up bad
press. With that said, this is not the case today. This letter is sincere. This apology IS necessary.
Autism Speaks were among the 'outraged' organisations who spoke out against the line, accusing Cole of perpetuating negative
stereotypes against people with autism.
New 'research' from morality campaigners of the Parents Television Council's 4 Every Girl Campaign claims that teenage female characters on primetime broadcast television are more likely to be presented in sexually exploitative scenes than
adult women, and the appearance of underage female characters in a supposedly sexually exploitative scene increased the probability that the scene would be presented as humorous.
Study results revealed that out of 238 scripted episodes which aired
during the study period, 150 episodes (63%) contained sexual content in scenes that were associated with females and 33% of the episodes contained sexual content that rose to the level of what the PTC see as sexual exploitation.
targeted teenage girls and were presented as humorous included: sexual violence, sex trafficking, sexual harassment, pornography, and stripping.
PTC President Tim Winter claimed:
The frequency with which viewers
are able to watch and laugh at these sexually exploitative situations supports the notion that entertainment media is creating an environment that encourages and even facilitates the sexualization of women. When we laugh about dead hookers, it becomes
increasingly difficult to see the mistreatment of sex workers as a national civil and human rights issue. The same can be said for child molestation or sex trafficking.
The prevalence of images that trivialize sexual exploitation
can be interpreted as sanctioning the sexualization of women. When these messages, images and ideologies are delivered via mass media, the definition of acceptable and unacceptable behaviors are communicated both implicitly and explicitly to viewers.
Similarly, when the media associates humor with sexual exploitation they are sending a strong message that these issues are harmless and require neither urgency nor a strong response.
We hope that these disturbing findings will
spur concern, increased dialogue, and a collective responsibility to find answers that will result in a qualitative difference in the lives of young girls and women everywhere.
Morality in Media wholeheartedly supports the effort announced last week by U. S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to remove pornography and other sexually exploitive materials from military workspaces, as the U. S. Air Force did in a similar effort last
year. Secretary Hagel was responding to a Pentagon survey which estimated that 26,000 people in the armed forces were sexually assaulted last year, up from 19,000 in 2010.
Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of Morality In Media
Research overwhelmingly demonstrates a link between pornography consumption and increased sexual violence and objectification of women. It is no surprise that the Pentagon sees an increase in sexual assaults when
it allows the prevalent use of pornography on bases and even allows the sale of pornography in its facilities.
The next step for Secretary Hagel should be to order the military to stop selling pornography in military exchanges
which would send a strong message that sexual exploitation is unacceptable.
Does Porn Cause Violence?
But Tracy Clark-Flory of Salon disagrees with the ludicrous claim: "Research
overwhelmingly demonstrates a link between pornography consumption and increased sexual violence"
Enforcing basic sexual boundaries in the workplace is one thing. Blaming sexual assault on pornography, which is what the MIM press release goes on to do, is another. It reads, Research overwhelmingly demonstrates a link between pornography
consumption and increased sexual violence. What that sentence suggests is that there is a demonstrated link between porn-watching and an increase in perpetration of sexual violence --- and that is patently untrue. The availability of Internet porn
has been shown to be associated with a decrease in sex crimes.
Now, that isn't to say that porn-viewing necessarily causes a decrease in real-world sexual violence; some have argued as much, but I haven't seen evidence that
convincingly goes beyond correlation to indicate causation. It's simply to say that there is no evidence that pornography consumption causes, or is even associated with, an increase in cases of sexual violence. Period. End of sentence.
Josh Stearns, a father of two young sons posted photos of a set of LEGO stickers on his Tumblr account. Stearns was "appalled" by the image of a hard-hatted construction worker waving at an unseen passersby, shouting HEY BABE! He
I was so disappointed to see the brand affiliated with a product that normalized street harassment and cat-calling.
The Internet chattered. Bloggers weighed in; people began posting negative
reviews of the product on Amazon.
LEGO took note; last week Stearns logged onto his computer and found an email from Charlotte Simonsen, senior director at LEGOs corporate communications office in Denmark. Simonsen explained that the stickers had
been licensed by a company called Creative Imagination and have already been discontinued and apologised:
LEGOs typically uses humor to communicate the Lego experience. We are sorry that you were unhappy with the way a
mini-figure was portrayed here.
Steams also received a response from Andrea Ryder, the head of the LEGO Outbound Licensing Department who said that the product was no longer available and that we would not approve such a product
US morality campaigners of the Parents Television Council have launched #NoIndecencyFCC Week, May 6-10. They are hoping to encourage moralists to file public comments to the FCC's proposal to limit broadcast indecency complaints.
President Tim Winter said:
We are focusing on #NoIndecencyFCC to let the FCC know that we consider its proposal to limit broadcast indecency complaints extremely troublesome. Only pursuing so-called 'egregious'
complaints from the public about indecent TV or radio content will lead to broadcasters pushing the decency limits even further -- including the airing of nudity or harsh profanity when millions of children are in the audience.
Federal law limits the broadcast of indecent material to the times of day when kids are much less likely to be in the audience, making no distinction for 'egregious' instances. Either material is legally indecent or it is not, and the 'egregious' nature of violating the law should only dictate the punishment a broadcaster faces for breaking that law. It is unnecessary for indecent content to be repeated many times in order to be actionable, and it is unwise for the FCC to pursue a new course that will guarantee nothing but a rash of new litigation.
We are encouraging the public to share its concern with the FCC in a public comment by the deadline of May 20. To date, over 90,000 public comments have been filed, most of them expressing outrage that the FCC would even consider
such a proposal.
If this proposal is adopted, the greatest harm will fall upon our children and grandchildren, who already face waves of explicit content when they use the airwaves of which they, too, are co-owners. The FCC
proposal erodes a parent's recourse for broadcast decency enforcement and, instead, cedes control of our airwaves entirely to the entertainment industry. It's time to say #NoIndecencyFCC!
The PTC is also encouraging people to take to
Twitter using the #NoIndecencyFCC hashtag.
Students at Carnegie Mellon University say it's freedom of expression, but the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh whinges that it is inappropriate and disrespectful.
At an annual art school parade, a female student dressed up as the pope, and was
naked from the waist down while she passed out condoms. Witnesses say the woman had shaved her pubic hair in the shape of a cross.
The Pittsburgh Diocese has asked the university to take action. Bishop David Zubik whined:
I think we all know that when we're growing up we do stupid things but to cross over the line in this instance shouldn't happen with anybody.
Former model Nicole Clark and director of Cover Girl Culture joined the new 4 Every Girl campaign to call for 'concerned' parents to contact the Federal Trade Commission about the marketing of R-rated Spring Breakers to a largely
underage audience through Seventeen magazine. Clark said:
Many teens grew up watching Vanessa Hudgens in Disney's High School Musical franchise and Selena Gomez in Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place --
both entertaining and wholesome programs enjoyed by millions of children over the years.
It is natural that as these actresses enter their late teens and twenties they will take on more mature roles. This does not justify
marketing their new R-rated film to their child fans. Seventeen magazine and the film's distributors are promoting an R-rated film to readers who are 12 - 19 years old. 2/3 of Seventeen readers are underage for this film.
According to the MPAA's ratings there is strong sexual content (one of which is a three-some), nudity, drug use and violence throughout. If tobacco companies are banned from marketing cigarettes in teen magazines, why would sex, violence, and drugs get approval?
This stunt has inevitably given the film free press coverage. There should be a price to pay for this inexcusable and irresponsible act against our young girls. Too many companies have learned they can earn national, free press
coverage through shock and awe stunts. There needs to be a heavy fine to deter this irresponsible behavior.
The Federal Trade Commission has an obligation to examine the ways this R-rated film has been marketed to children.
We hope that Hearst and Seventeen magazine will take responsibility for the harmful sexual and violent messages they've promoted and remove the harmful ads aimed at their young readership. We will be asking all concerned parents and
families to join us in contacting the FTC to advocate for responsible advertisements.
A gay-themed play that re-imagines stories from Christianity is drawing the ire of a Massachusetts family advocacy group, as well as condemnation from religious organizations nationwide.
Titled The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told , the
production retells Bible stories portraying biblical characters as gay. The self-described satirical comedy by playwright and novelist Paul Rudnick opens its weekend run Friday night at the Academy of Music Theater in downtown Northampton. The
actors are students from the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in nearby South Hadley.
Brian Camenker, founder and director of MassResistance, claims religious organizations nationwide are 'outraged':
[The characters] Adam and Eve are 'Adam and Steve.' In the second act, they have the nativity scene where Mary is a lesbian who says all kinds of gross things. It's just a terrible play.
At one point, the Virgin
I'm not supposed to be pregnant, I'm a bulldyke!
Camenker believes Christians must openly oppose such 'atrocities':
And the trouble is that this is
tomorrow's America that's learning this stuff, and we need to take it a little more seriously than we are
According to Camenker, religious groups around the country have protested vociferously. He says one local newspaper
reported the school had received nearly 12,000 emailed petition messages against the production.
The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield spouted:
I didn't know it was the responsibility of
charter schools to teach religious bigotry. [...That's the responsibility of the church!]
The school says it has no intention of canceling the play or changing its content. PVPA's head of school, Scott Goldman, has stated the play is
consistent with the school's philosophy and is, in the school's view, an appropriate theater piece for its students.
Close to a dozen pastors, reverends and bishops crowded the entrance to the Steen Outdoor Advertising building in Southwest Philly on Tuesday to protest a billboard that makes a cheeky edit to the 7th Commandment.
Thou Shalt Not Commit
Adultery, reads the I-95 ad for an online adult sugar daddy-mistress matching service, with the Not artfully crossed out.
A.J. Perkins, a marketing rep at arrangementfinders.com notes that the Toronto-based website site is family
friendly, but his definition refers only to the fact that outright nudity is prohibited. The home page greets visitors with shapely lingerie-clad legs framing a would-be paying customer and the tagline, Intimacy with a Twi$t.
A group of
Port Richmond third-graders from nearby St. George Catholic School already protested the sign last week. Philadelphia Unification Church Pastor Crescentia DeGoede said her group gave the company notice they were going to hold a protest of their own three
days ago, after Steen representatives refused to meet with area religious leaders.
Perkins couldn't speak to the future of the sign, but said its efficacy was assured by a 600 percent increase in members from the area sign-ups in the past few
Action figures depicting characters from Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained are sparking a little 'outrage' in the US.
The National Entertainment Collectibles Association partnered with the Weinstein Company to release eight-inch tall
figurines for sale on Amazon. However there is no sign of them on Amazon at the moment, so presumably they have been pulled.
Najee Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, told AP that the collectible line of movie merchandise is
a slap in the face of our ancestors and is hoping for their removal from the market. He feels the plastic personifications of the characters in the film trivializes the horrors of slavery and what African Americans experienced.
the racial debate over Django Unchained continues, the movie is raking in big bucks at the box office. With over $108 million accumulated domestically, Tarantino's latest is on pace to become his biggest success yet at the box office.
After a particularly vitriolic attack on the media industry for violent games and films, the US National Rifle Association has launched its own shooting game for the iPhone and iPad.
The game, which simulates a shooting practice, has been approved
for children from 4 years old.
NRA: Practice Range , billed as the NRA's new mobile nerve center, says it strikes the right balance of gaming and education and delivers a one-touch access to the NRA network of news, laws,
facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational materials and online resources .
The player can practise shooting at targets, including some in the shape of coffins, and has a choice of nine firearms. Some of the guns can be upgraded for $0.99
each. The game is available in the UK.
There have been calls for gun law reform after 26 children and teachers died at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. US Vice-President Joe Biden is expected to make recommendations on gun
control to the White House on Tuesday. Last week Biden met with video game makers to discuss gun violence in popular media.
President Barack Obama has also announced that he will lay out his plans for tackling gun violence later this week.
When the NRA-branded iOS app NRA: Practice Range launched earlier this week it carried a rating
of ages 4+.
Well it looks like Apple has reviewed the rating (no doubt after the game gained national attention by the mainstream media and some harsh criticism from several high profile politicians) and deemed that it was just too low.
game now carries a rating of ages 12+, meaning that your young children are no longer able to play the app for free. Apple's ratings descriptor for the game says that it contains Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence. That descriptor is debatable
given that the realistic simulation only contains target shooting.
A Utah group claims that the Sundance Film Festival's lineup features 'obscene' movies and is therefore at odds with Utah's culture of family values, and wants the state to pull its financial backing.
The Sutherland Institute claims the
state shouldn't back a festival that features films about porn stars and women having affairs with one another's adult sons. This is referring to a pair of mainstream Hollywood movies, the R Rated Lovelace and the not yet rated Two Mothers starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright.
Derek Monson, Sutherland Institute's director of public policy spewed:
There are a lot of people here that find that kind of thing objectionable. We are a family friendly state and we endeavor to be so because
we value the benefits that strong families bring to society.
Utah state officials stand by the backing, saying the money is an investment in a festival that brings major economic impact and international exposure to the state.
Utah expects to spend $300,000 supporting the festival again this year, but the University of Utah estimated that last year's festival brought $80.3 million in economic impact for the state.
A Nutter group from Southington in Connecticut is holding a violent video game return program in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last month.
SouthingtonSOS said it will host the event on Jan. 12. The town of
Southington will have a trash bin there for the collection of the games, and anyone returning games will be offered a gift certificate donated by a member of the Southington Chamber of Commerce as a token of appreciation.
The Board of Education
said it sent out information electronically about the event last week to Southington residents.
Nutters of SouthingtonSOS said the group's action is not intended to be construed as a statement declaring that violent video games were the cause of
school shooting ...BUT... said:
There is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of
violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying.
In the days following the announcement of the program some experts were critical of the idea; the parenting editor at Common Sense Media likened the collection and
destruction of video games to censorship, and Texas A&M International University researcher Christopher J. Ferguson wrote the group warning them that their efforts might cause more harm than good. Many editorial writers and advocates saw the buyback
program as the equivalent of an old time book burning.
With all that pressure, the group decided that they would not host the Buyback program after all this week, but a spokesperson for the community organization called their efforts successful
because it raised awareness about violent media, reports Polygon.