American Decency Association
January 2010 Vol. XXV Issue I
Tiger Woods failings speak into lives able to hear
In contrast we have the sad story of Tiger from Table Talk, Ligonier Ministries, daily
Woods. And it is sad. I’m not writing to reading, December 3]
condemn Tiger Woods, but merely to say
the following: There is another thing I’ve learned in order
to stand against the filth and corruption of
Here is another incredibly gifted man who this age. We TRULY need help. We need
seemingly has it all - a worldwide top ath- the help of the Lord.
lete, with earnings beyond the comprehen-
sions of many of us, two beautiful young Some will laugh and crow about the silli-
children, a wondrous home, a beautiful ness, the old prudish thinking behind this.
wife, and a future that promises more and I must say that’s what separates those who
more. will be standing faithful at the end from
those who fall into the beds of temptation.
Yet, it wasn’t enough. Am I surprised? No.
Not really. There was an even deeper need The Bible says from the book of Proverbs:
that wasn’t met that couldn’t even be satis- “The fool has said in His heart there is no
In recent days, Jan and I went to a memo- fied by a beautiful wife, sex, million dol- God.”
rial service of a Grand Haven man just a lar home, children, world-renown, etc... It “For the fear of God is the beginning of
few days short of his 67th wedding anni- isn’t his wife’s fault - as Tiger has stated in wisdom.”
versary. his own words.
It is wisdom that will give a person a hu-
He was a humble man. He and his wife Over these years of opposing pornography mility of heart that helps lead him into
have lived in their current home since 1944. there are many things that have stood out. wanting to know the path of life to walk. It
I’ve been to that home. It was no mansion, One of these is how people from all walks is God and God alone that will fill the hole
merely a humble home where Christ dwelt. of life can fall - morally and spiritually. in a person’s heart - including the heart of
One person after another came to the mi- There is a well known book and video that
crophone (most of them in tears) testify- has been out a few years called, “Every Pray for Tiger Woods that he would seek
ing to the goodness of this man of God. A Young Man’s Battle.” That battle, accord- the Lord - that He would come to know the
former neighbor boy talked of how David ing to the author Stephen Arterburn, is por- only One that can fill that hole in his heart.
Cleveringa had befriended him and shared nography. Pray for his wife and family as well. They
Christ with him. He said, “he led me to are needy right now. Their needs, how-
Christ at that altar right there.” I’m not saying that Tiger Woods had a por- ever, won’t ultimately be satisfied by more
nography problem, but I’m not saying he things, more rings, more money, or more
Mr. Cleveringa didn’t die a wealthy man. didn’t either. Clearly he had a lust problem sex, but only by the touch of God within
There were no headlines in the newspapers resulting in adultery. More often than not, - His grace, mercy and salvation of their
trumpeting the great accomplishments of pornography is a tool used along the way souls.
this humble man of God, merely the gath- in an attempt to satisfy the craving of the
ering of a number of people who had been flesh. If nothing changes within Tiger’s heart,
impacted by David and his wife. They Matthew Henry’s words will continue to
worked with youth for some twenty years. I read the following recently as I began apply: “A foolish head and a filthy heart
David was a positive influence/leader in my day: “Matthew Henry admonishes us: make persons an easy prey to seducers.”
men’s ministry for a number of years. This ‘A foolish head and a filthy heart make
in spite of the trials and tribulations of life, persons an easy prey to seducers.’ If we There is a great divide separating those
and like most of us, there were many. Yet would be discerning men and women, we like David Cleveringa who have built their
he always had a positive word for the Lord must cultivate a pure heart and a wise house on the solid rock and those who have
and His goodness in his life. There were no mind through the study and application of built upon sinking sand. May God open our
trophies here on earth for his excellence but Scripture. Meditating on things that are not eyes that we may see and open our ears that
there will be a great reward in Heaven for true, good or beautiful makes us unable to we may hear, know and live in the shelter
David Cleveringa. recognize those things that are. ...” [Taken of the Rock!
turned away from the many blessings this
brought in every area of culture, including
From the desk of the balance of form and freedom we once
president How prophetic are these powerful words!
God has graciously blessed America. From
our very founding fathers and the docu-
ments that were so carefully prayed over,
debated, and crafted.
“... man has become foolishly foolish. ...”
President John Adams writing on October
Francis Schaeffer said it well long ago 11, 1798 stated in his address to the military:
“man has become foolishly foolish ... .”
“We have no government armed with power
Dr. Schaeffer has been dead since 1983. capable of contending with human passions
His last book (which I have often quoted), unbridled by morality and religion. Ava- Former President Bill Clinton and his sex-
“The Great Evangelical Disaster,” impacts rice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would ual liaison with Monica Lewinsky while in
me again as his words resonate today as break the strongest cords of our Constitu- the White House.
never before. tion as a whale goes through a net. Our
Constitution was made only for a moral and Schaeffer provides India and Africa as ex-
“In turning away from God and the truth religious people. It is wholly inadequate to amples of a couple of countries that once
which he has given, man has thus become the government of any other.” knew the truth and turned away. Neither
foolishly foolish in regard to what man is of those countries present a pretty picture
and what the universe is. Man is left with a Our Constitution was made only for a moral of the condition of life when a culture turns
position with which he cannot live, and he and religious people. When a people turn away from God.
is caught in a multitude of intellectual and their backs upon God and Truth, Adams
personal tensions. stated that the Constitution would be inad- Schaeffer continues in his prophetic book:
equate to hold back an immoral people.
The Scripture tells us how man came into Do not take this lightly! It is a horrible
this situation: Because ‘although they knew That is what we have been seeing and what thing for a man like myself to look back and
God, they neither glorified him as God nor Schaeffer was commenting upon in his writ- see my country and my culture go down the
gave thanks to him’; therefore, they became ings in the 1980s and even earlier. drain in my own lifetime. It is a horrible
foolish in their reasoning, in their compre- thing that sixty years ago you could move
hension, in their lives. This passage relates Seemingly with each generation there has across this country and almost everyone,
to the original fall, but it does not speak been a decrease in regard for the Constitu- even non-Christians, would have known
only about the fall. It speaks of any period tion. We have had for some time now judg- what the gospel was. A horrible thing that
when men knew the truth and deliberately es added to the bench who interpret the law fifty to sixty years ago our culture was built
turned away from it. as they see fit according to their political on the Christian consensus, and now this is
view and agenda rather than looking to the no longer the case. ...
Many periods of history could be described Constitution for direction and authority.
in this way. From the biblical viewpoint There is only one perspective we can have
there was a time when then ancestors of the Increasingly we read of politicians whose of the post-Christian world of our genera-
people of India knew the truth and turned consciences have become so seared that tion: an understanding that our culture and
away, a time when the ancestors of the they do what is right in their own eyes. To our country deserves to be under the wrath
people of Africa knew the truth and turned name only a few: of God. It will not do to say the United
away. This is true of people anywhere who States is God’s country in some special
now do not know the truth. But if we are South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford - way. It will not do to cover up the differ-
looking across the history of the world to multiple affairs with a handful of women ence between the consensus today and the
see those times when men knew the truth during 20 years of marriage. Still in office Christian consensus that prevailed sixty
and turned away, let us say emphatically despite a groundswell of opposition to his years ago. The last few generations have
that there is not an exhibition of this any- retaining his position. trampled upon the truth of the Bible and all
where in history so clearly – and in such a that those truths have brought forth.
short time – as in our own generation. We Former New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer
who live in North America have seen this - according to published reports, investiga- As we start a new year, may we quit play-
verse carried out in our generation with tors believe Spitzer paid up to $80,000 for ing religious games and truly seek the Lord
desperate force. Men of our time knew the prostitutes over a period of several years and His righteousness.
truth and yet turned away – turned away while he was Attorney General, and later as
not only from the biblical truth but also Governor.
Victoria’s Secret: This was not a show about fashion
by: Lisa Van Houten
Early in 2008 Victoria’s Secret CEO on close-up shots of barely-covered ads in an attempt to lure Christmas
Sharen Turney promised a toning down of breasts and bottoms – all while the models shoppers, they will soon be doing the same
the eroticism of Victoria’s Secret – stating strutted seductively down the runways. in promotion of Valentine’s Day. Help
their image had become “too sexy” and us remind Victoria’s Secret that there are
the corporation would instead return to a This was not a show about “fashion.” millions of shoppers who are sick and
portrayal of “ultra feminine” resulting, one This was not even so much geared toward tired of the bombardment of their erotic
would assume, in a turning away from the women. This was all about appealing to advertising.
explicit pornographic advertising Victoria’s men – a tool for lust. The camera angles,
Secret had become known for. At the the erotic poses and postures all with the
time we were wary yet cautiously hopeful purpose of eliciting a sexual response –
that maybe, just maybe, the company and a flood of Christmas sales of lingerie
was finally listening to the countless ones by men who want their wives to live up to
who had called, written, signed petitions, the image on display by Victoria’s Secret. Advertisers for CBS’s Victotria’s Secret
boycotted, picketed malls in protest of their This was also blatantly obvious in the Fashion Show aired December 1
unwelcome erotic displays and television VS ads which ran during the commercial
commercials foisted upon shoppers and TV breaks - each ad in many ways even more
viewers. pornographic than the show itself.
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Soon after this flurry of negative publicity, Reed Hastings – CEO/Chairman of the
and with reports of a significant drop in Board/President/Director
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image to one of being “ultra feminine.” young girls and women – they must look,
As we thought at the time, the proof is in dress, and act like strippers to please men.
the pudding. Was this a true change in I said above that the show wasn’t geared
policy or just a desperate attempt to woo toward women, and yet it is. This is the
disgruntled shoppers disgusted with their underlying message of everything about
eroticized displays? Victoria’s Secret. During this recent show
AT&T Corp. – AT&T
they included a search for the next Victo-
Randall Stephenson – Chairman, President
In the number of months since VS’s new ria’s Secret model – disturbingly referred
policy, we saw some improvement in the to as “angels”. More than ten thousand
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window displays of our area malls. Yet, young women applied - young women who
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if the recent so-called “Victoria’s Secret have bought the lie that their worth is de-
Fashion Show” is any indication, the pendent on the objectification of their body.
proverbial pudding is still rancid. There is Randy.Stephenson@att.com
no point in describing in detail the parade And as Victoria’s Secret flooded the
of cleavage and skin. Cameras focusing airwaves in recent weeks with pornographic
Letters from our T-Mobile pulls ad from “American Dad”
“As one of the country’s leading providers of wireless
communication services to young people and families,
T-Mobile understands it has a powerful opportunity to
make a positive difference in the lives of our customers.
I just wanted to say that I think you
are making a difference in Victoria We emailed an analysis (and an advertiser list) for “American Dad”on December 4
Secret...I noticed they of course still regarding the November 29 show.
had their tv special..but since I have http://www.americandecency.org/archives/2766#more-2766
girls in the family for some reason VS
sends out their magazine...my daughter It was a particularly nasty and disgusting show. T-Mobile saw it the same way as they
looked and discovered that they had made it clear to us in a statement and recent email - commenting they have pulled their ad
66 pages of beautiful young girls fully from “American Dad” starting December 7.
clothed before getting into the private
under clothing...this was a major shift On December 8, our office received an email from a T-Mobile executive stating the
for them...so perhaps it has to do with following:
your influence...and a lot of prayer...
God bless.. T-Mobile Statement:
Happy New Year...
--------------------------------- “As one of the country’s leading providers of wireless communication services to young
people and families, T-Mobile understands it has a powerful opportunity to make a positive
Though I am unable to help you difference in the lives of our customers.
financially, I do appreciate very much
what you are trying to do. You are In November, we reviewed our advertising on “American Dad,” and decided that we
right about our churches not preaching would no longer advertise on the program. The content we witnessed did not speak to the
against sin. I attended a large church, T-Mobile brand or our company values. As such, starting Mon., Dec. 7, T-Mobile ads will
of a denomination that used to be one no longer be appearing on the show.
of the bulwarks against sin, for three
months and never heard the pastor Thank you for your concern in this important matter.”
really preach one time. It was all a
social gospel which is no gospel at all In addition, further requests were made from T-Mobile asking that we remove their
but a trick of Satan to blind the eyes company name and email addresses from our site.
and stop the ears of God’s people. I
have been in the ministry for 53 years We have done that from our main website for November 29. And, though T-Mobile did
and still preach eternity long, Hell hot advertise on the December 6 episode of “American Dad” we will remove their name from
and sin rampant. that episode as well.
Your brother in Christ, We do encourage you to express your appreciation to T-Mobile. You can contact them
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CBS and Boost Mobile equate
children’s characters with perversion
By Lisa VanHouten
The ad is intended to promote the network's adultery, stating: “You think this is wrong?
upcoming broadcasts of "Frosty the Santa’s busy and I have needs. I’ll tell
Snowman" and "Frosty Returns." you what’s wrong - cell phone plans with
contracts that cost a fortune. That’s why I
Colleen Raezler, a research assistant for got Boost Mobile…”
the Culture and Media Institute, a division
of the Media Research Center, said the spot Boost Mobile tells viewers that one’s so-
Nothing says Christmas like porn and called “needs” trump right and wrong.
is "highly inappropriate," and improperly
infidelity. At least that’s what two American Judges 17:6 says, “…Everyone did what
uses a Christmas special to promote an
companies, CBS and Boost Mobile (a Sprint was right in his own eyes.” Is that not
Nextel subsidiary) seem to be telling us. what we are seeing today, as well?
"The ad introduces children to the idea
In December CBS made news with their
of strippers and pornography," Raezler While of course Frosty, Santa, and Mrs.
ad referred to as “Frosty the Inappropriate
told FoxNews.com. "The people in charge Claus have nothing to do with the true
Snowman” - an ad promoting the upcoming
obviously thought this was funny, but the meaning of Christmas, however what
airing of “Frosty the Snowman” on CBS.
question they should ask themselves is if is offensive is that CBS and Boost
The network produced lewd advertisements
this is appropriate, not if it's funny."... Mobile are using such vulgar advertising
that show the children’s cartoon character,
mechanisms, making children’s characters
“Frosty the Snowman,” with dubbed vulgar
"It's sexing up Frosty," she said. into symbols of perversion. Think of
dialogue from two of CBS’ raunchiest
"It really drives home the idea children doing a search for Frosty and
shows – Two and a Half Men and How I
that nothing is sacred anymore." coming up with these ads! It only takes a
Met Your Mother. We monitor both of
second for a child’s innocence to be lost.
these shows on a regular basis, determining
the corporate sponsors, and have alerted ... Bob Peters, president of Morality in
Media, add[ed] that officials at the Federal John Tantillo, a marketing and branding
you in the past to the constant flow of crude
Trade Commission should be concerned expert and president of the Marketing
and explicit themes and dialogue on these
about the promotion. Department of America, stated in reference
to the “Frosty” ads: “These trailers are not
“CBS is doing much the same thing that only morally bankrupt, they’re the stupidest
Taking actual dialogue from these sex-
alcohol and tobacco companies have done kind of marketing imaginable. The dirty-
saturated shows, the voice-over of the
in the past -- namely, using imagery in minded lunatics have definitely taken over
CBS ‘pornified’ “Frosty,” has “Frosty”
advertising that would naturally attract the asylum this time. … only the worst kind
saying, for example, “We’ve got to have
children in order to market an adult of marketing crawls right out of the gutter
a bros’ night at a strip club” claiming it’s
product,” Peters said in a statement to and into our living rooms and the lives of
“healthy” and “harmless.” And, “Frosty”
FoxNews.com. “Legal matters aside, it our kids.”
states: “I have been with a lot of women.
Blondes. Brunettes. Redheads. Big boobs. should go without saying that CBS TV ought
Small boobs. Medium boobs. ...” Included to be ashamed of itself -- using an animated
Christmas season setting, complete with CBS Corporation
in the ads are references to porn and Leslie Moonves, Corp. President and CEO
sadomasochism. young children, to chat about strippers,
whores, pornography, sadomasochism, 51 W. 52nd St.
sexual promiscuity, and more.” New York, NY 10019
As Fox News reported: ... The [ad], Phone: 212-975-4321
“Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman,” takes Fax: 212-975-4516
authentic dialogue from CBS’ “How I Met Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
And the second revolting ad which recently
Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men”
aired is a Boost Mobile (Sprint/Nextel)
and dubs it on top of the cartoon classic, Sprint Nextel Corporation
animated advertisement that depicts “Mrs.
changing well-known “Frosty” scenes to Daniel Hesse – CEO, President, and
Claus” cheating on “Santa” by having an
contain suggestions that the snowman and Director
affair with a snowman. Mrs. Claus and
his friends visit a “strip club.” 6200 Sprint Pkwy.
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The mash-up also discusses Frosty’s “porn says, “So dirty” and she calls him “Nasty Phone: 913-624-6000
collection” and contains repeated mentions boy.” The Boost Mobile ad has “Mrs. Toll Free: 800-639-6111
of prior sexual conquests. Claus” justifying and trivializing the sin of Email: email@example.com
American Dad - December 13 edition - the mocking of Christ
by Chris Johnson
up) gives his opinion of Christianity say- thundering up to a bar to find Stan and ask
ing “it’s like Harry Potter, but it causes for his help. Francine has been captured
genocide and bad folk music.” Another by the Anti-Christ. As they rescue Fran-
derisive depiction of Christianity. cine, Stan dies and goes to Heaven, which
brings him back to the opening sequence
When the family arrives at church, the with Francine coming down the stairs.
Sanctuary is full of people that Stan calls
“phony Christians.” When they can’t find I love a happy ending. When I watch
a seat, Francine pulls Stan into the jani- “American Dad” however, I am just happy
tor’s closet to give him “his last Christmas to see it end. I’m not easily offended, but I
present” which is sex in the church during have seen three episodes of this show and
the Christmas service. so far it is three for three. Every week it is
The Christmas season brings out the a new derogatory, anti-Christian theme.
best in people. Really? Apparently, it You are now entering the twilight zone.
especially touches the creative minds of Imagine a show in a parallel universe.
the writers of offensive animated ads and When they come out of the closet, they Let’s call it “Iranian Dad.” What would
TV shows. As reported on page 5, we have realize that the rapture has occurred, leav- the reaction be to a show that mocked and
seen Boost Mobile’s commercial featuring ing them behind. They run outside to see belittled the holidays and beliefs of the
a cheating Mrs. Claus, CBS’s “Frosty the thousands of naked people ascending into Muslim faith? Why are Christians fair
Inappropriate Snowman” ad, and now an the sky. game for these so-called adult “satire”
“American Dad” episode doing what they cartoons?
do best - ridicule - with Christmas as the
target. Are you tired, as I am, of having your faith
and your Lord mocked and ridiculed? Let
I’m not sure exactly how “American Dad” the advertisers who sponsored this offense
creator, Seth MacFarlane (who also created know of your outrage that they have as-
the offensive “Family Guy”), comes up sociated their products with themes that
with his plot lines for each episode, but it insult and ridicule Christianity.
seems to me that the first question he has
to ask himself is “which core conservative
principle shall I deride this week?” This
episode the target was not just Christmas, Contact:
but Christianity as a whole. Comedy Stan is desperate to be a part of the rapture
Central has received some (not enough) and goes to a meeting where a supposed Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. – Arbys
criticism for the portrayal of Jesus in their Jesus is debriefing those left on earth. He Roland Smith – President, CEO, and
cartoon “South Park.” MacFarlane’s Jesus begs “Jesus” to send him up, but Francine Director
is just as bad, if not worse. leaves him, livid that he would rather go 1155 Perimeter Center West
to heaven than stay with her. This Jesus Atlanta, GA 30338
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morning. He yells for her to hurry up girlfriend while he is on earth. Stan runs Roland.Smith@wendysarbys.com
saying “God pays twice as much attention home and finds Francine and “Jesus” at
on Sunday, like the media when a white their house. “Jesus” is in the pool, but he Art Van Furniture, Inc.
chick goes missing.” Francine comes gets out and walks on the water over to Mr. Art Van Elslander – Chairman
down the stairs in her new dress, asking them. He is in a Speedo swimming suit. 6500 E. 14 Mile Road
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Before they leave, the alien who lives life in the post-rapture world. “Jesus”,
with them, Roger, (I’m not making this who of course rides a motorcycle, comes