■ AFA Law Center representing
More news a
two pro-life defendants
ut Connecticut, U.S.
Disney… seek to silence
3 & 12 abortion foes Issue price – $3.00 August, 1995
See pages In a move unprecedented in
history, the Attorney General of
the U.S. and the Attorney Gen-
eral of Connecticut have ﬁled suit
AFA’s boycott working:
I N S I D E to silence the peaceful opposition TV Colleague,” Goldstein
Unilever re-evaluates “Dear sponsorship
INSIDE to abortion. The federal and state
lawyers ﬁled suit June 21 against
The AFA boycott of Unilever
apparently is achieving what wrote, “On Sunday, June 11,
AFA three peaceful pro-life advocates many reasonable appeals to the an advertisement was carried
❚ Boycott box 21 under the Freedom of Access to company failed to produce – a by The New York Times (copy
❚ Don’s column 2 Clinic Entrances Act (FACE). re-evaluation of the programs attached) that urged consumers
❚ Follow-up 11 This is the ﬁrst time that both they sponsor on TV. to boycott our products because
❚ Resources 18 the federal government and a On June 20 Unilever presi- we advertise on television shows
state government have combined dent Richard A. Goldstein sent that the authors of the ad judged
Christian values to bring such an action. The suit an internal memo to several to be offensive. Let me share
❚ Teen sees hope was not brought by an individual Unilever ofﬁcials condemning with you our reaction to this
for America 14 or even an abortion clinic, but AFA’s efforts but at the same time advertisement and ask for your
by the two branches of govern- saying that the company would cooperation as we deal with this
Education ment. re-evaluate the sponsorship. sensitive situation.
❚ Psychologist pans Two of the three defendants AFA had tried several times over “The ad was placed by the
public schools 15 are being represented by the many months to get Unilever to American Family Association
American Family Association do exactly that, but the company (AFA), an organization with a
Entertainment Law Center. One of the defen- refused to respond to AFA’s cor- history of criticizing American
❚ Disney’s Pocahontas dants is a 4' 11" woman who is respondence. However, follow- continued on page 22
revises history 12 charged with “pushing” a so- ing thousands of phone calls and
called abortion clinic “escort.” letters from customers joining
Homosexual issues This woman has been handing the boycott and a full-page ad in
❚ Congressman Dornan’s out pro-life literature at the site the New York Times promoting
testimony on AIDS once a week for six years and had the boycott, Chrm. Goldstein
awareness training 17 never before been confronted by decided it was time for the com-
❚ Ex-homosexual continued on page 22 pany to act.
ministers to others 20
❚ CBS ignores truth
in NEA story 16
Kmart sells Waldenbooks stock
By ROBERT FRANK
News of Interest 8 Editor, No-Debt Living Newsletter Editor’s note: Kmart recently sold 80% of their Borders
group stock, which includes the Waldenbooks chain, thus
OutReach Kmart Corp., one of the giving up control of Waldenbooks. AFA president Donald E.
❚ Help for the nation’s largest discount retail Wildmon said that since Kmart refused to pull the porn while
sex addict 19 stores, continues to be plagued they owned Waldenbooks and still own a minority 20% share,
by bad economic and corporate AFA would make no public announcement regarding dropping
Television news. the boycott. “We will leave it to each individual to make that
❚ Reviews 5 In March, under pressure decision. We will no longer aggressively promote the boycott.
from stockholders, the com- But since Kmart never publicly recognized the boycott and has
ALL-MEMBERSHIP PLAN pany ousted chief executive not asked that we publicly end it, we feel this is the best deci-
Use All-Membership Plan to and president Joseph Antonini.
subscribe for members or lead- In June, it announced further
ers of your church. $4 per year plans to shut down 72 stores by the American Family As- Waldenbooks includes 1,057
per subscription (minimum–10), nationwide. sociation and other Christian mall-based stores.
U.S. only. Send check, name of Although you will never groups. In late May, Kmart made
church and legible mailing list to read it in the secular press or AFA launched the boycott an announcement clearly re-
AFA address on page 2. hear it from Kmart executives, several years ago because Kmart, vealing that AFA had scored
Copies of this issue available at one contributing factor in the through its subsidiary Walden- a direct hit with its boycott.
$12.50/50 copies. Enclose check company’s decline has been an books, has become one of the That announcement stated that
with order. ongoing boycott spearheaded leading retailers of pornography. continued on its con-
Kmart will rid itself ofpage 23
A liberal offers advice Why do you do
“Why do you do this?” is the question I
on Christians, politics
Thirty years ago a United Methodist bishop, James Armstrong, wrote
have been asked many times by reporters and
others concerning our work here at American
Family Association. Some ask this questions
a book titled The Urgent Now. In the book Bishop Armstrong had a in the “what right do you have to force your
chapter called “The Christian as Politician.” I re-read that chapter a morals down my throat” vein. Others – some-
few weeks ago along with the book’s Foreward to the book, written by times fellow Christians – ask this question in
Senator George McGovern. a “you don’t really expect to change anything
I agreed with the basic truths presented by Bishop Armstrong when do you” sort of way.
I read the book in the 1960s, and agree with them still. His comments When I began working at AFA in 1986,
about “The Christian as Politician” were ﬁrst presented to a group of I was quick to take offense at questions like
pastors in 1968. this. If I were on the phone I would snap
There are many liberal politicians, media elite and church leaders back fairly quickly.
today who are very critical of conservative Christians who involve them- Now, after nearly 10
selves in politics. Their memories are short. Only about three decades years under this roof,
ago liberals were not only deeply involved in politics, but were publicly I rarely get offended
advocating and encouraging such involvement by Christians. anymore. In 1986 I
Bishop Armstrong went on to become the head of the National would read some-
Council of Churches. Unfortunately, he later resigned after admitting thing negative in the
adultery (a fact little reported by the liberal media). Senator McGovern later ran for President newspaper about Dad or AFA and it would
as a Democrat. bother me greatly for days, sometimes weeks.
Here are some selected comments from Senator McGovern’s Forward: “It is no longer Now, I just yawn and turn the page.
feasible – if indeed it ever was – to separate one’s personal faith from his social responsibil- Why do I do what I do here at AFA? Well,
ity. No true Christian is deserving of peace of soul who does not address himself to the hard life goes by quickly here on earth. The only
issues of war and peace, Vietnam, the arms race, and international community. No Christian real legacy we leave are our children. What
worthy of the name can feed his own soul without concern for those around him who hunger kind of country am I going to leave to my
in body and spirit. No Christian can really commune with his Creator, who denies the dignity children and grandchildren? Do I have a
of his fellow creatures by reason or race. responsibility to them beyond food, cloth-
“More particularly, it is not possible to separate the concerns of religion from the con- continued on page 23
cerns of politics. A religion that is indifferent to the quality of political leadership in society
is a religion of doubtful vitality and meaning. Conversely, a political leadership indifferent
to the moral claims and insights of religion is a sterile and dangerous leadership. There is THE AMERICAN FAMILY
no major moral issue now confronting the church which can be fully challenged without ASSOCIATION JOURNAL
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involving our political process. But neither is there any major issue in the ﬁeld of politics
that can be adequately challenged without those special insights born of religious and moral The AFA Journal is a publication of the American Family
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Sports heroes: Disney/Miramax forms independent company
the good, the bad to distribute porn film
Phil Dawson, a University of Texas foot- The Walt Disney Company and its wholly- pany, Excalibur Films, says Kids will be
ball player, has turned down his selection to owned subsidiary Miramax Films have released unrated if it receives the NC-17
the Playboy All-American college football attempted to sidestep a public relations ﬁre- mark.
team. Accepting the coveted award would storm by forming an independent company to Daily Variety, the news magazine of
have meant Dawson’s appearance in the market and distribute its pornographic movie the entertainment industry, called Kids
October, 1995, edition of Playboy. Kids. (See AFA Journal 5/95 and 6/95.) “the most controversial American ﬁlm
Dawson, 20, a devout Christian said he The new company, Excalibur, will be made in the modern era or maybe ever.”
speaks to kids in Austin and Dallas regularly funded and owned by Miramax principals Branded by some critics as “kiddie porn,”
about moral values. Dawson said, “I don’t Harvey and Bob Weinstein. The pair will pay Kids has been dubbed “voyeuristic and
want some kid saying, ‘Well, he’s just up Miramax $7 million for the movie which is gratuitously violent both in its dialogue
there talking. The other night he was at the set for release in New York on July 21 with and action.”
Playboy mansion.’” additional cities added July 28. Miramax Of its showing at the Cannes Film
In another story about Christian athletes purchased Kids earlier this year for $3.5 Festival, Associated Press said: “The…
Charisma magazine reports that several million. Festival got a taste of explicit teenage sex
members of the NCAA Division I Men’s Col- The movie is almost certain to receive – courtesy of Walt Disney.”
lege Basketball Champion UCLA Bruins are an NC-17 rating (formerly “X”). However Associated Press, 6/29/95
bold Christians including players Cameron a spokesman for the newly formed com-
Dollar, Charles O’Bannon and Tyus Edney;
and assistant coaches Lorenzo Romar and
Mark Gottfried. During the championship AUGUST, 1995
game in April when Dollar came off the bench
to replace Edney, Romar brought the team to
its knees in prayer at center court, in front of
a national television audience.
In contrast, Sports Illustrated featured
San Antonio Spurs basketball star Dennis
Rodman in its May 29 cover story. The con-
troversial Rodman said he goes to gay bars: A supplement for local bulletins & newsletters from the American Family Association
“I visualize being with another man.”
Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS) 5/27/95;
Charisma, 7/95; Sports Illustrated, 5/29/95 Poll ﬁnds pro-homosexual “values
Civil rights group says Fox gap” between media, public
is trashiest network on TV The latest Times-Mirror poll ﬁnds a huge of the national media described themselves as
Fox Broadcasting represents “the worst ideological difference between the media and liberal, and 2% said they were very liberal.
traditions of American broadcasting,” ac- the public on social and cultural issues. On the By contrast, 46% of the American people
cording to NAACP. question of whether homosexuality should described themselves as conservative or very
The civil rights group’s comments were be accepted or discouraged, members of the conservative.
made in a petition to the Federal Communi- national media felt it should be accepted by The poll said that radio talk-show hosts
cations Commission (FCC) urging the FCC a margin of 83% to 4%. But among the pub- “were closer to the media in accepting ho-
not to grant Fox a public interest waiver of lic, only 41% thought it should be accepted, mosexual lifestyles; closer to (but no more
rules barring foreigners from owning U.S. TV and 53% felt it should be discouraged. Poll conservative than) the public in their political
stations. The FCC recently discovered that authors called this a “values gap.” ideology; and in between the two on whether
Fox has exceeded the 25% limit in foreign This gap translates into a failure to under- the personal values of the press interfere with
ownership for nearly a decade. The FCC stand the concerns of ordinary Americans. coverage of religion and family values.” The
voted to give Fox a chance to prove its TV The poll found that 47% of the national poll said that if talk radio has an ideology,
stations have served the public interest and media agreed that their own values make it it is not conservative as we understand the
possibly waive the regulation. more difﬁcult for them to understand and term. Instead, it is cynicism and distrust of
The NAACP said Fox “has brought the cover such things as religion and family public ofﬁcials.
greatest debasement of taste, character, qual- values. Two-thirds of the public agreed that The notion that talk radio is conservative
ity and decency in television.…In short, Fox such a gap inhibits fair and honest coverage undoubtedly stems from the fact that the
represents…the cream-skimming, proﬁt-tak- of their concerns. most popular hosts are conservative. But
ing, bottom-feeding, hormone-stimulating, The poll found that members of both the a previous Times-Mirror poll found that a
child-exploiting, thought-extinguishing and national and local media do not generally slight plurality of the 112 hosts it surveyed
spirit-emptying tradition of deregulated want to call themselves liberals. The over- lean toward the Democratic Party, and that
television.” whelming majority of them, 64%, described more of them voted for Clinton than Bush
Daily Variety, 6/14/95 themselves as moderate. Twenty-two percent or Perot in 1992.
AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995 3
N EW S BRIEFS Lost in wilderness, he survived on squirrels,
New videos aimed at but now faces animal cruelty charges
Christians and their families Jake Landon, a 42-year-old mechanic is the attention of Humans for the Sensitive
• The Faith, Freedom and Citizenship facing multiple counts of aggravated cruelty Treatment of Animals. The animal rights
video series from Guy Rodgers and Associ- to animals as a result of his 21-day ﬁght for advocacy group pressed the State of New
ates examines why Christians should exercise survival when lost in the Adirondack moun- York to bring charges of extreme cruelty to
their responsibilities as citizens. The series, tains in upstate New York. animals with special circumstances against
also available on audio cassette, consists of Last April, Landon’s pickup skidded on a him, specifying the known deaths of at least
13 professionally ﬁlmed sessions, each ap- muddy road and slid into a ravine where he 10 squirrels and an indeterminate number
proximately 30 minutes in length. Rodgers, lay unconscious for possibly two days. He of ﬁsh. Each count of the class-A felony
the former National Field Director of the apparently struck his head on the windshield carries a mandatory sentence of nine years
Christian Coalition, provides instruction and awoke with no recollection of who and without parole.
in such topics as God’s “Created Order of where he was. Dragging a severely injured One argument the state is expected to raise
Governing through Delegated Authority,” right foot he wandered about for the next three is that the number of animals Landon killed
and “The Role for Christian Leaders and weeks, huddling at night in shelters made of was unnecessarily large, owing to the fact
Organizations.” pine boughs, surviving on ﬁsh caught with that by moving about he elevated his caloric
For more information about the Faith, a pointed stick and squirrels he trapped then requirements; had he conserved his energy
Freedom and Citizenship series, call 1-800- killed with the stick. and waited for rescuers to ﬁnd him, he would
636-VOTE. On the 21st day of his ordeal, Landon not have needed more than one small ﬁsh and
• Imagination: Is it Fantasy or Reality? stumbled into a road where he collapsed. a few berries each day.
examines fantasy role playing games such as Two men, now thought to be escapees Landon also faces a third-degree charge
Dungeons and Dragons and many others. The from a prison, indicated the direction of the of failure to wear a seat belt and 21 federal
video from American Portrait Films reveals nearest settlement. Landon ﬁnally reached charges of setting ﬁres at unapproved sites
how witchcraft and demons are interwoven civilization. on state lands.
into the very fabric of these popular games. Landon’s highly publicized story caught Center for the Study of Popular Culture, 5/95
The video is available by credit card by calling
1-800-736-4567. American Portrait Films,
P.O. Box 19266, Cleveland, Ohio 44119.
Cybergambling new online wave
Top ten most liberal TV shows
To sidestep laws that prohibit transmission TV, etc., a publication of Media Research Center, recently named their top 10 shows
of bets across state lines, gambling compa- of the past television season that were the most guilty of pushing a liberal agenda. In
nies are racing to set up computer betting ranking order the shows were:
operations in off-shore Caribbean islands. 1. Serving in Silence – NBC made-for-TV movie based on true story of an Army
Millions of Internet users around the world nurse discharged from the Army after revealing her lesbianism
will have access to the “virtual casinos.” At 2. Sisters – NBC weekly drama; casual sex; regular lesbian character
the Caribbean Casino – an Internet gambling 3. Dennis Miller Live – HBO talk show which often jabs Republicans
den slated to be operative soon – odds are 4. TV Nation – NBC comedy newsmagazine
70 to 30 in favor of the house, according to 5. Roseanne – ABC sitcom; pro-abortion, anti-religious; pro-homosexual
its owner. 6. Cosmic Slop – HBO made-for-cable movie
Analysts say legalized online gambling 7. The X-Files – Fox drama series
could be a $10 billion-a-year industry. 8. Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story – Lifetime made-for-cable
Time, 6/12/95 movie about the founder of Planned Parenthood
9. My So-Called Life – ABC drama series; targets teens
Public school teachers choose private 10. The George Wendt Show – CBS sitcom; Catholic, clergy bashing
education for their own children
Urban public school teachers often send
their own children to private schools, says a media through ownership that determines what policy a newspaper,
new study based on 1990 Census data. The The Joshua Media Fund is a new diversi- television station, cable or magazine will
study says that in about 33% of the nation’s ﬁed, no-load mutual fund that plans on using follow. Ownership hires and ﬁres editors
100 largest cities, public school teachers are its ownership stock to inﬂuence media com- and broadcasters. By voting the stock owned
more than 1.5 times as likely as others to send panies to support traditional family values. by the Joshua Media Fund, we will propose
their children to private schools. For example, The fund will invest in publicly traded changes, even seeking to elect new corporate
44.6% of Boston’s public school teachers media stocks to encourage the management directors, if necessary.”
enrolled their children in private schools, of media companies to support positive For more information concerning the
compared with 28.9% of all families. family values. “Where the editorial policy is Joshua Fund, call 305-491-1773.
USA Today, 6/7/95 negative, the Fund will attempt to change it,”
says a letter from Chairman of the board and
Mutual fund seeks to inﬂuence President Ronald J. Kovack. “It is ownership
4 Sources cited for “Christians and Society Today” indicate source of basic information only. AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995
Viewer polls tell Hollywood Unilever still a
to clean up the smut top advertiser
In two separate recent polls Ameri-
on NYPD Blue
cans told the entertainment industry For June 13, 20 and 27 repeats of NYPD
that they are very concerned about sex, Blue, producers chose episodes representa-
violence and profanity on television, in tive of their intention to push nudity and ﬁlthy
movies and music lyrics. language a little further in family-time TV.
A USA Weekend survey, which The June 13 repeat tells the story of a man
included responses from over 65,000 who repeatedly exposes himself, once to Of-
viewers, focused on television. Another ﬁcer Lesniak when he asks her to come to his
USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll dealt car and give him directions. Later, he again
with broader entertainment industry exposes himself to her and other ofﬁcers.
issues. Thirteen profanities and seven additional
USA Weekend, 6/2-4/95 crude expressions spew out of the foul mouths
of the characters.
On June 20, Det. Bobby Simone and his
lover appear in a nude scene; the camera
Should the federal government catches them from the side, both wearing
become involved in restricting only jeans, as they prepare for sex.
sex and violence presented by The June 27 repeat again featured Simone
and his new sex partner in a bed scene, both
the entertainment industry? displaying rear nudity. In one scene, Sipowicz
observes that Simone is in a good mood, and
assumes, “…you got laid.” It seems series
writers think illicit sex is the only thing that
can cause a person to be pleasant. Fourteen
The entertainment industry should make a serious effort profanities and a dozen other crude epithets
to reduce sex and violence in movies and music and TV. 83% are included in dialogue.
Advertisers (on all three): Unilever,
Reducing the amount of sex and violence in movies and
music and on TV would signiﬁcantly improve the moral 68% Sexual titillation still favorite
climate of the USA. prime-time subject
The networks continue to depend primar-
The entertainment industry is seriously out of touch with ily on illicit sex and titillation to try to grab
the values of the American people. 65% viewers. The following reviews are represen-
tative of what the networks served up.
The entertainment industry generally reﬂects the values ■ In a New Light: Sex Unplugged
of the American people. 29% (ABC, 6/1) This hour-long special carried
a parental warning because of its “frank
sexual discussions.” The teaser featured a
teenage girl declaring, “Abstinence is very
Who is to blame for exposing children under age 12 and children age unrealistic these days. Parents love to preach
13-17 to sex and violence in movies and music and on TV? it, and they’d love for us to follow it, but it’s
not gonna happen.” The program included
Parents some statistics that should startle or frighten
58% us, e.g. by age 21, one out of ﬁve needs treat-
48% ment for sexually transmitted disease. Host
Entertainment Industry Barbara Walters insisted, “Kids don’t have
31% the information they need....”
20% Under 12 AIDS is frequently discussed, and pro-
13-17 miscuity is clearly the most common element
Both equally of those who suffer from AIDS; but, the
20% program’s solution is to “postpone” sexual
18% USA Today, 6/8/95 activity. Abstinence is mentioned four times,
AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995 5
but is treated as an out-dated practice ■ Dream On (Fox, 6/19 & 6/26) as if it were a normal and natural
ACTION which no one still follows. In back-to-back episodes, series hero practice.
Advertisers: Unilever, MCI Martin’s life revolves around casual
INDEX sex. In the ﬁrst, he picks up a woman ■ Sex & Romance: A Test for
■ Seinfeld (NBC, 6/15) George, at a bar, goes home and has sex with the ’90s (Fox, 6/5) The prime-time
AT&T Corp. a series regular, hires a new secretary her knowing only her ﬁrst name. special delivered just what the title
Chrm. Robert E. Allen and on her second day at work, the She turns out to be the wife of a would lead one to expect – people
32 Ave. of the Americas two of them attack each other and prominent “family values” political disrobing, discussing orgasm, etc.
New York, NY 10013 fall to the ﬂoor to have sex in the candidate. In the second episode, One segment focused on eight twen-
Phone 212-387-5400 ofﬁce. This is typical fare for this Martin goes on a friend’s TV talk ty-something singles in Houston,
FAX 908-221-1211 sitcom. show to set the record straight, but Texas, and their sex lives. Another
Toll Free 1-800-222-0300 Advertiser: McDonald’s the two men begin debating which segment featured three couples – in-
Products: AT&T phone ser- one was the more promiscuous. cluding one pair of lesbians, treating
vices, NCR ofﬁce machines ■ John Larroquette Show Profanity is frequent. them as if they are the equivalent of
and computers (NBC, 6/6 & 6/13) In the earlier epi- On June 26, the second of back- the married couples in the segment.
sode, several lines include innuendo to-back episode again focuses on Language was often graphic.
Chrysler Corp. referring to male genitalia. Also, a Martin’s unsatisfactory sex life. He Advertiser: Warner-Lambert
Chrm. Robert J. Eaton young woman shows up to tell series conﬁdes his impotence to his ex-
12000 Chrysler Dr. star John that he’s her father – from wife, a therapist who’s counseling ■ The Wright Verdicts (CBS,
Highland Park, MI 48288 a one night stand of his youth. Martin’s current love interest. 6/4) The bad guys in this episode
Phone 313-956-5741 In the second episode, John and Advertiser (on all three): are the sexist old bishop who used
FAX 313-956-3747 Catherine (lead players, unmarried) McDonald’s privileged confessional informa-
Products: Chrysler, Dodge, make out on the sofa and discuss tion to blackmail his parishioners,
Eagle, Jeep, and Plymouth how ready they are to have their ■ Chicago Hope (CBS, 6/12) and the priest who was quietly
autos, Dodge trucks, Thrifty- ﬁrst sex together. John’s impotence Full frontal female nudity assaulted ousted because of child molestation
Rent-a-Car is a focus of the story line, but a family-time TV on this repeat epi- charges. The good guy is Father
later scene features the pair in bed sode. The hospital drama took nudity Roberts, who openly flouts the
The Clorox Company following sex. a big step further in a scene which church’s teachings by broadcasting
Chrm. G. Craig Sullivan Dexter picks up a woman at his focused – long and close up –on his homosexuality.
P. O. Box 24305 lunch counter, and in a subsequent the breasts of a 17-year-old cancer Advertisers: MCI
Oakland, CA 94623 date learns that “she’s” a male cross victim as she discovers the beauty Warner-Lambert
Phone 510-271-7000 dresser. of plastic surgery. The theme, and
FAX 510-832-1463 Also in this latter episode, Chris, the scene, could have been better ■ Roseanne (ABC, 6/14) Leon,
Toll Free: 1-800-677-2624 a recurring character, appears. Chris played without the lengthy, gratu- the series homosexual, appears in
Products: Clorox bleach, is a satirical caricature of Christ, itous skin shot. this episode which also features a
Fresh Step cat litter, Liquid- dressing in a long robe and feign- Advertiser: General Motors story line in which Jackie (a married
Plumr, Soft Scrub ing religious faith. Ten profanities series star) is dating Pete.
occur. ■ Bringing Up Jack (ABC, Advertisers: MCI
General Motors Corp. Advertiser: McDonald’s 6/10) Preteen Molly takes snapshots General Motors
Pres. John Smith of everything on the family camping
3044 W. Grand Blvd. ■ Hope and Gloria (NBC, trip. She takes pictures of what she ■ John Larroquette Show
Detroit, MI 48202 6/22) Hope (separated) and Gloria and her brother presume to be two (NBC, 6/24) A few hooker jokes,
Phone 313-556-5000 (divorced) discuss sex with ex-hus- bears having sex in the dark woods; a few drunk jokes, numerous ho-
Products: AC-Delco auto bands. Gloria makes Hope promise but it turns out to be Mom and Jack, mosexual jokes and other illicit sex
parts, Buick, Cadillac, Geo, not to have sex with Jeff, the husband the new step-dad. Sex is the focus of jokes ﬁll the dialogue. A cop arm
Saturn autos, Mr. Good- who left Hope just four weeks ear- the entire story line. wrestles a lesbian who refused to go
wrench service lier. Meanwhile, Gloria has sex with Advertisers: Unilever out with him. The lesbian character
Louis, her ex-husband. Profanity is was played by a lesbian activist
McDonald’s Corp. frequent. ■ Best Defense (ABC, 6/19) actress. A second story line follows
Chrm. Michael R. Quinlan Advertisers: Chrysler In this pilot episode, not on the fall the series star’s encounters with his
1 Kroc Dr. schedule, Jane (the prosecutor) and obnoxious ex-wife and her young
Oak Brook, IL 60521 ■ Friends (NBC, 6/15) Double Steve Best (public defender) are sex partner.
Phone 708-575-3000 entendres refer to male genitalia, friendly adversaries. Jane suggests Advertisers: Wendy’s
FAX 708-575-5512 and the three male principals dis- to Steve that they have sex and refers
Products: McDonald’s fast cuss Ross’ hope to have sex with to casual sex they’ve had earlier. ■ Hope and Gloria (NBC,
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On the date, the woman asks Ross three episodes, Isaac, the series’
MCI Communications to talk dirty to her. Later, he practices Homosexuality gets stamp homosexual hair dresser, leaves
Chrm. Bert C. Roberts Jr. talking dirty to Joey so he can have of approval at networks town, allowing Hope to get her
1801 Pennsylvania Ave. sex with the woman. Prime-time continues to chip friend Gloria to ﬁll in for Isaac on
NW Advertiser: MCI away at sexual morality by promot- the TV show Hope produces. When
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6 AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995
Isaac is back, distraught that Emilio
has dumped him.
Violent themes lead family-time movie content ACTION
On June 15, Isaac appears in For family-time movies, the networks still rely on an old standby –graphic
scenes at the beginning and end of violence – in their attempt to attract viewers. INDEX
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ofﬁcer who’d been badly wounded earlier. Racial tension is a part of the theme. One unnecessary story
by gunﬁre. Cops and robbers shoot line – offensive to some viewers – had the agnostic doctor getting the Wendy’s International
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Sources cited for “News of Interest” designed to stop violent programs on televi- term grief to the surviving spouse, does not
items indicate source of basic informa- sion. impose the long-term unhappiness associated
tion only. Spratt said television is “probably the most with divorce.
powerful medium of communication in our
EDUCATION society today” that not only mirrors society, ■ From the National Center for Health
but provokes behavior. Statistics in Washington, D.C.…The birth rate
Parental involvement kills Spratt’s bill would establish an advisory for unmarried women has surged since 1980,
homosexual education curriculum committee to rate the level of violence on TV with the rate for white women nearly dou-
Pressure from thousands of irate parents shows and assign ratings, require each new bling. The highest rates are among women
and concerned citizens in Des Moines, Iowa, TV set to include a mechanism allowing par- ages 20-24 (68.5 births per 1,000) followed
has forced a local school board to kill a pro- ents to block out programs rated violent, and by women ages 18-19 (67.3) and women
posal to “infuse sexual orientation” into the eliminate violent TV programming between 25-29 (56.5).
public school curriculum under the guise of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. The Family in America, New Research, 7/95;
“multiculturalism.” Herald Wire Reports The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS), 6/7/95
The ﬁght against the proposal was led by
Bill Horn, the Mid-West Regional Director FAMILY GOVERNMENT
and national spokesman for The Report, a
group that exposes the homosexual agenda. Conference for African-Americans PBS stations carry series
Horn said he learned about the “Proposal will confront hot topics promoting homosexual lifestyle
for Infusion of Sexual Orientation Issues in A conference scheduled for September About 70 taxpayer supported public tele-
the Multicultural Nonsexist Education Plan” 21-23 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, will ad- vision outlets nationwide air In the Life, a
in early January. Approximately 4000 angry dress controversial issues of special concern series “devoted to broadcasting the diversity
citizens assembled for a quickly-called strat- to African-Americans. and accomplishments of gay and lesbian
egy meeting. Because of the obvious com- Entitled “From Victims to Victors!” the Americans.”
munity objection to the proposal, the school three-day gathering, sponsored by The Life Since its premier in June, 1992, In the Life
board decided to forego a planned vote. Education And Resource Network (LEARN), has grown from six PBS stations to more than
“The community overwhelmingly op- will focus on protecting “people of color from 70. Past episodes have included an examina-
posed the proposal,” Horn said. A story in the genocidal impact of abortion and other tion of legislation for same-sex marriages;
the June 26, 1995, issue of Newsweek left the population control measures promoted by an Amnesty International interview about
impression that the community was some- wealthy international organizations.” the worldwide human rights abuses against
what evenly divided on the issue, he said. For more information, call 1-804-579- homosexuals; the media awards of the Gay
However, local polls indicated that parents 2833. and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation;
and other citizens were in strong disagree- the producers of the lesbian love ﬁlm Go
ment with the proposal. Recent studies on the family Fish; and openly homosexual tennis star
The three-page proposal originated in the ■ From the University of Chicago and the Martina Navratilova.
Des Moines Public Schools Teaching and Rand Corporation…Marriage prolongs life.
Learning Division of the Ofﬁce of Intercul- Data from 5,053 men and 6,059 women show HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA
tural Programs. Nineteen goals – some with that “being currently unmarried signiﬁcantly
many components – were presented in the increases the hazard of dying for both men Homosexual theater group
proposal. Goals included promoting the his- and women compared to those currently gets more NEA funding
torical contributions of homosexuals; avoid- married.” According to a recent letter sent to
ing “heterosexual bias in language;” equating members of Congress from Jane Alexander,
families with homosexual and heterosexual ■ From the University of Connecticut- Chairman of the National Endowment of the
parents; linking the homosexual movement Storrs…Adolescents growing up in single- Arts (NEA), a controversial performing arts
with the civil rights and women’s move- parent households are 1.7 times more likely center that frequently stages performances
ments; declaring objections to homosexuality to drop out of high school than peers in intact aimed at homosexuals, received $15,000
as homophobic; and providing support for families. of taxpayer funds for the 1995-96 season.
homosexual staff members. The theater “highWays,” is located in Santa
At the end of one heated school board ■ From the Allegheny County Coroner’s Monica, California.
meeting, board member Jonathan Wilson Ofﬁce and the Western Psychiatric Institute Those funds helped pay the administra-
- in front of television cameras – stood and of Pittsburgh…Compared to teens living in tive costs for a summer performance festival
declared his homosexuality. His father and intact families, adolescents living in single- called “Ecco Lesbo Ecco Homo.” A brochure
sister – both Methodist ministers – and his parent families or step-families are not only describing the festival carried a photo of
two grown children were present. more likely to commit suicide, but also more two nude male performers embracing, one
Newsweek, 6/26/95 likely to suffer severe emotional distress if with a cross around his neck and the other
one of their peers commits suicide. holding a Bible. According to the caption
ENTERTAINMENT above the photo the performers, Jordan
■ From the University of Oslo…When a Peimer and Drew Pisarra, will perform in a
Congressman wants law marriage fails, the divided partners are fre- monologue titled The Gospel According to
to stop TV violence quently burdened with an unhappiness that Saint Genet.
U.S. Rep. John Spratt, (D-SC) recently persists over time. In contrast, a marriage Chairman Alexander defended this pro-
announced the introduction of legislation that ends naturally, while it brings short- gram by stating, “The organization’s pro-
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NEWS OF INTEREST
to steer clear of involvement with a Supreme
Time Warner re-ups commitment with gangsta Court case dealing with Colorado’s Amend-
ment 2 initiative, which bars the state and
Despite public denunciations by government and community leaders, a major con- localities from passing laws that would give
servative advocacy group, family values groups – even some of their own stockholders homosexuals special rights.
and board members – Time Warner has reafﬁrmed its commitment to vile gangsta rap The meeting included brieﬁngs by HUD
music products with two recent deals. Secretary Henry Cisneros, White House
In early June executives at Warner Music Group, the media conglomerate’s music counsel Abner Mikva and Health and Hu-
division, approved the closing of a seven-year deal between Interscope Records and man Services Secretary Donna Shalala. Vice
the controversial rap label Death Row Records. Time Warner recently invested $80 President Al Gore attended the reception.
million in Interscope to gain a 50% share of the company.
Interscope is home to some of the best known gansta rappers including Tupac Shakur, ■ From a U.S. Department of Commerce
Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tha Dogg Pound and rockers Nine Inch Nails. (Their communications e-mailed to various govern-
songs evoke paranoia, murder and suicide, according to Time magazine, 6/12/95.) ment ofﬁces:
In addition Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Time Warner’s music publishing arm has “Commerce GLOBE (Gay, Lesbian, or
extended its relationship with Suge Publishing, a ﬁrm that oversees copyrights for rap Bisexual Employees Group) is pleased to
music artists. Warner/Chappell has paid $3 million to Suge recently as an advance against announce events being held throughout the
future copyright royalties and to cover royalties now in the pipeline. Suge Publishing is month of June to heighten Gay, Lesbian and
owned by Marion “Suge” Knight, one of the two founders of Death Row Records. Bisexual Awareness. All interested Depart-
Chrm. Gerald M. Levin, Time Warner, Inc., 75 Rockefeller Plaza, 14th Fl., New ment employees are invited to attend, regard-
York, NY, 10019, 212-484-8000, FAX 212-275-3970. less of sexual orientation.
Wall Street Journal, 6/30/95; Dispatches, 6/19/95; Daily Variety, 6/8/95; Entertainment Weekly, 6/9/95; Time, 6/12/95 “Highlights include the Academy Award
nominated ﬁlm “Straight from the Heart,” di-
rected by Dr. Dee Mosbacher, daughter of for-
mer Secretary Mosbacher; and guest speakers
An abbreviated look at Time Warner from the organization Parents- Family and
(controls the largest share – 21% – of the $10 billion U.S. music industry) Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG).
Events will be held at Main Commerce, NIST,
NOAA, and the Bureau of the Census.
“The Commemorative Program will be
held at the Herbert C. Hoover Building….
The keynote speakers for this event will
be Bruce Lehman, Assistant Secretary of
Commerce and Commissioner of Patents
and Trademarks, and Mandy Carter, Direc-
tor of the National Black Gay and Lesbian
■ A memorandum dated May 30, 1995,
from American Express Travel Related Ser-
vices to their employees:
It is my pleasure to inform you about the
formation of the newest employee network
– GLOBE – the Gay and Lesbian Organi-
zation to Build Equality.… I have become
the executive sponsor of GLOBE because I
strongly believe in GLOBE’s vision to ad-
vance changes that will help people respect
The group’s mission states: “To serve as
grams reﬂect the diversity of its home com- comedienne Marga Gomez in which she an advocate and resource for lesbian, gay and
munity, and its work is consistent with the will “hold forth her favorite subjects: pain, bisexual employees at American Express,
Endowment’s Congressionally-mandated regret, self pity, doom and sex with Newt and advance recognition, understanding and
mission….” Gingrich’s mom.” quality in Company policies and practices.”
Other productions scheduled for the
“Ecco Lesbo Ecco Homo” summer festival More promotion of homosexuality Spielberg opposes Boy Scouts’
include “Dyke Night,” billed as “our series in business and government homosexual policy
of hot nights with hot dykes;” “Boys ‘R’ ■ Clinton administration ofﬁcials met in Movie mogul Steven Spielberg appar-
Us,” described as “our continuing series June with 45 homosexual elected ofﬁcials ently believes the Boy Scouts of America
of hot summer nights with hot fags;” and a to try to soothe strained relations. The meet- should not exclude homosexuals from being
night of readings from Los Angeles “perv ing came just days after the administration scoutmasters.
pornographers;” a performance by lesbian infuriated homosexual activists by choosing In a May 11, 1995, fax from Amblin
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Entertainment to San Francisco Frontiers,
“I have spoken out publicly and privately Navy pilot ofﬁcer may lose job
against intolerance and discrimination based
on ethnic, religious, racial and sexual ori- over his view of women in combat
entation. Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Carkhuff has been recommended for dismissal from the Navy
“While I support the principles of Scout- for privately expressing to his commander his objection to the Navy’s policy of placing
ing, that does not imply that I support every women in combat roles.
current policy. Although I have no direct, On May 18, the Navy counsel voted unanimously to recommend to Chief of Naval
active role in Boy Scouts, I encourage efforts Operations Jeremy Boorda and Secretary of the Navy John Dalton that Carkhuff be
to end intolerance and discrimination once dismissed.
and for all.” Carkhuff was charged with no misconduct or violation of military code. His dis-
When asked whether Spielberg was refer- missal has been recommended because his commander believes his “stated beliefs are
ring speciﬁcally to changing the BSA’s policy not compatible with further military service.” Carkhuff expects Boorda and Dalton to
to not allow homosexuals to be scoutmasters, recommend his separation within three to nine months.
Amblin Entertainment spokesman Marvin The following excerpts are from a radio interview with Carkhuff conducted by Lt.
Levy said, “That certainly would be the Col. Robert Maginnis of the Family Research Council and Elaine Donnelly of the
intent.” Center for Military Readiness.
Spielberg, one of America’s most famous Carkhuff: I love the Navy, and my desire is to continue to serve as long as I
Eagle Scouts, has served for several years on possibly can. My intent was never to disregard my duty or refuse a com-
the Scout’s National Advisory Council and mand…. We are not required to agree with every policy; we are required to
has been mentioned in BSA promotional execute those policies.
literature. Carkhuff: I ﬁrmly believe that it’s wrong to subject women to the violence of
combat. Man is to be the protector of the family; there is no greater violence
PRO-LIFE ISSUES in society than in combat.
Maginnis: It’s interesting that this administration wants to spend two billion
Law would make partial-birth dollars in the crime bill to ﬁght violence against women, and they’re pushing
abortions illegal more women into the violence of combat every day.
A bill has been introduced in Congress Carkhuff: One of my primary motivations is my three young daughters. I don’t
that would outlaw partial-birth abortions, want to face my daughters in 10, 15, or 20 years with a draft notice in hand,
including what is often called the “D&X” and tell them that I didn’t have the courage of my convictions to speak up
procedure. when I could have.
The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (HR Donnelly: Other people in the service have said that they are homosexual, and in
1833) was crafted by Congressman Charles several of these cases, it was decided that they should be retained in the armed
Canady (R-FL) and introduced on June 14. forces. Why is the Navy allowing open homosexuals to stay in, despite the
Senator Bob Smith (R-NH) introduced the [“don’t ask, don’t tell] law…and dismissing someone with Christian values
bill (S. 939) in the Senate two days later. [who has violated no policy]?
The bill would make it a felony to perform Carkhuff: The counsel [took] issue with the fact that I am a member of Promise
a partial-birth abortion which in the bill is Keepers. I repeatedly made the point that some of the promises of a Promise
deﬁned as “an abortion in which the person Keeper – maintaining sexual, ethical, moral and spiritual purity; building strong
performing the abortion partially vaginally families; breaking down racial and denominational barriers – are characteristics
delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus that, for years, were admired in naval ofﬁcers, and now they’re coming under
and completing the delivery.” question by the government.
The bill would allow a doctor to justify Write or call: Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda, Chief of Naval Operations, The Penta-
the procedure if he could prove that it was gon, Washington, DC 20301-8999, 703-695-5664; and The Honorable John Dalton,
necessary to save the mother’s life, and that Secretary of the Navy, 1000 Navy, The Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1000, 703-
“no other form of abortion would sufﬁce for 695-3131.
that purpose.” Family Issues Alert, 6/14/95
In the partial-birth abortion procedure the
abortionist uses ultrasound and forceps to de-
liver the living baby feet ﬁrst – everything but of the dead baby. Washington, DC 20515
the head, which is deliberately kept lodged HR 1833 and S. 939 would outlaw such or call: 202-225-3121
just within the uterus. Then, holding the live abortions. Urge your elected ofﬁcials to sup- National Right to Life News, 6/15/95
baby down against the vaginal wall with one port this bill. Write:
hand, the abortionist uses his other hand to The Honorable (your Senator’s name) AMA okays organ harvesting
force a blunt surgical scissors through the U.S. Senate from live anencephalic babies
base of the skull. Washington, DC 20510 The Journal of the American Medical As-
The abortionist then spreads the scissors to or call: 202-224-3121 sociation (JAMA) has published a proposal
enlarge the opening, inserts a suction catheter that calls for changing state laws to allow
into the womb, and uses a suction machine The Honorable (your Representative’s newborns with most of their brains missing
to suck the brain out of the skull. This causes name) to be allowed to be used as organ donors
the skull to collapse and permits easy removal U.S. House of Representatives before they are dead. Appeals from the
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American Association of Pro-Life Pediatri- concerning abortion issues this session,
cians (AAPLP) asking the AMA’s Council Congress heard in June the Christian Medi-
of Ethical and Judicial Affairs to reconsider cal and Dental Society (CMDS) denounce an
its decision to allow organ harvesting from accrediting agency’s new abortions training
live babies failed. policy as medically unnecessary and morally
The prospect of killing one patient to save coercive. CMDS spoke out against a mandate The following items include additional
another has divided the ranks of the AMA. earlier this year by the Accreditation Council information on past news articles, correc-
“You can’t kill babies to take their organs, no for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) tions/clarifications, letters from readers,
matter how many lives could be saved,” said that virtually forces residents and programs responses from advertisers and other items of
George Annas, a Boston University professor to make abortion part of their normal train- interest that relate to AFA Journal stories.
of health law. ing. The ACGME controls accreditation
Dr. John Glason, chairman of the Council for all obstetrical/gynecological residency ■ The Heritage Free Will Baptist Day
of Ethical and Judicial Affairs, favors the programs. Care in Shreveport, Louisiana, will not get
procedure since anencephalic newborns are CMDS Executive Director Dr. David Ste- funding from an AT&T fund because the day
doomed. They “don’t have a consciousness,” vens said, “It is ironic that those who label care’s programs “are based on a religious
he said. themselves ‘pro-choice’ would resort to such mission….”
About 1000 to 2000 U.S. infants are born coercive tactics to push their philosophical The day care facility, located near an
each year with anencephaly in which most of agenda. Though couched in terms of concern AT&T plant, serves many AT&T families.
the brain, skull and scalp are missing. for patients, the ACGME mandate is simply A group of AT&T employees approached
National & International Religion Report, 6/12/95; a maneuver to swell the ranks of abortion- Pastor Ron Parker to suggest that the day care
Family Issues Alert, 5/31/95 ists by elevating abortion into mainstream facility request a grant from AT&T’s Fam-
medicine.” ily Care Development Fund. After months
Christian doctors object Studies indicate that just over 6% of the of paperwork, AT&T requested a copy of
to mandated abortion policy nation’s approximately 37,000 obstetricians the day care’s curriculum. The facility uses
In one of its ﬁrst major confrontations are currently willing to perform abortions. ABeka, a well-known, Christian curriculum.
Soon thereafter, Pastor Parker received a
letter from AT&T stating: “The committees
Students, courts clash over Naylor said. “I tried to keep playing and so feel that the child care programs that teach
graduation prayers, songs she grabbed my wrists…it hurt. She shoved religion serve a subset of the community, and
Recent graduation ceremonies in at me off the piano.” since the Heritage Free Will Baptist Church
least two high schools were marked by • In defiance of a court agreement, Day Care does offer religious instruction,
controversy surrounding prayers, songs graduates, their families and friends at the committees found that the project does
and First Amendment rights. Peters Township High School in Pittsburgh not meet our need to support projects which
• Following graduation at Salt Lake raised voices in prayer during graduation provide the broadest possible benefit to
City’s West High School, ofﬁcials were ceremonies. After four top members of AT&T employees.” This anti-religious bias
studying video tapes to determine which the Class of 1995 led the assembly in by AT&T parallels other corporate activities
of the students sang the forbidden lyric prayer thanking God “in Jesus name,” an and policies such as their promotion of the
“Friends are friends forever, if the Lord is estimated 3,000 in the audience rose in a homosexual agenda as reported in previous
Lord of them.” The popular contemporary standing ovation as the anonymous woman issues of the AFA Journal.
Christian song was banned by the 10th U.S. who had brought a last-minute suit to halt ■ Concerning their advertising on The
Circuit Court of Appeals after a student the activity looked on. Howard Stern Show, Volkswagen United
and her parents demanded the school’s a Officially, the midmorning ceremo- States, Inc. said: “From a sales and market-
capella choir not sing the song and another nies were to be without prayers of any ing point of view, The Howard Stern Show
song which contained the lyric “The Lord kind. Minutes before the ceremony, an was included on our advertising schedule be-
bless you and keep you.” announcement stating that restriction was cause the show’s viewing audience matches
At the graduation ceremonies the choir met with jeers and boos. our buyer demographics. The show has at-
complied with the court by substituting Moments into the ceremony the class tracted a large and loyal group of viewers.
“Consecrate the Place and Day.” However, valedictorian, salutatorian, student coun- While there have been differing views on the
undeterred by the court’s ruling, graduat- cil president and class president read the show’s content, industry reviews have been
ing senior William Badger got up on stage 125-word prayer that originally was to quite positive.” Stern is the nation’s leading
and invited the choir and audience to sing have been given as an invocation by a “shock jock.”
“Friends.” Principal Bill Boston tried to classmate. ■ Celestial Seasonings, Inc. of Boul-
silence the crowd. Badger was physically After the ceremony a group of graduates der, Colorado, has written an AFA supporter
removed from the stage by a staff member gathered at one end of the football ﬁeld for that the company will no longer advertise its
and not allowed to receive his diploma another prayer. products on ABC’s soft core porn television
during the ceremony. In his closing remarks the school super- series NYPD Blue. “We are working very
A school counselor attempted to stop intendent remarked to the class about the closely with our partner, Warner-Lambert, to
Jenny Naylor from playing the song on the balmy weather: “This is a beautiful day. I ensure that our products are not advertised
piano and accompanied her off the stage prayed last night for a beautiful day. But on this program in the future,” said a letter
and into a back room. “She came over I’m not supposed to say that.” signed by three company executives. This
and tried to yank my wrists off the piano,” Washington Times, 6/14/95; Deseret News (Salt Lake decision applies to Celestial Seasonings
only, and not to other products owned by
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historical reality….The ecological themes Virginia] (gave) joy to the beholders to
dropped in because the Native Americans are hear and see her make so religious and
so ecologically based in their beliefs.” godly an end.
Perhaps ecology instead was a politically The facts are that Pocahontas became a
correct way to drop in religious teachings baptized, informed, godly Christian – “the
counter to Christianity. Lies go down better ﬁrst Christian ever of that nation,” Smith
when sugar-coated with truth. Christians and noted.
the public at large are for ecology, tolerance, By contrast, in Disney’s deluxe new book
naps histo- native rights, and peace.
Historians ﬁnd that the real captain and
the Indian chief’s pre-pubescent daughter
The Art of Pocahontas, Stephen Rebello’s text
states that the ﬁlm is a “contrast between the
spirit world [animism] of Pocahontas and
were never romantically involved. Unlike a Smith’s worldliness....”
ﬁlm goddess in her 20s, the l2-year-old was In the ﬁlm and coordinated children’s
described by William Strachey, secretary of books, Grandmother Willow tells Poca-
the Jamestown colony, as doing cartwheels hontas, “All around you are spirits, child.
“all the fort over.” They live in the earth, the water, the sky.
Several years after Smith left Virginia, ...If you listen, they will guide you. ...You
Pocahontas was baptized and had a Christian must listen with your heart. Then you will
marriage to colonist John Rolfe. The marriage understand.”
nature brought peace between settlers and natives.
When she and her husband visited Lon-
don, Captain Smith wrote on her behalf the
Later Pocahontas, as an eco-religionist,
preaches to John Smith:
You think your people know every-
only existing eye-witness account of the story thing. But my people know this land as
to introduce her to Queen Anne: yours never will. The creatures of the
...Taken prisoner by the power of forest, each rock and every bird, the ﬁsh
Powhatan their chief King, I received in the waters – they are brothers and
from this great savage exceeding great sisters. We are all one – with the sun,
By JOHN ROBERTS courtesy, especially from his son Nan- the moon, and the stars.…Even this
Special to the AFA Journal
Pocahontas, Walt Disney Pictures’ ﬁrst
animated feature ﬁlm about real persons,
kidnaps history – turning it into a politically
“correct” fantasy preaching nontraditional
religious beliefs to children worldwide.
In Disney’s new feature, history’s Captain
John Smith becomes a believer in a godless taquaus...and his sister Pocahontas, little leaf has a spirit and a name.
nature religion. The ﬁlm ends with the nature the King’s most dear and well-loved We are all a part of the earth. We
spirit of Pocahontas’s mother returning to daughter. are joined to each other….My people
Europe with Smith. (She was) but a child of twelve or say life on earth is like a giant hoop. It
In actuality, Pocahontas instead became thirteen years of age, whose compas- has no beginning. And it has no end. I
a Christian. A massive mural in the rotunda sionate pitiful heart (about) my des- think your people do not understand the
of the U.S. Capitol honors her baptism. The perate estate gave me much cause to earth. They think it is a dead thing.
spirit of Christ had come to Native Ameri- respect her. I (was) the ﬁrst Christian In Pocahontas, the children’s book adapt-
cans. this proud King and his grim attendants ed from the ﬁlm by Gina Ingoglia, she writes,
The religion this ﬁlm sanctions is animism ever saw.... “As Pocahontas spoke, John felt a change
– a tribal religion with a belief that every After some six weeks fasting among come over him. He had never seen someone
object and phenomenon in the physical these savage courtiers, at the minute so at home in her world. What she was say-
universe has a conscious life and spirit. A of my execution, she hazarded the ing made sense. He looked at her with a new
tribe’s medicine man, a shaman, is the guide beating out of her own brains to save understanding.”
to the spirit world, including spirits of dead mine. ...(She) so prevailed with her Disney’s Pocahontas, another book ver-
relatives. father, that I was safely conveyed to sion for younger children, further explains,
In the ﬁlm a kindly tree spirit, Grandmoth- Jamestown.... “Her words and the importance of what she
er Willow, implores like a New Age guru and A Captain Nathaniel Powell visited Poca- showed him so touched his heart that Smith
channeler, “Have faith, child! Let the spirit of hontas in London with some acquaintances was changed. He could see the colors of the
the earth guide you.” The “enchanted friend” and recorded their impression: wind that Pocahontas saw, and feel what
helps her to contact her dead mother’s spirit, They did think God had a great hand Pocahontas felt.”
a wind in the leaves. in her conversion, and they had seen She “showed” him – meaning that Smith
Mike Gabriel, the ﬁlm’s co-director, said, many English Ladies worse favoured, came to see and understand the demonstration
“We decided right off that we weren’t going proportioned, and behavioured. ...Her of these things as “fact.” An unbiased account
to make a historical document, but a love unexpected death [on a ship leaving for would have been to write that “she told him
story, an entertainment that was mindful of
12 AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995
of her beliefs.” Animism, a false religion, While Pocahontas chastises others for callous avarice, the
is not demonstrable as fact. But creative
animation can tempt viewers to believe that Disney animated ﬁlm is like feature-length infomercials selling
lies are true. an avalanche of merchandise. These products further preach
Visually during the ﬁlm the spirit of an
eagle is shown to enter Smith’s heart, and godless animism without regard for true spiritual ecology.
this Fabio-like hunk soars with Harlequin Ro-
mance-like long-haired Pocahontas through
and unites with nature in an animistic fantasy. ciples. Search for another religion is un- suspect all males of European descent.
This romantically religious sequence is pre- necessary. Governor Ratcliffe, shown in the ﬁlm
sented with all the considerable enticing craft Animism denies God, His acts of creation, as a buffoon of a villain, blames Virginia’s
Disney creators can muster. Convert Smith and that He created mankind in His image. lack of gold on Indians hiding it. He asserts,
later communes with Grandmother Willow, This religion equates rocks and trees with “We are going to eliminate the Indians once
the “tree spirit,” who likes his soul. humans in spirit. The need for Christ and and for all….There’s no room for them in a
The idea of life being like a giant hoop His salvation are also missing. civilized society.”
is reminiscent of Disney’s last animated Without historical proof, Disney presents How can the Walt Disney Company feel
feature, The Lion King, and its song “The John Smith as a racist and a weak Christian. conﬁdent in faulting these English colonists
Circle of Life.” Those lyrics proclaim, History testiﬁes that he was not converted to as fortune-hungry golddiggers who exploit
“From the day we arrive on this planet…the animism, and theology shows that the beliefs the land and others?
sun…keeps great and small on the endless of the two faiths are incompatible. The film perhaps makes slight fun at
round...Through faith and love/Till we ﬁnd What animism is compatible with is New itself with bushes sculpted into animals as
our place/…In the circle…of life... Some of Age religion. “New Age” is also a category at Kingdom parks. This could be quite a
us fall by the wayside/And some of us soar in bookstores which has replaced in recent veiled allusion to the company’s efforts to
to the stars [as did Simba’s father]…It’s the years the name “Occult” for the same shelves. buy Virginia land to build a sizable historical
wheel of fortune/…in the circle of life.” Disney’s Pocahontas books should be located theme park, which was blocked by today’s
If existence were a circle without begin- there. concerned Virginia natives.
ning or end, there would be no point of origin The text of The Art of Pocahontas has While Pocahontas chastises others for
and, thus, no creation or Creator. Christianity a bold explanation of Disney’s intentions: callous avarice, the Disney animated ﬁlm is
is an ecological religion, with its deity be- “Nothing less than a humanist credo, ‘Colors like feature-length infomercials selling an
ing the Creator of the heavens and the earth. of the Wind’ passionately underscores the avalanche of merchandise. These products
God created divine order through his perfect theme of the interdependence of every living further preach godless animism without
ecosystem. Imperfection came when humans thing.…For John Smith, it marks a turning regard for true spiritual ecology.
separated themselves from God by willful point in his racist world view.…” The concept Hopefully, Disney will not kidnap and
disobedience. artists’ imagined a vast Virginia wilderness exploit any more American history. But more
The Bible says, “God created human be- which had “more than a touch of religious importantly, may the Magic Kingdom cease
ings in His image....God blessed them and fervor, of spirituality.…” proselytizing our children and our culture
said, ‘Have many children.... Fill the earth Thomas Schumacher, Disney’s Senior at large through mass marketing of their
and be its master. Rule over the ﬁsh in the sea Vice President of Development, Feature own New Age religion and other spiritual
and over the birds in the air and over every Animation, has commented that Joe Grant’s pollution.
living thing that moves on the earth.’” (Gen. concept art early in the ﬁlm’s development Unfortunately, Disney intends to market
1:27a, 28 NCV) “was all about enchantment, magic.…His Pocahontas unhappily ever after.
God put humankind in charge of nature, work spoke to an aspect of the movie that Generations of children will be repeatedly
and a master has great responsibility. “Je- no one but he had understood, the spiritual inﬂuenced by the occult religious message
sus...said, ‘Whoever wants to be the most side.” through reading and rereading its books,
important must be the last of all and the ser- For Christians, enchantment and magic, rewatching the video, role modeling through
vant of all.’” (Mark 9:35b NCV) Therefore, even white magic, speak of a spirit side which Barbie and Ken-type dolls and action heroes
humankind must be the servant manager of is demonic. with weapons of warfare, and singing the
creation. We must practice good stewardship This politically correct pro-American songs until memorized. The impressions will
of what God has left to our supervision–just Native ﬁlm gives no fair counter-balance of last the children for a lifetime.
as in the parable of talents being left under presenting the Christian belief system of John The promotional trailer for the ﬁlm calls
the care of servants. Smith, only worldliness. it a “celebration of the American spirit.” The
We are to serve under Jesus, the Master Yet Smith is at least likable. The other Eng- spirit celebrated is one of animism before
of cosmic ecology. lishmen who came with him in 1607 to found Christianity came. This does not represent
“No one can see God, but Jesus Christ is the ﬁrst British colony in the New World are today’s America. It seems Disney hopes this
exactly like Him. ...Through (Christ’s) power presented as racists, dupes, and fortune-seek- spirit will become a national historical fact.
all things were made [created]–things in ers who were destroying the ecology and The public must hold Disney and its execu-
heaven and earth, things seen and unseen.... looking to kill all Indians on sight. tives accountable for exploiting our children
All things were made through Christ and for Perhaps Disney thinks it is appropriate for and culture.
Christ. He was there before anything was Americans to recall the colonial period with
made, and all things continue [hold together] current hatred for the British and in turn for
because of Him.” (Col. 1:15a, 16-17 NCV) white American history. Perhaps the com-
Ecology and tolerance are biblical prin- pany believes it is politically correct to hold
AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995 13
Look to higher moral standards for the U.S.
By JEREMY MARTIN America has become number one in teenage tem to attempt to return God and His Word to
10th grade student at Mooreville (MS) High School pregnancy, violent crime, illiteracy, drug use America’s schools and government. We must
and divorce. Our government is more corrupt stop needless abortions from happening and
now than it has ever been before because deter pornography from darkening the minds
Will America ever become a morally-cor- the generation that leads our country is the of Americans. We must keep the homosexual
rect nation again, or will the drug dealers, ﬁrst generation to reach adulthood without population from teaching American children
gangsters and corrupt leaders continue to having God in school. The ﬁrst President that being gay is natural and biblically correct.
degrade American life? The answer to this of the United States, George Washington, My generation must remember the Ameri-
question depends upon my generation’s said, “You can’t have national morality apart can veterans, leaders and citizens that have
attempts to correct our past generations’ from religious principle.” Without a doubt, given their lives so that we can be free. Most
mistakes. Abraham Lincoln said, “The America has taken a turn toward immorality importantly, Americans must join together
philosophy of the classroom in one genera- during the past few decades. My generation and pray to God for a revival of healing in
tion, will be the philosophy of government must reverse America’s trend from the wicked America. II Chronicles 7:14 reads, “If my
in the next!” President Lincoln spoke to the conduct by which it has become surrounded people, which are called by my name, shall
Americans that lived over 130 years ago, but to the original Foundation of the greatest humble themselves, and pray, and seek my
this statement predicted what has happened nation in the world, the Word of God! face, and turn from their wicked ways; then
in America over the last 32 years. My generation must try to correct Ameri- will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their
In 1962 the Supreme Court of the United ca’s problems before our country gets further sin, and will heal their land.”
States of America took prayer and biblical out of control. My generation will have to vote If my generation does not attempt to
teachings out of public schools. Since 1962 in every election. We must challenge the sys- change America, the problems will continue
to get worse. Every city in America will be
devastated by violent crime, illegal drugs,
teenage pregnancy, pornography, abortions,
If these words
ring true to you, The Aletheia Covenant gay rights activists and the fall of Christian-
ity. Thirty years ago, Mississippians thought
God may be call- I AM COMMITTED TO LEARNING AND LIVING THE TRUTH ABOUT FAITH. that big city concerns would never bother the
ing you to help I am trusting fully in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Bible for Magnolia State. However, these problems
form an Aletheia my salvation. I pledge to keep God as the ﬁrst love in my life through the power of are now destroying the lives of Mississip-
Club at your the Holy Spirit and the fellowship of His Church. I accept God’s call to join Him in pians. Mississippi is number one in teenage
loving service to our fellow humans. pregnancy. Crime, drug use and illiteracy are
school. I AM COMMITTED TO LEARNING AND LIVING THE TRUTH ABOUT FAMILY. gigantic issues as well. Americans, we must
As a practicing Christian it is my intent to fulﬁll the Biblical design for family begin to convert the United States before it
Pray about it. relationships. From this day forward, I am devoted to honoring my father and is too late!
mother in the Lord, practicing personal holiness and sexual abstinence until Optimism is the key to prosperity in
Then write or marriage. I will show respect for every human being as a unique creature of God, America for the future. I love to think about
with special commitment to defend the most defenseless – the unborn. My goal is what America would be like if the American
to adhere to the ten commandments and provide a witness to my faith by living the people worked to restore the most powerful
1-601-844-5036 teachings of Jesus Christ. country in the world to its past distinction. I
Ask for Buddy Smith. I AM COMMITTED TO LEARNING AND LIVING THE TRUTH ABOUT FREEDOM. can see Old Glory shining as she ﬂies high
To those living and dead who have sacriﬁced and paid such an enormous price above the Capitol in Washington, D.C., where
for the freedoms I enjoy, I say, “Thank you.” It is important that I know the facts our Christian representatives make the laws.
regarding God’s inﬂuence and the inﬂuence of Christians which resulted in the I can see American children standing in their
creation of the United States of America. I deserve to know what our founders classrooms reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
taught, how they lived and the Christian principles upon which America was and saying a prayer before classes begin each
founded. My commitment to America is to fearlessly defend her freedoms and pray morning. I can see high school and college
and work to leave this world a better place than it was when I came into it. students praying for the safety of their country
and classmates before school activities and
sporting events. I see Satan’s followers get-
Please send me information on forming an Aletheia Bible club in my school. ting saved and becoming disciples of the one
Name _____________________________________________________________________________________ and only God.
All Americans have to stand and ﬁght for
what is right; then these things will happen. I
am glad to be an American, and I look forward
Address ______________________________________ City/State/Zip _________________________________ to accepting the challenge of making America
“One Nation, Under God” again!
____ Write Jeremy Martin at Rt. 4, Box 309AA,
Tupelo, MS 38801.
14 AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995
Private schools ﬂourishing
1950s, teachers listed such things as cutting
in line, chewing gum and talking out of turn
as primary disciplinary concerns. Today, they
list student/teacher and student/student vio-
as public schools struggle lence, theft and carrying concealed weapons.
Today, talking out of turn is ho hum.
➤ An intelligent student with a solid
■ Pro-public education columnist blasts current system, advocates aboli- grounding in good family values is likely
to achieve as well in public as in private
tion of Department of Education and implementation of vouchers. school.
By JOHN ROSEMOND (in 1993 dollars) while student achievement In short, you take your chances with public
has declined. As exempliﬁed by Minnesota, schools these days. In general, the smaller
Q. Our daughter begins kindergarten in which is 25th in per-capita spending, yet the system and the smaller the community
the fall, and we are in a quandary concern- close to the top in student achievement, there it serves, the better. In my estimation, we
ing whether to send her to public or private is little, if any, correlation between the two. could go a long way toward rehabilitating
school. Do you have any thoughts on the Conclusion: Public schools don’t need more public education by (a) abolishing the fed-
subject? money, they need to ﬁnd their direction and eral Department of Education and returning
A. I do indeed have some thoughts on become more efﬁcient. control of education to states and localities
the subject, but ﬁrst I must confess that I am ➤ American public school students score and (b) implementing school choice (vouch-
biased toward public education. From their well behind those from other industrialized ers), thus bringing to bear market forces and
inception in the late 19th century, strong countries in science and math, yet think accountability.
public schools were a cornerstone of our their knowledge in these areas is more than
evolving democracy. They enabled the suc- adequate. Conclusion: Public schools seem John Rosemond is a family psychologist in
cessful assimilation of several generations to be doing a better job of making children private practice in North Carolina. Questions
of immigrants, providing a portal to the “feel good about themselves” than of impart- of general interest may be sent to P. O. Box
American Dream for one and all. ing real, marketable skills. 32188, Charlotte, NC 28232.
I state the above in the past tense because ➤ Discipline problems in public schools
I am of the opinion that the health of public are becoming increasingly serious. In the
education in America has been deteriorating
for some 30 years. The viruses attacking the
system include tenure policies that make it ■ A new resource for parents who want to know:
almost impossible to get rid of mediocre
teachers; bureaucracies that are administra-
tively top-heavy; school boards constituted
“What can I do about MTV?”
of wannabe politicians who want to be re-
elected (and are therefore reluctant to rock American Family Association, in conjunction with American Portrait
the boat); an increasing emphasis on social- Films, is pleased to announce the availability of a new video, MTV Exam-
engineering experiments at the expense of
ined. The 30-minute video, produced by Reel to Real Ministries, arms par-
academics, the introduction – and subsequent
failure – of one educational “reform’’ after ents, teachers, pastors and concerned citizens with the facts about what
another, thus transforming public schools into our children, teens and young adults are watching on MTV.
laboratories and children into guinea pigs; the MTV Examined takes a comprehensive – and some-
institutionalized pampering of undisciplined times shocking – look at the destructive effects of MTV
students; and a pseudo-educational rhetoric
created from the whole cloth of “self-esteem,” and how the programming often crosses the line from
the last of which has resulted in what I term entertainment to promotion of illicit sex, violence,
“educational welfare,” a peculiar form of en- drug abuse, immorality, profanity and liberal politics.
titlement which has watered down standards “I strongly encourage everyone to order a copy,
and transformed grades into a joke.
Private schools, by contrast, are ﬂourish- watch it and show it to their church and other groups
ing. The headmaster of a new Episcopal day – and then take action!” Don Wildmon, AFA president
school recently told me, “Like most of my and founder.
colleagues today, I can’t build classrooms fast
enough.” But then, private schools don’t give
tenure, put most of their money back into the The cost of MTV Examined is $10. Make check out
classroom rather than administrative bloat, to AFA; send order to:
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maintain high academic standards, and insist 38803
upon proper classroom and social behavior.
Now, the facts:
➤ Since 1965, per-capita expenditures by
public schools have risen more than 200%
AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995 15
CBS censors real story about NEA grantee
■ Reprinted from The Washington Times, June 12, 1995
ity the poor Piney Woods Opry. kind of thing, I think that’s why, because it’s private funding from the Abita Lumber
Started four years ago to showcase about us. It’s about every one of us.” Company, support that isn’t about to be taken
traditional southern bluegrass, folk But the real story in Piney Woods wasn’t away. “We contributed money to upgrade the
and gospel music in the small Loui- about every one, not even every one of the production levels,” Jonathan Bachrack told
siana town of Abita Springs, the Opry Opry’s supporters – it was largely about Ms. The Washington Times editorial page. The
may face an untimely demise if the crucial Howell, an activist-lawyer with good press general manager of the family-run business,
support of the National Endowment for the connections. She has appeared recently on Mr. Bachrack detailed the thousands of dol-
Humanities is taken away from it by heart- the CBS show 60 Minutes in her role as a lars in contributions Abita Lumber had made
less Republicans. Especially to blame is Bob crusader against police corruption in New to the Opry: “We paid for a sound system
Livingston, the powerful chairman of the Orleans. She is also a friend of NPR corre- and a digital link for the live radio feed. We
House Appropriations Committee, a man so spondent Wade Goodwyn, who was in Abita donated materials to upgrade the facilities.
ruthless with the budget axe that he would put Springs to cover the Opry at the same time We paid to advertise the concerts.” If the
the Opry under even though it is in his own CBS had its cameras there. This explains how Opry needed more help, Abita Lumber would
congressional district. That, as least, is what a small local music program all of a sudden be there – as he told CBS News when they
the CBS Evening News, National Public visited the town.
Radio and the Dallas Morning News would “I was interviewed by CBS for a half-hour.
have us believe. But the teary-eyed claim CBS reporter John I didn’t say what they wanted to hear,” Mr.
does not bear scrutiny. In fact, the story as Blackstone painted Bachrack says. “They wanted me to say that
reported by CBS may be the most fantasti- we need the federal government’s money, and
cally dishonest piece of reporting since NBC a bleak picture for that Bob Livingston is a hypocrite.” Instead,
blew up a GM pickup truck. the future of the says Mr. Bachrack, he “told the people from
CBS reporter John Blackstone painted a charming local-mu- CBS that we don’t need the federal govern-
bleak picture for the future of the charming sic show if Rep. Liv- ment to run a local concert.” Now, Mr. Ba-
local-music show if Rep. Livingston succeeds chrack is no fan of Mr. Livingston, and would
in “bringing down the budget ax on federal ingston succeeds in have been willing to criticize the chairman,
funding for the arts, particularly the National “bringing down the but for different reasons than the ones the
Endowment for the Arts.” Mr. Blackstone budget ax on federal CBS script called for. As an unapologetic
called this ironic, given that “Livingston is libertarian, Mr. Bachrack is as skeptical of
calling for cuts just as the Piney Woods Opry,
funding for the arts,
politicians as he is of the helping hand from
right in his own district, is due to receive its particularly the Na- Washington.
ﬁrst grant from the NEA, $14,900.” tional Endowment Strangely, Mr. Bachrack’s comments
Now it may seem that if the Opry has been for the Arts.…” The never made it to air. Nor did CBS point out
going for several years, but is only now get- that the National Endowment for the Arts
ting an NEA grant, that that was evidence the propaganda perfor- only granted the Piney Woods Opry money
program could make it without help from the mance by CBS would after the November elections – that is, after
federal government. But not so, according to be entertaining, if it it became clear Mr. Livingston would be the
Opry organizer, May Howell: “We could lose weren’t so appalling. next head of the Appropriations Committee
our history,” she told CBS. “When you ask – raising the question of whether the NEA is
why should the taxpayers want to support this disbursing its cash with an eye to embarrass-
became the focus of a national debate. It also ing its political enemies. At least NPR raised
explains why her angle on the story–that this issue, even though its reporter accepted
“Worth Waiting For” without federal funds the Opry would wither the explanation from the NEA’s Richard
and die–was delivered without any opposing Woodruff that, “It’s absurd to allege that any
Chastity necklace view by CBS, and virtually without dissent grant is made based on who the Congressman
by NPR. is for the district or his relative position in
The propaganda performance by CBS Congress.”
would be entertaining, if it weren’t so ap- The Piney Woods Opry is a huge success
• Great as a gift to your teen palling. “Without ﬁnancial help to keep the story, with standing room only in the Abita
show running and the recorders turning,” Mr. Town Hall, live radio broadcasts and local
• Available in gold plate w/pink or Blackstone reported “these songs will soon businessmen willing to subsidize the program
black enamel and sterling silver be gone, along with those who play them.” to keep admission fees cheap. Mr. Blackstone
This was what Mr. Blackstone told the na- and CBS could have reported these plain
1-800-858-3040 tion in his “Eye on America” segment, but facts, but instead chose to fashion a piece of
From Heritage House…the precious feet people he himself knew better. propaganda for the NEA.
For several years the Opry has received
16 AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995
Congressman’s testimony reveals true agenda
of government AIDS training
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for conven-
ing a hearing on the matter of mandatory
HIV/AIDS education training for all federal
employees. This training is an outrageous and Testimony of Rep. Robert K. Dornan
fraudulent abuse of the taxpayers’ money and Hearing before Subcommittee on Civil Service
is also, I believe, a clear violation of the moral “HIV/AIDS in the Workplace Training” for Federal Employees
and religious rights of our nation’s federal Thursday, June 22,1995
employees. I am grateful, as are countless
federal workers across the nation, for your to protect yourself during sexual acts. This their score, are assigned to become “lead
willingness to investigate this abuse. included oral and anal sex... Not only did this trainers,” “co-trainers,” or just “assistant
As you know, on September 30, 1993, volunteer describe these acts, but also did it in trainers.” Trainers are therefore not scored
President Clinton signed a directive instruct- a crude way, with terms like ‘just put it down on their knowledge of the issue at hand,
ing all federal departments and agencies and go to town.’ I found the entire episode but rather on their values as they relate to
to provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS In offensive and upsetting. The session ended HIV/AIDS issues. Considering the system by
The Workplace training for its employees. with this volunteer distributing condoms to which “undesirable” leaders are weeded out,
Since being quoted in an article published those who wanted them.” A Bureau of Rec- it is obvious that those who hold traditional
by The Washington Times saying I would lamation worker related that he, “...found family values need not apply. And why would
look into complaints about the training, my the graphic discussions of various sex acts, they, those who hold these values, knowing
ofﬁce has been ﬂooded with calls and letters including oral sex, to be disgusting and out that they would have to lecture workers about
from employees who are outraged and upset of place, especially in the mixed company the beneﬁts of “non-insertive sexual activi-
about the content and delivery of their train- of coworkers.” ties” such as masturbation and massage, or
ing, which apparently varies greatly among Another worker complained that she was, encourage addicts to bleach their needles
agencies and locations. Many people would “...offended by the sexually explicit material. with Clorox before injecting themselves with
not leave their name with my ofﬁce for fear Roll call was taken; I felt like a kindergarten dangerous, illegal narcotics, feeding a narco-
of strong reprisal from their superiors. And child. Abstinence and self-control were not chain of distribution that involves violence
while this training was supposedly designed mentioned as the only means of prevention. and murder at every level.
by former AIDS Czarina Kristine Gebbie to Instead, it was condoms, condoms, con- Mr. Chairman, it is not the responsibility
foster “tolerance” in the workplace for HIV- doms.” Still another employee related that his of the federal government to subject federal
infected employees, I am concerned that it is instructor, “gave speciﬁc graphic instructions workers to seminars that lecture them on how
instead being used to aggressively advance a on the use of condoms, dental dams, rubber to live their sex lives or use illegal drugs in
redeﬁnition of the family and, in many cases, gloves, and Saran Wrap. He emphasized order to avoid contracting the HIV virus. The
a blatant pro-homosexual agenda. that you should only use ‘non-microwav- last time I checked, abusing drugs and having
Calls and letters to my ofﬁce indicate able Saran Wrap’ to cover body parts, while sex in the workplace were not speciﬁed job
that much of the HIV/AIDS training has engaging in sexual activity.” responsibilities for any federal worker. Why,
included graphic discussions about sexual I ﬁnd nothing objectionable about educat- then, are we instructing federal employees,
activities that many federal employees view ing certain federal workers on how AIDS is many of them against their will, about such
as lewd, objectionable, and humiliating. A and is not transmitted in the workplace, say, non-work related issues? If one of the goals
Defense Department worker said her class for example, for an employee of the Public of this training is to educate people about how
included a slide show of “sex toys” and Health Service or the National Institutes of not to contract the deadly virus that causes
ﬂavored condoms. I should remind you that Health. Such information is relevant to their AIDS, then a case could easily be made for
this is at taxpayer expense. Other workers professional duties and could very well mean educating workers about the risks associ-
said they were lectured about the probable the difference between life and death. Indeed, ated with heart disease and cancer, as these
sexual practices of their grandparents and there is a plausible case to be made for de- are the number one and two leading causes
other relatives. In fact, according to an article scribing universal precautions for workers of deaths in the United States. Yet no such
in The Washington Times, a federal worker as they relate to their particular duties and education initiatives are being pursued by
who underwent training recalled that she was, responsibilities as federal employees. How- the Clinton administration. Why the bizarre
“...shocked and upset when the instructor ever, the HIV/AIDS training in question goes double standard of choice on AIDS education
personalized anal sex for each person in the far beyond this reasonable objective. Based above all else?
room by saying that our grandmothers prob- alone on the evidence I have received, there is Federal training programs are required
ably practiced birth control by participating in no doubting the hidden agenda behind these to meet statutory objectives in assisting
anal sex.” She went on to say, “I was highly politically correct training seminars. agencies to achieve their “mission and per-
offended. I have a very godly grandmother, Nowhere is this more evident than in the formance goals by improving employee and
and I just broke down and cried. I guess they “values survey” instructors must pass before organizational performance.” Clearly, the
are trying to say that homosexuals do it that being entrusted with an assigned group of HIV/AIDS training in question does not meet
way and so did your grandmother.” employees to educate. This survey probes this objective. Sex education for adults does
An employee of the U.S. Army Corps deep into the individual’s personal feelings not in any way improve a federal worker’s
of Engineers wrote in a letter to me stating, about sex and homosexuality. Potential in- ability to perform in his/her job.
“...the volunteer started talking about how structors are then rated and, depending on ➧
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Having said this, I ﬁnd it outrageous that moting, condoning, accepting or celebrating AFA RESOURCES
the federal government is coercing its em- homosexuality. Congress has a responsibility
ployees – at taxpayer expense – to undergo to put an immediate end to such offensive ■ Homosexuality in America: Exposing the
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■ Re-Imagining Conference: A Report
not only highly offensive but promotes ho- of this subcommittee, we can do so without
■ Public School Sex Education: A Report
mosexuality and drug abuse as just another further waste of precious time and taxpayer ■ A Guide to What One Person Can Do About
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policies have inﬁltrated the federal govern- Thank you again, Mr. Chairman, for the in your community.
ment at all levels since President Clinton opportunity to testify before you today on ■ Christianity and Humanism: A Study in
took ofﬁce, I have introduced legislation that this critical matter. Contrasts Six sessions, Biblically based, good
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AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995 19
Coming out…to God
■ Former homosexual says devotion to Jesus gave him the power to overcome his sinful behavior.
By ANNETTE FULLER REYNOLDS When he was in junior high
Reprinted from The Indianapolis Star, 12/18/94 school, he was sexually molested
by a neighborhood boy of the
same age. One day, during a visit
Scott Infante has come out of the closet in Infante’s home, the boy forced
twice. The ﬁrst time, as a freshman in col- Infante to fondle him and partici-
lege, he declared his homosexuality. After pate in sex.
adolescent and teen years marked by sexual The sexual encounter made
encounters with other males, he decided Infante feel both pleasure and
it was time to step forward and admit his shame. But the guilt was over-
gayness. ridden by teenage hormones
The second time, as a junior in college, and his desperate need to gain
he declared his devotion to Jesus Christ. His afﬁrmation from a male.
faith, he says now, gave him the power to He began having consen-
regain control of his life and become a happy, sual sex with this boy. But shame helped him
contented heterosexual. ﬁght back his growing sexual attraction to
“This time, life is right,” said the tall, other boys. In his senior year in high school, an out-of-the-closet gay man, go- ing
bearded and slender Infante, 30, a married he dated girls, and he went to the prom, just to gay bars and having relationships with
father of two. “I’m grateful for every mo- like any other guy. several men. He became promiscuous and
ment.” had many one-night stands.
His life’s experience is at the crux of his BECAME SUBSTANCE ABUSER “Waking up in the morning in bed beside a
career. Today, he is executive director of He also became a heavy drinker and man I barely knew never made me feel better
the Indianapolis-based Restoration Inc., a smoked a lot of marijuana during those teen about myself,” Infante said. “It didn’t take me
nonproﬁt Christian ministry whose purpose years. Glad to make the break from his home long to see the futility of my lifestyle. It still
is to help those who want to get out of their and Miami, he headed off to college at St. left me completely unsatisﬁed.”
gay lifestyle. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, a small pri-
When he leads seminars for his clients, vate, liberal arts school in Laurinburg, North BOTTOMED OUT
he always tells his life story. Carolina, on the recommendation of a friend. Emotionally wrecked and suicidal, he took
The former Bloomington resident was The school’s selling point for Infante was that a handful of antidepressants that had been
born and raised in Miami, Florida. Some the faculty had a gay member, according to prescribed for him by a campus doctor. He
of his earliest memories are painful ones, Infante’s friend. was rushed to the hospital, where his stomach
he says–there are vague recollections of his His freshman year, he continued to was pumped.
father leaving the family when he was 4. His grapple with his sexuality. Trying to ﬁght off Not surprisingly, his grades showed his
parents divorced shortly after that. his homosexual urges, he attended a small emotional upheaval. Both sophomore se-
“A 4-year-old believes everything that country Pentecostal church there and asked mesters at IU, he ﬂunked nearly all of his
happens in the family is about him,” Infante for God’s help. classes.
said. “Dad leaves, so it must be my fault. “I really thought God would say, ‘Poof!’ After ﬂunking out twice, he had to peti-
These are the perceptions of a child, not a and my homosexuality would be gone,” tion the school for re-admission. That’s when
rational adult.” Infante said. he met Carole Allen, who worked in the IU
Since Infante was an only child, his fam- He remembers being approached by a les- records ofﬁce.
ily consisted solely of him and his mother bian on campus who told him bluntly. “You’re “When I began working with Scott, he
after his father left. Their relationship was gay. Get over it and get on with life.” was very depressed,” she said.
strained, and typical adolescent arguments He took her advice and decided, for the Sensing that this student needed help, she
over grades, curfews and chores became ﬁrst time, to openly acknowledge that he invited him to lunch. Over slices of pizza,
volatile. “We knew how to hurt each other,” was gay. Infante spilled out his problems to Allen.
he said. Infante transferred from St. Andrew’s to “It was sort of an unusual thing for me
Through his childhood, he rarely saw or Indiana University in 1984 as a sophomore. to do – to get that immersed in a student’s
talked to his father. He created visions of He had heard that IU had a large contingent problems – but I knew that at least I could
his father in his mind, and fantasized about of gay activist students. listen.”
having a male caregiver in his life. His ﬁrst year as a Hoosier was spent as Before the conversation ended, she had in-
20 AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995
vited Infante to her church, First Assembly of As Infante’s heterosexuality bloomed, Two months ago, he moved its headquar-
God in Bloomington. Infante began another their relationship went from platonic to ters to Indianapolis.
attempt to get help through religion. romantic. They were engaged in June 1987, Restoration has a board of six people,
This time, something clicked. “He just and later that year, Infante graduated from IU including an attorney, businessmen and
did a complete turn-around,” said Allen, with an English degree. They were married women, and mental health counselors. They
who watched Infante’s progress. “His life May 7,1988. meet monthly and serve three year terms.
changed, his attitude changed.” Infante rejects the notion that he is bi- Infante hopes to enlarge the board to 10 in
Infante’s junior year was the most critical sexual. To him, both homosexuality and the coming year.
time in his life. “What a struggle,” he said. bisexuality are aberrations. He describes himself as a “minister who
“But, ironically, they were my richest times He and his wife moved to Miami, where doesn’t function in a traditional church.”
with God.” he got a temporary teaching certiﬁcate. He Allen, the counselor who helped him when
He counseled closely with Dennis Strick- taught school nearly two years in inner city he was a student, marvels at what Infante
land, then the minister of Vineyard Christian public schools, and he and his wife had their has done. “I’ve been absolutely delighted
Fellowship, where Infante attended. ﬁrst child, Sarah, now 5. to see his ministry grow,” said Allen, who
“Those conversations were definitely They became active in the Miami Vine- now is co-owner of a religious bookstore in
intense,” said Strickland, who is now pas- yard Fellowship, where Jim Bricker was Bloomington.
tor of Bridge Builders Church in Wilmore, senior pastor. (The Miami and Greenwood Does he ever still feel attracted to men?
Kentucky. “He was dealing with underlying churches are two of nearly 600 Association “As long as I live, I will experience tempta-
issues of self-worth.” of Vineyard Churches across the country that tion.” he said. “But it doesn’t rule my life.
Strickland remembers several conversa- have a conservative theology and a contem- My goal is to one day, experience complete
tions in which Infante broke down and cried. porary liturgical style, says Bricker.)
“I could just see him living through a lot of “Scott and I had many conversations
internal pain from his childhood, of his father about his purpose in life, his destiny,” said CURRENT AFA BOYCOTTS
leaving his family. It was like he had to get Bricker, who is now pastor at the Southside
through that before he could move on.” Indianapolis Vineyard Christian Fellowship UNILEVER
By the mid-’80s, talk of AIDS had inﬁl- in Greenwood. “I remember one conversa- Pres. Richard A. Goldstein, Unilever United
trated the IU campus, and Infante learned of tion we had while walking on the beach in States Inc., 390 Park Avenue, New York, NY
the disease with fear in his heart. He knew he which I challenged Scott, and told him that 10022, 212-888-1260, FAX 212-906-4411,
had engaged in behaviors that put him at the God had a lot in store for him.”
Reason: Unilever is a continuing sponsor of
utmost risk for contracting the HIV virus. In the summer of ’89, Infante became some of the worst sex, violence and profanity
The pivotal point in his ongoing struggle assistant pastor at the church, serving as an on television. The company has responded to
came when he decided to take the test for apprentice under Bricker. He has no formal consumers’ concerns by sponsoring even more
the HIV virus. theological training for the post but most of trash TV, including shows that disparage people
“I vowed to myself and God that no mat- his work was administrative. of religious conviction. For more details, see
ter how the test came back, I would give my the front page story and product listing on
life over to God,” Infante said. “Either way RETURNED TO INDIANA page 22.
the test came back, I told God, ‘I’m staying All the while, an idea was churning in the HOLIDAY INNS
back of his head–the idea of an organization Chrm. Bryan Langton, 3 Ravinia Dr., Ste. 2000,
By the mid-’80s, talk of AIDS that would help gays become heterosexual Atlanta, GA 30346, 1-800-HOLIDAY
with spiritual help. Feeling that he was be- Reason: All corporately owned Holiday Inns carry
had inﬁltrated the IU campus, ing called back to Bloomington, he returned Satellite Cinema movie service which includes
and Infante learned of the dis- there in October 1991 to make that dream in-room porn movies. Holiday Inns is the largest
come true. provider of in-room porn movies in the U.S.
ease with fear in his hear t.
He spent a year attending conferences LEVI STRAUSS
He knew he had engaged in and formulating the plans for his organiza- Chrm. Robert D. Haas, P.O. Box 7215, San
behaviors that put him at the tion, thinking about both the philosophy Francisco, CA 94120, 1-800-872-5384
utmost risk for contracting the and the business aspects of what he wanted Reason: Levi Strauss cut off ﬁnancial support for
to create. the Boy Scouts of America because the BSA
with you.’” While Infante was unemployed during would not allow homosexuals and atheists to
that 12 months of preparation time, the be scoutmasters. AFA continues to promote
ROMANCE BLOOMED the boycott of Levi’s, Dockers and Britannia
family had to get by on public assistance.
When he found the test was negative, his “It was a year of canned soup and beans,”
life took on a new fervor for religious work. Infante said with a smile. WARNER-LAMBERT CO.
At the same time, his attentions became The couple had another daughter, Rachel, Chairman Melvin R. Goodes, 210 Tabor Road,
focused on a coed named Dawn Williams now 2, and are expecting a third child in Morris Plains, NJ 07950, 201-540-2000, FAX
whom he had met a year before, when they April. 201-540-3761
both worked at a Bloomington yogurt shop. Reason: W-L’s TV advertising policy is to
On January 1, 1993, Infante became the
purchase time at reduced prices on highly
At the time, he had told her he was gay. founder and director of Restoration Inc., offensive programs, including the pornographic
A year later, he sat down beside her in based in Bloomington. He has set up a NYPD Blue. Their most familiar product is
a campus cafeteria. She was going through funding base of nearly 50 contributors in Listerine.
some tough times too, after a failed romance. central Indiana and is seeking donations
The two became best friends. from churches.
AFA JOURNAL • AUGUST, 1995 21
Connecticut…from page 1 “In this context, we would appreciate been very interested. The London Sunday
police or charged with any illegal activity. The knowing your views on this issue. Please feel Times did an extensive report. Reporting on
other defendant being assisted by the AFA free to contact your personnel representative, the effectiveness of the AFA, the Times stat-
Law Center was charged because, according or write to me directly. ed: “‘That man (Wildmon) is every company
to the U.S. and Connecticut attorneys, he “I close by reminding you that Unilever chairman’s nightmare,’ says one American
spoke these words to an “escort”: “95, you is amongst the greatest companies in the executive.” The Times said that Unilever
are next.” What the defendant said was: “We world, and as a leader, we have a history “by maintaining a silence (hopes) the issue
are praying for you and we are praying that when challenged, of responding by doing will go away...‘Wildmon’s comments should
’95 will be the clinic’s last year in business.” the right thing. I assure you that our response be directed at the makers of programmers if
This defendant has never before been charged in this situation will not be different. Thank anyone, certainly not the advertisers,’ says
for any protest activities. you for your support. Sincerely, Richard A. one Unilever insider.”
“This is a clear attempt by the pro- Goldstein.” However, Unilever’s support for TV
abortion Clinton administration to use the Donald E. Wildmon, president of AFA, sleaze got one boost from the head of Bar-
power of government to silence the pro-life said he was pleased with Goldstein’s com- ricade Books in New York. Lyle Stuart wrote
movement,” said Law Center Chief Counsel ments. “It is tragic that it took a message Goldstein saying that his company is support-
Bruce Green. “U.S. Attorney General Reno to Unilever’s pocketbook to be heard. But ing Unilever for their stand. Stuart wrote: “I
is attempting to silence the peaceful protest repeated attempts to the moral conscience saw that full page ad by those Mississippi
speech of pro-lifers and has joined with the of Unilever were ignored,” he said. He urged bigots and we’ve responded by establishing
Attorney General of Connecticut to accom- people to continue to observe and promote the following program: My staff has been
plish this. Bill Clinton is trying to appease his the boycott, while at the same time to thank given a list of Unilever products. For each
abortion supporters by taking away the First Goldstein and encourage him in changing proof of purchase they bring in, they will
Amendment rights of pro-life individuals.” Unilever’s practice. receive $1. We’ve set aside a fund of several
The AFA Law Center defends the First Wildmon praised the work of AFA sup- thousand dollars to cover this and we’ve given
Amendment rights of Christians at no cost. porters. “Our people are workers and doers. the staff the list of your products that appeared
The case is one of scores currently being Without their help Unilever would never had in the ad. We’ve also established a bonus for
handled by the Law Center. re-evaluated their practice. This is a great the person bringing in the most proof of pur-
testimony of the power of dedicated people chases in any single month. That person will
AFA’s boycott…from page 1 getting involved. With the active involve- receive a $300 bonus. We’re doing this for
business practices. In the past, the AFA ment of our supporters, we can touch the three months. I imagine this will persuade our
has targeted General Motors, AT&T, Pep- pocketbooks of multi-billion, multi-national staff to encourage friends and neighbors to
siCo, S.C. Johnson and Procter & Gamble, companies and impact them for good.” buy your products and give them the proof of
amongst others. In its criticism of Unilever, And while the secular media in the U.S. purchase material. It’s amazing that religious
the AFA maintains that through our televi- has refused to give the boycott any exposure, fanatics – mostly nut cases – are able to raise
sion advertising, we support programs that media in the Netherlands and England have the millions in contributions that they do. I
promulgate excessive violence and sex on
“The advertisement asks consumers to
boycott Unilever products until such time Boycott Unilever products
as we adopt a policy that conforms to the
expectations of the American Family As- Take this card shopping. Boycott these Unilever products
sociation. While we respect the right of this which help sponsor trash on TV.
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“As individuals and as parents, we in Calvin Klein cosmetics Close-Up toothpaste Snuggle liquid soup mixes
Unilever recognize our own personal respon- Elizabeth Arden Cutex nail polish and fabric softener Mrs. Butterworth’s
sibility to judge and control what is seen or cosmetics remover Sunlight dishwashing syrup
read in our homes. As a responsible company, Elizabeth Taylor’s Dove soap detergent Lawry’s seasoning salt
Unilever has a policy of carefully pre-screen- Passion cologne Lever 2000 soap Surf detergent Lipton tea and soups
ing the programs on which we advertise. We Faberge´ cosmetics Lifebuoy soap Wisk detergent Pizza Quick
have, in fact, withdrawn advertising from Hero cologne Mentadent toothpaste Popsicle frozen treats
programs that have not met our standards. Obsession fragrance Pepsodent toothpaste FOOD PRODUCTS Promise spreads
“While we will not yield to the threat of a Sunﬂowers perfume Pond’s Cream Breyers ice cream Ragu´ Italian foods
boycott, we have reﬂected on the points made White Diamonds Power Stick deodorant products Shedd’s Spreads
by the AFA and others. There is, without perfume Q-tips Chicken Tonight Wish-Bone salad
question, a rising tide of sentiment that sup- White Shoulders Rave hair care Country Crock butter dressing
ports a reduction in the violence and explicit fragrances Shield soap Good Humor ice
sexuality from many sources to which we and Signal mouthwash cream bars
our children are exposed. Therefore, we will HEALTH CARE PRODUCTS Vaseline products Healthy Sensation
re-evaluate our programming selection prac- Aim toothpaste HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS salad dressing
tices, challenging our current assumptions All (detergent) I Can’t Believe It’s
about what is appropriate for a company as Dove detergent Not Butter
diverse as Unilever.
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trust none of their ridiculous attempts will AFA also has promoted the campaign via ful to the Christ, who was willing to die that
inﬂuence your program decisions. Sincerely, newspaper advertisements and Christian ra- man might be free and that this earth might
Lyle Stuart.” dio stations. “The ﬁnancial problems facing be a fairer place on which to live.”
Mr. Stuart’s address is: Lyle Stuart, Bar- Kmart parallel AFA’s four-year boycott,” said The issues which Bishop Armstrong
ricade Books, 150 Fifth Avenue #700, New Dr. Donald E. Wildmon, president of AFA. listed as being “all-important, fundamental
York, NY 10011, phone 212-627-7000, FAX “This is a matter of public record and can be issues confronting the human family today”
212-627-7028. veriﬁed by any investment fund manager. included the following: international anar-
In contrast to the misguided efforts and “Has the boycott been totally responsible chy; national arrogance; nuclear weaponry;
prejudice of Mr. Stuart, hundreds of thou- for all the ﬁnancial problems faced by Kmart? world peace; the technological revolution; the
sands of hard working AFA supporters were Absolutely not. Has it been a signiﬁcant fac- urban revolution with its slums, poverty, and
working to make the boycott a success – call- tor in their problems? Without a doubt, yes,” racial explosiveness; law and order; ethics in
ing and writing Unilever, passing out boycott Wildmon said. government; fair employment practices; open
cards, helping get the information out. In Kmart’s situation reafﬁrms the fact that housing; taxation; space exploration.
fact, Bruce Davis, president of Dandy Mart how Christians spend and invest their money It is rather hypocritical for liberals who
Convenience Stores in Mt. Vernon, Texas, can have an impact on society, and it can promoted the Christian involvement in these
has stopped selling Unilever products in his result in changes to even major corporate political issues to now condemn conserva-
stores. Davis wrote Goldstein: “Due to your giants like Kmart. tives who are involved with issues of family
continued sponsorship of nudity, violence, “Every movement begins with one person breakdown, pornography, media ﬁlth, abor-
sex and profanity on prime-time television, acting on personal convictions and practicing tion, the promotion of homosexuality, sex
Unilever products will no longer be used good stewardship of the resources God has education in schools, and related issues.
in our home. In addition to personally rid- given him,” Wildmon said. “Then he per- Christians who follow the advice of
ding our home of your products, we will no suades others to join him. The intent of the Bishop Armstrong and Senator McGovern
longer carry any of your brands in our chain Kmart boycott has not been to punish anyone, about political involvement should not be
of convenience stores. We will also be alert- but to encourage Christians to practice good condemned simply because they are conser-
ing our friends and relatives that you have stewardship by shopping with companies that vatives and not liberals.
become the #l sponsor of sleaze on prime uphold positive values.” ____________________
time TV and urge them to join us along with Why…from page 2
thousands of other families in boycotting Robert Frank is editor of No-Debt Living ing, shelter and education? Yes, I believe
your products.” Newsletter, a national monthly publica- strongly that I do.
Supporters are urged to order Boycott tion providing financial, home-man- I believe the United States of America is
Unilever cards to distribute in your church, agement and investment news with a the greatest country on the face of the earth
at work, among your friends. They are $2 per Christian perspective. No-Debt Living, and is worth preserving. But it doesn’t take
hundred including postage. Order from AFA P.O. Box 282, Veradale, WA 99037. a rocket scientist (I’ve never really met a
and include payment with order. Subscription: $25.95 per year. Phone: rocket scientist but I’m sure they are smart
AFA encourages supporters to write Presi- 800-560-3328. people.) to see our country is in a moral mess.
dent Richard A. Goldstein a personal letter Drugs, crime, divorce, violence, disrespect
thanking him for re-evaluating Unilever’s for authority, abortion, sexually transmitted
stand, and encouraging him to indeed “do diseases, and on and on we could go.
what is right.” Call Unilever’s customer Liberal…from page 2 Yes, we’ve always had social/cultural/
service at 1-800-598-1223 to pass along the national quadrennial melodrama. moral problems. But never, ever have we
same message. (Please be polite.) The ad- “...it is not enough to simply study, think, had so many that run so deep that are tearing
dress: Pres. Richard A. Goldstein, Unilever and vote. If democracy is to be strengthened at the very fabric that separates civilization
United States, Inc., 390 Park Avenue, New there must be personal involvement...I am one from barbarism. And modern technology
York, NY 10022. of those who believe that the political insti- has nothing to do with the type of civility
____________________ tutions of this republic need to be cleansed; and barbarism I’m writing about here. As
that the prevailing ‘establishments’ of the Charles Colson writes in his book Against the
Kmart…from page 1 country need to be redirected by a new kind Night: “The barbarians of the new dark age
troversial bookstore unit, Borders Group Inc., of politics. are pleasant and articulate men and women.
which includes 80 Borders stores special- “I do insist, however, that the Christian They carry briefcases, not spears. But their
izing in super-sized books and music, and (and this includes the clergyman) has an assault on culture is every bit as devastating
Waldenbooks. obligation to relate himself to those areas of as the barbarian invasion of Rome.”
Kmart’s board of directors has stated that it decision-making where community policy
will sell the stores via a public stock offering and life are formed. We will not always agree So why do we do what we do here at AFA?
“as market conditions permit.” on issues and candidates, but as individual Because we love God and want to honor Him
It is reported that Antonini’s refusal to let Christians – not as a church, but as individual by taking a stand for biblical righteousness
go of these specialty stores, despite urging Christians – we are challenged to enter the (Matt. 5:10). Because we love America and
from the board of directors, was a major rough-and-tumble arena of human activity don’t want to see her destroyed by the cancer
factor in his undoing. where the earthbound destiny of a people is of moral decline. And because we love our
During the past four years AFA has dis- determined. Politics is dirty only if people children and want to give them a country with
tributed approximately 20 million “Boycott like us let it become dirty. some semblance of civility and morality, so
Kmart” cards through 170,000 churches “Let the Christian then be a politician in that they too can enjoy all that is great about
and mailed another 5 million to households. the best sense of the word. Let him be faith- America.
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AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION
Promise Post Ofﬁce Drawer 2440
Permit No. 36
Gordonsville, VA 22942
Tupelo, Mississippi 38803
ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED
By MONA CHAREN
Creators Syndicate, Inc.
ivorce is the next big cultural issue
to be faced by this society. After a bit
of a rocky start (remember Murphy
Brown?), we have now successfully
established that unwed parenting is often For every woman freed from a tyrannical husband,
harmful and destructive. You don’t hear
today, as you did ﬁve years ago, cheery assur-
there were 10 men who traded in their 40-some-
ances that single-parent families are part of thing wife for a younger model. And while men’s
the “new family structure.” Instead, across the incomes tend to rise following a divorce, women’s
political spectrum, you ﬁnd acknowledgment tend to fall.…So it is interesting that the ﬁrst
that the two-parent family must be restored
and strengthened. grassroots anti-divorce movement in America –
But while unwed childbearing took center Promise Keepers – is an exclusively male club.
stage, divorce was relegated to the shadows.
Why? Its footprints are everywhere. The then their conduct (what ever you think of reporter’s spot survey of bumper stickers in
application form for my son’s preschool it) is really peripheral. Arguably, men have the parking lot), speakers at the rallies as
asks for the father’s name, mother’s name, beneﬁted from liberalized divorce laws and well as the group’s leadership are racially
father’s address and mother’s address. When customs far more than women. For every integrated.
an American pilot is rescued in Bosnia, we woman freed from a tyrannical husband, Bishop Philip Porter, pastor of All Nations
ﬁnd a young man who is every inch the there were 10 men who traded in their 40- Pentecostal Church in Aurora, Colorado,
central casting image of the American ﬂyer, something wife for a younger model. And was among the ﬁrst black churchmen to
except for one new wrinkle–we hear from his while men’s incomes tend to rise following join Promise Keepers. “It’s going to take
mother and his father separately. Hallmark a divorce, women’s tend to fall. a power greater than politics to get us out
markets cards for divorced fathers to send to So it is interesting that the ﬁrst grassroots of the mess we’re in,” he told the Rocky
their children. anti-divorce movement in America–Promise Mountain News.
Divorce is such an accepted part of the na- Keepers–is an exclusively male club. Newspaper accounts of the Promise
tional landscape that even cultural crusaders Founded in 1991 by former University Keepers phenomenon always cite criticism
have sometimes held their ﬁre. To condemn of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney, from “women’s groups” about the “contro-
divorce is to rebuke not just strangers but Promise Keepers is a cultural, religious versial” nature of the group’s message. The
your sister, your cousins, your best friend movement dedicated to making “godly men.” Washington Post did its best to caricature a
and yourself. It’s called Promise Keepers because the men recent rally in the capital as a touch-feely
The wreckage divorce has created in the who belong vow to keep their promises, and gabfest for Neanderthals.
lives of children is too massive to be de- do their duty, to their wives, their children, Of course, feminists are bound to op-
nied. Conservatives, particularly those who their churches and their fellow men. pose anything that urges men to become
specialize in thwarting the aims of homo- Just since 1991, when Promise Keepers self-conﬁdent leaders rather than cringing,
sexual activists, must confront the truth that attracted its ﬁrst stadium crown of 4,200 in guilty representatives of the imaginary
heterosexual divorce creates more havoc in Colorado, membership has ballooned to the “patriarchy.”
our society than homosexual unions. I don’t hundreds of thousands. Rallies at Seattle’s But across the country, thousands of
believe that homosexuals should have the Kingdome, the Los Angeles Coliseum, the wives, children and parents are recognizing
“right” to marry or adopt children. But if you Minneapolis Metrodome and more have at- that if all men were to do what the Promise
accept the statistic that homosexuals, gay and tracted men of all ages, races and colors. Keepers undertake–to be faithful to wife and
lesbian, amount to no more than 1% to 2% Though the movement is fundamentalist family, to lead and to support their communi-
of the population – not the 10% they claim Christian and most of the men who attend ties–then most of the social woes we ﬁnd so
– and recognize that the subset of homosexu- the rallies are white and politically conser- intractable would simply evaporate.
als who want to be parents is quite small, vative (judging by a Rocky Mountain News
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