When I tell people that once, when I was in 7th grade Sunday school class, I was shown a video starring Kirk Cameron and his wife Chelsea Noble that illustrated the dangers of sex with laughing carnival workers and evil clowns, they don’t believe me. Well, here it is (presented in three parts, after the jump).
Every time I see Kirk Cameron — especially now, speaking out about how homosexuality is “unnatural” and “detrimental” — I think of my 13-year-old self sitting in a dark classroom, terrified, watching the 1993 Focus on the Family abstinence-only “educational presentation” called “Sex, Lies & … The Truth.” The beginning of the film isn’t subtle: Shots of Kirk and Chelsea talking about delaying sex until marriage are interwoven with warped shots of haggard carnival workers laughing maniacally; close-ups of antiquated games, a cackling clown, and menacing rides; and a frightening-looking roller coaster in motion, camera placed firmly at the front car’s helm. “I think it’s real easy sometimes to look at life like it’s just this great ride or it’s just this awesome game, and you’re out to have as much fun as you can,” Kirk begins. Keep reading »
“We’re losing on [same-sex marriage], especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don’t know if that’s going to change with a little more age — demographers would say probably not. We’ve probably lost that. I don’t want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture.”
— Jim Daly, president of the right-wing group Focus on the Family, admits the younger generation is not as bigoted towards same-sex marriage as their elders. (I mean, hell, even Laura Bush supports it!) That’s great news, sort of. But our gay and lesbian friends and family can still only marry in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia. Until LGBT citizens can marry anywhere and everywhere they want, there’s no excuse to rest on our laurels! [Mother Jones] Keep reading »
Yes, the controversial Tim Tebow Super Bowl ads have aired — yes, I just said “ads.” The conservative group Focus On The Family apparently bought time to air more than one $2.5 million dollar commercial on Super Bowl Sunday Here’s the commercial starring the Tebows that run during the Super Bowl — not surprisingly, the word “abortion” is not mentioned once. After the jump, watch the other Focus on the Family commercial starring the Tebows which aired during the pre-game: Keep reading »
You’ve probably heard by now that Tim Tebow, a former quarterback for the University of Florida and a vocal Christian, will be starring in an anti-abortion advertisement with his mother, Pam Tebow, during the Super Bowl. The Tebows’ 30-second spot was paid for by a conservative Christian organization called Focus on the Family and tells the story of how, in 1987, Pam had been advised by doctors to have an abortion because of medical complications in her pregnancy. Pam refused, and later gave birth to Tim, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy (and, admittedly, looked sort of hot in a jock-ish way). Unsurprisingly, women’s organizations have joined together asking CBS not to run Focus on the Family’s commercial.
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According to Tom Minnery, senior vice president of government and public policy at Focus on the Family, pornography is “especially dangerous in hotels because it can become addictive and create a sexualized climate that puts men, women and children at risk.” What’s interesting though is that movie rental revenues averaged $16.51 per room per month for the first quarter of 2008, according to LodgeNet Interactive, a company that provides on-demand TV, movie, and Internet services to nearly 2 million hotel rooms, including those owned by Marriot. That money isn’t just from the porn that’s being watched, but it’s also from rentals of legitimate Hollywood movies and TV shows. Basically, it’s probable that only one porn video is played each month in the average hotel room, which doesn’t seem like a whole lot. But Focus on the Family and other advocacy groups that want to get rid of hotel porn might get their way. Hotels only make around $1.65 per room per month in movie rental fees, and they might decide to discontinue offering the service. But then what will traveling salesman do to keep themselves busy at night? [The Smart Set] Keep reading »