Don Wildmon | AFA Founder/Chairman
Originally published April, 1993
When I was 18 years of age and prepared to leave home to go to college,
I had never lived in a house which had a lock on a door or window.
A lock simply wasnt needed. That is not to say that people
did not steal in those days. It is to say that the commonly accepted,
widely practiced underlying belief was that stealing was wrong.
That moral was taught in our homes, in our churches and in our schools.
Society as a whole viewed moral behavior as being an important element
in life. The combined pressure from societys institutions
managed to keep the publicly accepted morality based on Judeo-Christian
Back in those days our streets were safer, our homes and families
more solid, our crime less violent and our moral standards higher.
Sure, there were wrongs. But there was also a norm which could be
used to address those wrongs.
Then came television and, unfortunately, a change in the attitude
and values of those in the entertainment media. The old prohibitions
were removed. The Playboy philosophy came to be the norm in Hollywood
and at network headquarters in New York. The old attitudes based
on twenty centuries of practice were scorned.
Before long those who held contempt for the old values gathered
new friends. They were small in number, but they were in very influential
places. They held important positions in education, the media, the
legal system, and other areas of influence.
For nearly 30 years now our entertainment media and their friends
have scorned, ridiculed, belittled and bashed those old values.
And now our society is beginning to reap what they have sown.
These new values of freedom without responsibility, immediate gratification,
materialism and sexual freedom have brought us an ever increasing
amount of crime, drug use, breakdown of the family, AIDS, etc. The
list goes on and on.
Actions have consequences. For every action there is a reaction.
We do, indeed, reap what we sow.
We are at a very critical point in our history. Will we totally
abandon those values that have made our nation strong for two hundred
years? Will we continue to pursue our current path and follow the
Playboy philosophy until we reach our ruin?
The answer to that question depends on what those of us who still
believe in the old values do or fail to do. We can draw
back when criticized. We can remain in our shell and refuse to get
Or we can do what those who went before us did we can
work to maintain and implant those old, time-proven values as the
The decision is ours. And resting on that decision is the future
of our nation.