by Ed Vitagliano
While claiming that it never intended to push homosexuality
through its music video campaign, the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF)
nevertheless removed pro-homosexual content from its Web site following
an exposé by AFA Journal. WAFF also apparently removed
references to same-sex families in a teachers guide that was
later mailed out to elementary schools.
WAFF announced the campaign last November, stating that it had
produced a new music video for children based on the 1970s pop hit,
"We Are Family." Using the voices and images of over 100 characters
from childrens television, a DVD version of the music video
was created to promote a message of tolerance and diversity.
The DVD and accompanying teachers guide was mailed to the
nations 61,000 public and private elementary schools, most
of which received the packages March 11.
However, in an article which appeared in the January AFA Journal,
the pro-homosexual content on WAFFs Web site was made public.
Following the uproar that resulted, much of the controversial material
was removed. The site was later completely revamped and the rest
of the materials were deleted.
Moreover, the DVDs companion teachers guide that arrived
in schools also apparently underwent a slight renovation. According
to MSNBCs Keith Olbermann, an earlier version of the teachers
guide which Olbermann said he reviewed contained three
references to same-sex parents. The final version of the guide had
purged those references.
"This was simply an example of AFA shining a spotlight on something
very troubling, and letting the resulting controversy bring needed
correction," said AFA Chairman Don Wildmon. "Obviously the We Are
Family Foundation didnt like being on the hot seat, and were
gratified that it removed the materials."
view of family
Even with the references to same-sex families expunged, however,
AFA still had some problems with the content of the most recent
Titled We Are Family: A Musical Message for All, the pamphlet
contains ideas for discussions once the elementary school children
have finished watching the music video. However, the guide distorted
the definition of family to produce a nontraditional model that,
in AFAs opinion, is meant to include homosexual couples.
For example, A Musical Message instructs teachers to ask
children "to share ideas on whom they think can be found in a family."
But if kids merely give what the teachers guide calls "traditional
answers," the teacher is encouraged to "[a]sk further questions."
The goal of such discussions, according to A Musical Message,
is for children to be brought to the conclusion "that many types
of people come together as a family and what binds them together
is love, sharing, and caring."
Wildmon agreed that families certainly should demonstrate love,
sharing and caring, and furthermore that those sentiments are often
extended to non-family members who are close enough that they "feel
just like a member of the family."
"But WAFFs definition is simply not accurate," Wildmon said.
"A family, as traditionally defined, is a group of people related
by blood, marriage or adoption. What this teachers guide does
is attempt to artificially expand the definition of family.
"I believe their primary reason for expanding the definition of
family beyond the traditional model is to include homosexual couples."
In fact, some in the homosexual community wanted the music video
to be used for that express purpose. For example, after school officials
in Palm Beach County, Florida, balked at showing the video to the
districts 129 elementary schools, a local activist was incensed.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Tony Plakas, president of the
countys "gay" and lesbian community center, said, "We have
children every day that experience this kind of discrimination.
We cant say, No, were not going to talk about
Wildmon said activists and others sympathetic to the homosexual
agenda should leave elementary schools out of it.
"We will continue to vehemently oppose that effort," he said. "While
homosexuals can certainly love children as deeply as heterosexuals,
we believe that the ideal setting for growing children includes
both a mother and a father."
This was not simply an abstract exercise, Wildmon said. According
to the Palm Beach Post, only four school districts in the U.S. said
they would not show the WAFF music video.
"Schools should be teaching children the truth, not politically
correct ideology meant to influence the thinking of the next generation,"
14th annual Meet at City Hall set for
Numerous city halls across the country will be the gathering
place on May 5 for those interested in praying for the moral rebirth
In coordination with the National Day of Prayer, AFA will sponsor
its 14th annual Meet At City Hall from 12:20-12:40 p.m. During this
20-minute time span, people are encouraged to meet at their local
city halls and publicly take a stand for the values on which this
nation was founded.
In addition to gathering for prayer, AFA suggests participants
invite members of their Sunday School classes and churches. AFA
also encourages the involvement of public officials and administrators,
local pastors and even church choirs. The extent of organization
and promotion is left up to those participants who want to take
a leading role in the initiative.
AFA also suggests Max Lucados new book titled Turn
as a great source for preparing ones mind and heart for this
national prayer time. The book, selected as the official book for
the 2005 National Day of Prayer, issues a call to Christians to
return to God as the source of personal and national blessings.
"America desperately needs a moral rebirth," AFA Chairman Don Wildmon
said. "We need to implore Gods blessings on our country and
ask Him to forgive our sinfulness and restore our moral perspective."
More information is available at www.nationaldayofprayer.org
OneMillionMoms, OneMillionDads continue impact
As Congress debates broadcast decency rules to address the increasing
amount of sex, violence and profanity on television, AFA is providing
a tool for parents. And it often produces quick results.
OneMillionMoms.com (OMM) and OneMillionDads.com (OMD), AFAs
online campaign, specifically target the advertisers of shows with
offensive content. When these sponsors decide to use their advertising
dollars on more family-friendly shows, the networks are forced to
hear the concerns of viewers and advertisers.
"A formal complaint to the Federal Communications Commission takes
months to wind its way through government red tape," said OMM and
OMD editor Randy Sharp. "And you still arent guaranteed the
networks will be penalized for broadcasting indecent content."
Sharp said OMM and OMD provide positive results almost immediately.
Within hours of sending out an alert to members, advertisers receive
thousands of e-mails from parents and consumers.
He cited ABCs Desperate Housewives as an example.
"Over one dozen companies have pulled their ad support from the
show because of offensive content. At $350,000 for a 30-second commercial,
the loss is a substantial amount," he said.
Another show OMM and OMD have focused on is The Shield (FX
network). In March, Wrangler, Sonic and Coca-Cola ordered their
advertising support withdrawn from the show, based on the extreme
amount of sexual and profane content.
"Coca-Cola heard from more than 22,000 parents within a few days
on this issue," said Sharp. "And they abandoned The Shield
Parental substance abuse endangers
It certainly wouldnt surprise anyone with a modicum of
common sense, but according to a new white paper released by the
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
(CASA), parental substance abuse is harmful to their children.
"Parents who use illegal drugs, abuse alcohol and use tobacco put
half the nations children more than 35 million of them
at greater risk of substance abuse and of physical and mental
illnesses," said a CASA (www.casacolumbia.org)
The paper, Family Matters: Substance Abuse and the American
Family, stated that 13% of children under the age of 18 live
in a home where an adult uses illegal drugs; 24% of minor children
live in a household where an adult abuses alcohol; and 37% of children
live in a household where an adult uses tobacco.
The result of such substance abuse: children in such households
are likelier to use the same substances. For kids with adults who
use illegal drugs or abuse alcohol, they are also more likely to
be abused or neglected, are "at increased risk of accidents, injuries
and academic failure," and are more likely to "suffer conduct disorders"
and "depression or anxiety."
"Kids dont read their parents lips, they watch their
parents actions," said CASA Chairman Joseph A. Califano, Jr.,
who served as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under
President Jimmy Carter. "Too many parents set examples that increase
the risk their children will smoke, use illegal drugs and abuse
Pot use increases risk of mental illness
Researchers in New Zealand have found that consistent use of
marijuana increases a pot smokers risk of mental illness such
Published in the journal Addiction, the study was headed
by researcher David Fergusson of the University of Otago, whose
team examined more than 1,200 New Zealanders over a 25-year period.
"Even when all factors were taken into account, there was a clear
increase in rates of psychotic symptoms after the start of regular
use," Fergusson said, "with daily users of cannabis having rates
that were over 150% those of non-users."
The reason for this increase in risk? "[T]he weight of the evidence
clearly suggests that the use of cannabis (and particularly the
heavy use of cannabis) may alter underlying brain chemistry and
precipitate the onset of psychosis/ psychotic symptoms in vulnerable
individuals," the study said.
Fergusson examined the possibility that the link could have resulted
because people with psychotic episodes might be more likely to use
marijuana in the first place. However, the study concluded that
"the predominant direction of causality is likely to involve a path
from cannabis use to psychotic symptoms rather than a path from
psychotic symptoms to cannabis use."
Condom ads aim for primetime
After reaching record sales and market share in 2004, Trojan
Condoms is attempting to break into primetime TV by airing ads during
family viewing hours.
Presently, condom ads are confined to late-night time slots, but
Church & Dwight Co. (C&D) caught the ear of big broadcasters
such as CBS when it pitched a tamer, health-focused approach to
Advertising Age reported, "Trojan is copy testing ads created
in-house that focus on prevention of sexually transmitted disease."
While James Craigie, C&D president and CEO, finds the ads appropriate
for airing during any part of the day, networks are presently taking
a "wait-and-see approach."
A spokeswoman for Disney/ABC said there is not a policy that automatically
prohibits condom ads from airing during primetime or daytime TV.
Advertising Age, 2/14/05
Maryland sex ed course alarms parents
Officials of the Montgomery County, Maryland, public school
system have instituted a pilot program for a sex education curriculum
that has attracted the attention of pro-family groups across the
country because of its stark promotion of homosexuality.
Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum (CRC), a national parents
group, said the material in the curriculum states that "sexual orientation
is not a choice" and that "sex play with friends of the same gender
is not uncommon during early adolescence."
CRC also says the program artificially changes the meaning of family
to include not only the traditional definition, but also "two or
more people who are joined together by emotional feelings
CRC spokesman Steve Fisher said the school district also encourages
students in their early teens to identify themselves as heterosexual,
homosexual or transgender independent of the wishes of their
parents, their religious beliefs, or clergy.
Moreover, the sex ed curriculum suggests to kids as young as 13
that a sex life is necessary for a good self-image, and includes
an instructional video that one mental health expert said would
be problematic for many parents.
Dr. Warren Throckmorton, associate professor of psychology at Grove
City College in Pennsylvania, viewed the sex ed video and said,
"The films lip service to abstinence takes about 18 seconds
. After this is out of the way, the film gets busy as a promo
for latex [condoms]."
He said the video uses an older teenage girl to demonstrate the
application of a condom to a cucumber, while she tells 10th graders,
"Remember to use a condom for oral, anal and vaginal sex
AgapePress, 2/16/05; Washington Times,
3/5/05, 11/23/04; www.drthrockmorton.com, 3/8/05
Parental Advisory: Check kids video
Video games are one of the most popular pastimes for children
and teens. But if parents are tempted to assume that the magazines
that promote these games are harmless, they are mistaken.
Because of some parental complaints received by AFA, the Journal
made random purchases of some popular video game magazines to see
whats inside the covers. The magazines GamePro,
Electronic Gaming, GameStar and Surge were eye-opening,
to say the least.
Here are some things for parents to be aware of when it comes to
the magazines promoting the video gaming industry:
Sometimes game magazines contain advertisements apart from
ads for the games themselves that are highly sexualized.
Electronic Gaming, for example, carried an ad for a Web site
that allows visitors to download computer "wallpaper" with nude
Inappropriate demo discs
Some magazines contain a free demo CD-ROM inside, with demonstrations
of (usually) new or upcoming video game releases. The intent, of
course, is to encourage interested gamers to spend money on the
The current issue of GameStar provided such a demo, but
some of its content would certainly be problematic for many parents.
A child or teen playing the demo would have been exposed to female
characters kissing, pulling their panties off, and groping themselves
("Outlaw Golf"); scantily-clad women dressed as a naughty
nurse, a cowgirl in bikini and leather chaps, an S&M devil,
and other sexualized clichés wrestling each other
("Rumble Roses"); and a fighting game where each blow causes blood
to spew ("Mortal Kombat").
A parent should no more allow their child to preview a free demo
than they would allow them to watch a PG-13 movie without supervision.
All of the game magazines reviewed by AFA Journal contained
artwork that was inappropriate although some magazines were
worse than others. (GameStar contained photos that were pornographic.)
As pictured above, images and text were sometimes sexual in nature,
gory, demonic or occultic, or just downright weird. The worst sexual
images obviously could not be included in the Journal.
Parents should at least leaf through any magazines that their child
wants to purchase, to check the artwork.
gave readers tips on how to search the Internet and find free pornography.
While its not all that difficult to find porn by accident,
one wonders why a magazine devoted to playing video games is giving
hints on a much more dangerous game.
Complaining to the magazines that carry such things, or to the
store that carries the magazines themselves, certainly has its place.
But putting the "genie" of explicit content back into the bottle
will take time or may not happen, period.
That means parents who want to protect their children will have
to be alert to the spiritual poisons found on movie screens, television
and magazine shelves.
Wal-Mart caves to homosexual lobby
The Human Rights Campaign, the nations largest lobbying
group for homosexuals is praising Wal-Mart for its efforts to accommodate
same-sex couples. The retailer has joined 228 other Fortune 500
companies that offer benefits to same-sex partners of employees.
But Bob Knight of the Culture and Family Institute (CFI) said most
families are not aware that Wal-Mart is so "gay-friendly." He says
Wal-Mart has spent a lot of time cultivating a pro-family image.
"Some of what theyve done is positive," he said. "[But] now
that theyve caved to gay activists, theyve joined the
side of those who dont think that marriage and family are
worth supporting anymore and that political correctness is
The CFI spokesman noted that another retailer, Target, was recently
criticized for not allowing Salvation Army bell-ringers to solicit
donations on store property during the Christmas season. Consequently,
many families turned to Wal-Mart. Knight now has a problem with
"Wal-Mart cant give on one hand and take away with the other,"
he said. "Millions of families shop at Wal-Mart,
that Wal-Mart is openly promoting homosexuality. When it gets out
that theyre [doing that] by actually subsidizing homosexual
this will tarnish their image."
Ford gives to gay group in Michigan
According to a press release issued by the Ford Motor Company
Fund, the company has pledged $250,000 to Affirmations, a Ferndale,
Michigan-based group that is building a new community center for
the homosexual community.
Affirmations, according to its Web site, was "founded on the philosophy
that gay is good, you are not alone," and various programs
are offered to "counter the impact of heterosexism and homophobia."
"Ford is proud to support Affirmations and its partners," said
Ford Motor Company Fund President Sandra Ulsh. "The new center will
serve as a cornerstone for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
community in the state of Michigan. It will be a place to build
and nurture a more inclusive and respectful society."
Because of Fords efforts to be gay friendly, the company
received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest
homosexual lobby group in the U.S. "Ford is the only automaker and
the largest corporation to get this score," the Ford press release
www.media.ford.com, 2/1/05; www.goaffirmations.org,
NRLC offers Will to Live project
The National Right to Life Committee, a pro-life organization
that advocates the restoration of legal protection to innocent human
lives, is the strong arm behind the nationwide "Will to Live" Project.
The project urges Americans to sign a legal document that is designed
to protect a persons own life if, at any time, the person
becomes incompetent. The document allows a person to designate someone
who will make the desired health care decisions for the patient.
It also allows a person to make a clear statement, in the form of
written instructions, detailing what medical treatment he or she
would want to receive.
According to www.nrlc.org, "separate forms have been prepared
for each state to comply with the differing requirements of each
states law, such as the number of witnesses required, with
the help of an attorney licensed to practice in that state."
Forms specific to each state can be downloaded at www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/willtolive/StatesList.html.
www.nrlc.org, 3/28/05, 4/1/05
Abortion opposition grows in U.S.
Americans opposition to abortion is increasing as evident
from a Harris Interactive Poll released in March. The results revealed
what LifeSite.net refers to as "the strongest opposition to Roe
v. Wade in years."
The findings came from a survey of 1,012 U.S. adults showing that
Americans support the ruling of the landmark case by only a 52%
to 47% margin, in contrast with a 57% to 41% margin in 1998.
In addition, it is very likely that the weakening support for Roe
is even more pronounced than the study indicates, due to an
understatement in the survey question.
The poll question defined Roe v. Wade for respondents as
"making abortions up to three months of pregnancy legal."
But Cathy Cleaver Ruse, director of planning and information for
the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said, "Roe
v. Wade created an unlimited right to abortion, and most people
think an unlimited right to abortion is wrong."
Dutch physicians admit killing babies
In hopes of provoking the government of the Netherlands to action,
a group of Dutch doctors willingly admitted having euthanized 20
According to reporter Matthew Schofield, "The doctors hope their
move will prompt Parliament to recognize officially that doctors
have been euthanizing critically ill children beyond what Dutch
While there is no indication as to whether any legal action will
be taken in regards to the killings, some doctors are insistent
in demanding officially-recognized government guidelines for euthanizing
"Its time to be honest about the unbearable suffering endured
by newborns with no hope of a future," said Dr. Eduard Verhagen,
head of pediatrics for Groningen University hospital and a leading
proponent of government guidelines. "All over the world, doctors
end lives discreetly, out of compassion, without any kind of regulation."
Until December, the hospital refused to release details about the
protocol, but finally chose to do so in hopes of gaining support.
The specific conditions for ending the life of a terminally ill
child are detailed in the protocol found at www.umcg.nl/azg/nl/english/nieuws/45613.
It is intended to apply to about 15 to 20 cases per year in the
Knight Ridder Newspapers, 3/6/05
In an April AFA Journal story about the news media ("Study
reveals media bias
again"), a study listed the Wall Street
Journal as the most biased news source. The study examined only
news stories, and not editorial page content, a fact that the Journal
failed to mention. We are sorry for any confusion, and thank the
numerous AFA Journal readers who alerted us