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"One Million Moms" Seriously Needs To Find A Hobby
Susan G. Komen is not doing so well these days.
If you haven't been following the news of late, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, the world's leading breast cancer research advocacy group, has been under fire for cutting its support for Planned Parenthood, which used the money from Komen to pay for breast-screening exams for women who can't afford a screening. The "official" reason for the cut in funding (about $600,000 annually) was because Planned Parenthood is under a federal investigation claiming that it used taxpayer dollars to provide abortions.
After the announcement, the Komen foundation received immediate backlash, claiming that the foundation put a political agenda ahead of women's health. It was later discovered that the investigation claim was just an excuse to cut off Planned Parenthood altogether, which apparently the foundation was planning to do for a while now. But amid all of the backlash aimed at the Komen foundation, there is one group who has always supported the de-funding of Planned Parenthood:
The One Million Moms Network.
According to their website, the purpose of One Million Moms, which is a branch of the American Family Association, is to give kids the best chance possible of living in a moral society. The way they want to achieve this is to give moms an impact in deciding what is morally acceptable in our society, such as in movies, TV, and music. Their main claim is to stand up to the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity that the entertainment business is "throwing at your children," but although One Million Moms is one of those organizations that sounds good on the surface, if you dig down deep enough, you start to see OMM's true ambitions.
And those ambitions are scary.
This is an organization that claims to be a Christian organization, but the causes they fight for, and in the manner that they do it, is anything but Christian. The way it works is the group sends you an e-mail with information about a particular "target" (TV network, radio stations, sponsors, etc.), and after OMM has informed you of the situation at hand, it will give you a link to a "take action" page on their website. Their entire reason for this as stated above is "for the children," but, from the impression I am getting, this is about more than the children. This is about imposing Christian values on Americans.
At its heart, OMM is nothing more than a religious version of the Ku Klux Klan. Don't let the pictures of the loving moms fool you. This is a group that spills more hatred then the Tea Party, all under the rouse of "this is what Jesus would want us to do."
On the record, I don't hate Christianity. I am a firm believer in god and I am a very religious person. What god wants from us is to be loving to one another, regardless of a difference in religion, skin color and/or sexual preference. But OMM doesn't see it this way. They believe that true Christianity is the one and only way, and anything else is considered immoral.
It is this simple-mindedness that is the most damaging for our children.
OMM is made up of people that truly believe that their way is the only way. Remember the flap over a Modern Family episode where a two-year-old said a curse word? That was all caused by OMM, who pressured sponsors of the show into not supporting the episode because the two-year-old picked up the "F" word from her gay parents.
I saw the episode. It was pretty funny and they did bleep it out. It wasn't like the network actually let her say it. And besides, I have seen other young kids curse on TV and in movies in a lot worse manner than that little girl.
But here's my question: Why would you let your youngest children watch this show in the first place? The episodes swing between "TV-PG" to "TV-14", both of which recommends that Modern Family should either be watched with adults present or that the show is not suitable for children at all.
But that was nothing compared to the flap over Ellen DeGeneres and J.C Penney.
Last week, DeGeneres was picked to be the new spokeswoman for the large department store chain. This was a major problem for OMM, because if you haven't known by now, DeGeneres is gay, and we can't have a gay person advocating great deals on fashion now can't we!
J.C Penney became the new "target" for OMM, claiming that DeGeneres "is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store." OMM also claimed that the majority of J.C Penney shoppers will "be offended and choose to no longer shop there." J.C Penney responded by throwing their complete support behind DeGeneres and a Los Angeles Times poll showed that 96 percent of its readers support DeGeneres as Penney's spokeswomen. OMM was not satisfied by that response. So, it instructed
OMM was not satisfied by that response, so it instructed its followers to call the store managers instead, because, you know, store managers don't have anything better to do than to sit around at their desk all day and answer phone calls from mothers who seriously needs to find a hobby.
If the One Million Moms network ever did care about children and moral values, as they claim they do, then you would think they would pay more attention to education, homelessness, hunger, and the other real ills affecting our society instead of going after TV stations, radio stations and department stores because they promote more of a "danger" to our children. In truth, One Million Moms is yet another group who at the surface promotes good values, but in the end, it goes horribly goes adrift.
Here's the deal: It's not up to a "religious" group or the media to raise your children. The core values for children starts at home, and It's up to mothers and fathers to determine what is right and moral for your children.
Don't rely on groups like One Million Moms to make that decision for you.