September 26, 2004
God Hates Florida
It's really the only explanation I can figure out. I can't remember anytime in my life when Florida has been hit so many times like this. Maybe I'm wrong but history was never really my strong point I guess. At any rate I would say that the people in Florida are probably getting sick of the weather. I think God hates Florida because it's shaped like a giant penis and as all religious people will tell you, the penis is evil. Of course most religious people aren't really in touch with reality anyway.
I am pretty open minded as far as I can tell. I don't buy a lot of bullshit out there in the world, but I don't really try and change things I don't like because I'm sure there are some out there that do like stuff. One of the newest things I've been exposed to is the "one million" campaign going on out there. The campaign consists of a three separate websites all slinging the same bullshit. There is onemilliondads, moms and youth. Of course when you dig a little deeper you see they are all part of the AFA program. The AFA is the American Family Association which sounds rather benign until you get into their propaganda filled website. Now as far as what they say I don't totally disagree with them as I do think family values is important, although it's a parents job to instill those and not to bitch because the world is corrupting their kids. I do think of the AFA as rather shallow and closed minded, but then again you are dealing with hardcore Christians here and you have to expect that. From reading on their site I have gathered that Jesus did not die on the cross so homosexuals could marry and therefore they denounce that rather heavily on the AFA site and some of their links. I don't want to get into that segment at this time... I am more interested in speaking on the "one million" segment here.
The three "one million" sites are all for cleaning up television and taking anything THEY see as objectionable off the air. How do they propose to do this? By writing letters to the advertisers of these programs and try to get them to drop their ads. Some have been successful already and they aren't stopping. Here is the mission statement (this one from the moms page, although they are all three the same): Our goal is to stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media (TV, music, movies, etc.). Mom, OneMillionMoms.com is the most powerful tool you have to stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children. It is time to fight back!
Yes, because obviously none of these moms have a power button or the capability to change the channel on their remote controls. There are plenty of vulgar things on television these days and most of it is on later in the evening when your children should be doing their homework or going to bed. Here's a novel idea since this society disturbs you so very much. Why not turn off the television and read your child a book. How about play a game with them? Not a violent video game though, since I'm sure you've burned all of those, but a nice board game like Candyland... or is that offensive to diabetics? At any rate what I'm saying is that instead of trying to make everything around you sterile, why don't you instead spend your time trying to be a parent and instill some morals into your child so that when they grow up and are on their own they can make the correct decisions when they are faced with the reality that not everything in this world is pure.
Shows such as South Park are on the air because they have millions of fans (myself included). I don't have any kids but I do have friends and relatives in the 5 year old range and there is no way I would let them watch South Park or listen to some of my rap music I have because as a responsible adult I don't want them exposed to that. However, as an adult I do like to watch South Park and listen to rap music that has swear words in it, and therefore I don't appreciate other people going around trying to eliminate it because they find it offensive. I don't like oriental food, so you know what I do? I don't go to oriental restaurants. I surely don't petition to close those restaurants and try to get others to stop going because I don't like it, I just make the decision to go elsewhere. It's my freedom of choice, which if I'm not mistaken is one of the principles this country is founded upon. I always hear them say that it was the most offensive program they ever watched. Well why the hell did you watch it then if it was so offensive? Most normal people would see that, go wow, that's disgusting and then blip, turn the channel. See, freedom of choice. There is nothing that makes you watch something you don't like except for stupidity.
Speaking of South Park, their newest beef is with Best Buy because they refused to pull their advertising from South Park. Here is an excerpt from their site: Best Buy continues to sponsor the filthy South Park show on Comedy Central. In fact, they have inexcusably dismissed the concerns of more than 10,000 parents who have contacted them in the past week.
Here's how Best Buy's Corporate Relations Manager, Susan Busch, defends their support of South Park. "We do not endorse or encourage any behavior that is presented or suggested by the content of this program. We strongly encourage our customers to watch and listen to programs that are appropriate for themselves and their families."
This is Best Buy's message in a nutshell: "We don't care what you think. We'll continue to support South Park with our advertising dollars, despite your concerns."
Although they say they don't endorse or encourage the behavior presented or suggested, Best Buy gives South Park their personal seal of approval by continuing to financially support it!
Please don't let Best Buy get away with helping keep trash TV on the air! Let's make sure they understand we don't like their salty advertising policy.
Ok, what I'm seeing Susan Busch say for Best Buy is the same thing that I'm saying. Watch and listen to programs that are appropriate for them. You know, that pesky freedom of choice thing again. I'm going to reiterate this point one more time for the narrow minded Christian set in hopes that they will get it through their thick bible beating skulls. Just because you don't like something doesn't mean that it should be banned from existence. I know you think everyone should join hands, sing hymns and read psalms until they are blue in the face, but the reality is that not everyone agrees with you.
You see, I don't like your site or your values but all I am doing is expressing my opinion on that, I'm not pushing your web hosting service to drop you or anyone that advertises on your site to stop because along with freedom of choice comes freedom of speech, and you can exercise that as much as you want. If you feel the shows are bad then go ahead and talk about how bad they are, but don't try and take them away from me and the millions of others that enjoy them. So although I don't condone your actions, I won't attempt to stop them either, because for one I don't really see you as a major threat, and for two I'm not a hypocritical Christian like those that run the above mentioned websites.
So why do groups like this think that because this offends their little Christian bubble that therefore the rest of us should suffer for it? Like I really want to spend the rest of my life watching Sesame Street and reruns of Touched by and Angel. Of course the clincher on these sites is that it is free to become a member, but... but we would appreciate donations and there is even the option to become a Sustaining member and have your donation taken directly from your credit card or checking account monthly. So after all the bellyaching about morals, it once again comes down to this. Give us your money in the name of all that's holy... or we will smite you.
Posted by Dave at September 26, 2004 06:10 PM