The reason I mention that, for those of you who did not know, is that the subject which I have to talk to you about today is one that I have been thinking about for many years.I have been back and forth, so to speak, on how to approach the subject.In one book, you only need to get to page four for the first of many uses of the term "motherf—-in". Today's youth are the most marketed-to generation in the history of the world.Of course, you should also check out the Sex Ed class materials that may include contests where kids race to put condoms on dildos and cucumbers. The number one music genre of choice for today's youth of all races and socio-economic groups is the often verbally pornographic and violent rap and hip-hop. Corporations spend billions of dollars every year on advertising. Our kids are spending an estimated 0 billion a year on trinkets and toys and clothes and media.Published by Simon and Schuster, recurring themes are incest and graphic sex among children.What about some of the books our kids are reading for school assigned reports?The subject in one word is "Dating." I would like to begin today, by reading part of the transcript of a speech given at Hillsdale College, on March 6, 2006, by Rebecca Hagelin, Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the Heritage Foundation, and author of, Home Invasion: Protecting Your Family in a Culture That's Gone Stark Raving Mad: It used to be that the home was the nurturing oasis providing relief from outside dangers.
Well, I pulled a few novels off the [library's] shelves and what I found disgusted me.As many of you know, my wife Sue and I have been married for more than thirty years.We have a daughter who is 27, and we have two grandsons. Our son is 17, and of course, he is single as well.Martin Collins, reflecting on the pervasive influence of pornography on the Internet, television, music, and print media, suggests that young people engaging in premarital sex are acting like sheep to the slaughter, totally oblivious to the real facts of life.Dating should be preceded by wholesome group activities; God created us as social beings, placing a longing in each individual for a member of the opposite sex.The purpose of dating should not be considered merely a pre-marriage ritual designed to prepare one for marriage, but instead (1) to develop wholesome interactions with the opposite sex in contrast to the world's dating games, totally mired in the lures of temptation and emotion described by James -15; (2) to help individuals to see their own strengths and weaknesses, gradually understanding themselves; (3) to develop practice in serving others, and (4) to discover the person one will marry.The more similarities there are in a relationship, the less likelihood that conflicts will emerge.Well, that guy in the trench coat is now in our homes. Let me repeat: 90% of children will fall victim to pornography in their own homes.And then there's intentional porn consumption by kids.Sexual activity is expected and has no consequences. The only brand of respect that's taught is a twisted brand of "self-respect." The harm, then, is that in addition to the obvious degradation of our humanity; to the destruction of common decency and morality; and to the virtual death of civility; our children are paying a terrible price with their bodies, their emotions and their futures.A September 2004 report in the medical journal Pediatrics reveals that children who watch a lot of sexualized television have twice the rate of sexual activity as teens who don't.