“It’s critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think,” said Doug Mesner, the Satanic Temple’s co-founder, according to The Washington Post. Mesner also goes by the professional name of Lucien Greaves. [Note that Lucien seems somewhat close to ‘Lucifer’.]
As Farley noted, however, The Satanic Temple is not shy about who its real target is. The secular after-school clubs are being targeted at elementary schools where there are currently Christian programs known as the Good News Clubs.
“While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination, instilling children with a fear of hell and God’s wrath, After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism,” Greaves said. “We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of an everlasting other-worldly horror.”
Franklin Graham, the outspoken evangelist, wasted no time in offering his response to the announcement. He said America was “already seeing the devastating effects of secularism everywhere” and called on followers to pray for Greaves’ “eyes to be opened to the truth of the Gospel and his own personal need of a Savior”.
Another initiative targeting the youth utilizes the ever-popular media channel of television. In a recent article for the Christian Examiner, Michael Foust reported on VH1’s controversial program Dating Naked – sexually explicit adult-rated content left open to the viewing of teenagers.
The VH1 show, rated TV-14, shows young adults dating ‘in the buff’. VH1 pixelates the private areas, although that does little to make it more acceptable.
“Most parents would be shocked to find their young teenagers watching this sexually-explicit nude dating show,” said PTC President Tim Winter. “But VH1, in all its wisdom, believes this kind of content is appropriate for middle school and high school aged children.”
Conservative groups such as the Parents Television Council and One Million Moms have fought back. Both have repeatedly urged their supporters to contact companies and ask them to pull commercials from the program.
The end result has been that major advertisers such as Sprint, Samsung and Panera Bread have agreed to stop sponsoring Dating Naked. The latest company to drop its ads from it is Fruit of the Loom.
Fruit of the Loom released a statement which, according to One Million Moms, read, “Thank you for reaching out and sharing your concern. Fruit of the Loom has a family friendly advertising policy that does not permit airing on mature or explicit programming. We are following up with the network to ensure brand advertising does not run during this specific program in the future.”
Monica Cole of One Million Moms said Fruit of the Loom responded to the campaign within “a couple hours” of it being launched.”VH1 should be ashamed to air nudity and then call it entertainment,” Cole wrote. “… This horrendous show, packed full of extremely graphic content, has been extensively marketed to teens.”
This kind of programming feeds yet into the next level or consequence of watching sexually explicit content: the actual practice of fornication by the youth, and the provision of free condoms to them on the premise that “they’ll do it anyway so we need to protect them when they do”.