Some friends and I were talking about JC Penney the other day and the changes they have made and how they seem to have forgotten who brought them to the party. One friend told me what his wife had seen in one store, and I asked her to write something up for me.
We are not alone right?
Read about her experience below:
This past spring, when many Christians and conservatives were boycotting JC Penney because of their partnership (no pun intended) with Ellen DeGeneres, I thought it was extreme and a bit ridiculous. Ellen, in my opinion, is one of the least offensive celebrities in Hollywood today. Also, I am not quick to jump on the boycott bandwagon no matter the cause.
However, I have not re-entered the JC Penney near my home after coming across an overtly sexualized display in the make-up section and being politely dismissed after voicing my concerns. This display was the final straw in what has been a building complaint in my life as a mom, wife, and Christian. Here is a picture I took of the make-up ad:
The most disturbing aspect of this display was that it was front and center at my child’s sight-line. I have three young children, two of whom are readers… I do not want them practicing their reading skills on ads like this.
I understand in this climate of MAJOR political and world issues, my concerns over ads such as this one may seem trite and a bit inconsequential; but I do not live my life in the realm of big world thinking. I live my day to day as a mom who wants a pure and natural childhood for my kids. I understand that sensuality is a natural part of life (hey- I have three kids!) but there is a difference between sensuality and lust. Ads like this, Victoria’s Secret, or most magazine cover shots have created an atmosphere of carnality that reduces pure passion and love to a mere animalistic appetite.
This is not a call for a boycott. And there is no way and no reason to try to bring our society back to the 1950’s; but there is also no reason why I should not expect to be able to go shopping without my children being exposed to subject matter that is inappropriate!
You may agree or disagree; this is just one mom’s opinion. As for me, I refuse to stand by any longer and allow societal norms to dictate what my family is exposed to. I have challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and start speaking up when I find my sense of morality under attack. It most likely will not make a difference, as I found in my experience with JC Penney; but at least I will know I am continuing to stay true to what I believe and I will never look back and wonder why I wasn’t a better advocate for my kids.
I have NEVER seen a Hollywood blockbuster with a “message” that A: worked and B: I agreed with, until Captain America. I saw it last night. What a great way to show how foolish we are to allow a government to protect us by collect data, build war machines, grow “homeland security”, secrecy and most of all allow a handful of people decide who lives and who dies based on data killed by drones.
Great movie and truly a uniting message. I can’t imagine the American that doesn’t see this movie and then hear those like Rand Paul and not understand the clear and present danger we are a country and a world from elites in the name of security.
It is fun AND TRUE. See it. Rarely are sequels as good as the first movie. This may even be better! All my friends are saying the same thing. Rarely do I receive so many notes from friends: “Glenn, you HAVE TO SEE THIS!”
We are entering into a new space here and hopefully we’re about to show you some really exciting things that we’re developing on multiple fronts. But one of those is 1791. And 1791, I believe that we all are kind of looking for the same thing. And we’re all trying to do our best, make really high quality stuff, make it affordable, and bring back some artistry, some innovation to what we do in America.
I’d like to be remembered as a generation that did something and did something great. And so we’re looking for innovation on many fronts. And we want to try to be able to bring some new jobs and we want to just be able to make good quality stuff again on all fronts.
1791 is our clothing and lifestyle division. It’s more than just clothing as you will see. It’s a little bit of everything. And we would love just to share the ideas with you and get your opinion on a few things.
If you’d like to be involved with us, we sure would like to hear from you and sign up for our 1791 newsletter. It’s at 1791.com.
We the people, need to be the safe haven for these teachers. When no one else will stand for the whistleblowers and those brave enough to tell the truth, WE MUST.
Remember: we surround them.
Not the other way around.
Read Bonhoeffer. It is better to speak and stand. Even if you feel alone. Courage is contagious. Most are afraid. Most don’t want to cause problems. “Can’t we all just get along? Can’t we just move on? I just want to go home and be with my kids.”
I know. We all do. But for those same kids, we must stand.
I’m reading my scriptures every day, and really studying them. Really trying to understand and milk them for every bit of wisdom and advice. I have come to the conclusion that you are much better off than I am.
Not just because you may be a much better human than I am, but because I am noticed, I am well paid and I am thanked. I get my share of hate and trouble, sure. But I also get my rewards here. I won’t get it for things I have already been paid for in one form or another.
You, however, struggle, lose time at work perhaps, take the unpopular view for His sake. Some have lost jobs, family and friends just like I have. But most have not received fame or accolades and the prayers of millions.
Your reward is far greater. Recognize that. Celebrate that. Count on that promise. It is true and everlasting.
Continue to stand and know that while we are just one family and not millions, we do pray for you several times a day.
I pray for you.
I give thanks for you.
I am inspired by you.
You are making a difference. You are pushing back on the darkness and the darkness cannot understand it.
You win in the end. Our children win in the end…all because of people just like you. Most of whom have names that will never be recorded by a newspaper or national media. But those same names and lives are being watched, recorded and cheered on in the places where it really counts. There are more with us than against us.
Trust in The Almighty God, the Architect of the Universe and the One God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Trust and act and give your grandchildren a reason to stand themselves to declare their testimony of courage. Let them shout from the roof tops that you knew what was right and refused to remain silent. As they tell the story of who you were and what you did – know that while you hear this witness from across the ethereal gulf of the eternities you will be reaping your eternal rewards.
Also, just in case anyone is wondering, I know for a fact that hate and murder have no place in God’s plans and His rewards have nothing to do with scores of virgins.
May our God be ever at our side as we wield His full armor to stand and free the oppressed from fear and darkness. And may our loins always be girded In truth as our feet, shod in the Gospel, run to peace.
When Glenn was first planning Man in the Moon, he envision it being performed at the Grand Canyon. He would tell the story of The Man in the Moon at a giant campfire, with the shadows projected from the fire telling the story of America. The moon is the only element from the original art that is still in the show.
In the piece below, the red dots indicate the locations of the projectors:
During the Talkers New York 2013 conference today, Glenn was the recipient of the Freedom of Speech award. With
Glenn opened the speech talking about the importance of the first amendment, saying that the only speech that needs to be protected is speech that is found offensive. No one is calling for unoffensive speech to be censored, only when someone disagrees. Glenn also welcomed progressive voices onto talk radio, saying that it was important for all sides of debate to be in the the discussion so that all views can be understood.
In typical Glenn fashion, he also used historical artifacts to make his point. He brought out a newspaper cartoon mocking the Prophet Muhammad that ignited outrage overseas. While Glenn didn’t agree with the cartoon, he didn’t think it should be censored.
“Muhammad is not my prophet, Allah is not my God. But this is wrong. But do they have a right to do it? Yes. Should they be silenced, should we have laws to stop them? No. Should we print those things as individuals? No. We should have respect for each other.”
“But should you have the right to do it? Yes. But this society focuses on rights and not responsibilities. We have a responsibility to be better. We have a responsibility to speak out and speak up if we think something is wrong.”
He said that everyone has a responsibility in shaping the future, and to do so there needs to be an open and honest debate between people of all viewpoints.
“The world is in dynamic change right now,” he explained, “and if you try and hold it – the harder you hold the worse things get.”
Glenn emphasized that he is happy to live in a time when he is given the opportunity to be heard on the air.
“I appreciate CNN for putting me on the air. I appreciate the Fox News channel for putting me on the air. I am thrilled to live in a time to be associated with Premiere and Clear Channel.”
Glenn ended the talk by acknowledging that he has at times been divisive, and while he doesn’t regret the truths that were said he did regret how some of his arguments were made.
“Any role that I have played in dividing, I wish I could take it back — I don’t wish I could take back the truth that was spoken, but [many] times I could’ve said it differently,” he said. “We are now living in a completely new era, and there is profound opportunity and profound light on the horizon ready to dawn, a world that none of us could understand or even design if we tried, because the possibilities are endless. But so are the nightmares.”
“It will require all of us to recognize what time we are living in. To recognize we have a profound responsibility because of the rights that we have. And stand an protect those rights – not of those people we agreed with – but protect the rights of those we vehemently disagree with,” he said. “You stand with those people. And that’s what will heal our country.”