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DOMA: What has happened to our culture?

Letter by Anthony Thomas Granata, Spanaway on July 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm with 21 Comments »
July 25, 2011 1:45 pm

Re: “DOMA restrictions no longer defensible” (TNT, 7-23).

The Washington Post editorial opposing the Defense of Marriage Act really saddened me. I wouldn’t exactly call myself an old-fashioned dinosaur (I’m 44), but what in the world is happening to our culture these days?

I can remember watching prime-time television shows that had true heroes and were truly family- oriented. Nowadays, we are subjected to prime-time plots such as who can go the longest without masturbating or we can change the channel and watch bikini-clad women yell at and slap each other around a mansion that clearly no one of that ilk has any right to live in.

I have to be afraid to tell strangers “Merry Christmas” for fear of offending someone. As a college professor, many of my students seem to think that it is my responsibility to schedule exams around their daily leisure activities. Oh, and while I’m at it, why not work 10 times harder and put my whole class online so they don’t have to come to class?

It took a few years to convince my daughter that the answer to every question regarding a famous American isn’t always going to be Martin Luther King and, yes, there were presidents before Barack Obama. And then I read this editorial by the Washington Post which calls opposition to gay marriage “perverse.”

I must’ve crossed over to the Twilight Zone.

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  1. geeterpontiac says:

    Twilight zone?

    None!

    Welcome to liberal America

  2. aislander says:

    Thirty-plus years of indoctrination by public schools and mass media MUST have an effect. Until we get those organizations back on the side of traditional America, we will always be fighting a rear-guard action (no reference to the gay agenda intended)…

  3. FOX Network (yes, the same people that bring you the….uh….”news”) is one of the biggest offenders in terms of television programming.

    Now, frankly, I don’t watch reality programs as described by the letter writer, so I’ll just have to take his word for it. He must be watching, to provide a blow by blow description.

    I know where the channel changer is and if something doesn’t appeal to me, I turn the channel or turn the TV off.

    Now, while we are on this subject…what kind of nightclub were the Conservative Republicans entertaining their money crowd at? I guess homosexuality is OK to the Conservatives if it is used for entertainment to raise money for their cause.

  4. From Starpulse.com –

    A new Parents Television Council study of Family Hour programming conclusively shows that children watching television during the first hour of prime time are assaulted by violence, profanity or sexual content once every 3.5 minutes of non-commercial airtime.

    During the 2006-2007 study period, almost 90% of the 208 television shows reviewed contained objectionable content.

    The PTC found that Fox is the worst broadcast network overall, noting its 20.78 instances of violent, profane and sexual content each hour — nearly double the amount of similar content shown on any of the five other major broadcast networks.

    Fox’s American Dad took the cake for worst series overall based on the alarming 52 instances of objectionable content that was packed into each hour of programming.

  5. Rollo_Tomassi says:

    Here is a crazy idea… Turn your TV off.

  6. aislander says:

    I actually agree with KARD about Fox Entertainment, but it is a completely separate division from Fox News. Perhaps that illuminates how little control Rupert Murdoch exercises over content…

  7. “aislander says:
    July 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    I actually agree with KARD about Fox Entertainment, but it is a completely separate division from Fox News. Perhaps that illuminates how little control Rupert Murdoch exercises over content…

    Oh yes…..”Mr Bare Breasts on Page 3″ wouldn’t agree with a little tittilation on his entertainment network. Is there anything that Murdock IS responsible for concerning his business?

    “aislander says:
    July 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm
    Thirty-plus years of indoctrination by public schools and mass media MUST have an effect. Until we get those organizations back on the side of traditional America, we will always be fighting a rear-guard action (no reference to the gay agenda intended)… ”

    So….the Republican Party leaders that entertained folks at a lesbian bondage bar did so because of public schools? Funny, I never learned about that in school…….

  8. t took a few years to convince my daughter that the answer to every question regarding a famous American isn’t always going to be Martin Luther King and, yes, there were presidents before Barack Obama.

    Interesting that he resents the notoriety of two famous black men……

  9. geeterpontiac says:

    bB,

    He never said he resented it because they were black.

    What I thought he meant was he felt too much emphasis was being placed on Martin Luther King and President Obama in lieu of other Americans.

    There are many other Americans, black, hispanic, white, indian, etc,whose accomplishments and contributions to the American story merit recognition.

    Perhaps there is an over emphasis on King and Obama. I wouldn’t be surprised.

  10. “too much emphasis”…….

    Hmmm….how do you regulate the amount of emphasis that society places on certain people?

    Personally, I think there has been too much emphasis on Sarah Palin, but her PR team keeps cranking up the machine.

  11. “I have to be afraid to tell strangers “Merry Christmas” for fear of offending someone.”

    Since the Jewish people don’t celebrate Christmas, you might want to just keep your Christian holidays to yourself. Jewish people do.

  12. aislander says:

    beerBoy writes: “Interesting that he resents the notoriety of two famous black men……”

    Interesting word choice, too….Are you sure you mean “notoriety?”

  13. aislander says:

    KARD writes: “…you might want to just keep your Christian holidays to yourself. Jewish people do.”

    Uh…KARD, Christmas is a national holiday, too, and it’s one we share with everyone. You know: Joy to the World and all that. But I do appreciate Jewish people who keep their Christian holidays to themselves–and they all seem to!–but MY Jewish friends are perfectly fine with my wishing them a merry Christmas…

  14. “aislander says:
    July 26, 2011 at 8:16 am
    KARD writes: “…you might want to just keep your Christian holidays to yourself. Jewish people do.”

    Uh…KARD, Christmas is a national holiday, too.”

    Oh my gaaaawd…..Presidents Day is a National Holiday (meaning federal employees and many others don’t work) also, but no one finds the need to run around wishing everyone a Merry Presidents Day.

    Christians love to shove their religion down other’s throats and when called on it, get offended.

  15. “But I do appreciate Jewish people who keep their Christian holidays to themselves”

    For the reading impaired, I was referring to the point that Jewish people don’t share their holidays with Christians and force them to participate.

  16. aislander says:

    No “reading impairment,” KARD, but you may wish to do something about that writing impairment of yours (which is what I was pointing out…), but it’s probably too late. Folks your age do get set in their ways…

  17. aislander says:

    On further reflection, KARD, you seem to be impaired in your ability to recognize sarcasm when it is directed your way…

  18. Just another white straigh christian male longing for the time when those other people were in the closet (or in the back of the bus – not said outright, but quite showing through).
    Sorry, sir, you *are* a dinosaur.
    I simpathize with you missing a better society, but I am convinced it is the players who gamed the sentiments of people like you that destroyed the Great Society (see Southern Strategy), mostly by allowing the rise of inequality.

  19. aislander – now I’m responsible for your inability to read in context?

  20. aislander says:

    No. You’re responsible for your own inability to write in a logical manner. You WROTE that Jewish people keep their Christian holidays to themselves. Look up the word “antecedent” as it pertains to grammar…

  21. GeminiArcher says:

    This string of inane non sequiturs was actually published? Wow, TNT must not get enough letters if this is what they’re left scraping the bottom of the barrel to get.

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