When Two Boys Kissed on Primetime TV

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When Two Boys Kissed on Primetime TV

By Michael Brown | charismanews.com

the-fostersIt has been called “The History-Making Gay Kiss,” as The Fosters TV show, which airs during prime time on the ABC Family network, featured the “Youngest Same-Sex TV Kiss Ever.” Yes, on a so-called “family friendly” network, two 13-year-old boys locked lips, and gay activists and their allies are celebrating the moment.

GLAAD, formally known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, statedthat, “ABC Family’s The Fosters breaks new ground with Jude and Connor’s kiss.” (For those who are not familiar with the show, Jude is raised by two lesbians, his adoptive parents.)

Gabe Bergado, writing for the Daily Beastclaimed that the kiss set “a fantastic standard,” one that “reassures all the real-life Judes and Connors out there that their feelings of self-discovery during those middle school and junior high years are valid.”

Personally, I find this is heartbreaking not heartwarming, tragic not terrific.

First, there is the power of example, either for good or for bad.

Young people in particular are influenced by what they see on TV and in the movies, with little boys dressing up like Superman or Spiderman and little girls mimicking the looks of the latest starlet.

As they get older, it’s not just a matter of playing silly dress-up games. Instead, these kids are now emulating the lifestyles of those they follow, and so a sexy dance to a 14-year-old looks a whole lot different than it did when the child was 5.

I can testify firsthand to the power of negative examples.

I started playing drums at the age of 8, and when I was 13, I went to my first rock concert, seeing the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the New York Philharmonic in 1968. And it really was an experience.

Everything about the band was countercultural and radical, appealing to my flesh and drawing me in. I wanted to be like the rock stars!

So, when I was just 14 years-old and was offered a joint for the first time, I thought to myself, “The rock stars get high, so I think I’ll try it.”

There was also a subtle pull to do something illicit, but I’m 100 percent sure that without the influence of rock music and rock culture, I never would have thought of getting high at that point of life.

The rest, as they say, is history, as I went from pot to hash to LSD and ups and downs to snorting speed to shooting speed and then heroin and cocaine and other drugs before the Lord graciously saved me at the age of 16 in 1971.

Negative examples played a powerful role in my descent into drug abuse, opening that all-important initial door.

Is it any coincidence, then, that girl-on-girl kissing and sex scenes have been the Hollywood rage for some years and that bisexual experimentation among girls as young as 12 has become increasingly common? (Numerous teachers, social workers and students have told me about the epidemic of bisexual experimentation among schoolgirls today.)

Is it any coincidence that back in 2003, Madonna and Brittney Spears kissed on national TV and, more recently, Katie Perry kissed a girl and liked it, and now lots of other girls are doing the same?

Parents, you make a grave mistake if you underestimate the power of negative examples, especially through TV, movies, social media and Internet.

Second, these kissing and sex scenes are impacting children at a volatile stage in their sexual and emotional development, potentially leading to even greater confusion, not to mention sexual experimentation.

Remember, we’re talking about developing children here, about kids who have not yet come into puberty (or who have just come into puberty), and now some of their favorite TV characters are acting out their homosexual desires, making for a whole new kind of role model.

I’m aware, of course, that gay-identified kids still get bullied in many schools across the nation, but I’m also aware that in many other schools, coming out as gay is seen as cool or even the thing to do.

This was confirmed to me by a very liberal-minded middle school teacher who told me about a 12-year-old boy who came out as gay in her class, only to come to her the next day and say, “I think I made a mistake. Can I take it back?”

Let that sink in for a moment.

Yet these are the very kids who will be influenced by TV shows like The Fosters.

Add to all this the influence of “Gay Straight Alliances” in middle schools and high schools, where kids are encouraged to “come out” to peers and faculty without their parents even knowing about it, coupled with the influence of Hollywood, the Internet and aggressive pro-gay school curricula, and it’s all too easy for kids in these formative years to become even more confused about their sexuality.

And once they begin to experiment, especially at such tender ages, there’s no telling what practices and behavior and desires might become a long-term part of their lives.

I’m not denying that most of those who identify as LGBT as adults say that their feelings never changed over the years. I’m simply pointing out that many people who thought they were “gay” eventually discover they are not.

One study I read found that roughly 25 percent of young teens interviewed thought that they might be gay, but 10 years later, the number of those who identified as gay was one-tenth that amount.

But how many of them engage in all kinds of sexual practices and relationships today because of their earlier sexual experimentation?

Third, not to sound prudish, but I’d be perfectly happy if there weren’t any TV kissing scenes with 13-year-olds, even if the kids were as heterosexual as they come.

Leave It to Beaver and Lassie may seems a little cheesy today, especially to young viewers, and they certainly had their flaws, but I’ll take the moral values instilled on those kind of shows over Glee or the latest reality show on MTV—unless, of course, you think Leave It to Beaver would have been better had 13-year-old Wally, Beaver’s older brother, cuddled up to another boy and kissed him.

The very thought of it is repulsive.

8 Comments on “When Two Boys Kissed on Primetime TV”

  1. Geneva

    I am prude and I dont care, there shouldn’t be any child scenes about any of it period,its the devil using the liberal agenda to steal the souls of our youth, its not only disgusting, its sending them straight to hell lest the repent and accept Christ……….woah to those that cause these little ones to stumble…..

  2. Cheryl Battle

    I agree with you my husband just said every show now has gay scene in it there are no more clean family shows for you to watch with your children. This is what happens when you take God out of your home and put the world first. In conclusion I am not homophobic I just think things like that should be done in private rather if you are gay or straight to many children are confuse enough without all this

  3. Toni

    Reading this really disturbed me. I have a three year old and a one year old. In the past I have made the comment that I’m homeschooling my children, and I have heard so much negative comments for me making that decision. To everybody that has a problem with me homeschooling my children, oh well. I don’t watch this mess, and I refuse to allow my children go to school and have to see and hear about this mess. The only words I have for parents. KEEP YOUR CHILDREN COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS EACH AND EVERY DAY, AND AWAY FROM TELEVISION AND SOCIAL MEDIA. The devil is out to get this next generation. What you gone do about it? Prayers going up for our youth, the next generation. If we continue to allow our children to be raised by others, television, technology, and social media will we have a positive next generation?

  4. Angela Williams

    Yet another reason why it’s imperative that we train up our babies in The Word, teach them to cultivate their own relationship with God, pray for and with them constantly, and monitor the media they come in contact with. The devil is on a mission for their souls. But, we should be in a serious mission for their souls for Jesus as well.

  5. Martha Marshall

    It is apparent that we who truly follow God have a lot of work to do. We must stop allowing the media or schools or those in the streets to give this information to our children and grand children. prayer and information is the only thing that will change this situation. We can no longer sit back and allow this type of behavior to continue. We hold the key to change this type of situation. We pay for these internet programs is anyone ready to take a stand and give up their tv intertainment and stop supporting such.

  6. itiswhatitis

    To the sister who wants to homeschool, go for it. God’s hand will be with you no matter what the critics think. To the challenger, I threw out my TV 8 years ago and still don’t regret it. My kids watch only certain shows that I monitor closely and If it’s not working, we cut it off. No Disney FOR SURE. How we fight against this corruption is by praying and confronting the enemy. We must guard our hearts and the hearts of our family because out of them flow the issues of life. Stand strong and continually seek the Father’s face for His good and perfect will for your life in these last days.

  7. Wayne

    This nation will surely be judged for this. But my real question is, where are the so called church leaders in speaking out against this?

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