Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Focus on the Family’s New Target

Focus on the Anal Sex Family apparently has so much time on their hands that, according to this article on a Christian news service, they’re now targeting the epidemic of pressure on parents to throw elaborate birthday parties for kids. Seriously. They must have heard about some party where a gay person was invited.

Comments

  1. #1 Skip Evans
    January 30, 2007

    Maybe they heard about a big, fabulous kiddie birthday party where the girls played softball and the boys did amazing things with pastels and patterns in interior design.

    Good Christian parties just consist of kids bound to uncomfortable chairs while a preacher (which is still sort of a clown) shouts at them how they’re all going to hell and stuff.

  2. #2 bc
    January 30, 2007

    I think this is indicative of the desire for FOF to become THE authoritative guide for family life. The fundamental church is really very authoritarian and this is a way to reinforce that.

  3. #3 Bob
    January 30, 2007

    Maybe FoF heard about my son’s 6th birthday party at our local Wetland Preserve where they taught the kids about evolution during the program. I hate to say it, but the FoF kinda has a point on this one. As the parent of 6 & 4 year olds, I am regulalry taken aback at some of the parties to which my kids are invited.

  4. #4 TomMil
    January 30, 2007

    Anyone who has had to order their 12 yr. old to turn off MTV’s show about sweet 16 parties will tell you that there is a visceral response to these things. It seems that these parents drop $20,000 to $5O,000 on these parties as the kids berate them for not outdoing some other kid’s vomit inducing indulgence. I’m no expert, the show lasted all of 5 minutes on our tube before I laid the hammer down, but if it makes FOF shift gears, good, they have often chosen less deserving targets.

  5. #5 KeithB
    January 30, 2007

    And in the business news, stock of Chuck E. Cheese took a nosedive.

  6. #6 JanieBelle
    January 30, 2007

    Focus on the Anal Sex Family…

    Ed, you just made my week.

    Thank you.
    :)

  7. #7 les
    January 30, 2007

    Why bash when FoF takes it’s nose out of my morality and does something that might be of benefit? Here in the Heart of America, the standard is ridiculous–1st grade level b’day parties have become $50 and up per guest extravaganzas, with goody bags for the little guests rivaling arts awards shows, parents vying for entertainment awards, outrageous gifts…a better target than most of their concerns.

  8. #8 Kristine
    January 30, 2007

    Oh for pity’s sakes, involve the kids in planning a party and they won’t care how little money you spend. Have them make decorations, etc., and they’ll love it.

    Kids don’t really care about money. That’s a lie that television perpetuates. Children don’t even understand that it is money. They see these elaborate parties on t.v. and see the “fun,” and fun is what they want. They’ll have fun with a simple party that they put on and not care about the cash.

    (For example, I just found out from one of the security guards that the favorite of our Period Rooms at the museum is the one without any furniture in it–the French salon–an empty ballroom with a chandalier. Why? It makes people dance. Kids dance in it, and couples young and old go to the French salon and dance. Nobody tells them to do it. People just spontaneously use their imaginations.)

    Adults are their own worst enemies sometimes. It’s involvement that kids are starved for today, not stuff and not money. Focus on the Family is using a big to-do about nothing to make another to-do about nothing (themselves).

  9. #9 dogmeatIB
    January 30, 2007

    Simple solution is … don’t have kids.

    No kids = no big family parties.

    No kids = No families = FoF

    So, we should all become gay, there by … hmmm on second thought…

  10. #10 rpsms
    January 30, 2007

    Bear in mind that the MTV show features many-millionaires throwing these $20K parties. If you do the math, $20,000 could be what the parents make in a *day*.

    The kids will behave in the manner their parents teach them. If the parents are eaily swayed by party peer pressure, then the kids are *guaranteed* to be spoiled little biznatches.

    But its their money, their right.

  11. #11 Kristine
    January 30, 2007

    Simple solution is … don’t have kids.

    Naw, (although I don’t have any) the solution is, don’t stop being kids.

    Big party all the time! As long as you redefine “party.”

    Appreciate the little things in life, like picking on the ID kids and them picking on us. Most fun I’ve had (or maybe I need to get a life).

  12. #12 bj
    January 30, 2007

    Ed,
    Focus is right on this one. Rampant materialism is warping our society and now it extends to the kids. This birthday thing is ridiculous. Then, they grow up and get married. Have you looked into the average cost of a wedding these days? Goofy.

  13. #13 twincats
    January 30, 2007

    les said: “Here in the Heart of America, the standard is ridiculous–1st grade level b’day parties have become $50 and up per guest extravaganzas, with goody bags for the little guests rivaling arts awards shows, parents vying for entertainment awards, outrageous gifts…a better target than most of their concerns.”

    See? That’s why I don’t have kids! I get to spend all that money on myself. Not.

  14. #14 Ed Darrell
    January 30, 2007

    1. There is some powerful irony in these anti-materialists being unable to avoid being sucked in by materialism, to the point that FotF even notices.

    2. Wait a minute: Isn’t FotF now advocating Jehovah’s Witness doctrine? Do you think they know?

  15. #15 les
    January 31, 2007

    Kristine, FoF would appear to be making the same point you are; why is it obvious good sense when you say it, and “making a big to-do” when they say it? FoF so seldom does anything that’s not intrusive, annoying and unconstitutional, why not throw ‘em a bone when they get something right?

  16. #16 raj
    January 31, 2007

    They must have heard about some party where a gay person was invited.

    Ed, Ed, Ed. It’s the gay people who designed the parties. Like they did the FABULOUS weddings for str8 people!
    ;-)