THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
BY JOHN L. HARMER, CHAIRMAN
In preparing this newsletter each month we struggle with the issue of maintaining a sense of dignity and propriety in our reporting of the latest developments in the courts and the media with regard to the erosion of our nation’s moral values, and at the same time to be able to awaken our readers to the continuing increase of moral decay in our society. In this newsletter we will provide a brief, and we hope appropriate, summary of how the forces of moral degeneracy continue to exploit perversion for economic gain. We will then turn to the more positive aspect of what The Lighted Candle Society is doing to protect our homes and our families from this tidal wave of filth.
As these perversions continue to increase in number they are supported, defended, and financed by the same secret combination of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Motion Picture Producers Association, the giant corporate entities in the pornography industry, and the commentators presented by the American media as objective newscast reporters. Increasingly the content of news programs and so called “documentaries” move more and more to the presentation of reports of deviant sexual conduct. Nowhere in the program is there a voice of concern over the fact that these presumably shocking acts of sexual violence are the result of the program content of these same network broadcasters.
THE MOMENT OF DECISION HAS COME
Since 1964, as
an attorney, an elected public official, and a father, I have watched the continued
erosion of our moral legacy sink lower and lower. Nearly forty years ago, on the floor of the
California State Senate I was laughed at derisively by my colleagues when I
predicted that if the present trend were allowed to continue we would soon have
scenes of graphic sexual conduct being broadcast on television and seen in
every motion picture theater around the country. In a series of televised debates throughout
the state of
Ever and always my predictions of a society being torn apart by the obsession with perversion and sexual depravity were contemptuously depicted as the railing of a “moral absolutist” who wanted to impose his own values on the rest of society. My predictions did not even come close to the reality that is now present in our society. The downward spiral and the desensitization have made the American people unwilling to take whatever steps are necessary to protect and preserve the cultural dignity that is so essential if we are to live as a free people under the rule of law.
Given the reality of what now is I offer the following proposals for your serious consideration:
Speaking from a perspective of forty years of involvement with these issues, I can only say that it is much later than you think. If in your life and your home the time has not come to decide where you will take your stand, the probability is that it never will come.
THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY PRIORITIES
The Lighted Candle Society will sponsor a symposium of nationally recognized experts on the subject of how to define and present in a court of law “community standards.” This symposium is intended to respond to the mandate of the United States Supreme Court that a local prosecuting attorney must demonstrate that any matter which is the object of some legal sanction because of its sexual content must be proven by the prosecutor to be “…patently offensive to contemporary standards of the community involved.” The presentations at the symposium will be transcribed, printed, and then distributed free of charge to District Attorneys, law enforcement officials, community leaders, and elected officials.
A nationwide network of attorneys and plaintiffs brought together by The Lighted Candle Society will be filing civil and criminal actions in courtrooms around the country against the producers and distributors of pornographic materials.
The annual GUARDIAN OF THE LIGHT award dinner
sponsored by The Lighted Candle Society will be held. At this event we will present awards to two individuals
who have demonstrated by their commitment and conduct that they have the
courage and the commitment to provide leadership and to make the personal
sacrifice necessary to protect the moral and cultural heritage of
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