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20 April 2007
  Angels on the Headboard
Coming Soon in a Bedroom Near You?

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate released a press release accompanying its newest television commercial (see below). The group's chaplain admits that PP chose to use strong Christian symbolism in order to appeal to young people whose values may be influenced by religion.

Probably none of us is surprised at a media campaign that portrays angels completely differently than does Holy Scripture. It's a Wonderful Life ... Highway to Heaven ... Touched by an Angel ... Constantine ... each of these and many other productions feature angels as wax noses twisted into bizarre, unbiblical shapes by human "artists." If our Creator isn't off limits to video blasphemy (Oh, God, Bruce Almighty, et al. ad nauseum), should we expect better treatment for any of His creatures?

Committed, Biblically aware Christians know full well that "Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)" However, as profaning instances pile one upon another, our senses dull and our reactions diminish. Are there any teachable moments that parents might find with their teens who happen across this commercial? (Although, since it's only scheduled to run on MTV, VH1 and FX, I could think of one sure-fire way to limit exposure.)

There are times during motion pictures, TV shows, or commercials that I'm watching with Little Aard when I'll turn to her and ask, "Which of the Commandments does this invite or encourage you to break?" If we're at home and not worried about disturbing folks seated around us, I also may ask her, "Can you recast what you've witnessed in a positive, Christian light?" If we view this commercial together, I wonder if the second question won't render her speechless.



Check out how Dawn Eden responded to this sleaze at The Dawn Patrol.

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Comments:
Ug! That's a terrible ad. Very offensive and I'm not easily offended.

I had not heard about the ad prior to your post. Thanks for mentioning it. It will be interesting to see if there is any backlash.
 
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