Even though 75 percent of Americans want more Federal Communications Commission (FCC) restrictions on public television content, the FCC is considering dropping current broadcast decency standards that ban explicit profanity and “non-sexual” nudity.
Last week, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) CEO and President Penny Nance hand delivered 26,447 “Stop the FCC” petitions to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai.
We applaud Penny and the 26,447 concerned citizens who are standing with CWALAC for our kids and our future. Click here to add your name to the next round of petitions. The last thing we need is more filth and vulgarity. June 19 is the cut-off date set by the FCC to receive the public’s feedback on its consideration to slash its broadcast decency standards. The FCC is failing America’s families, giving broadcasters unfettered access to our children to peddle their vulgarity in the name of “freedom of speech.”
How would you feel if your daughter’s or sister’s boyfriend got her pregnant and then tricked her into taking an abortion-inducing pill? You should take the question seriously, because this is exactly what happened recently to a young woman in Tampa, Florida. The boyfriend responsible for forcing the miscarriage of his own child is now being charged with murder.
Make no mistake, though. Unless we all take stand against this sort of behavior — starting with young men like myself — this type of sad story is likely to repeat itself with growing frequency across America as the administration, liberal courts, and special interest groups (all of whom purportedly support “women’s reproductive health”) pursue their commitment to make contraceptives and abortion drugs more widely available to women at an increasingly young age. The recent ruling by federal judge Edward R. Korman — ordering the availability of the powerful “emergency contraceptive” pill known as Plan B to women of all ages — will enable situations like this to occur again far too easily. Specifically, it reduces barriers for so-called boyfriends to simply walk into a pharmacy and acquire powerful, abortion-inducing drugs to use on their girlfriends, no questions asked.
Pimps and rapists have, for many years, abused the over-abundance of contraceptives — thanks in part to groups like Planned Parenthood — to prevent the pregnancies of their prostitutes. Consequently, pimps can keep even their youngest victims “in business” without inconvenient questions being asked. Making powerful and potentially dangerous drugs like Plan B even more widely available will only exacerbate the problem. As CWA’s Dr. Janice Crouse writes:
Judge Korman is a sex abuser’s dream and a victim’s nightmare. Essentially, he creates a brand new avenue for pimps, sex traffickers, and sex predators hoping to hide the evidence of their exploitation. We are removing doctors’ examinations, one of the vital tools used to detect sexual abuse. Now, a young girl afraid she might be pregnant at the hands of her abuser will not have the opportunity to see a doctor who could offer help and protection. Instead, her abuser will feed her Plan B like it is candy. In Thailand, where the morning-after pill has been freely available since 1988, men are the largest purchasers. What is wrong with this picture? It is no secret why Thailand is considered the world’s hot spot for sex trafficking of minors.
As a young guy, I would hate to see a family member or friend coerced, manipulated, or misused, and I suspect you probably feel the same way. Twenty-something guys who oppose victimizing women need to take back the sex culture and remind both society and our leaders that it is unacceptable to treat the ladies we care about like prostitutes. We must stand up to keep them from becoming victims of the ever-growing sex industry, enablers like Planned Parenthood, and abusive boyfriends.
However much we’d like to deny it, the truth is that young men in my age bracket have far too easy of a time acquiring the tools they need to commit atrocities like the forced miscarriage of an innocent child in Tampa. Thanks to the efforts of liberal “reproductive health” advocates, you and I need not only keep an eye out for the traffickers, pimps, and rapists — the deceptive boyfriend has now acquired the tools to victimize your daughter, little sister, or friend in the same way, to turn her into his own personal plaything.
They’ll call me a bigot, but I prefer to see myself as a realist. So let’s jump into it. The Today Show’s Jenna Wolfe dropped an unexpected bombshell into the national conversation over “gay marriage.” She announced on air (and in her blog) that, “My girlfriend, Stephanie Gosk, and I are expecting a baby girl the end of August.”
First and foremost, I am pro-life. Let’s just put that up front. I love babies. Children are life changing, and I’m sure Miss Wolfe is already finding that out.
However, I’m also like that little kid who yelled, “The king has no clothes!” If there’s something to be said and no one wants to say it for fear of hurting the feelings of others, well, you’ll find me there. Sorry to rain on your parade, but truth is truth.
So here we go. The headline on the Today Show’s website starts out with the word “Surreal.” But, in truth, it should read “Unreal.” Jenna Wolfe and her girlfriend, Stephanie Gosk, are most certainly not expecting a baby girl at the end of August, not in the biological sense, anyway.
When a man and a woman unite in a sexual union, the woman provides the unfertilized egg and the man provides the sperm. Those two things — biologically exclusive to members of the opposite sex — merge and the miracle of life begins.
So herein lies the crux of our dilemma: Miss Wolfe and Miss Gosk are both women. That’s not an anti-“gay” statement; that’s a true statement. Biologically speaking, they cannot, of their own volition, produce a child. I’m sure they’re both nice women, but they need a man in order to have a baby.
And if they need a man in order to have a baby, then who can honestly say that this is the only contribution a man can make? Who can honestly say that Miss Gosk can replace — truly and completely replace — the father who should be present in that child’s life? Consider, if you will, all the social science data to date that shows that children do better in a traditional mom-and-dad household. Which parent does the child not need? A young lady asked that very question to a state legislature recently — “Which parent do I not need?” — and no one could answer her.
It may be politically correct to celebrate the news of Miss Wolfe’s pregnancy. It may be politically correct to celebrate Miss Gosk’s role as the child’s “other parent.” But it is selfish, and supremely so, to deny the child — and others like her — the benefit of either a mother or a father. Two men cannot produce a child. Two women cannot produce a child. And neither of those familial arrangements is fair to the overall development of a child.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure Miss Gosk will be supportive and loving and caring to Miss Wolfe’s child; but she will never be — can never be — the child’s father. And, to me, that’s just sad.
Today’s guest blogger is Christian Shelby, a volunteer with Concerned Women for America.
I thought it would be a lazy Tuesday morning; I thought everything would go smoothly. But then, “You’ve got Mail!” And, well, I’ll let you read it for yourself:
“There won’t be as many babies killed this year, but the slaughter is still moving forward. We have made big strides, but our work isn’t finished yet! … 2013 must be the last year that the … slaughter takes place — and with your help, we can save … lives. Please donate now — help us stop the senseless slaughter. … Unless something changes, without more help from … defenders like you, this horror will occur again. Please donate today so that we can ramp up our campaign to stop the slaughter. This massacre is a terrible price to pay. …”
Despite what you may think, this isn’t from any of the pro-life groups with which you’re familiar. However, it is a pro-life message … for baby seals.
Don’t get me wrong; I love the adorable baby seals just as much as anyone else, but the Left’s obsession with saving anything but human babies is beginning to wear my patience thin. I’m tired of hearing the women of my generation being urged to give up their world in order to “save the earth” — “courageously” killing our future in the name of “freedom of choice.” I’m also tired of hearing about women like 29-year-old Jennifer Morbelli walking into abortion clinics and dying days later from “complications” after having their late-term children ripped from their wombs.
Over 4,000 children are aborted each day in America — over 4,000 children crying, screaming — no, shrieking in horror — for a chance at the same life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that the Left has twisted into a license to kill. Over 4,000 children a day. Is this not a “senseless slaughter”? Is this, too, not a “massacre” in the truest sense of the word?
Groups like PETA bemoan the slaughter of baby seals and condemn the women who wear the furs. But Left-leaning groups support the slaughter of innocent human children and ignore the women who are forced to wear their decision to abort on their hearts and consciences for the rest of their lives.
Where, oh liberal Left, is your compassion?
This hypocrisy — this cultural insanity — is what first drove me to work with groups like Concerned Women for America (CWA), which was founded after Beverly LaHaye heard NOW’s founder, Betty Friedan, claim to speak for the women of America.
Like me, Beverly knew this Leftist woman didn’t represent her beliefs or those of the vast majority of women. And they still don’t. NOW … NARAL … Planned Parenthood and the rest. … They don’t speak for me. They don’t think for me.
And they shouldn’t speak or think for you.
It’s time to rise up, ladies. It’s time to stand and take the microphone back from loudmouthed, liberal feminists who hate children.
It’s time to stand with Concerned Women for America.
Seal the deal. Donate here. But for pity’s sake, don’t just throw money at the problem. Get involved in a state chapter of CWA or, if you’re in college, check out Young Women for America. But whatever you do, do it today. Because, “unless something changes,” the horror of abortion will occur again … and again … and again.
Today’s guest blogger is Christian Shelby, a volunteer with Concerned Women for America.
Let me just come out and state the obvious: Beyoncé is a talented superstar, but she is also a trashy performer and contributes to the crudity and vulgarity that permeates today’s cultural scene. In spite of an appearance at President Obama’s second inaugural, which lamentably gave her a respectable aura and a “sort-of-official” stamp of approval, her performance at the Super Bowl is far more typical of her “appeal.” A quick perusal of pictures that have gone viral from her Super Bowl performance show the anger, crudity, and vulgarity of her performance.
I realize we live in different times, but think back to Lena Horn and Ella Fitzgerald to provide evidence of how far today’s performers have fallen from the class that used to be an essential characteristic of singing stars. Beyoncé missed a wonderful opportunity at the Super Bowl to elevate popular culture, that she is capable of showing some of the class, and bring some family-friendly entertainment to the Super Bowl, instead of continuing the downward spiral that is so destructive in popular culture.
Beyoncé has always mixed glamour with her trashy look and her music, which has led to confusion about who exactly she is. On the one hand, she claims to be a Christian, and on the other she is intentionally vulgar in her language and dress. She is praised for her traditional values about sex, relationships, and family; she is a hard worker and is multi-talented. Her defenders claim that she is sexy in a classy, tasteful way. I would argue that they haven’t looked at the pictures very closely.
Obviously, sexy is here to stay, but there is healthy sexuality — that which is naturally exuded — and unhealthy sexuality that is exploitative, flaunting, and deliberately and vulgarly provocative. Case in point: Beyoncé is on the cover of a recent GQ magazine in a provocative pose, wearing the skimpiest of bikini panties and a cut-off t-shirt that exposes as much as it covers.
Beyoncé is beautiful, talented, and blessed with tremendous influence, but like so many others, she is using the excuse of “artistry” as she takes herself and her fans down instead of lifting them up. In her Fall-Winter ad campaign for the House of Deréon, the pop star goes for the “biker chick” look with lots of tattoos, partial nudity, and crude poses. In addition, she joined her mother to launch a kid’s fashion line that spreads the “hooker style” clothing down to toddlers (some reports claim the line was quietly discontinued in December 2012). In some of her videos, Beyoncé uses gutter language and some critics claim that she is too willing to “go with the flow” to seem “with it” and “cool.”
Her sister, Solange Knowles, who is the designer behind many of the styles that made Destiny’s Child singers (Beyoncé’s original singing group and the back-up singers at her Super Bowl performance) so fashionable, is said to be worried about Beyoncé’s descent into the world of “tacky,” “flashy,” and “lowbrow.” So, it is not prudish (to anticipate all the criticism bound to come from this article) to hold higher standards for today’s divas; they owe the public at least a facade of decency.
A new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, in partnership with Religion News Service, and reviewed in the Washington Post, shows that Valentine’s Day is still a big deal among Americans, whether young or old, married or not. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of Americans will celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Many men say they will likely spend at least $100; men (60%) more than women (47%) plan to go out to dinner for their Valentine’s celebration. Traditionally, a Valentine’s Day celebration does involve the couple going out to dinner or watching a romantic movie.
Surprisingly, the survey shows profound differences have developed between men and women regarding the ways that they view Valentine’s Day — specifically, the links between romance, sex, and money. Overall, those who spend more money on Valentine’s celebrations are more likely to say they will probably have sex.
Not surprisingly, men are more likely to link their Valentine’s celebration to sex (57% say they’ll have sex, compared to only 37% of women).
In an interesting — and very revealing — twist, far more couples say that an unsatisfactory sex life is an obstacle to a successful marriage or romantic relationship (54%) than say that different religious beliefs are an obstacle (3 in 10, or 29%) or that political differences cause problems (1 in 5, or 17%). Even so, a majority of those who are religiously unaffiliated (57%) say they’ll likely have sex on Valentine’s Day, compared to 51% of Catholics, 48% white evangelicals, and 40% mainline Protestants. Republicans (38%) are more likely than Democrats (22%) or Independents (29%) to say that having different religious beliefs pose a problem in their relationships. Likewise, Republicans (25%) are more likely to say political differences cause problems than are Democrats (13%) or Independents (15%).
For religious groups, an unsatisfactory sex life is the biggest potential problem for couples. The major exception to that finding is with white evangelical Protestants, who report that different religious beliefs pose as big an obstacle to happiness as an unsatisfying sex life. Interestingly, men (61%) are more likely than women (48%) to identify unsatisfying sex as a major problem in their lives.
Couples are far more likely to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a new relationship (60%) compared to those in longer-term relationships (45% for those in 20-plus year relationships).
To paraphrase Ogden Nash, Valentine’s Day seems to be a matter of compatibility — with the ideal being a man who has income and a woman who is “patable.”
What do cupid and kids have in common? Undies! Yep, that’s right. It’s hard to believe that the Children’s Tumor Foundation would associate its name with men in skivvies and women in lace — even for a million dollars.
Yet, the Children’s Tumor Foundation partners every year with the Cupids Undies “fun” run. In Washington, D.C., this one-mile dash around the Capitol is apparently the event to be seen at, and it sells out every year.
The Cupids Undies Run national website says that while the run benefits kids, they hope they aren’t watching. If that statement has to be on your website, surely you should reconsider the activity you are promoting.
Even more disturbing is that the run begins and ends at a bar. The race organizers can’t possibly ignore how tawdry this appears.
It’s a bar crawl … in undies … for charity.
Whether they are naughty or nice, the result is the same — unmentionables for charity. But in our highly sexualized culture, I guess this “run” would be considered tame?
Learning about neurofibromatosis (NF) broke my heart. Diseases that impact children, especially ones with no cures, are devastating to all of us. As a mother, I could not imagine the frustration of seeing my child suffer helplessly. Let’s be clear: Children with NF truly are heroes. And I hope and pray a cure is around the corner!
Faced with the nature of NF, it is understandable that fundraisers want a lighthearted event that will raise oodles of money to help these kids and their families. However, alcohol and near nudity is, more often than not, a recipe for making kids, rather than raising money for them. Cupid’s Undies Run Founder Brendan Hanrahan should be reminded that, as our mothers always said, “Appearances still matter.”
How many times have we heard about our tax dollars paying for government workers who spend their days watching porn at work?
Which city in the United States is home to the most pornography viewers? The answer is Washington, D.C., the seat of the nation’s power players. Do you ever wonder why the Department of Justice does not enforce obscenity laws? Could the viewing habits of D.C.’s denizens influence the lack of enforcement?
The source of this information is PornHub, a XXX website. The New York Daily News carried the story about the study and noted that the rate of online pornography watched in D.C. is 14.18 videos per person in a year. While that may not sound like a lot to some, consider that the D.C. rate is nearly twice the rate of the second highest porn viewing state, Hawaii, where it is 7.57 per person.
We know that not everyone watches pornography, so that means the people actually watching online pornography in Washington are watching a lot more videos than 14.18 each. Who is watching them, and are they doing so at work? Does it influence their work?
How many times have we heard about our tax dollars paying for government workers who spend their days watching porn at work? One Washington Timesarticle lists these agencies that have employees with porn problems: Pentagon, Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. State Department, Department of Homeland Security, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Missile Defense Agency. The article quotes a cyber-security expert who warns, “Many pornographic websites are infected and criminals and foreign intelligence services such as Russia’s use them to gain access and harvest data.”
You would think that national security nugget would be a good enough reason for prosecuting obscenity producers and purveyors, but evidently it is not.
In 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder shut down the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force, which was established under Pres. George W. Bush’s Administration. A Politicoarticle quoted Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in reaction to this move:
“Attorney General Holder told the Judiciary Committee last year that this task force was the centerpiece of the strategy to combat adult obscenity,” Sen. Hatch told POLITICO in a statement Friday. “Rather than initiate a single new case since President Obama took office, however, the only development in this area has been the dismantling of the task force. As the toxic waste of obscenity continues to spread and harm everyone it touches, it appears the Obama Administration is giving up without a fight.”
According to the PornHub statistics, obscenity blankets Washington. The lack of adult obscenity prosecutions is harming everyone. While the Department of Justice focuses on prosecuting cases of child pornography, those who are watching adult pornography may turn to child pornography when the adult material no longer excites them. If adult pornography prosecutions are non-existent, a gateway to child pornography is left in place to ensnare new viewers.
So, while some of D.C.’s denizens turn a blind eye to punishing the producers and distributors of obscenity, others are glued to their porn-filled computer screens. The key to why obscenity, while illegal, thrives in D.C., and beyond may be one mouse click away on screens hidden behind closed doors and cubicle walls in offices throughout Washington.
Christmas presents have been opened (thanks for the socks, Grandma!), New Year’s resolutions have been made (and quickly broken), and now we’re all back to work, slaving away to earn the few pennies we keep after taxes. But as I look back on the whirlwind of activity during the Christmas season, I see an encouraging trend.
As we drew closer to Christmas, the malls increasingly looked like a war zone. I half expected the National Guard to be on patrol. People were pushing and shoving, packing tightly into stores in search of that extra gift, that one to show someone in their life they’re special.
In light of a recent post I made about the “Penny Culture,” a term coined (ba-dump-bump!) by Joel and Luke Smallbone, of for King and Country, the crowds were kind of refreshing. All of a sudden, life wasn’t about us; it was about other people in our lives … special people who also gave us gifts because they thought we were special, too.
I mean, do we ever stop to think about it? During the rest of the year, we bow to the cultural mentality of Hollywood and other humanistic powerhouses and treat each other — and, most importantly, ourselves — as if we were only worth a penny. But during Christmas, we try and find that special gift that will tell our love ones, “You’re worth the world to me.” No wonder the secular Penny Culture hates Christmas.
And then a story my coworker told me got me to thinking. He was out recently for his four-year-old son’s oral surgery. Here’s the way he tells it:
The doctor gave my son the oral meds and sent us back out into the waiting room. He began to get drowsy after awhile, but he kept fighting the urge to sleep. He’d been to the dentist office a little over a month ago, and this was the follow up to complete everything that needed to be done to his teeth. He’d be losing some of them this time, and he was so scared.
The time came, and we went back to the dentist chair, where they strapped him down so he wouldn’t flail around and accidentally cause himself harm during the procedure. He immediately flew into a wild fit of what I thought was anger — threatening to do harm to everyone in the room (Yikes!) — while I held him down and talked to him very calmly.
Then came the point at which I realized that he wasn’t angry, but terrified. With tears streaming down his beet-red face, he looked up at me and yelled, “I don’t want to die!!!”
Oh, how that broke my heart. We stopped. I held him close, promised him that he wouldn’t die, and explained that what was about to happen would actually stop the pain he had in his mouth. He finally calmed down after that. But to think that he thought I’d let someone kill him left me with a heavy heart.
Lots of people advocate against Christmas, and millions more feel empty at Christmas time. We see depression and anger as a result. But could it be that we’ve misjudged? Could such anger and depression perhaps be due to fear and the fact that so many have bought the lie that they’re hardly worth a penny? The belief that no one could truly care about them, because they’re not worth loving?
When you’ve bought that lie — when you own it, and it owns you — how hard is it to hear and believe the truth that you’re worth so much more? How hard is it to hear that you’re not worth only a penny? How hard is it to believe that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,” wrapped Him in old cloths, laid Him in a feeding trough for animals, and set His feet on the path to a sacrificial death to take our place on a sinner’s cross?
It’s very hard. Very hard indeed. If a four-year-old can believe that his own father would allow him to die in a dentist’s chair, how big a stretch is it to say that people would believe that God is indifferent to their plight and would allow them to die without lifting a finger to save them?
It’s said that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. And what that means is it becomes accepted as truth. And that makes the real truth more difficult to accept.
We didn’t just wake up and find ourselves in a Penny Culture. It happened gradually over time. We did this to ourselves. Our apathy and unwillingness to counter the lie — our desire, perhaps, to stay in our little comfort zones — has allowed the enemy of our souls to change the culture by replacing the truth with a lie.
So if we want to move to action and be “co-laborers,” as the Apostle Paul says, then we should not be discouraged when our efforts are rejected. Just as our decline into a Penny Culture was gradual, we should expect that it’ll take some time and continuous effort to turn back the tide. But take heart; in the end, the war has already been won, because it’s been fought by a God who sees you as you are: Priceless.
Are your New Year’s resolutions broken already? Forget them. Set goals instead, and let’s put this goal at the top: To be the arms of God. Let’s wrap His love around those who need it this year — those who don’t know their true worth — and do so continuously.
For now, I’ll leave you with the opening lines of for King and Country’s latest single, Baby Boy, which could very well become an anthem:
If you told me all about your sorrows,
I’d tell you about a cure.
If you told me you can’t fight the battle,
There’s a Baby Boy who won the war. The war was won by a Baby Boy … Alleluia …
for KING & COUNTRY – Baby Boy
Christian Shelby, a volunteer with Concerned Women for America, contributed to this post. The first in the series on a Penny Culture is located here.
You know that feeling after you’ve read a really great book? The one that makes you want to tell everyone to read it, too? Sometimes you buy it for others, and pass it along. You want everyone to absorb the content and take as much away from it as you did. Well, that’s how I feel about the band for King & Country, and it’s for more than just their unique talent.
Joel and Luke Smallbone aren’t just a couple of brothers whose music is topping the charts; they are men whose morals and convictions lead them to influence the culture with an encouraging message. In a society that panders to those who sell out for their shot at the big leagues, these men are becoming successful while espousing a truth that women and men in this generation desperately need.
Through their “Penny Culture” campaign, Joel and Luke are addressing the modern worldview head on by posing a question: “Can you put a dollar amount on your worth?” Of course not, because you’re “priceless,” right? And yet, “actions speak louder than words.” And if we say we’re priceless, but live according to the dictates of a culture saturated with promiscuous, brazen, and indifferent people, we wind up selling our priceless selves for little more than a penny.
We see it every day. From movies to billboards, the reoccurring theme is the same: sex, and not sex that costs you something, like a lifetime commitment. We’re talking about plain, old, gratuitous, “I didn’t even ask her what her name was” sex.
We live in a world that encourages women to “liberate” themselves, but our view of “liberation” is skewed. Cultural feminism defines the “problem” in terms of men who want to oppress women by lowering their self-worth — getting the price as cheap as they can. But instead of empowering women to demand the highest price (love, lifelong commitment, respect, honor, etc.), the culture surrounds them with hypersexualized imagery and tells them that the road to empowerment lies in selling themselves short. In other words, it’s like buying filet mignon at ground beef prices while convincing the beef that it was empowered to set the price.
Wearing a penny on a necklace, Joel and Luke reject the culture’s view of women. “How about we start a revolution of people that treat the opposite sex with respect & honor?” they ask. They remind the teens and college folk who attend their concerts that every man and woman is priceless, regardless of the low price the culture would lay on them.
And I think that’s refreshing. I’ve grown up in this “Penny Culture,” and it’s easy to fall prey to the lifestyle it produces. Those with graceful, sophisticated, old-fashion values — the real class acts of our generation — are hard to find, while the “progressive modernizers” of our society are frighteningly front and center, clawing their way to the top in order to be the ill-fitted role models for our youth.
The world wants you to settle — to sell yourself for infinitely less than you’re worth. Think about it long and hard. There has to be more. You’re worth more, aren’t you? (If you just read this and said, “No,” then think again. That’s the culture talking.)
We need more men like Joel and Luke, real men who will take a stand against the Penny Culture and loudly proclaim that the lifestyle it pushes is wrong, and that you — yes, you — are worth more than a mere penny. Joel says, “At every fK&C performance, we take a moment to pass on our position regarding a woman’s incredible worth — as well as call out us men! It’s time for us to step up and stand out, and treat you ladies as you deserve to be treated. Chivalry is not dead!”
Here, here! Chivalry certainly isn’t dead! Ladies, the men you read about in books — the ones who will fight for you because you’re worth fighting for — exist! Don’t give up, and don’t settle for less than you’re worth.
“If we could leave you ladies with one thought,” said Joel, “it’d be this: Don’t let any man disrespect you in relationships. So often society suggests for women to talk, dress, and act like you’re worth nothing more than a penny, but it’s our belief that there’s a God who says you’re priceless!”