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September 2006 Newsletter

    Dear Friends,

    We remain grateful that you are out there caring about protecting families. Twenty-five cities in Utah have child appropriate resolutions passed by their city councils and six cities are 95% child appropriate, i.e., a child can enter stores and public buildings and not be exposed to sexual images. Congratulations to YOU!

    Here's an item you will like:

    FREE FILTER: Go to www.getK9.com and download it. This filter will track where your teens have been. You can turn off your Internet if you are not home and control 58 categories. It supposedly doesn't slow down your computer. I haven't tried it, but it sounds good to me.

    LOW COST FILTER: This one is only $5.00 a month and supposedly has a sandbox feature, i.e. all websites are reviewed by a human and found appropriate and parents choose what content they want their kids to see. See www.internetsafetyprogram.com or call 801-386-9491.

    INFORMATIVE RADIO SHOW: On Saturdays at 1:30 on KVNU, which is 610 AM, Dr. Matthew Hedelius, a qualified therapist for sexual addiction will answer your questions. He works with youth and adults.

    At a Community Standards Conference sponsored by the Lighted Candle Society this spring we learned from some of the nation's best attorneys that the day had come when obscenity needs to be prosecuted. We have smaller amounts here now, but if we do nothing, we will have more. (Obscenity is pornography that is illegal in the U.S. for adults.) Whether these cases are won or lost will depend largely on our "community standard." These experts said that every city needed a resolution passed by their city council indicating that they wanted to be "child appropriate." Stores covering what you feel is inappropriate also helps to build a community standard. If your city has no resolution passed, call JoAnn Hamilton at 801-295-7590 or Carol Brown at (801) 571-3670 or her cell at 647-4657 and we will help you do this. This is NOT difficult to do. There is a list of the 25 cities that have passed resolutions on the web site, strengthenthefamily.net. There is also step-by-step information there on how to do this.

    CONTINUE TO THANK MANAGERS FOR COVERING MAGAZINES that are inappropriate for children. They need to hear from you to continue the effort it takes to do this.

    THIS IS AN IMPORTANT "CHANGE" FROM PAST MATERIAL: For those of you who want to check to see if there has ever been pornography pulled up on your computer, go to strengthenthefamily.net, on the bottom of the home page click on Content Watch, then click on "family" and then "Content-Cleanup. Click on the Free Trial that they offer. Content Watch used to use the term "Content Audit." This has been changed.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    (1) The Beginning to an End: A Journey of Healing and Hope This is a conference to be held October 28, 2006 in the Eccles Conference Center Theatre, USU Campus. It is for those who struggle with pornography or other sexual addictions and for those impacted by these addictions (Family, friends, religious leaders, etc.). It is sponsored by the Behavioral Health Training & Enterprises, PC chaired by Dr. Matthew Hedelius and Dr. A. Todd Freestone. I have attended conferences sponsored by these people and found them most informative. For tickets call 866-787-2272. Seating is limited. They also have available a DVD and a CD aimed to help addicts and their families.

    (2) An "Internet Safety: A 'How to' for Parents" class will be held on Wednesday, October 25th from 7 9:30 p.m. The class is offered by the University of Utah in Bountiful. For more information call 581-6061.

    (3) The UCAP 6th Annual Conference on Protecting Children and Families from Pornography and other Harmful Materials will be held Saturday, October 28, 2006, from 8-1 p.m at the South Towne Expo in Sandy. Register at utahcoalition.org/conf2006.asp or by mail at The Coalition Against Pornography, 4001 South 700 East, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84107. This will be excellent!

    (4) The Alta High School PTA is sponsoring an EXCELLENT speaker on Oct. 25 at Alta High School, located at 11055 South 10th East in Sandy. The speaker is Dan Gray, an excellent therapist. He will discuss the dangers of pornography and recovery.

    (5) The World Congress of Families will be held in Warsaw, Poland May 11-13, 2007. For information call 815-964-5819.

    TO DO:

    *** Phone 202-224-3121 and contact your senators and representatives. Request that they vote for Cable Choice. You should not be paying for stations that you do not want. Tell them "Cable Tier" will not work for you because then the cable companies are still making judgments for your family. In Utah ask for Senator Hatch or Bennett or Representative Cannon, Bishop or Matheson.

    *** Phone your local Ford dealership and reassure the manager that you cannot purchase any Ford products as long as they support the Gay and Lesbian movement. There is a nation-wide boycott instigated by the American Family Association with the hope that they will stop funding gay propaganda regarding same-sex marriage.

    *** Phone the J.C. Penny Company and tell them that you will avoid shopping at Penny's if they continue to display sexual lingerie ads in their newspaper ads and catalogs. Call 1-972-431-1000 or 1-800-222-6161. I know youth who started their path to addiction with a J.C. Penny catalog and the catalogs are much worse now.

    *** Thank ShopKo at 1-800-791-7333 for having ads that have NO girls and women in lingerie. When you see clean advertising, thank them for having it appropriate for children. Then perhaps it will stay that way.

    *** Send for the magazine, America, Return to God . It is the most complete set of articles I have ever seen giving statistics, graphs and information showing how Christianity is being hurt in America and the impact this is having on homes and families. It also makes suggestions as how to take care of this very important problem. It is only $2.50 per copy and obtainable at Great Commission Center International, 848 Steward Drive, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 Tel: 408-636-0033.

    *** Call or write Wal-Mart general offices (1-800-925-6278) and politely request blinder covers for magazines that are inappropriate for children. You might also call the Wal-Mart District Manager in your area. (The District Manager in the Salt Lake area is Don at 801-840-5064).

    *** There are anti-Christian forces effectively working in the United States. The ACLU is one of them. The gay and lesbian movement is another. Businesses listen to the public. If special interest groups are pushing them to advertise "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," they will do so. To counter this, we NEED to tell them we will avoid their stores if they don't help us celebrate "Christmas." If we say nothing, we lose on this issue by default. It makes me sad that on the nations Capitol Hill last year, instead of a Christmas tree, they lit a "People's Tree." WE MUST SPEAK UP! We need to ask for the retention of Christmas, as we have known it for hundreds of years.

    Check our web site for new materials. www.strengthenthefamily.net

    Utah is becoming one of the strongest states for establishing community standards as our city councils pass child-appropriate resolutions and store after store covers magazines that are inappropriate for children. Congratulations to YOU for what is happening! As Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

    Best wishes as you DO IT!

    Citizens for Families Financial Report for Year Ending December 31, 2005:

    Income:
    Donations $12,766.18
    Sales & Reimbursements $8,662.63
    TOTAL INCOME $21,428.81

    Expenses:
    Printing 1,764.26
    Signs, Miscellaneous 2,547.94
    Books, DVD's, CD's, Videos 6,540.00
    Service spots Radio & TV 10,145.00
    TOTAL EXPENSES $20,997.20


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