The ultra-raunchy performance that Miley Cyrus put on at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards the other night is a perfect example of how morally bankrupt our culture has become. Since that performance, Miley Cyrus has been the number one topic of conversation in America, and a whole lot of people have actually been defending her. They have been saying stuff like "if you don't like it, don't watch it" and a CNN article even went so far as to say that we "need less outrage, less nannying" about such performances. Unfortunately, the truth is that it would be a tragic mistake to simply ignore such filth. Millions upon millions of young girls absolutely adored Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana on the Disney channel, and millions of those same girls are looking up to her as a role model now. What they see her do is going to affect their behavior. As for Miley Cyrus, she probably believes that the kind of performance that she put on the other night is exactly what her audience wants, and to a large degree that is probably true. It is easy to denounce the garbage that we see at these award shows, but the cold, hard reality of the matter is that the behavior that we see on these shows is a reflection of who we are as a nation.
But certainly what Miley Cyrus did the other night was a new all-time low. The following is how her performance was described by Time Magazine…
Bopping up and down the catwalk in hair-twist devil's horns and a flesh-colored latex bikini, Cyrus lewdly wagged her tongue, tickled her crotch with a foam finger, shook her buttocks in the air and spanked a 6-ft. 7-in. black burlesque queen.
If you have not seen her bizarre performance, I do not recommend that you go watch it. Once you have seen it, it cannot be unseen.
But for parents, one positive that can come out of this is that it can be used as a teaching moment for your children. In fact, one mother named Kim Keller wrote an open letter to her daughter on her blog entitled "Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you" that has gone viral all over the Internet…
Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your every Tweet and Instagram photo. This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever said the word "no," made you change your clothes before leaving the house, or never spanked your butt for deliberate defiance.
If you ever even consider doing something like that, I promise you that I will run up and twerk so you will see how ridiculous twerking looks. I will duct tape your mouth shut so your tongue doesn't hangout like an overheated hound dog. I will smack any male whom you decide to smash against his pelvis – after I first knock you on your butt for forgetting how a lady acts in public.
Why would I do that? Because I love you and I want you to respect yourself. Miley Cyrus is not edgy or cool or sexy. She's a desperate girl screaming for attention: Notice me. Tell me I'm pretty. See how hot I am. I know all the guys want me. All the girls want to be me.
You probably know girls who will emulate this behavior at the next school dance. Don't do it with them. You are far too valuable to sell yourself so cheaply. Walk away. Let the boys gawk and know in your heart that they see only a body that can be used for their pleasure and then forgotten.
These are the kinds of conversations that mothers should be having with their daughters all over America right now.
And I love how Keller ended the open letter to her daughter…
Dear daughter, I am going to fight or die trying to keep you from becoming like the Miley Cyruses of the world.
You can thank me later.
We have got to fight for our children.
Otherwise, our rapidly decaying culture will absolutely overwhelm them.
The following is how another mother described what happened when she sat down to watch the video music awards with her daughter…
Sadly, there are no longer many pastimes my teenage daughter, Flo, is prepared to enjoy doing with me. But, thankfully, watching TV together is one of them.
And so I leapt at the opportunity to sit down with her to watch the much- anticipated 2013 MTV Video Music Awards featuring her favourite singers and bands.
How I wish I had done something — anything — else instead. Because what I witnessed had me reaching for the 'off' button faster than you can say 'live streaming'.
I am talking about Miley Cyrus' jaw-droppingly lewd dance routine — if that's what you want to call it.
My ten-year old son Monty (who happened to walk through the room just at the moment she stripped down to a nude, latex bikini) probably describes it best.
'That's disgusting,' he proclaimed. 'Why are you watching lap-dancing?'
The rest of the world is watching the filth that is being touted as "entertainment" in America today. As Americans, we like to think that we are setting an "example" for the rest of the world, but the only example that we are setting is a bad one.
Is there any hope for our nation as it continues to go down this path?
The problem that we are facing is far, far larger than Miley Cyrus. Our entire culture is in the process of decaying. Ray Gano of Prophezine.com put it this way…
I am sickened with Miley for many reasons, but I am thoroughly disgusted with the United States and utter unacceptable filth that is being put out there.
As I said, Miley is a by-product of a nation gone bad. I look at some of the other pictures and there were hundreds of teenage girls in the audience going crazy over the performance.
Miley Cyrus was once an innocent girl, she is now the poster child for free and open porn to the masses.
What saddens me is that she used to claim the title "Christian" and I understand that her family stood on good Christian values.
Don't be surprised to hear that Miley will pose for Playboy, Penthouse or produce some smut film in the near future.
She is leading the pack of young girls down the path of hedonism.
But what is worse is that this is what our nation wants and demands.
From a very young age, kids in America are being taught to be highly sexualized, and the results are predictable. The following statistics are from one of my previous articles…
#1 There are 19 million new STD infections in the United States every single year. Approximately half of them happen to young people in the 15 to 24-year-old age bracket.
#2 It costs the U.S. health care system approximately $17,000,000,000 every single year to treat sexually transmitted diseases.
#4 It is estimated that about one out of every six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes.
#5 24,000 American women become infertile each year due to undiagnosed STDs.
#6 In the United States today, approximately 47 percent of all high school students have had sex.
#7 Sadly, one out of every four teen girls in the U.S. has at least one sexually transmitted disease.
#8 According to one survey, 24 percent of all U.S. teens that have STDs say that they still have unprotected sex.
#9 Amazingly, one out of every five teen girls in the U.S. actually wants to be a teenage mother.
#10 If you can believe it, the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate on the entire planet. In fact, the United States has a teen pregnancy rate that is more than twice as high as Canada, more than three times as high as France and more than seven times as high as Japan.
#11 When men don't have to wait until they get married to have sex, then they are likely to delay marriage or never get married at all. According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all Americans that are at least 18 years old are currently married. Back in 1960, 72 percent of all U.S. adults were married.
#12 Today, an all-time low 44.2 percent of all Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 are married.
#13 In the United States today, more than half of all couples "move in together" before they get married.
#14 The divorce rate for couples that live together first is significantly higher than for those that do not.
#15 America has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin.
#16 For women under the age of 30 living in the United States today, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.
#17 At this point, more than one out of every four children in the United States is being raised by a single parent.
#18 Approximately 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States are on food stamps.
#19 The sexual revolution has caused women to be primarily looked at as sex objects. In this kind of environment, it should be no surprise that there has been an absolute explosion of pornography in recent years. An astounding 30 percent of all Internet traffic now goes to pornography websites, and the U.S. produces more pornography than any other nation has in the history of the world.
#20 One survey discovered that 25 percent of all employees that have Internet access in America visit sex websites while they are at work.
#21 Overall, more than 50 million babies have been killed in America since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.
#22 When you total up all forms of abortion, including those caused by the abortion drug RU 486, the grand total comes to more than a million abortions performed in the United States every single year.
#23 The number of American babies killed by abortion each year is roughly equal to the number of U.S. military deaths that have occurred in all of the wars that the United States has ever been involved in combined.
#24 It has been reported that a staggering 41 percent of all New York City pregnancies end in abortion.
#25 One study found that 86 percent of all abortions are done for the sake of convenience.
And as I wrote about the other day, our children are certainly not being influenced in the right direction at school either. In fact, sometimes teachers are some of the worst examples. For example, it has been reported that more than 200 teachers in Detroit are moonlighting as "sugar babies" in order to make some extra income.
As our young people sink even deeper into moral depravity, our culture is encouraging us to become more "accepting" of it. If you can believe it, one recent article in the Huffington Post actually encouraged parents to "help" their teens "have sex well" with their friends…
Just when I think I've heard it all, I come across something that makes me pause in disgust. This week, I read an article from the Huffington Post titled, "How Do You Feel about Sex and Teenage Sleepovers?"
There's no doubt how I feel, but let's first take a look at what the author said. In the first paragraph she asks, "Why not teach children how to have sex well, the way you teach them how to do other things?" She elaborates, describing parents inviting the teenager's partner over, having a nice dinner and then the couple "toddles" off to bed together. (In reality, that's just permitting the behavior to take place, not actually educating.)
Then she goes further stating, "It seems logical to me that the same way I try to teach my kids to exercise, sleep well and be good people, I would teach them to have healthy sex with other good people." Appalling mental scenarios come to mind, but I'm not going there.
What in the world is happening to America?
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