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Karen Kramer

God's daughter. Woman of faith. Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Servant to the King.

Posted 5/1/15 at 8:20 AM | Karen Kramer

Please Don’t Look Away

Seattle has its share of homeless folks—just like in most cities. It’s a hard situation without easy solutions.

Yet, every time I visit the land of Seahawks and Mariners, of skyscrapers and the Space Needle, I’ll walk right past the folks who have no home.

What else can I do? How much will a couple bucks help?

I’ve tried the cluster approach, where I gather with a fast-moving group and we collectively ignore the beggar on the corner. It’s like a human shield protecting me from having to consider the dollar bills in my purse.

However, it was mid-morning and my fellow cluster must have already been at work. I walked alone with my cell phone in one hand and my handbag tucked close to my side.

I’m adept at pretending to be on an important call—appearing oblivious to the suffering on the sidewalk. So, not only am I ignoring a human need, I’m a liar as well. I’m ashamed to think how often I’ve done this. FULL POST

Posted 4/28/15 at 12:40 PM | Karen Kramer

Younger Needs to Go

Screen Shot from TV Land's Younger

As if we don’t have enough hedonistic shows on the airwaves, Sex and the City writer and producer, Darren Star created the sexually themed sitcom, Younger. TV Land Network airs this show Tuesday nights at 10 pm. The premise is a 40 year- old suddenly single mom needing to find employment.

She meets a young guy at a bar and since he thinks she’s younger than her 40 years, she decides to pass herself off as 26. Of course, the deception allows her to get a dream job and date a much younger guy. Viewers see pixilated nudity, a topless outdoor lunch during Topless Tuesday, bedroom scenes that leave nothing to the imagination, excessive alcohol consumption, and a litany of crude jokes.

Younger is designed to entertain, but at the expense of any decency. Once again, One Million Moms has an email campaign to alert the show’s sponsors that these deplorable shows won’t be supported. Extra Gum (Wrigley/Mars, Inc) is one of the sponsors, so let them know there are plenty of other brands we can chew. Click here to email them your disapproval.

Posted 4/27/15 at 8:24 AM | Karen Kramer

Marriage: Only God’s Way is Right

On April 28th, as my husband and I celebrate thirty-six years of marriage, the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments for and against traditional marriage.

For those with same-sex attraction and desire to wed, you’ve been granted legal status to marry in many states, but don’t ask God to approve. It’s marriage God’s way or no way. This isn’t hate speech; it’s His Word.

My husband and I came of age in the midst of the sexual revolution. It was a time of freedom from religion. As the no-fault divorce craze swept the nation, shacking-up became common.

Lots of Baby Boomers put God on the highest shelf, making choices without God’s overriding influence on selfish day-to-day living. God was yanked from our schools and the public arena and this created a vacuum that was filled with blatant narcissism. Thanks to Boomers and their offspring, we’ve seen the demise of the family and our faith-oriented culture. Behavior that God calls an abomination is not only legal, it’s discriminatory to think otherwise. Our religious freedom is eroding along with our values. FULL POST

Posted 4/24/15 at 7:57 AM | Karen Kramer

Three Life-Changing Words

It started out as a girlfriend word game over coffee—trying to think of three-word sentences that we hear a lot. “I love you” topped all our lists. We had some fun:

Just stop it.

I gained weight.

I hate that.

My boss sucks.

I am broke.

You did what?

I got fired.

Life is tough.

She is cute.

We laughed and then the conversation turned to kids, life’s struggles, and some of the victories along the way. As I drove home, I thought about some three-word sentences that had changed my life.

In college, I became friends with an amazingly loving guy who said:

You are beautiful.

Three simple words. But this wasn’t about any outward appearances; it was about being loved. Words can bring love, affirmation, and acceptance. I believed him when he said: FULL POST

Posted 4/21/15 at 11:40 AM | Karen Kramer

Sex Box Has Folded

WE Network

After just five episodes, WE Network has cancelled its highly controversial Sex Box.

The show featured a soundproof box where couples would have sex prior to a counseling session with “experts”.

Exceedingly popular in the United Kingdom, producers couldn’t wait to bring it to American audiences. What the producers couldn’t foresee is the backlash from value-oriented consumers, who faithfully complained to the Sex Box sponsors.

One Million Moms campaign to alert concerned parents and citizens hit its mark quickly. The show ended before it ever garnered much attention. Let’s continue to use our pocketbooks to shame entertainment advertisers that support shows that demean, devalue, and attempt to destroy our family structures and the fabric of human dignity. God will not be mocked, and those with God-honoring values should do what they can to make certain He is not.

Posted 4/17/15 at 8:24 AM | Karen Kramer

Doomsday Negotiations

I’m not a political diplomat, but having studied communications and interpersonal relationships, when someone lies and hurls death threats, it effectively ends meaningful discourse. Welcome to negotiations with Iran—where the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps encourages the “Death to America” chants among the crowds after weekly prayers and during political rallies. To them, the United States, “is still the great Satan and the enemy of the (Islamic) revolution…”

Just a couple months ago in the Persian Gulf, the Iranians sent a blazing message when they blew up a full-size model of the U.S.S. Nimitz. And let’s not ignore the poignant words by the supreme leader’s representative, Ali Shirazi, “When we look at the Islamic world, we see that the culture of the Islamic revolution has reached all countries and all Muslims throughout the world….We shall not rest until we raise the flag of Islam over the White House.” FULL POST

Posted 4/14/15 at 11:17 AM | Karen Kramer

Speak Up about Day of Silence

Our nation’s government-funded schools will be allowing a Day of Silence Friday April 17th. Thousands of high schools and middle schools will be recognizing this special day sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

Robbing students of precious instruction time, anyone supporting GLSEN can remain silent throughout the day. Our tax dollars are subsidizing a political movement and all students, whether they support GLSEN or not, will be impacted.

Parents are urged to consider keeping their children home on the Day of Silence while also sending letters to school administrators, teachers, and school board members.

School districts lose money when students are absent—and when a political decision is the reason kids stay home schools will feel the cost. Our public schools have enough issues without them becoming political tools for radical agendas.

Visit the doswalkout website for further information on opposing the Day of Silence.

Posted 4/10/15 at 8:08 AM | Karen Kramer

Fast Lane Living

Despite all the years, she still looked good and kept herself in top shape, running nearly every day. She loved life in the fast lane—and all the things that accompanied fast lane living. There were plenty of rumors about her checkered past, but she never talked, so no one knew for sure how much was true.

As she made her way around town, her sexy and sleek features could make heads turn, especially when she deliberately broke the rules. But she wasn’t a fool. She played by the book when authority figures were around.

She’d never been the jealous type either. She didn’t care about anyone’s looks but her own. She just wished that time would slow down.

She may not have looked that much older, but she felt it. She got tired more easily and it seemed that youthful upstarts were gaining ground. FULL POST

Posted 4/9/15 at 1:26 PM | Karen Kramer

Disney’s New Christian Bashing Show

One Million Moms

One Million Moms hopes to forestall the release of Disney-ABC’s Family of the Year.

This is a sitcom based on the life of Dan Savage, a mean-spirited, anti-Christian, violence-touting, political activist.

The humor that can be found at the expense of Christians must seem entertaining to the producers at Disney and ABC, but do we really need another show that is spawning hatred against those who love God?

In an effort to inform viewers about Dan Savage and his brand of hatred, OMM and the Family Research Council have included videos of Savage in their effort to fully inform viewers, but be advised they are extremely graphic and offensive. Both of these can be viewed on the link here. Don’t be silent at a time Christians need to be united against hatred. Sign the petition to stop this offensive show now.

Posted 4/8/15 at 9:46 AM | Karen Kramer

Cancelled: Neighbors With Benefits

Neighbors with Benefits A & E

After two airings of Neighbors With Benefits, the show has been cancelled due to lack of advertisers. Thanks in large part to an outpouring of complaints funneled through One Million Mom’s email campaign, A & E network cancelled the show even though another nine one-hour segments had already been filmed.

May this send a resounding call to Christians and concerned families across our nation, that our collective voices do matter when the unholy dollar is at stake. Advertisers fear losing valued customers and would rather switch shows than lose revenue in the marketplace.

It never hurts to lend support to good, faithful causes, so if you’re so inclined you can send a donation to One Million Moms as they continue fighting for moral values on the airwaves and advertising. They also welcome your prayers in this monumental effort.

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