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September 27, 2006

A New Kind of Church

I suppose it should no longer be surprising when the lure of celebrity overtakes innocence and virtue. But it is always discouraging. Michelle Malkin recounts how Wales' sweet, young opera singer Charlotte Church has become just another profane and obnoxious "star."

The 20-year-old entertainer has rebelled against the wholesome image that brought her fame, fortune and worldwide respect as a rare role model for young girls. She has traded in "Pie Jesu" for "Crazy Chick" -- a lousy pop anthem even Ashlee Simpson wouldn't be caught performing. Charlotte's gone from pure-hearted to pure crap. These days, she drinks, she smokes, she curses, she fights, she parties, and she tries very, very hard to shock and offend -- like a trashier Lindsay Lohan, only with better pipes....

The corruption of Charlotte Church is a sorry little sign of how innocence and grace have lost their mass appeal -- even as parents claim to want age-appropriate role models for their daughters. A survey of 1,010 mothers with daughters 4 to 9 years old, released this week, reported that 90 percent of the moms "believe there are not enough wholesome role models, celebrities, characters and brands for young girls to emulate." Some 85 percent of those polled said they are "tired of the "sexpot" dolls/characters" currently available.

They say that -- and yet, the doll market is clogged with best-selling Bratz babies in thongs and Barbies with bling.

I don't know enough about Ms. Church to make a guess as to why she would abandon her already successful classical career for this junk -- except that trash sells. It seems that increasingly, especially among the MTV generation, a requisite for lasting celebrity is to be ever edgier or more controversial. Talent is secondary, if relevant at all. And messages of virtue or purity are drowned out by hedonism and profanity.

Our sons and daughters deserve better.

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John Horning

I agree with everything Michelle and Travis had to say. Neither, however, mentioned the obvious explanation for Charlotte Church's corruption and the proliferation of unwholesome dolls made available for sale to little girls: the majority of Americans (and I would guess the majority of "Christians"), have no idea what a Biblical worldview is; without that, unbelievers, and even those who do believe, are often nearly powerless to withstand the counterfeit solutions to people's deepest needs, which the world, with a lot of help from Satan, so convincingly makes available.

Tom Jordan

We have 2 teenage girls still at home and the list of role models for them just got a little shorter. Sad!!!!

Bob March

Sadly, going along with this moral decline has been an equally disastrous decline in Ms. Church's singing abilities since she first began recording. Now, she's merely another mediocre singer with an attitude.

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