View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Litany of Hugh Hefner

(Except for the refrain, all of the following are actual recent news headlines)

Fort Bragg Soldiers Charged with Sex Crimes
Vero Beach man held in Internet sex case
Pella man gets probation for trying to entice teen online
Las Vegas basketball player back at school following arrest on sex charges
East Bay teacher faces sex charges
STD cases on the rise in teens
Norman Wilson Rape Trial Begins
What's behind today's epidemic of teacher-student sex?

Let us say: Thank you Hugh Hefner

Teacher hit with sex act charges
Officer accused of having sex with girl put on leave
Coach pleads guilty to rape of teen
Loosened Family Ties Haunt Baby Boomer Vanguard Reaching Age 60
Teen Accused of Sex Abuse
Sexual Diseases Hit Record High in Minnesota: Infection Rates in Suburbs, Among Young People Fuel Rise
Ohio syphilis cases up
Aiken man sought for sex crimes

Let us say: Thank you Hugh Hefner

Young adults stuck in 'Generation Me'
Chesterfield Teacher Accused Of Sex Crimes Will Go To Trial
Douglas man arrested for molestation of 5-year-old
Artificial sex partners to become available
Lubbock STD Rates Are Chronically High Especially In Teens
Two Duke lacrosse players arrested on rape charges
University Of Akron's RA Charged With Rape
Nurse Appears In Court On Molestation, Porn Charges

Let us say: Thank you Hugh Hefner

Man wanted in rape of 14-year-old arrested
Statistics Reveal Worrying Trend of Births Outside Marriage
Farrell, ex-girlfriend settle sex tape dispute
Watertown man accused of rape appeared in court
Killer of former wife indicted in sex case
Bernard T. Youngkin of Lindenwold faces charges of restraining and molesting an 18-year-old woman.
Deputies arrest Traskwood man for alleged rape
Record number of STD infections in Knox County

Let us say: Thank you Hugh Hefner

(I intend to perform this at a poetry reading, singing it as a litany. Dada.)

6 Comments:

Blogger Paula said...

Only to Hugh Hefner should we say thanks? Maybe you should add few more names...anyway your idea is great.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Good stuff. Great poetry. I'm not so sure it's Hugh Hefner, but their is a real soul sickness in the world. A demeaning of the value of human life might be a good way to describe it. I guess Hugh could be a good metaphor, but there could be other names as well.Peace.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous dunmoose said...

Its certainly a good start to a Litany. If you wanted to expand it a bit, you could try setting it to the same tune as the Litany of the Saints :)

But you didn't here it from me and I am not here!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

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6:18 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Great minds think alike, Dunmouse.

I've actually been practicing the litany using the chant for the Litany of Saints. I'm varying it, though, so the refrain comes only after the "verses" and not individual lines to help increase the weight of all the horrors.

Paula and Don - I chose Hefner as a symbol. He's not the worst, nor the first, but he did help to bring pornography into the mainstream through his magazine and his television show.

He is in the popular culture the "face" of porn - in his pajamas and robe, surrounded by semi-clad women, looking cool, with a smile on his face because he's just done or is about to do you-know-what. The playboy that so many boy/men aspire to be.

I pray for him.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Lee,I posted something on the sexual revolution some days ago.With a link to your post.

2:30 PM  

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