Creator of All People,
Male and Female,
When I was a teen-ager the Kansas City Star
ran daily ads for burlesque shows, which promised,
raunchy excitement, "Live! On Our Stage! Bring
the Ladies, They'll Scream!"
vulgarity and the titillation might seem oddly naive
in our licentious 21st century when teenagers wear
all day on the beach "bikinis," nearly as
tantalizing as the briefest flashes of "g-strings"
and "pasties" thought rudely audacious in
world-famous for her peek-a-boo act with huge ostrich
fans, was an exotic favorite, but would be thought
a demure oddity today.
shows with traveling carnivals were perhaps even bolder,
except when local sheriffs ran them out of town.
one huckster proclaiming that his "girls"
did "more bumps than a tractor bouncing over
a plowed field."
German Pastor, Monsignor Joseph Selting, railed to
his conservative and sedate flock, against those who
"caroused" around our little town on Saturday
nights, although I doubt that few, if any,
of our pious parishioners did.
has changed, God, as You well know.
if public morality will continue to sink lower in
the 21st century, with young girls being cautioned
ever less strongly about "saving themselves"
for their future husbands.
I hope, dear
God of All Creation, that we somehow rediscover some
sense of modesty, morality, chastity, respect for
virginity, and a more mature and respectful relationship
between the sexes.
I pray fervently in Your Holy Name,
2013 Donn B. Murphy
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