It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day.

I was thinking a lot about this on the way to work. I believe that together we can make the world a better place. You never know what small act of kindness can turn someone’s day around, or even turn their life around.

Last Friday, there was a suicide in my community that has hit everyone hard. A high school sophomore jumped off a three-story school building during lunch, and there are reports that he had been bullied. I want my kids to grow up in a world that isn’t full of bullies and hatred. I know that seems like an impossible dream, but that’s what I hope for.

I think that’s why I am so outraged by One Million Moms … they’re bullies, too. They don’t want anything they don’t agree with to be out in the world. But guess what? THEY DON’T GET TO DECIDE! Who made them God?! I am sick of being pushed around by close-minded, intolerant people. It’s time to fight back.

Please do a Random Act of Kindness today and report it in the comments. The goal: To make someone smile, and combat the hatred that One Million Moms is putting out in the world.

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Watch Out, Jennifer Love Hewitt: One Million Moms Is Coming After You Next!

One Million Moms, the hatemongers who protested Ellen last week, have announced their next mission — to get Jennifer Love Hewitt’s upcoming Lifetime show off the air. (Don’t they have better things to do with their time?)

They oppose the fact that J-Love gives “happy endings” at a day spa in her upcoming show, “The Client List.” What’s the big deal?

They say:

“There are plans for it to premiere in April unless OMM does something about it. If the promo for this program is too appalling to watch, then the show will be completely unsuitable for television. Networks like Lifetime continue to produce offensive programs, and we will not stand for it. Some in the entertainment business have gone too far, for too long. Christians should no longer sit idly by and allow it to continue without speaking up in protest. Please send an email letter strongly encouraging Lifetime and parent company A&E Television Networks, LLC to drop all plans to air the highly sexual program ‘The Client List.’ Tell them you are prepared to join thousands of other voices in urging advertisers to place it on their “do not advertise” list and consider pulling all ads from the Lifetime network in protest of this soft porn they call entertainment.”

I for one do not want these close-minded women to wield ANY power over what I watch or don’t watch. It’s a free country … they should NOT be making programming decisions. Plus, it sounds like a great show to me!

MOM MISSION #7: Let’s send an email letter to Les Eisner, Vice President of Corporate Communications, at LEisner@lifetimetv.com strongly encouraging Lifetime and parent company A&E Television Networks, LLC to air “The Client List.” Tell them you are prepared to join thousands of other voices in supporting advertisers who air commercials on the Lifetime network to combat One Million Mom’s campaign of hatred and intolerance.

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Tell One Million Moms What You Think!

Not only does One Million Moms oppose Ellen as the spokesperson of JCPenney, they also oppose “Modern Family,” the Girl Scouts, and even Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. (Schweddy Balls, anyone?)

Some of the testimonials on their website include:

I am proud to be a member of OMM and feel so good that there is someone out there helping us make a stand against such horrific things going on in TV and other areas. I feel that through OMM, I am helping make a difference.
- Judith B.

MOM MISSION #6: OMM says, “We appreciate hearing from our members. If you would like to send us a comment, criticism, or word of thanks, please send it to: omm@afa.net.” Let’s tell ‘em what we think, ladies!

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One Million Moms Hate the Girl Scouts, Too

Over at the One Million Moms site, they are chatting about how much they HATE the Girl Scouts.

According to an article they link to from The Washington Times by Cathy Cleaver Ruse, the Girl Scouts’ “left-wing political agenda undermines girls and families.” Ruse claims the Girl Scouts “support abortion and have a partnership with Planned Parenthood.”

One Million Moms also have a huge problem with the Girl Scouts deciding to “admit boys who dress as girls.” If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, she is now welcomed as a Girl Scout. “Perpetuating this cruel charade on the little boy and forcing little girls to participate in it is inclusiveness to the Girl Scouts,” writes Ruse. “To others, it’s child abuse.”

Child abuse? Really??

One Million Moms ARE in favor of American Heritage Girls, a Christian-based alternative to Girl Scouts. Shanna Stewart, who home-schools her two daughters in Wentzville, found American Heritage Girls after becoming concerned when she learned the Girl Scouts had invited a lesbian to speak at the national level. “They were encouraging girls to embrace whoever they were; it didn’t matter what choices they made, as long as they were true to themselves. That was a concern,” Stewart tells Stltoday.com. [That actually sounds like good advice to me!]

MOM MISSION #5: Call the Girl Scout national headquarters at (800) 478-7248 or (212) 852-8000 and tell them you support their mission, despite what the haters say. Or email them your thoughts here. And be sure to buy extra Thin Mints when the Girl Scouts come a’knocking this year for good measure! (Like I needed another reason!)

What do you think about One Million Moms’ hatred for all things Girl Scout? Tell us about it in the comments! While you’re at it, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, too. Together, we CAN change the world — one mom at a time!

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Interview with Tracey Gaughran-Perez, Organizer of the JCPenney Shop-In

Today is the JCPenney Shop-In, brilliantly organized by bloggers Doug French and Tracey Gaughran-Perez. So far, over 2,500 have pledged to attend.

This morning, I spoke with Tracey Gaughran-Perez, a rad mom who has been blogging on Sweetney since 2004, about her inspiration for today’s Shop-In, her opinion of One Million Moms, and the impact she believes mom bloggers can have on the world.

One Million and One Moms: How did you come up with the idea for the shop-in?

Tracey Gaughran-Perez: Honestly – as I said on my blog, Sweetney, I just happened to off-handedly tweet something about ‘feeling like I should shop at JCPenney today’ on Thursday (obviously referring to the JCP/Ellen vs. One Million Moms debacle) and I got a flood of responses on Twitter. Which gave me pause. So I said, “has anyone thought of doing a shop-in or something for this?” and literally that was that. We were off to the races.

OMOM: Were you surprised by the response you’ve gotten so far?

TGP: It’s really exceeded any expectations I had, because to be honest my expectations were pretty limited. I thought maybe it would catch on in the parent blogging community I’m a part of, but I didn’t have great expectations beyond that. It’s been amazing to see it blow up as it has. I’m hugely proud to be a part of it.

OMOM: What do you think of One Million Moms?

TGP: My non-diplomatic answer: I think they’re a bunch of loonies with too much time on their hands whose shared conception of ‘traditional, family values’ harkens back to a brand of antiquated Christian Puritanism that started seeming backward around the time of the Great Emancipation.  Might doesn’t make right, God isn’t hate and bigotry, and what two consenting adults do together in private is no one’s business as far as I’m concerned.

My diplomatic answer: they’re a hate group masquerading as a ‘Merican family values non-profit. (Or was that non-diplomatic as well? Oops.)

OMOM: What message do you hope that today’s shop-in sends to One Million Moms and the rest of conservative America?

TGP: The same message we’ve said from the beginning: that hate isn’t a family value, and that the One Million Moms do not represent most parents or our ideas about the world and the people in it. Most of us aren’t bigots, most of us don’t seek out people in minority groups to persecute and strip of employment in our free time. Most of us are just trying to get a shower in regularly and not show up in public places with food (or worse, baby spit-up) on our clothes, honestly.

OMOM: Do you think the mom blogging community can impact social change — especially when we band together?

TGP: Absolutely. Parent bloggers have a lot of power online and retailers and companies listen to us when we speak (moms in particular have the most buying power of any demographic group). And so I’m of the opinion that we SHOULD speak up when corporations do things we like and don’t like, and let them know that our almighty dollar is on the line. Like it or not, the simple reality is that when a bottom line is at stake, companies listen, and we as consumers have the power.

Amen! Check out more from Tracey at Sweetney.com. Tracey, you’re our hero — we’ll be shopping today at JCPenney to support your mission!

If you shop at JCPenney today (either in-store or online), please comment below to share your experiences. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Together, we can change the world!

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Julie Bowen Wants to Round Up One Million and One Moms!

Modern Family actress and bad-ass mom of three Julie Bowen says we need to get One Million and One Moms to go shop at JCPenney. Let’s do it!

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February 10, 2012 · 11:24 pm

Check Out Our Email Response from JCPenney!

One Million and One Moms just got the following reply from JCPenney. Love them even more now! Can’t wait for the shop-in on Sunday. I wish their Nanette Lepore line was in stores stores already … but I’m sure I will score some other fun goodies for me and the family. I love any excuse to shop, and this is a great one!

Hello Julie,
 
We are in receipt of your email supporting Ellen as the new jcpenney spokesperson and we appreciate your email.
 
As we focus on being in sync with the rhythm of our customers’ lives and operating in a “Fair and Square” manner that is rooted in integrity, simplicity, and respect, we couldn’t think of a better partner than Ellen DeGeneres.  We are extremely proud to have her on our team.
 
Thank you again for sharing your input.  Our heritage is what set jcpenney apart from other retailers and as times change, your needs change.  Together, we are transforming jcpenney into becoming America’s favorite store. 
  
 Sandra
Customer Services Representative
Corporate Customer Services
jcp.com

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