Can Teenagers Survive Marilyn Manson?
November 1997By James K. Fitzpatrick
James K. Fitzpatrick teaches in a public high school in the suburbs of New York City and is the author of four books. He has written for The Wanderer and The Latin Mass magazine.
I have never heard a song by this Marilyn Manson character. But I have read the horror stories about his concerts about the salaciousness, homosexuality, and anti-Christian scatology that are central to his performances. His choice of a stage name that links the images of Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson speaks volumes.
Many Christian parents are seeking some way to minimize his influence on their children, and I have no intention of calling for less vigilance. There is no place for this music in a Christian home. Do try to keep your kids away from it!
But what if you cant? Certain children who want to listen, will. There are too many places car stereos, portable cassette players, and the like for them to gain access. It is not like the days when most homes had just one hi-fi in the family room.
What should parents do if they think their children have become part of the Marilyn Manson audience? How much of a family confrontation is in order? Are there cases when parents can ride through this phenomenon, look the other way and hope for the best?
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