Michigan Decency Action Council

The Michigan Decency Action Council was founded in 1984 and is based in the Grand Rapids area. Its mission is “to initiate, promote, encourage, and coordinate activity to safeguard public morality to the general public” while its website describes itself as “a nonprofit, pro-family organization dedicated to informing and educating the people of Michigan and beyond about the destructive and pervasive nature of pornography in all its forms.” The group’s primary activities since its founding have been working to remove what it considers to be indecent materials from store shelves, getting indecent programming off the radio and television airwaves, pressuring prosecutors to close businesses offering access to indecent materials, and working with the Dove Foundation.

Leaders, Members, and Others Associated with the Organization

  • Dar Vander Ark, Executive Director, is a former sales manager for Grand Rapids Supply Company
  • Carl Kellogg, board president and Ada resident, once threatened to initiate a statewide anti-gay ballot initiative like Colorado’s 1992 measure. He attended a May 1994 secret planning/strategy conference in Colorado sponsored by Colorado for Family Values to teach activists how to build a campaign to maintain discriminatory laws against gays and lesbians. (Russ Bellant, The Religious Right in Michigan Politics, Americans for Religious Liberty, 1996)