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4/24/2014

States Move to Criminalize 'Revenge Porn'

Several states are pushing to criminalize “revenge porn,” the internet trend of blackmailing former significant others with shaming pictures and videos.

Several states are pushing to criminalize “revenge porn,” the internet trend of blackmailing former significant others with shaming pictures and videos. Colorado is the most recent state to propose legislation against revenge porn. Committee members met Thursday to discuss classifying revenge porn as a misdemeanor with fines of at least $10,000 for perpetrators Fox News reported. 26 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have introduced legislation against shaming exes online. So far Idaho, Virginia and Wisconsin’s bills have passed, making revenge porn illegal. The other side of the issue lies with those who feel censoring what citizens post online is a violation of the First Amendment right of free speech. Denise Maes, of the American Civil Liberties Union Colorado chapter said, “We are far from convinced that adding new criminal penalties and giving the government more free reign to monitor people’s activities, postings and correspondences online is the answer.”   Holly Jacobs, a revenge porn victim in 2009, equated shaming online with “cyber-rape.” “It’s all about the guy having control over the woman and exploiting her in a sexual way -- the same way real-life rape does that. It violates you over and over again,” Jacobs said. read more
4/24/2014

“Irreplaceable” Theaters Filling Up Fast

We’re less than two weeks away from the big one-night debut of Focus’ first feature film, “Irreplaceable,” so I figured it was as a good time as any to buy my family’s tickets to watch the movie.

We’re less than two weeks away from the big one-night debut of Focus’ first feature film, “Irreplaceable,” so I figured it was as a good time as any to buy my family’s tickets to watch the movie. So I logged on to www.irreplaceablethemovie.com, clicked “buy tickets” and entered my zip code – and can you believe that my local theater was already sold out? We’ve heard similar stories from people across the country whose nearest cinema didn’t have any more empty seats. They’re contacting us and asking how they can watch the film. Our answer? Call your theater and ask for an encore presentation! We’ve heard of several cinemas that are accommodating such requests after seeing the strong interest in “Irreplaceable.” I am so encouraged by the response the movie is receiving. Not just are theaters selling out, but trusted names in the Christian world like Dave Ramsey, Russell Moore, and Gary Thomas are eagerly supporting our documentary. More than anything, however, I’m looking forward to seeing how God will use “Irreplaceable” in the lives of those who watch it. Anytime you declare God’s truth and the principles He set into motion, the Holy Spirit is bound to do something big. We believe this project, which was birthed through prayer and lots of counsel, will be used to ignite a movement of families determined to live intentionally for the Lord. We are praying this film will equip believers to be confident in standing for God’s design for family. We ... read more
4/24/2014

Georgia's New 'Guns Everywhere Bill' Allows Guns in Churches, Schools

Georgia residents can now legally carry guns in churches, bars, schools and government buildings. Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed the ‘guns everywhere bill’ into law.

Georgia residents can now legally carry guns in churches, bars, schools, government buildings and parts of airports reports CNN. Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 60, the so-called ‘guns everywhere bill,’ into law on Wednesday, sparking both celebration and criticism. “People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the rules,” Deal said. “The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should reside at the forefronts of our minds.” HB 60 was “watered down” from its original form. There is a clause that allows church leaders to ban guns in the church if they choose and only school officials may carry guns in school zones. Also included in the bill is the legalization of silencers for hunting purposes. Concealed carry permits are necessary for Georgia citizens to possess firearms. Citizens must be 21 years of age to obtain a gun license; the exception under HB 60 are soldiers that are at least 18 and have completed basic training. The bill will go into effect on July 1 this year.   Publication date: April 24, 2014 read more
4/24/2014

Christian Nurse Fired for Sharing Biblical Views of Homosexuality

Sarah Mbuyi, a Christian nursery nurse in the U.K., was fired after she had a conversation with a gay colleague who pressed her about the Bible’s view homosexuality.

Sarah Mbuyi, a Christian nursery nurse in the U.K., was fired after she had a conversation with a gay colleague who pressed her about the Bible’s view homosexuality. In January 2014 a colleague at Newpark Childcare in Highbury, London, initiated a conversation about Christmas and went on to ask a number of other questions relating to the Christian faith. It was then Mbuyi’s colleague raised the issue of what the Bible teaches on homosexuality.  The colleague felt unhappy that she could not marry her female partner because of the church, and said that she thought God condoned homosexuality. Mbuyi maintains she was unfairly dismissed on grounds of religious discrimination. “When I said no God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are, she became emotional and went off to report me to my manager,” said Mbuyi. The Christian Legal Centre, and its Standing Counsel, Paul Diamond, is representing Sarah. “Sharing Biblical truths out of genuine love and concern for colleagues is being outlawed in the workplace by a dominating cultural correctness,” Andrea Williams, barrister and CEO said in a statement. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron publicly proclaimed his Christian faith this week. He stated Christians need to be bolder in sharing their beliefs, but critics note Cameron’s silence in coming to Mbuyi’s defense.   “The Prime Minister has huge influence,” Williams said. “If he is serious in his support for Christianity, he will intervene in Sarah’s case ... read more
4/24/2014

Sex on Screen Losing Popularity

HBO aired an episode of “Game of Thrones” featuring rape, incest and murder all in one scene. It was enough for critics to call for a stop to the depravity.

Sex is losing its prominent place in television and movies. Last Sunday, HBO aired an episode of “Game of Thrones” featuring rape, incest and murder all in one scene. It was enough for critics to call for a stop to the depravity. Vulture writer Margaret Lyons said, “...rape-as-prop is always distressing, particularly in a show like this, where that disregard echoes the kinds of ideas that foster rape culture in the first place: that women’s feelings don’t matter, that sexual agency isn’t a big deal, that rape is something that just kind of happens and that healthy people simply move on.” Relevant Magazine refers to this reaction as “the sexploitation backlash.” It seems that the time of blatant sex on the screen is over. People are tired of seeing it, especially the variety that has no point but to put nude women on display. Relevant writer Tyler Huckabee said, “...women are so frequently stripped down to props while fully dressed men handle the serious business of moving the plot forward.” Hollywood sex scenes have also lost popularity. Statistically, PG-13 movies make more money at the box than risque, R-rated films so studios “chop their films into relatively tame affairs,” Huckabee says. According to a New York Film Academy study, women were well over twice as likely to shed their clothes in a top 500 film than men. With critics calling studios out on objectification of women, the sexploitation backlash might make an impact on what viewers see on the screen. ... read more