To you and I, today is the 20th day of November and one week from Thanksgiving vacation. But one group of Christian women and girls, today is the 20th day of not wearing any makeup to revel in their natural beauty. No Makeup November is a project of Rave Ministries, which hopes “that for one month kids, teens, mothers, and grandmothers will relish every opportunity possible to see the true beauty that God has breathed in them.” Keep reading »
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Love is in the air … love and Bible sermons. This next season of “19 Kids & Counting” will feature the courtship of daughter Jessa Duggar, 20, who is being pursued by her Dad- and Jesus-approved beau Ben Seewald for lifelong baby-making. The lovebirds met in church — where else? — and asked their parents for permission engage to monitored texting and phone calls about, People scandalously dishes, topics ranging from theology to Scripture. But don’t call what Jessa and Ben are doing “dating.” Dating, as Duggar patriarch Jim Bob explains, is when a couple pairs off alone and “that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship.” Jessa and Ben are formally “courting”: their love affair will blossom under the watchful eyes of both of their parents (and the 47 children they have between them). Courting, explained Jim Bob, “is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry.”
It’s terrible. We were so pulling for Kylie Bisutti, the former winged-underwear model. After all, Victoria’s Secret models are usually only known for doing one of two things: losing all their baby weight in two weeks or dating Adam Levine. Bisutti, on the (wayyy) other hand, left the coveted model position last year because it was clashing with her Christian values. She moved with her husband to Montana where she wrote her memoir, I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model To Role Model, and began her new clothing line, God inspired fashion. (Yes, the “i” and the “f” are not capitalized, for some reason.) Keep reading »
While working at an orientation event at Sonoma State University of California, student Audrey Jarvis was asked by her supervisor — twice — to remove or hide her crucifix necklace because she was told it might offend someone or make new students feel unwelcome. What?!? Keep reading »
On Wednesday afternoon, the president of Exodus International, one of the largest “ex-gay” organizations in the world, issued an apology to the LGBT community. “I cannot apologize for my beliefs about marriage,” Exodus President Alan Chamber wrote in a sincerely worded letter. “But I do not have any desire to fight you on your beliefs or the rights that you seek. My beliefs about these things will never again interfere with God’s command to love my neighbor as I love myself.” Hours later, Chambers announced that Exodus would be closing its doors permanently, after 37 years in operation. I felt two distinct reactions to this news: relief for LGBT people who have felt attacked and abused by the social and political messages perpetuated by Exodus, and hope for what this change means for both gay and “ex-gay” people alike.
I have some first-hand experience with Exodus – not as a participant, but as an observer. In November 2007, I attended the organization’s North Atlantic Regional Conference in upstate New York. At the time, I was producing a short documentary film, “Just As I Am,” which explored the “ex-gay” movement through two opposing perspectives: an active Exodus ministry leader, and an ex-”ex-gay” minister who belonged to Exodus in the 1980s. BK, the ministry leader, was going to the conference to lead the music during the worship services, so she brought me along. Keep reading »
Spoiler alert! This post contains spoilers about the movie “Spring Breakers.”
When I heard that Selena Gomez had been cast in a Harmony Korine movie, my brain kind of exploded. Korine is known for his dark, sexualized films (like “Kids,” which made Chloe Sevigny a star), while Gomez is a Disneyfied, baby-faced princess who until recently was dating Justin Bieber. The trailer and promo pics for “Spring Breakers” showed Gomez and her castmates – “High School Musical” alum Vanessa Hudgens, “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson, and the director’s wife Rachel Korine – wearing bikinis and little else as they drank, smoked, got arrested, and did drugs. Was this movie going to be Gomez’s “Can’t Be Tamed“/”I’m a Slave 4 U” moment?
Not quite. Keep reading »
Look, I’m not the world’s most observant Christian. But even I attended enough Sunday school to know that God would totally have said “Thou shalt not rape” had there been room on those tablets for an 11th commandment.
Which is why I feel confident saying that Sean Patrick Banks, 37, of Del Mar, California, who is accused of raping a woman he met on the Christian dating site Christian Mingle, is crappy Christian. Keep reading »
What happens to actors on “Two And A Half Men”? Seriously, people!
Angus T. Jones, 19, the child actor who plays Jake on “Two And Half Men,” was interviewed about his evangelical Christian beliefs for something called the Forerunner Chronicles, and goes on to bash the show as “filth” that’s brainwashing its viewers into evildoing. Keep reading »
Timothy Kurek grew up in a religiously conservative family, and was told that homosexuality was an abominable sin. He regularly counseled friends and families on how to approach homosexuality. “The loving thing to do is to tell my friend who is gay, ‘Hey, listen, you are an abomination and you need to repent to go to heaven.’ I absolutely believed in that lock, stock and barrel,” he said. And then four years ago, a close friend confided that she was a lesbian and that her family had disowned her because of it. Something in him broke.
- New York Jets player Tim Tebow dishes about his ideal woman in a profile for Vogue and says he wants a woman who is kind and has “a servant’s heart.” Lest you think that means Tebow wants to be waited on hand and foot, “a servant’s heart” is a term in Christianity meaning someone is faithfully devoted to Jesus. [Faith Goes Pop]
- Kanye West allegedly told Kim Kardashian to lose some weight by doing that nasty lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup cleanse thing. But considering the source is the not-very-reliable blog MediaTakeOut, this is probably a steaming pile of bullshit. [Gurl]