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.”
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Minnesota teacher Kristen Ostendorf is out of a job right now because she’s a lesbian. After 18 years at Totino-Grace High School, during which she kept her sexuality secret, the 43-year-old teacher came out last month in a workshop with her fellow teachers about how to make one’s mark in Catholic social justice. “I tried to figure out how I could encourage others to ‘make their mark’ if I was willing to be part of a community where I was required to hide and compromise and deny who I am,” she told the Minneapolis Post.
So, Ostendorf told her colleagues: “I’m gay, I’m in a relationship with a woman, and I’m happy.” Keep reading »
What do I like about Russell Brand? That’s a very good question. I don’t know what it is that I like about Russell Brand, except to say that I find him weirdly compelling and, yes, kind of hot, which is also weird. But I am definitely both amused by and impressed with the tenacity of the comments he made while receiving the Oracle Award (I guess he can also see the future?) at the British GQ Men of the Year awards. The ceremony just so happened to be sponsored by German luxury label Hugo Boss, the founder of which just so happened to have dressed the Nazis. Not a Nazi, or a couple of Nazis, or even just Hitler himself — the whole damn lot of them! It isn’t exactly a secret, given that the brand acknowledged the Nazi link in the New York Times several years ago after the company became aware of a “dormant account” in Switzerland in Boss’s name, over half a century since his death in 1948. So, you know, it’s on Wikipedia and all, but that didn’t stop Brand from taking matters into his own hands by calling out the fashion house right up on their own stage. This is what he had to say:
“Any of you who know a little bit about history and fashion will know that Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis. The Nazis did have flaws, but, you know, they did look fucking fantastic, let’s face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.”
Was the award-winner ejected from the after party in light of his comments? Yes. But was it worth it? Oh, yes, I would certainly think so. [The Gloss]
Tom Cruise dodged all sorts of reports that before marrying Katie Holmes he “auditioned” women to be his wife. That he rented out space in a Scientology center and mislead many women into thinking they were auditioning for a film when in reality, he was trying to skip over the whole “dating thing” right into “Imma wife you” mode.
It’s been rumored that Erika Christensen, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Alba auditioned for the role of Mrs. Cruise. Recently, actress Nazanin Boniadi told Vanity Fair that she auditioned for Cruise in 2004. They “dated” for about 2 months before Tom moved on. Ms. Boniadi (aka Nora from “How I Met Your Mother”) was basically punished by the “Church” of Scientology for being dumped by Cruise and left the organization. Read more at Evil Beet Gossip…
Do you believe in angels? Chances are you do. Know how I know? Because apparently eight out of ten Americans believe in angels. That’s more people than believe that the sun will rise tomorrow! And when you hear this story, you may start believing if you don’t, and if you do, then your belief in angels will just get stronger!
So it goes like this … A woman in Missouri gets hit head-on by a drunk driver. Her Mercedes is totally mangled and she’s trapped within the wreckage. Emergency responders are trying to get her out, but she’s stuck between the steering wheel and the seat and not even the many responders on the scene can get her out. Then … the clouds parted and harps twanged. Well, not really. But they might as well have. Because suddenly a priest appeared out of nowhere on a road that had been blocked off for miles. Read more at The Stir…
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 »
Actress Leah Remini is continuing to question Scientology less than a month after she famously left the controversial Church.
“We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we’re about,” the 44-year-old told People at an event over the weekend. Read more on Celebuzz…
It has been frustrating to watch people and businesses condemn Rolling Stone magazine — where, to be clear, I personally have no editorial affiliations — for putting the Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev, on the cover of the latest issue. Many are upset that Tsarnaev is on the cover at all, as well as with the “rock star”-style photo the magazine used. And some who have read the article by journalist Janet Reitman complain that the way Jahar is profiled makes him out to be a “victim.”
I support Rolling Stone putting Tsarnaev on the cover and thought Reitman’s article was extremely well-written and thought-provoking. I came away from reading it with a greater understanding of how a 19-year-old Cambridge kid became a “monster.” To me, the patriarchy was clearly a problem in this family. To be clear, patriarchy doesn’t just mean when men are in positions of authority over women; it means when men, or one man, are in positions of authority over other men as well. It assumes that the people underneath that man will fall in line and not ask questions; it breeds a lack of agency and even, I would argue in Jahar’s case, weakness in a person. He was an immigrant from a maligned religion who slowly became radicalized by his severe older brother at the exact same time his troubled parents deserted him to move back to their homeland. I would not call him a “victim,” but I do believe it was a shitty, difficult situation for a teenager to handle, and those circumstances contributed to the vile crime he, allegedly, committed. Keep reading »