Internet-media giant Google has announced they will now prohibit sexually explicit images and videos or displays of graphic nudity on Blogger®.
This new content policy follows extended consultation with concerned citizens and advocacy groups like the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, formerly Morality in Media, which has listed Google or its products on its annual Dirty Dozen List for the past three years. This public awareness effort challenged Google and other companies (and even government agencies) to curb sexual exploitation and protect children in their retail, advertising and app policies.
In 2014 Google kicked pornography ads out of Adwords® and cleaned up GooglePlay® by prohibiting pornographic apps. Now, as of March 2015, Google will remove pornography from Blogger®, while allowing videos which use nudity in an artistic, educational, or scientific context to remain, when the policy takes effect March 23.
Please thank Google for these sweeping policy changes to protect children and curb sexual exploitation. Send comments to the company at EndSexualExploitation.org/Google. Also, tell them you are a grateful customer and look forward to similar improvements on YouTube, Safe Search, and Google Images!
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) has reviewed the cover of the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and believes it borders obscenity, as the model is pulling down her bikini bottom to reveal her pubic area.
At a minimum, these concerned citizens believe the depiction likely violates state statutes, commonly known as “harmful to minors” laws, prohibiting displays of sexually explicit material to children.
They are asking concerned parents to join them in urging that the magazine be removed from the eye-level of children and patrons, who don’t want to be exposed to near nudity and porn, in the stores where you shop, like Wal-Mart, Kroger, Walgreens, Safeway, and Barnes & Noble.
TAKE ACTION and share your concerns and community standards by asking retailers to protect children and other patrons from this visual assault at the checkout line. This explicit swimsuit edition should be wrapped and restricted, like pornographic magazines would be in their stores.
America has historically been a haven for the Jewish people and it is now the world’s second-largest Jewish community.
However, today, in our multicultural nation, American Jews are more likely to suffer from hate crimes than any other religious group. In our country, Jewish students are under attack on America’s campuses:
- Two days later, Nazi symbols are painted on a Jewish fraternity.
- In Chicago, Jewish students need police protection from pro-Palestinian students.
- Radical professors pledge to boycott Israeli scholars and punish Jewish students.
Many feel it is past time for the Obama Administration to get off its “high horse” and enforce existing laws to protect American Jews from violence, intimidation, and unlawful discrimination!
A campaign called “50 Dollars Not 50 Shades” is asking people to “say no to abuse” and boycott the erotic novel-turned-film, Fifty Shades of Grey. Instead, people are urged to “ditch the film, and give instead to a domestic violence shelter,” serving victims of abusive relationships, like the one glamorized in the 50 Shades series. “Hollywood doesn’t need your money; abused women do” the activists say.
The novel/trilogy, which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, has been dubbed by many as “mommy porn” for its erotic scenes depicting abusive bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadomasochism. Even the film’s female star Dakota Johnson (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) has said film’s sex scenes are so explicit and extreme she doesn’t want her “parents to see it.”
What should Christians think about reading or seeing this kind of fantasy-erotica? Let me offer 5 Shades of Truth from the Apostle Paul’s plea for purity in I Thessalonians 4:1-8:
- Live your life to please God.
- Keep away from sexual promiscuity, in all its forms.
- Learn how to control your own passions.
- Don’t take sexual advantage of others.
- Don’t give yourself to what is crude and corrupting.
In summary, the Bible says sexual intimacy is to be reserved for a husband and wife. It warns that sexually active singles and sexually unfaithful marrieds will be judged.
Meanwhile, Christian authors Juli Slattery and Dannah Gresh, are offering to “trade your shades” and give women a copy of their new book, Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman’s Heart, in exchange for used copies of E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. They want to teach women that they are mistaken if they believe erotic fiction could spice up their real-life relationships.
ACTION: Please see and share this #NoGreyNoWay video: http://youtu.be/JwzFcwIb1NI
Not all Muslims are radical extremists, but all radical extremists, in our world today, are Muslims. Some may differ on the degree of extremism, but none will debate that the ultimate goal of the religion is global domination, with enforced Islamic Sharia-Law for all.
Not all Muslims are intolerant and violent, but all intolerant and violent Muslims are submitted to the political/religious practices of the faith, which is ultimately intent on making all Muslims and non-Muslims submit to an Islamic pope-king, known as a Caliph. This is increasingly being revealed each day by the barbaric Islamic-terrorists in ISIS and Boko Haram.
Not all Muslims are presently violent, but all Muslims must ultimately submit to the teachings and practices of Islam, which is inherently violent. Its texts (Koran and Hadith) and teachings (from mosques and many college campuses in the West) reflect what Mohammed taught and did and are filled with incitement to hate and murder infidels—specifically Jews and Christians—as he did.
January 16 was Religious Freedom Day in the United States of America. I hope you celebrated it!
The recent Super Bowl season is another opportunity for maturing Christians to reflect on their personal convictions about lifestyle practices which the Bible may not specifically condemn or condone.
Both the Old and New Testaments give examples and admonitions about excessive consumption of alcohol, and condemns drunkenness among works of the flesh, which are not fitting for Christ-followers.
The Living Bible paraphrases the admonition of 1 Corinthians 6:12 this way: “I can do anything I want to, if Christ has not said no, but some of these things are not good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I’ll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can’t easily stop when I want to.”
Some cautious Christians feel it is best to abstain from alcohol entirely, to fully protect themselves and their families, as well as their testimonies and their witness for the Lord. But, that personal limitation is a choice only mature, selfless and scripturally-sensitive* individuals can make.
* See Proverbs 20:1 and 23:29-35; Romans 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-12; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8;
Following the recent massacre of French journalists and Jews, all of Europe is on the alert. Focus is on Islamic jihadists returning from fighting with ISIS and others, among Europe’s estimated 2,500 to 5,000 radicalized Muslim extremists.
The truth is, the Charlie Hebdo “journalists” died at the hands of Islamic jihadists because of what they had done. The people in the kosher market died for simply who they were—Jews.
Jews have been the subject of irrational hatred for thousands of years. They were even blamed for the black plague and chased from country to country. In the last century, they were publicly despised and forced by Hitler and the Nazis to live in ghettos and transported like cattle to concentration camps, where six million were killed!
The Jews gave us our Lord, our Bible and our Judeo-Christian values. In the face of renewed Jewish hatred in our world, they deserve our respect, our love and our prayers.