Pornographer Turned Speechifying Christian Is Jailed for Repeated Sexual Assaults On Minors

No demographic in America seems to love porn more than conservative Christians do. But they also love it when a pornographer turns tail, so to speak, abandoning the commercialization of sex for a life of piety and preaching. Such was the career path of Donny Pauling Jr., a pastor’s son who made dirty movies from 1997 until 2006, when he became a Christian. Not only that; Pauling also began speaking out against the ruination that he said befalls porn workers; those people need prayers, he implored, and they need Jesus. He claims to have reached five million people with his tale of salvation.

But look at what this late-blooming beacon of morality did in his off-time:

A man who claimed to be an anti-porn crusader is facing new charges related to having sex with a minor.



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If Republicans Pass This Bill, There Will Soon Be State-Sponsored Religious Discrimination in Indiana

Indiana’s Senate just passed legislation that would allow state funding to go to organizations that discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion.

Senate Bill 127, sponsored by State Sen. Travis Holdman (below), comes in response to money being rescinded from a state university because of its employment standards:



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China Announces It Will Crack Down on “Religious Addicts” Trying To Enter the Party

It’s just not a real party until you throw out the religious addicts, amirite?

But seriously: For all its political and economic progress of the last 20 years, China is still dishearteningly uncomfortable with freedom of conscience and freedom of speech. Every once in a while, Beijing’s bureaucracy experiences a revolutionary spasm that seems like a throwback to the Mao days. Take this:

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has barred religious believers from joining the Party, declaring that it will step up its implementation of a long-standing rule prohibiting  religious ‘addicts’ from entering China’s ruling party.

Reports said China’s latest move comes in the wake of the widely reported efforts of Chinese authorities to strengthen the Party’s ideological values and standing in Chinese universities and various media entities.



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Years After Their Bus Ad Alienated an Unexpected Group of People, Two Atheists Explain What They Learned

A few years ago, the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason launched an ad campaign on the side of local buses. It was a mashup of the faces of dozens of local atheists/agnostics made to look like an American flag, with the message “Millions of Americans are good without God.”

The billboard received the usual share of outrage from Christians who felt this was somehow an affront to their beliefs. (Not surprising. By now, we’ve just come to expect that.) But it also prompted backlash from the local African-American community.

For what reason?

Zach Moore, the chair of the Texas group, had no idea at the time. He just knew people were upset:

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Celebrating Darwin: Not Just for Scientists Anymore

On this day last year, a friend of mine was finally getting a kidney transplant after years on dialysis. Visiting him in the hospital was a very emotional experience — especially the part where he signed the paperwork to officially begin his campaign for U.S. Congress. James Woods, a blind atheist progressive from one of the most conservative districts in the country, decided 2014 was going to be a year of going big, brave, and honest.



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