Project ROSE Offers Sex Workers a Choice: Church or Prison?

The Bible says that Jesus spoke and listened to prostitutes with demonstrable love and acceptance, refusing to reinforce the rejection and condemnation these biblical women endured from their communities. It does not indicate that he may have arrested or detained them, threatened them with imprisonment, or coerced them into hearing hours of sex-shaming tirades.

But to Project Phoenix, the organization behind the anti-prostitution initiative Project ROSE, that’s the best strategy for rescuing sex workers from themselves, whether they like it or not.

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After an Awful Interview with a Theologian, the New York Times’ Gary Gutting Chats With an Atheist

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about an interview between Gary Gutting, a former professor of philosophy at University of Notre Dame, and Christian philosophy professor Alvin Plantinga. I did not enjoy that interview. There were many atheist straw men and terrible arguments and it was frustrating.

For the second installment of Gutting’s interview series about religion, he spoke to Louise Antony, professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and editor of an essay collection entitled Philosophers Without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life.

Okay, this woman is a little more up my alley. And the interview starts well — from her end, anyway:

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A ‘Homeless Person’ Turns Out to Be a Jesus Sculpture, and Not Everyone Is Happy About It

What would you do if you saw someone wrapped in a blanket, sleeping on a bench outside a church?

For Cindy Castano Swannack, who drove by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, North Carolina the other day,  the answer was “call the police.”

When informed that it was a sculpture depicting Jesus (with stigmata on his bare feet that poke out from under the blanket), Swannack seemed taken aback. She told the local NBC affiliate that

“Jesus is not a vagrant, Jesus is not a helpless person who needs our help. We need someone who is capable of meeting our needs, not someone who is also needy.”

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Ken Ham Says Noah’s Ark Theme Park Now Has Enough Money to Begin Construction; Bill Nye Says It’s ‘Bad for the World’

Years after initially being proposed and after scores of funding snags, the Creation Museum says it can now begin building Ark Encounter, it’s Noah’s Ark-themed amusement park.

Exactly how much money they’ve raised is unclear, though, since Answers in Genesis’ Ken Ham spent much of yesterday’s question-less press conference railing against bloggers and other members of the media for criticizing his plans:

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President Obama Says His Campaign Volunteers and Other Supporters Are Doing ‘God’s Work’

Via Politico:

Touting the latest White House Obamacare benchmark, President Barack Obama told his political base not to be discouraged by partisan attacks and stressed that their cause is divine.

The president spoke those remarkable words at an Organizing for Action event in Washington.

“We’re going to make a big push these last few weeks,” Obama told OFA volunteers and officials. “I can talk, my team can talk here in Washington, but it’s not going to make as much of a difference as if you are out there making the case. The work you’re doing is God’s work.”

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