Are Celebrity Christians Above The Law?

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by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalIn the 2000 movie, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, the two cartoon characters are arrested and brought before 'Judge Cameo' who, as soon as she recognizes them, dismisses the case against them stating that "celebrities are above the law".Now, in the context of the film, it was funny - even while it took a clever jab at the attitude that condones and excuses the bad behavior of the rich and famous. No matter what they've been accused of, no matter how they've behaved, they are not to be held to the same standards as the 'common' man - simply because they are famous! … [Read more...]

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Evangelical Mega-Churches Using Facial Recognition Software to Keep Track of Parishioners

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: While this is not directly Quiverfull related it's a creepy privacy-invading new thing in mega churches with possible frighting implications and usages. Excerpt from Why Are Churches Using Creepy Face Recognition Technology? by Valerie Tarico: Churches just got a new way to figure out who is sleeping in on Sunday morning: facial recognition software that scans the congregation and records who showed up. Churchix is a product of Skakash LLC, which sells Face-Six for law enforcement, border control, and commercial applications. According to CEO Moshe Greenshpan, in the 4 months since the … [Read more...]

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News: Special “Hypocrite” Edition Featuring Bristol Palin and Geronimo Aguilar

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According to CBS 6 out of Richmond, Virginia a Texas court has found former Richmond Outreach Center Church (ROC) pastor Geronimo Aguilar guilty of all counts of sexual abuse. He's going to be serving some jail time finally. It's been rumored for years that Pastor G. has preyed upon young teenaged girls for sex, starting at his first church in California before continuing on in his churches in Texas and Virginia.From WTVR Richmond - Geronimo Aguilar, former mega-church pastor, found guilty of all sex crimes … [Read more...]

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What One IFB Apologist Thinks of People Who Claim They Were Abused

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by Bruce Gerencer cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserWhen Jack Schaap, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana, now a convicted felon,  was accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenager in his church, apologists for the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) church movement and the Hyles/Schaap crime family came out in force to defend their own. They told me things like:He is a man of God and he wouldn’t/couldn’t do such a thing The girl was a whore The girl seduced him The girl was “almost” of age If Schaap hadn’t taken her across the State line, the sex would have been consensual … [Read more...]

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News: Mars Hill Churches Splitting From Mars Hill Organization

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The Great Pumpkin came early today. Mark Driscoll's church head organization, Mars Hill Church Organization, one of the largest Evangelical churches in the country, is shutting their doors as of January 1, 2015. All the Mars Hill churches will be spun off into their own independent churches not under any other oversight.What's up with that? Dave Bruskas of Mars Hill leadership is saying this is for the good of those local individual churches in his letter to the members posted on the Mars Hill Church websiteVery curious considering the last time we saw a major ministry and popular pastor completely abandon ship like this was Doug Phillips and Vision Forum just before the woman he is … [Read more...]

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News: ‘Penis Homes’ Mark Driscoll Steps Down

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Remember all that message board drama with Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll posting about women being nothing more than 'Penis Homes' and his online moniker of William Wallace II? Turns out it was enough to torpedo his position as senior pastor at Mars Hill Church. He stepped down this week. … [Read more...]

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Bill Gothard – New ‘Ministry’ or Same Old Same Old?

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Recently Bill Gothard announced his new project "Total Success Power Teams" Sounds like because he was forced to step down from ATI/IBLP over allegations of sexual harassment that Bill has tried to morph into another scheme/plan/ministry.Here's a little about it from Spiritual Sounding Board website. … [Read more...]

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Mark and Grace Driscoll’s “Real Marriage” Review Series

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by Samantha Fields cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons A little while ago, I put together a list of the most popular Christian marriage advice books. I made this list based on a variety of factors; I looked at a bunch of “best of” lists and found the ones that showed up on more than one, or had the most reviews– and the most positive reviews– on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook . . . I also tried to limit the list to books that were extremely popular and well-known, that appeared frequently in church curriculum or pre-marital counseling materials. After I had the list, I put up a poll on the next book I should review as part of an extended review series. … [Read more...]

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News: Jack Schaap Trying To Squirm Out Of Sentence

While dress codes are not the issue in the Jack Schaap conviction the same attitudes of sexualizing a teenager and trying to blame her for his own attitudes towards her are the same.

Now Jack Schaap is claiming that he was improperly represented by his legal staff at his trial for violation of the Mann Act and sex with an underaged girl. Schaap is claiming his attorneys promised him a sentence of no more than ten years, yet the judge gave him twelve years. It was fully within the rights of the judge to decide the length of the sentence regardless of what prosecutors  or defense team members asked for as a sentence. … [Read more...]

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News: Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar To Speak At ATI Conferences

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from Stargasm.com - Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Slated to Speak at ATI Conferences Despite Sexual Abuse ScandalApparently ATI's attempt to paper over the allegations of sexual abuse by former leader Bill Gothard is to get the Bates and the Duggars to speak at their conferences. Nonetheless, it’s apparent that many IBLP and ATI followers — including the Duggars — are still committed to the programs. In fact, according to the newly released “2014 Family Conference Guide” for ATI and IBLP followers, Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar are slated to speak at three upcoming national conferences. … [Read more...]

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