Christian 'Sexperts' Expose Dangers of Erotica as 'Fifty Shades' Tops 100 Million Sales, Prepares for Big Screen
March 9, 2014|11:11 am A woman reads E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” erotica book. Readers just can’t seem to get enough of E.L. James’ bestselling erotica Fifty Shadesseries, as the trilogy now has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The salacious series, which counts Christians among its fans, marks that milestone amid anticipation of the movie adaptation being released next year. Dannah Gresh, co-founder of Pure Freedomand who authored Pulling Back the Shadeswith Dr. Juli Slattery, said she was saddened to hear about Fifty Shades’ latest milestone. Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman’s Heartis Gresh and Slattery’s response to the pervasiveness of the erotica series, specifically among Christians. “I’m sad because the book honors and glorifies bondage, dominance, sadism and machoism [or BDSM sex play],” Gresh told The Christian Post during a conference call with Slattery. Gresh added that the “saddest part” was knowing that Christian women consume the erotica series as much as women in the general public. As the two authors discovered firsthand during their research for Pulling Back the Shades, “Praying grandmas are reading it. Vibrant young human-trafficking activists are reading it. Pastors’ wives are reading it. Missionaries are reading it. Jews, Muslims, and Christians are reading it.” Indeed, Christians, usually resolute on the dangers of porn, are big fans of James’ explicit and allegedly profane sexual tales, as Barna Group researchers discoveredin a survey last year. The evangelical Christian research group reported that “there is no difference between the percentage of Christians who have read Fifty Shades of Grey and the percentage of all Americans who have read the book.” The Fifty Shadesseries, revealed in another surveyto promote violence against women, follows the intense sexual relationship and eventual marriage between a college student named Ana and a multibillionaire named Christian. For Slattery, a clinical psychologist who leads the nonprofit Authentic Intimacy, the pervasiveness of Fifty Shades of Grey, the first installment of the series, is alarming. “You’ve always had erotica and pornography available, but in the last 25 years we’ve seen men just by the millions get hooked on Internet pornography, and now this is showing that it’s become normal for women to engage in this form of pornography. It’s very alarming to just see that there’s no discernment and there’s not an outcry,” Slattery told CP. Gresh echoed Slattery’s suggestion that Fifty Shades of Grey, currently the fastest-selling paperback ever, is helping to normalize erotica for women.
The U.S. Department of Education is expanding its inquiry into the Jefferson Parish public school system’s English instruction for Latino students. The news comes in the wake of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s suit alleging that the school system discriminates against Latino students who are trying to learn English. The center’s original complaint alleged in August 2012 that Jefferson system failed properly to implement its English as a Second Language programs. It filed additional documents with the Justice Department in May. If the Department of Education’s ‘s Office of Civil Rights finds evidence of discrimination, it, too, could take the school system to court. The law center has alleged that the school system was not providing adequate numbers of ESL-certified teachers, and that Latino students were being pulled from ESL classes before they were fully proficient in English. It also alleged that some Jefferson schools had created a “hostile learning environment” for some Latino students. It is the third civil rights complaint that the nonprofit public interest center has filed against the system in less than two years. In January 2012, the center accused the school sytem of unfair arrests of black students, In May, it alleged that a disproportionate number of black and disabled students were being sent to alternative schools. In a Dec. 10 letter to the law center, the Office of Civil Rights said it has agreed to investigation three of the center’s four allegations. In the past, the school system has declined to comment, saying it would not make a statement on an open complaint.
December 21, 2013 Tags: center, civil-rights, classes-before, department, education, jefferson, nonprofit, school-system, second-language, southern, take-the-school Posted in: Southern Poverty Law Center Comments Closed
David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950) is an American White nationalist, writer, right-wing politician, and a former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and former Republican Louisiana State Representative. He was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries in 1988 and the Republican presidential primaries in 1992. Duke has unsuccessfully run for the Louisiana State Senate, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and Governor of Louisiana. Duke describes himself as a “racial realist”, asserting that “all people have a basic human right to preserve their own heritage.” He opposes what he considers to be Jewish control of the Federal Reserve Bank, the federal government and the media. Duke supports the preservation of what he labels Western culture and traditionalist Christian “family values”, strict Constitutionalism, abolition of the Internal Revenue Service, voluntary racial segregation, ardent anti-communism and white separatism. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Duke as “the most recognizable figure on the American radical right”. His views are frequently described by his critics as being characterized by racism, antisemitism, and Holocaust denial. Duke was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to David H. Duke and Alice Maxine Crick. As the son of an engineer for Shell Oil, Duke frequently moved with his family around the world. They lived a short time in the Netherlands, before settling in Louisiana. In the late 1960s, Duke met the leader of the white supremacist National Alliance, William Pierce, who would remain a lifelong influence. Duke joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1967. Duke studied at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, and in 1970, he formed a white student group called the White Youth Alliance; it was affiliated with the National Socialist White People’s Party. The same year, to protest William Kunstler’s appearance at Tulane University, Duke appeared at a demonstration in Nazi uniform. Picketing and holding parties on the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s birth, he became notorious on the LSU campus for wearing a Nazi uniform. Duke claimed to have spent nine months in Laos, calling that a “normal tour of duty”. He actually went there to join his father, who was working there and had asked him to visit during the summer of 1971. His father got him a job teaching English to Laotian military officers, from which he was dismissed after six weeks when he drew a Molotov cocktail on the blackboard. He also claimed to have gone behind enemy lines twenty times at night to drop rice to anti-Communist insurgents in planes flying ten feet off the ground, narrowly avoiding receiving a shrapnel wound. Two Air America pilots who were in Laos at that time said that flights were during the day and flew no less than 500 feet from the ground. One suggested that it might have been possible for Duke to have gone on a safe “milk run” once or twice but no more than that. Duke was also unable to recall the name of the airfield used. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1974 after enrolling in 1968. During this time he spent what would have been his senior year organizing the National Party. While working in the White Youth Alliance, Duke met Chlo Hardin, who became active in the group. They remained companions throughout college and married in 1974. Hardin is the mother of Duke’s two daughters, Erika and Kristin. According to an article by Martin A. Lee in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, in 1977 David Duke, then married with two children, pursued female sex partners so avidly and so openly that it embarrassed many of his closest colleagues. Tom Metzger, then Duke’s state leader in southern California, became livid when Duke showed up for a Ku Klux Klan anti-immigrant “border watch” stunt and immediately started pursuing women. Duke divorced in 1984arguably because Chloe was fed up with Duke’s womanizingand Chloe moved to West Palm Beach to be near her parents. There she became involved with Duke’s Klan friend, Don Black, whom she later married. Duke also developed a lifelong weakness for gambling As of 2009, it was confirmed that David Duke was living in Zell am See in Salzburg, Austria, from which he ran the Internet business “Art by Ernst”, taking and selling photographs of rare birds, mountain scenery and wildlife under the pseudonym “Ernst Duke” (his middle-name “Ernest” Germanized). Local authorities have stated that as long as he does not break any laws, Duke is allowed to stay in Austria if he wishes. Duke has stated: “I’m not in Austria for any political activities. I just come to Austria to relax the mountains are beautiful. The Austrian Alps are just beautiful. There’s beauty all over the world.” In May 2009, Duke issued a statement denying that he resides in Austria and saying that he is a resident of Mandeville, Louisiana, and is registered as a taxpayer in his city, state and on the national level. Duke first ran for the Louisiana State Senate as a Democrat from a Baton Rouge district in 1975. He received 11,079 votes, a third of those cast. In 1979, he ran as a Democrat for the 10th District Senate seat and finished second in a three-candidate race with 9,897 votes (26 percent). Duke allegedly conducted a direct-mail appeal in 1987, using the identity and mailing-list of the Georgia Forsyth County Defense League without permission. League officials described it as a fund-raising scam. Duke was accused by several Klan officials of stealing his organization’s money. “Duke is nothing but a con artist,” Jack Gregory, Duke’s Florida state leader, told the Clearwater Sun (of Florida) after David Duke allegedly refused to turn over proceeds from a series of 1979 Klan rallies to the Knights. Another Klan official under Duke, Jerry Dutton, told reporters that Duke had used Klan funds to purchase and refurbish his home in Metairie. Duke later justified the repairs by saying most of his home was used by the Klan. In 1979, after his first, abortive run for president (as a Democrat) and a series of highly publicized violent Klan incidents, Duke quietly incorporated the nonprofit National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP) in an attempt to leave the baggage of the Klan behind.
WASHINGTON William Smith, 87, was perturbed, as he put it, at reports during the government shutdown’s first week that Honor Flights encountered barricades at the National World War II Memorial. “It doesn’t take a lot of maintenance,” he said, shifting in his wheelchair to gaze at the memorial’s granite pillars and triumphal arches. The shutdown hubbub left Smith feeling “not too enthralled” about making the out-and-back Honor Flight trip to Washington, a long and grueling journey that started at three this morning.
October 8, 2013 Tags: cameras-on-hand, generated, government, honor-flight, honor-flights-, island, making-the-out, national, national-world, nonprofit, trip, wheelchair Posted in: World War II Comments Closed
Janet L. Falk | October 7, 2013 Special to Philanthropy Journal Public relations and marketing professionals often look at the calendar to latch onto a timely news hook that will juice up a campaign. This tactic may also generate interest in the programs of nonprofit groups, and it is readily tied to donor and media outreach.
Run to the Rock PLYMOUTH The 19th annual Boys and Girls Club of Plymouths Run to the Rock 5K, 10K and half marathon starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.
September 7, 2013 Tags: a-certified-and, college-pond, girls, girls-club, linda-porazzo, nonprofit, park, rock, sagamore-beach-, state-forest- Posted in: Jewish American Heritage Month Comments Closed
New York You can search an interactive map to find synagogues that have last-minute seats at services. When you arrive, the temples board members will greet you at the door
September 6, 2013 Tags: a-chief-officer, a-text-message, congregations, conservative, country, faith, Judaism, liberal, nonprofit, personal, prayer, sanctuary, traditions Posted in: Jews Comments Closed
JDate and 92nd Street Y Starting Off the Jewish New Year Right With More Exclusive Offline Dating Experiences
NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Sep 3, 2013) – JDate, the largest and most successful online Jewish community, and 92nd Street Y, the nonprofit community and cultural center in New York, today announced the extension of their strategic partnership. First launched in 2012, the JDate-92Y collaboration aims to further their shared mission of building and strengthening the Jewish community. As part of the expanded partnership, JDate, which is responsible for more Jewish marriages than all other online dating sites combined, will continue to serve as 92Y’s exclusive dating partner.
June 02–We’ve all seen Hollywood movies about World War II where American bomber pilots suit up for their dangerous bombing missions over Europe and in the Pacific, returning in shot-up planes and landing on a wing and a prayer. Others have heard stories first-hand from the family members who were bomber pilots and bombardiers and lived the history.
When he was only 16 years old, West Roxburys Joseph Drago decided to join the Marines. It was May 1942, and the Dorchester neighborhood where he grew up felt empty since most of his friends had left to fight in the war. At first his mother refused to sign his parental consent form, but after he threatened to run away from home, she relented.
Liza Behrendt, member of Jewish Voice for Peace, leads a discourse about Birthright Israel with BU students at the College of Arts and Sciences Wednesday evening. PHOTO BY KENSHIN OKUBO/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF Liza Behrendt, an organizer for Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, spoke to Boston University students Wednesday night about the nonprofit, educational organization Taglit-Birthright Israel as part of Students for Justice in Palestines Israel Apartheid Week. Behrendt said the program, which is partially funded by the Israeli government and partially funded by outside organizations, and sponsors free trips to Israel for Jewish youth, is anti-Palestinian in nature.
A Tel Aviv homeless shelter for drug and alcohol addicts bars entrance to HIV/AIDS patients in violation of the law but says the move is necessary due to concerns about needle sharing. “This shelter excludes HIV carriers due to fears about shared needles,” the Tel Aviv municipality said.
“Israel's detentions violate inernational law!” 16.02.2013 NEWS FROM MANY: Israel must free all political prisoners! Demand justice! Defend Human Rights! Free Palestine! PASS THE VOICE! Published on Feb 16, 2013 A “political analyst says there are currently 178 Palestinians on administrative detention in Israeli jails and this is against international law and international norms to illegally detain people without charge. The comments came after at least 150 people were injured after Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian protesters outside Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank
Historic ship buffs work to restore World War II landing craft, create maritime heritage museum in northwest Oregon
A couple of dozen old salts are breathing new life into a World War II ship that 36 years ago was slumped onto its side and sinking in the Columbia River at Stevenson.
(Al )Doha Childrens Cultural Center, from West Bank Palestine “Jutour” Dance, Music group The DCCC of Palestine is a Nonprofit/Nongovernmental organization,, that works with children of all ages and faiths, in cultural arts, dance, music, art education , social education, health and wellness checks, mentoring with locals and valunteers from around the world. The dance and music group “Juthour” has annual festivals both local and abroad, in 2012 the cutural art Foundation the CIOFF, invited the DCCC to join them in France.From:Suzie GarciaViews:0 0ratingsTime:13:27More inPeople Blogs
Settler violence and IDF raids: For West Bank Palestinians, there is no ceasefire While Israelis are breathing a sigh of relief that quiet has mostly been restored (for the time being), and life can supposedly just go back to normal, with Gaza out of sight and out of mind, the other elephant in the room — the West Bank and East Jerusalem — is all but quiet. This morning (Sunday) a “price tag” attack was identified on a car in Shuafat, a Palestinian refugee camp in East Jerusalem, which is located inside the city's municipal borders (and thus under total Israeli jurisdiction). The car has the word “Gaza” graffitied on it, as pictured here in a photo taken by the nonprofit Ir AmimFrom:CLIKATVViews:0 0ratingsTime:01:49More inNews Politics
December 5, 2012 Tags: a-photo-taken, city, generated, Jerusalem, located-inside, morning, nonprofit, palestinian, palestinians, pictured-here, politics, refugee-camp, the-nonprofit, time, while-israelis Posted in: West Bank Comments Closed
It will most likely be one of the quickest trips Concord resident Martin Yauga will take in his life. He knows it will all be worth it in the end, though. Im looking forward to it, Yauga, 88, a Marine Corps and World War II veteran and retired Concord Police officer said at his home on Tuesday
October 15, 2012 Tags: a-and-around, america, boston, flight, honor-flight, marines, nonprofit, opportunity, veteran, veterans-at-the, visit-the-world, website, yauga Posted in: World War II Comments Closed
Houstory Publishing President Mike Hiestand was this years recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists prestigious First Amendment Award on Sept. 22.
September 30, 2012 Tags: america, college, first, first-amendment-, hiestand, information, ingelhart-first, national, nonprofit, president, press, senator, society-, student, supreme-court Posted in: SPLC Comments Closed
Peter Kidd, James Kidd and Harold Bleicher werent going to let the opportunity pass them by: They were going to fly on a B-17 Flying Fortress. I want to go because its the last chance Ill ever have to fly in a piece of history, Peter said at the Norwood Memorial Airport on Friday, Sept
September 28, 2012 Tags: a-dual-purpose, a-flying-museum, aaron-malone, aircraft, airport, flying, flying-fortress, freedom, harold-bleicher, nonprofit, opportunity, sacrifices, said-the-plane, were-on-display Posted in: World War II Comments Closed
Published: Friday, September 7, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. Last Modified: Friday, September 7, 2012 at 10:30 p.m
September 8, 2012 Tags: a-federal-court, a-judge-will, county-sheriff, court-documents-, florida, house-juveniles, into-the-polk, nonprofit, polk, september, three-or-four Posted in: Southern Poverty Law Center Comments Closed
ASHEVILLE – Journalist Amy Goodman will speak at 7 p.m. today in Ferguson Auditorium on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Admission is $10, or $5 for students, with proceeds to benefit the nonprofit Mountain Area Information Network.
September 7, 2012 Tags: asheville, benefit-the, community-college, ferguson, ferguson-auditorium, mountain, nonprofit, p-m-today, technical, with-proceeds Posted in: Jewish American Heritage Month Comments Closed
Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 10:39 p.m.
August 8, 2012 Tags: a-higher-rate, county-school, florida, florida-office, into-the-matter, nonprofit, organization, poverty, school, school-district, southern Posted in: Southern Poverty Law Center Comments Closed
Greensboro, NC — According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were 34 active hate groups in North Carolina last year, including some in the Triad.
August 7, 2012 Tags: a-last-year, detailed-enough, found-the-links, immutable, nonprofit, racist-skinhead, service, since-the-splc, splc, the-nonprofit, united, united-states-, white, white-supremacy- Posted in: Southern Poverty Law Center Comments Closed
OAK CREEK, Wis.
August 6, 2012 Tags: a-racist-white, a-repairman-for, analysis, band, gunman, military, milwaukee, nonprofit, rajwant-singh, religion, southern, veteran, website, white Posted in: Southern Poverty Law Center Comments Closed
Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv, visited Google headquarters in Mountain View June 20 to talk Tel Aviv technology with Silicon Valley compatriots. Speaking before a group of around 25 Israelis working in the tech industry at Google, at Palo Altos Hewlett Packard and at a number of the other nearby tech giants Huldai said his visit was part of a short tour for the nonprofit of which he is the international chairman, the Tel Aviv Foundation, the official fundraising arm of his city.
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