The Ugly Truth About Fifty Shades Darker
Movie Glamorizes Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse
The second movie in the scandalous Fifty Shades of Grey franchise – Fifty Shades Darker is being advertised as a “romantic” movie timed for release just before Valentine’s Day (at cinemas on 0 February). Pro-family groups have warned that, just like the first film, Fifty Shades Darker is one of the worst pornographic glamorisations of sexual violence to be released on the big screen and have revived the #50shadesisabuse campaign to expose this.
The mass media and throngs of women are swooning over the twisted “love story” Fifty Shades of Grey, and now Fifty Shades Darker but this cultural phenomenon’s impact on society will serve only to glamorize sexual violence and romanticize domestic abuse.
20 Years of Abortion in South Africa: Has the Church Grown Silent?
On 1st February 1997 abortion on demand was legalised in South Africa. The "Termination of Pregnancy" Act was probably the most controversial and unpopular piece of legislation to be enacted in South Africa.
At the time, the Ministry of Health reported receiving hundreds of thousands of submissions concerning the proposed legalisation of "abortion on demand". Over 98% of these submissions opposed the legalisation of abortion. Tens of thousands marched to Parliament to, amongst other concerns, oppose abortion. Scores of delegations, and thousands of submissions to the Constitutional Assembly also implored the authorities not to legalise the killing of pre-born babies. Many surveys and opinion polls confirmed that the vast majority of South Africans were against abortion.
The Christmas Truce
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On Christmas Eve 1914, a spontaneous cease-fire was observed across the whole of the Western Front. The Christmas Truce of the First World War, a singular event unprecedented in the history of warfare, initially received widespread media coverage in the New York Times of 31 December 1914, followed by British newspapers, such as the Mirror, The Illustrated London News, and the Times, which printed front page photographs of British and German troops mingling and singing Christmas carols.
"But Jesus Wasn't Born on 25th December - Was He?"
The secularizers commonly defend the de-Christianization of Christmas by noting that America is a much more diverse nation than we used to be, that we shouldn’t offend others, that saying “Merry Christmas” might be bad for business, and that public Christmas observances might even violate the First Amendment.
Then they deliver their crowning blow: “Besides, everybody knows Jesus wasn’t born in December.”
But saying “everybody knows” begs the question, as saying “all scholars agree” defines anyone who doesn’t agree as a non-scholar. At the risk of flying in the face of this collective modern wisdom, we suggest that there is substantial though not conclusive evidence that Jesus was born in December.
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