A shopping mall in Shanghai recently sparked controversy with its special, super-sized parking spaces for female drivers. The pink-colored spots are six meters long by three meters wide, making them half a meter larger than normal parking spaces. Although mall staff insist that they are intended to make parking safer and more convenient for women, plenty of netizens have deemed the move sexist.
The four pink-colored spaces on the B1 level of Wandu Center, on Xingyi Road, feature the image of a woman, similar to the ones used to designate restroom doors, on the floor and the walls behind them are to be painted pink for easy identification. Men are obviously not allowed to use these spots, but strict action won’t be taken against those who do, at least not at first. “Whether the ladies-only spaces will be properly used still depends on public awareness,” said mall employee Li Ming.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first mall to incorporate ladies-only parking spots. Similar spots are already in use in some malls in South Korea, Germany, and China’s Hebei Province. The existence of these parking has raised a very pertinent question: Do these spots suggest that women are worse drivers than men?
“Isn’t it a kind of discrimination against female drivers,” a netizen asked on Xinmin.cn. “Some men may be less skilled at parking than women.” Some people have suggested that wider parking spaces should be made available to amateur drivers of both sexes.
“We have noticed these online comments, and we want to emphasize that this is not a kind of discrimination against men or women drivers, but rather a way to show kindness and respect to women,” Li Ming insisted.
I’m sure the smell matched the theology…
MONROE, Ohio — An Ohio minister recently rode a live bull during a Wednesday night service in an effort to win converts for Christianity—a tactic that raised the eyebrows of some that questioned such methods of evangelism.
Lawrence Bishop II, 48, co-pastor of Solid Rock Church in Monroe, announced last month in a video that he was going to ride the bull in response to the number of drug-related deaths in America, as well as the bullying that takes place among the youth.
“What God has laid on our heart to do is to buck two wild rodeo bucking bulls inside the church sanctuary…,” he stated. “It’s a tool to get people to come in to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to stop the ‘bull’ in their lives of suicide [and] of drugs, and satan—the ultimate bully—being exposed in their lives and then giving their hearts to Jesus.”
Why not stop the bullshit gimmickry, Pastor? It doesn’t work very well, in the long run.
“We’re believing for hundreds and hundreds of salvations this night,” Bishop continued. “So find that person who says these words, ‘I will never set my foot inside a church,’ and then tell them … our pastor and world champion PBR rider … is going to ride two bucking bulls inside the church sanctuary.”
So, they’ll come for a show, and then leave. Or they’ll join, then quit eventually, as always happens with such ‘seeker-sensitive’ churches, with their large, but rotating memberships. (One friend of mine boasted his church had 800 people, but admitted ‘in six months’ time, half of them will be gone, and replaced by other newcomers’.)
Prior to opening Solid Rock, the Bishop family owned a horse ranch and became known for breeding American quarter horses. In 2011, Bishop took over as co-pastor following the death of his father Lawrence I. His mother Darlene serves as senior pastor of Solid Rock and travels the country to preach. She lives in the lavish ranch house that she and her late husband built.
A woman pastor, figures…
However, not everyone concurs that such tactics are Scriptural or mirror the church model in the book of Acts. David Whitney, pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Pasadena, Maryland, told Christian News Network that using entertainment to draw the lost is an unbiblical means of evangelism.
He said that the Church is not supposed to attempt to attract the world to come into its doors, but to go out into the world and preach the gospel—a message that is not very entertaining.
“That’s a mistake that’s been made for maybe a century now,” Whitney stated, noting that even Jesus and the Apostle Paul regularly took the gospel into the public square through preaching. “We are to go and tell, not to tell them to come in here and hear the message in the church [building]. The church is for the worship of God, for building up of the saints, for making disciples and training them so they can go into all the world and preach the gospel.”
“The gospel is an offense. The cross is called in Scripture an offense,” he said. “It’s not a message that’s going to entertain people, or a message that will be pleasant for them to hear. It’s going to convict them of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”
Amen! Preach it, brother!
homosexual advocates in the state urged Gov. Pat McCrory to veto the legislation, stating that judges shouldn’t have the right to decline to participate simply because of their religious convictions.
“We call on Gov. McCrory, who has already opposed the premise of this bill, to veto this discriminatory legislation and send a strong message that no public official is exempt from the Constitution they’ve sworn to uphold,” Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro said in a statement.
On Thursday, McCrory, who was raised Presbyterian, said he would do just that.
“I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said.
“However, we are a nation and a state of laws,” McCrory stated. “Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no public official who voluntarily swears to support and defend the Constitution and to discharge all duties of their office should be exempt from upholding that oath; therefore, I will veto Senate Bill 2.”
Lawmakers are now considering the next step, including whether another vote will be taken to override the veto.
McCrory has been in headlines before over vows to veto legislation, including in 2013, when he required lawmakers to revise an abortion bill because he said that it would restrict women’s access to abortion.
Another typical Republican establishment ‘moderate’, i.e. prog…
A new television drama to be released by Fox next year will seek to glamorize the devil in a hypothetical story about Satan’s earthly life as the owner of a posh nightclub in America’s City of Angels.
“Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub,” a description of the series reads on the Fox website.
“Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things—wine, women and song—when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux,” it continues. “For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder. Compassion? Sympathy? ”
Lucifer then becomes involved to help solve the murder mystery with his demonic influence, and is torn between good and evil as he is summoned back to Hell by a dark winged angel who speaks on behalf of God.
“As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by [the detective] Chloe’s inherent goodness,” Fox explains. “Accustomed to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s apparent purity and begins to wonder if there’s hope for his own soul yet.”
“[C]an the devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of good, or will his original calling pull him back toward evil?” the network asks.
Pffft. How utterly stupid a premise. But hey, if people will buy a 100-year-old vampire dating high school girls, they may buy anything…
While some have opined that the drama is harmless entertainment, noting that it is based on a story line in DC Comics
Ah; figures. There have been a few comics with Satanic / hell themes turned into movies in recent years, like Hellboy and Spawn.
others state that glamorizing Satan before impressionable minds sends the wrong message about the demonic.
“It was only a matter of time before Hollywood gave the devil a prime time television show on a big network,” wrote Joe Schimmel of Good Fight Ministries and host of the documentary “Hollywood’s War on God” in an online post this week. “After all, for the last several years, Hollywood has portrayed everyone from meth dealers to sexual deviants as ‘cool,’ while depicting Jesus as a cuss word!”
He said that the television show appears to suggest a number of false ideas about the devil, including that he is lording over Hell as ruler, and that he is a benevolent, in vogue being.
“Satan is not in the business of kindly helping the LAPD solve crimes,” Schimmel explained. “Rather, he and his demonic minions are busy inspiring the most heinous crimes imaginable. Jesus said, ‘He was a murderer from the beginning,’ (John 8:44) and comes ‘to steal and kill and destroy.’ (John 10:10)”
The pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, Calif. said that viewers should be told the truth about the malevolent and destructive nature of the devil.
“We should warn those who will be watching Fox’s Lucifer, who are seduced into thinking that he is a ‘cool guy,’ about his truly diabolical nature and malicious designs (2 Corinthians 2:11),” Schimmel stated. “They need to know that Satan hates them and his desire is to drag them down to Hell with him.”
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The Church of England is considering adding a ceremony its services for “transgender” persons who seek to be re-baptized in their new gender identity and under their new name. According to reports, Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, recently proposed the addition to the General Synod after being approached by a girl who identifies as a boy who wished to be baptized again under her male name.
“I said, ‘Once you’ve been baptized, you’re baptized.’ He said, ‘But I was baptized as a girl, under a different name,’” Newlands recalled to the Guardian. “I said, ‘Let me have a think about it.’ So we did and then we created a service, which was an affirmation of baptismal vows where we could introduce him to God with his new name and his new identity,” he said.
They should really be ashamed. By moving in that direction they will be calling all of their baptisms invalid. Which they…
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Rape is a crime against virtue.
Whores and sluts have none.
Therefore, no crime, in any sane society.
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When you ‘play the field’, the field plays you.
A 68-year old Frenchman faces rape charges for fooling women into having 50 Shades of Grey-style sex in the dark on first date after usurping identity of a 37-year old male model.
Ok frankly, it isn’t rape if they were willing participants and only that because they thought they were getting Mr Model. No one made them want to have random sex with a random person in a dark room. Their folly is theirs to own.
That said, is he depraved, and a liar? Yup. Are they acting ‘with clean hands’? Nope. If you want to play the field, ladies, the field will play you.
Police arrested the 68-year old man, known only as Michel, on March 17, placing him under formal investigation for “rape by surprise”. During questioning, he reportedly admitted to having found a photo of a male…
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