HealthSourceRI, Rhode Island's health insurance exchange for the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," has launched a campaign encouraging mothers to sign up for sexting sites such as Snapchat, Tinder, and OkCupid to "nag" their children to sign up for health insurance. Critics have attacked this move as "desperate" and "inappropriate."
"We're playing with the idea that kids don't want to sign up for health insurance, they don't really want to talk about it, and they don't want to be nagged by their moms," Dara Chadwick, communications director for HealthSourceRI, told Buzzfeed. "So the idea was, we would set out to find what they wanted less."
"If you're young, from Rhode Island, and don't have health insurance, look out: That potential hot date on Tinder might just be your mom," Buzzfeed's Evan McMorris-Santoro warned in a report on the "Nag Toolkit." The article describes a two-pronged approach: Facebook ads warning young people that if they do not buy health insurance their parents will nag them on dating sites, and ads directing moms to the "Nag Toolkit," which gives them the tools to stalk their children. more >>
Comedian and leading skeptic Bill Maher called God a "psychotic mass murderer."
He said that in the upcoming Noah movie, God---not Russell Crowe (playing Noah)---had an anger problem.
On his HBO program on Friday (3/14/14), Maher said about the Noah story, "It's about a psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it, and his name is God." more >>
In an effort to expand his party's base of support, Senator Rand Paul is urging fellow-Republicans "to find a place for young people and others who don't want to be festooned by" issues like "traditional marriage."
Is he serious? Does he actually think this is a winning strategy? And can he truly believe that this is a way for Republicans to advance their cause?
I'm afraid so. more >>
A New York City church has stirred controversy among members of the LGBT community because a sign at its location says Jesus Christ would have stoned homosexuals.
ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem recently posted the sign that reads: "Jesus Would Stone Homos. … Stoning is Still the Law," and includes a few scripture citations below.
James David Manning, pastor at ATLAH, told The Christian Post that the message was put up over a week ago in order to counter the "flat out lies" of LGBT activists regarding Jesus and the Bible. more >>
Former "Full House" star Candace Cameron Bure made her dancing debut last night on "Dancing With The Stars." She and partner Mark Ballas hit the dance floor and came away with a good score, but Bure also made sure that Ballas and her fans know that she will not be a "sexy girl" and will remain true to her faith and family throughout the competition.
"The two most important things in my life are my faith and my family and I know that is what is going to get me through this competition. I'm not gonna be your sexy girl, I'm a mom of three kids so I want to look good and feel beautiful, but I will probably stay on the more modest end of costuming," Bure told Ballas in a video clip during "DWTS."
"I won't be the sexiest one out there," Bure later told Us Weekly. "I am a mom and I want to be a good role model for my children and my husband. But I think for each dance we'll wear what reflects the dance but in the most classy way possible. I want to represent all the moms out there and inspire them and encourage them." more >>
BAGHDAD — Human rights groups have condemned an Iraqi bill that would permit girls younger than nine from the country's majority Shiite population to marry.
"Passage of the Jaafari law would be a disastrous and discriminatory step backward for Iraq's women and girls," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement. "This personal status law would only entrench Iraq's divisions while the government claims to support equal rights for all."
Known as the Jaafari Personal Status Law, the bill was approved by Iraq's Council of Ministers on Feb. 25, and would permit girls to marry, with their father being the only authority who could approve or deny the partnership. The proposed legislation would affect the country's Shiite population, which makes up between 65 and 70 percent of the country's 32 million people. more >>