When there is an outrageous ruling handed down by a judge or jury, we oftentimes hear the phrase "perversion of justice." Likewise, when there is a sexual assault recorded in the news with sordid details, we sometimes hear a reference to a "perverted mind."
What exactly does the term "perversion" mean?
A dictionary will say it refers to a distortion, misrepresentation or falsification of something. "The alteration of something from its original state or meaning to a distortion of what was first intended." more >>
The Bates family of UPtv's "Bringing Up Bates" reality series say they are praying for fellow reality television stars the Duggars of "19 Kids and Counting" as the molestation scandal surrounding Josh Duggar continues to make headlines across the nation.
"We are praying for our dear friends," Gil and Kelly Jo Bates Bates said in a statement, according to Access Hollywood. "We respect their privacy and have no further comment at this time."
The Bates' statement comes after Josh, the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar who also stars on the popular TLC reality series featuring his family, was named in a recently-leaked police report alleging that he had molested five girls when he was 14. It was later revealed that four of Josh's victims were his sisters, one of which was believed to have been five years old at the time. more >>
A prominent member of the charity Catholic Relief Services who's married to someone of the same sex has resigned from his position.
Rick Estridge, the vice president for overseas finance who had been with CRS for 16 years, announced his resignation Wednesday.
A California pastor who once went to church with Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has described the celebrated Olympic athlete as once being a standout Christian who taught him a lot about Jesus Christ. He has also called on Christians not to turn their backs on the LGBT community and instead ask "what would Jesus do?"
Josh Cobia, now a musician and the pastor at Resonate Church in Santa Monica, Californnia, said he first met Bruce Jenner, 65, years ago after being approached by Life Change Community Church pastor Brad Johnson to minister at the nondenominational evangelical church. Life Change Community Church, recently renamed California Community Church and located in Agoura Hills, was co-founded by Johnson and Jenner's now ex-wife, Kris Jenner.
In a recent blog on his website, Cobia recalled once worshipping with America's most famous reality TV family (the Kardashian/Jenners) and noted Jenner as being the most committed to his faith amongst the unlikely clan. more >>
Southern Baptist Conference President Ronnie Floyd said Friday that "forgiveness and healing is available to all persons," including Josh Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting," who's embroiled in a scandal following revelations from an illegally leaked police report that detailed his confession to molesting four of his sisters and one baby sitter when he was a teenager.
The senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas spoke out once before on the recently leaked police report alleging that Josh molested five girls as a teenager. But after news broke Wednesday that the eldest Duggar son molested four of his sisters, Floyd told The Christian Post that his church was "deeply burdened."
"Cross Church strongly affirms the biblical truth that children are a treasure from the Lord and is unequivocally committed to the protection of children from abuse," said Floyd in an emailed statement to CP. "We are deeply burdened for all victims of child abuse, especially those harmed by sexual abuse." more >>
Famous figures Josh Duggar and Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner have captured the nation's headlines. Duggar's molestation of his sisters and a babysitter during his childhood is discovered. Jenner's transition from one gender identity to another is revealed. Both news stories unfolded right before our eyes. Both capture our fascination. Both bait our mouse clicks, every time. Why?
While Duggar and Jenner are two different people involved in two very different and morally inequivalent situations, they can still be illustrative of the dangers of the pursuit of celebrity.
The pursuit of celebrity is an idol that urges us on promising fulfillment, affirmation, and a claim in society. It doesn't always deliver. more >>