The family television advocacy group Parents Television Council is pressuring global fast food giant McDonald's to stop running commercials that air during the Fox adult cartoon comedy series "Family Guy," a show which the organization claims trivializes sexual assault against children.
Earlier this month, PTC board member Gary Lesser sent a letter to McDonald's newly hired global Chief Communications Officer, Robert Gibbs, who served as the White House press secretary under Barack Obama from 2009-2011. The letter urged Gibbs to persuade the corporation to change its advertising decisions so that the family brand no longer associates itself with shows that make fun of sexual violence.
According to a PTC research report on the "Family Guy" released in May, there were over 23 scenes in "Family Guy" episodes in the last year alone that referenced sexual violence in some manner, with 19 of them being sexual violence toward children. The report found that in the last three years, 79 percent of the show's sexual violence scenes were perpetrated on children or teens. more >>
A former employee of an organization seeking to promote acceptance of transgender and other sexual identities in the United Methodist Church is charging that the organization has itself exhibited transgender discrimination, according to a case filed with the Cook County Commission on Human Rights.
Reconciling Ministries Network, a pro-LGBT Methodist group boasting the support of hundreds of congregations throughout the country, had a complaint filed against it last month before the Commission on Human Rights.
Andy Oliver, the former director of communications for RMN, accused the group's executive director of unjustly firing him following his refusal to engage in an action he considered discriminatory on the basis of gender identity. more >>
Tullian Tchividjian, the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian church in Florida, has resigned from his position after admitting to an affair. Billy Graham's grandson said that he has been experiencing ongoing marital issues.
"I resigned from my position at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church today due to ongoing marital issues. As many of you know, I returned from a trip a few months back and discovered that my wife was having an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, I informed our church leadership and requested a sabbatical to focus exclusively on my marriage and family," Tchividjian revealed in a statement to The Washington Post.
"As her affair continued, we separated. Sadly and embarrassingly, I subsequently sought comfort in a friend and developed an inappropriate relationship myself. Last week I was approached by our church leaders and they asked me about my own affair. I admitted to it and it was decided that the best course of action would be for me to resign." more >>
A leader in a Georgia-based charity centered on helping young men from broken families turn their lives around, believes Father's Day should focus on the "instrumental" value of dads.
On Sunday the United States will celebrate Father's Day, an observance focused on remembering the value of fathers to the lives of their children.
Drew Read, chief operations officer for the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia, told The Christian Post in a recent interview about how he hopes Father's Day is honored. more >>
Every Father's Day, my son and I run in the ZERO Prostate Cancer charity 5K. We started this tradition when he was an infant (pushing a jogging stroller uphill is a great workout…as is controlling it going downhill), and we continue it to this day. Last year, I decided he was old enough to run the 1-mile short race with me on his own. This is certainly a great way to celebrate Father's Day, though it is thankfully not the only one. While we all celebrate Father's Day in our own way, this year, I encourage everyone to also join together to support reform that nearly 20 state legislatures recently proposed: shared parenting when parents divorce or separate. After all, the history of Father's Day supports the spirit of shared parenting, where mom and dad are equals post-split when it comes to raising their children.
Coincidentally, the idea of celebrating Father's Day was initiated by a woman: Ms. Sonora Dodd, a loving daughter from Spokane, Washington, whose efforts resulted in the creation of the "Father's Day Festival." Her father, Henry Jackson Smart, single-handedly raised Sonora and five of her siblings after the death of their mother during childbirth. When Sonora attended a Mother's Day Sermon in 1909, she thought that if there was a day to honor mothers, then there should also be a corresponding day to honor fathers. Though ridiculed at times, Sonora worked relentlessly for years to ensure that the idea of her Father's Day Festival became a reality. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recognized Father's Day officially for the first time. In view of the massive popularity of the festival, in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. Over the years, the concept of celebrating Father's Day spread beyond geographical boundaries. Today, millions of children across the world express gratitude for their dads as they celebrate what began as "Father's Day Festival."
What better way to honor Sonora's work and Father's Day than to support a movement that is not only sweeping the nation but is also actively and proudly supported by both men and women? The National Parents Organization, whose membership is approximately 40% women, asks Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and many other states to join almost half of the country in supporting shared parenting legislation at its next opportunity. National Parents Organization is building a coalition among local child support advocates, family law attorneys, state legislators and, most importantly, everyday citizens who can absolutely make a difference in the lives of our children. We believe there is a smarter way of doing business, we know we can get there, and we invite you to join us. more >>
The Chobani yogurt brand released a 30-second commercial this week that features a lesbian couple naked in bed together as part of its seven-part "Love This Life" campaign which is being protested against by One Million Mom's for it's attempt to "normalize sin."
The spot, according to Chobani CMO Peter McGuinness, is all about inclusion.
"For us, it's why not [feature a same-sex couple] — not why," declared McGuiness in an interview with Adweek. "There's nothing new here, per se. Inclusion and equality has been and is foundational and fundamental to the company." more >>