A Turkish businessman has opened the country's first online sex shop catering to Muslims by selling products in a less-explicit manner that secular online sex stores. Along with selling merchandise, the website also reportedly offers advice for Muslims, such as information on how to have "halal sex," or sex that is lawful under Islam's Sharia law.
Entrepreneur Haluk Murat Demirel, 38, started the "Halal Sex Shop" after his friends told him they were seeking sex advice but found secular online sex stores to be too explicit. "Online sex shops usually have pornographic pictures, which makes Muslims uncomfortable. We don't sell vibrators for example, because they are not approved by Islam," Demirel told Reuters.
The website presents its products as being "entirely safe" and falling in line with Islamic law. Upon entering the site, users can choose to click one link if they are a female, and another if they are male, and they are then redirected to gender-specific pages. Headlines on the website include, "Oral sex according to Islam," "Sex manners in Islam," and "Sexual life in Islam." more >>
Four same-sex married couples have opted to sue Tennessee over the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, the couples argue that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional in that it allegedly violates the equal protection and due process clauses.
All four married couples moved to Tennessee after being married in other states that had legalized gay marriage. more >>
A retail giant that sued the federal government over the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that requires religious employers to cover emergency contraceptives that can cause early abortion has asked the United States Supreme Court to review the case.
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. sent a petition on Monday to the highest court in the land agreeing with the federal government's request for appeal regarding a lower court decision.
Although Hobby Lobby recently won an exemption from the mandate before the full court of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the company believes that the Supreme Court should weigh in on the matter. more >>
More than 30 Pennsylvania pastors belonging to the United Methodist Church intend to officiate a same-sex wedding in direct opposition to the denomination's official position on homosexuality.
Clergy and laity recently met at Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia where many in attendance agreed to officiate a same-sex wedding next month.
Rev. David Brown of Arch Street UMC told The Christian Post that the action was done in response to the church trial of one of their peers over his involvement in blessing a gay union. more >>
A California-based web ministry devoted to combating porn addictions and evangelizing those in the porn industry will have a booth at a major sex show held in Canada this weekend.
XXXchurch.com of Pasadena will be witnessing to producers and consumers of pornography at the "Everything To Do With Sex Show" in Toronto, Ontario. Carl Thomas, pastor at XXXchurch, told The Christian Post that the ministry had been going to sex shows since 2002, when they sent volunteers to the Adult Video News (AVN) Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.
"The concept there was basically we started this website, we're trying to reach out to people not only in the industry but people also that are impacted by the industry in terms of their usage," said Thomas. "We did the AVN 11 years ago. Part of our mission, part of our goal is to try to do more and more so we started doing exoticas in the US and then stepped into Canada." more >>
Self-described "dissident feminist" Camille Paglia recently took feminists and women's studies programs to task for failing to acknowledge biological gender differences. She also criticized the American education system for failing to recognize the unique needs of boys and girls, and suggested there could be a conservative backlash against the cultural message that gender is socially, rather than biologically, constructed.
Paglia, professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts, was at a debate with Jane Flax, scholar in residence in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University, on Oct. 8 at American University in Washington, D.C.
In a blog post for American Enterprise Institute, Christina Hoff Sommers, an AEI resident scholar who studies feminism, described Paglia as "that rare intellectual who knows and loves high culture but also appreciates rock stars, drag queens, and soap operas. She has written brilliantly on art history, poetry, film, as well as sex and pop culture. ... She describes herself as a pro-sex, pro-porn, pro-beauty feminist. She is also an openly gay woman who loves men and who deems women's studies intellectually bankrupt." more >>