Some 20,000 child sex predators from 71 countries around the world, including at least 254 identified from the Unites States alone, approached a 10-year-old Filipina girl online in search of sexual stimulation. But the girl isn't real.
She is a computer generated avatar affectionately called "Sweetie" that was used this spring by researchers in an undercover operation by the Dutch chapter of child aid organization Terre des Hommes (TDH) to catch webcam child-sex tourists, according to a report in Canada's Globe and Mail.
Researchers spent two-and-a-half months posing as 10-year-old old Sweetie in public Internet chat rooms, and recorded contact with a diverse group of 20,000 child predators who encouraged the virtual girl to take off her clothes to arouse themselves for pay. more >>
Maryann Macdonald is the author of "The Christmas Cat," which arrives just in time for the holidays. The story tells the tale of a cat believed to have been present at the birth of Jesus the Christ, and Macdonald spoke with The Christian Post to explain why she wanted to tell this particular story and what she hopes readers will take away from it.
Christian Post: How did you come upon this story? What inspired you to write this tale?
Maryann Macdonald: Leonardo da Vinci's "La Madonna del Gatto," which depicts Mary, Jesus, and a small cat. When I wrote the story, I was hoping that the editor would be able to find an illustrator who had a freehand like da Vinci, and the editor managed to find this woman (Amy June Bates) who had that. My daughter said, 'In certain places, the animals almost have a Disney-esque quality to them.' more >>
A couple has filed a lawsuit against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for enacting a ban on gay conversion therapy earlier this year, arguing the ban violates their rights to free speech, religious freedom, and equal protection under the constitution.
The unidentified couple filed the lawsuit against Christie in federal court in Camden last Friday, arguing that the ban prevents them from seeking gay conversion therapy for their 15-year-old son by "denying minors the opportunity to pursue a particular course of action that can help them address the conflicts between their religious and moral values and same-sex attractions, behaviors or identity."
The lawsuit goes on to argue that the 15-year-old teen of the parents began "experiencing gender identity disorder when he was around nine years old," and has struggled with thoughts of suicide and depression because he has been unable to identify with the male sex throughout his teen years. The boy's disposition improved when he began seeing a social worker in 2011 to discuss his homosexual urges, and the social worker later recommended he begin seeing a licensed psychotherapist to delve deeper into his issues, but he was unable to do so due to the new ban on gay conversion therapy signed by Christie in August. more >>
A 50-year-old Florida mother was arrested and jailed last Thursday for allegedly pimping her three teenage daughters in a family run prostitution ring.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Paula Howard, of St. Cloud Fla., allegedly served as the madam for her three daughters aged, 16, 17 and 18 in the West U.S. Highway 192 prostitution ring.
According to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Howard approached an undercover detective posing as a "John" in front of a bus stop at about 2:30 p.m., Thursday, and made arrangements for him to have sex with one of her daughters. more >>
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) gave American colleges a "C" for core curriculum with its 2013-2014 "What Will They Learn?" report. A Christian administrator explains the meaning behind the confusing offerings at college campuses and CP lists six of the strangest classes actually being taught this semester in colleges and universities across America.
Colleges "are wasting students' time," Robert F. Davis, a former vice president for Advancement at Bryan College in Tennessee and consulting vice president for Advancement and Alumni Affairs at Liberty University in Virginia, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. Davis attacked classes "that amount to basket weaving for the typical athlete," and contribute to a "vapid" education.
Instead of courses that require students to think critically, Davis explained, the typical classes taught at most colleges and universities amount to "mere indoctrination." It doesn't matter what a professor believes, the administrator argued, so long as he or she encourages students to engage the material and question assumptions in an academic way that doesn't amount to humiliating those who disagree. more >>