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Planned Parenthood Sued for Not Reporting Child Rape; Sends Victim Back to Abuser After Performing Abortion

Published on July 29, 2014

BY MELISSA BARNHART , CP REPORTER

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which received $2,302,026 in government grants in 2011-2012, is facing a legal challenge from the mother of an underage girl who was taken to the facility by her abuser to have an abortion.

The lawsuit, Cary Smith v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, was filed on June 20 and claims that the then 13-year-old girl was taken to the clinic by her abuser, who was also her step-father, to have an abortion on May 3, 2012. Not only did the staff not ask the girl if she was being sexually abused by an adult, they also neglected to contact law enforcement or child services to report suspected abuse of the girl.

When the victim finally told her mother about the sexual abuse and abortion on July 18, 2012, she was taken a local hospital for an examination and to report the abuse. The mother also obtained her daughter’s abortion record from Planned Parenthood.

According to the lawsuit, after the abortion was performed, the victim was left alone to walk outside the clinic back to her abuser, Timothy Smith, who was in his car having lunch during the child’s abortion.

Similarly, the lawsuit states that Planned Parenthood staff injected the 13-year-old with a form of birth control at Smith’s request, despite the fact that the girl was fearful of needles.The birth control, according to the suit, only allowed the abuse to continue without further risk of pregnancy.

After the victim’s mother reproted the sexual abuse to authorities, Smith was arrested and charged with multiple counts of felony sex abuse, and pled guilty to two counts in late 2012, according to the pro-life group Operation Rescue.

Earlier this month, the pro-life group Live Action released an undercover video from an affiliate of the clinic in which a Planned Parenthood counselor is seen giving a young girl, whom she believes to be 15 years old, sexual advice about bondage and various forms of BDSM sex (bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism).

Since the release of the undercover videos, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers told the National Catholic Register that state attorneys are reviewing Live Action’s tapes, which show a Planned Parenthood counselor telling an underage girl to go to a sex shop and to continue experimenting with different sex acts with her boyfriend.

Suthers further explained to the Register that while he can review the undercover videos from Live Action’s investigation, he doesn’t have jurisdiction to take action. Jurisdiction falls under Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, whose Communication’s Specialist Michelle Yi told the Register that the office has already “informed the Littleton Police Department of this matter for consideration.”

Lila Rose, president of Live Action, said she’s pleased that her organization’s investigative report has spurred authorities to at least look into allegations of suspected criminal activity at Planned Parenthood.

“We are relieved to learn that authorities in Colorado are taking these tapes, and their shocking and extremely troubling contents seriously,” Rose said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.

“Parents can come together and condemn an institutional ethos where sexual abuse of teens is portrayed as consensual sexual activity — where tax-funded counselors can recommend Internet pornography and sex shops, and advise children on how to hide these things from their parents. We encourage every state to follow Colorado’s example and investigate Planned Parenthood facilities in their jurisdictions,” she added.

 
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How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Deceives the Public and Why It’s Dangerous!

Published on July 29, 2014

4:00PM EDT 7/25/2014 DAWN HAWKINS

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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively, in the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey.” (Focus Features)
The newly released trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey deceives the public with a visually appealing melodramatic love story that romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence.

The main character is a childlike, mousy, young woman, lacking confidence and capability, who becomes the target of a powerful, intimidating, older man who puts her under contract to serve in sexual “submission.”

The implications of such a relationship—abuse of power, female inequality, coercion and sexual violence—glamorizes and legitimatizes violence against women.

The popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey among women sends a message to men that this is what women really want. Even more dangerous, it also sends the message to women that they can “fix” violent, controlling men by being obedient and loving.

A warning to the women lining up to see this film: There is nothing empowering about whips and chains or humiliation and torture. Women as a group will not gain power by collaborating with violent men. Women would be serving only as an agent to further their own sexual degradation, handing themselves on a silver platter to exactly the sort of men who want to use and abuse them and take away their power.

In a voice-over in the trailer, Christian Grey warns Ana, “I am incapable of leaving you alone.” “Then don’t,” she purrs in reply. Again, he warns her, “You should steer clear of me.” Is this really the kind of relationship we want our daughters, relatives and friends willingly entering into? With a stalker and a batterer? Do we really want our sons to become Christian Greys, practicing a violent masculinity that degrades men as well?

 
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Whoopi Goldberg Stuns Co-Hosts With Unexpected Stance: ‘I Know I’m Gonna Catch a Lot of Hell, but I Don’t Care’

Published on July 29, 2014

Jul. 28, 2014 3:48pm Jason Howerton

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Whoopi Goldberg came out with a fiery defense of ESPN commentary Stephen A. Smith on “The View” Monday, saying no woman should be “surprised” if they make the decision to hit a man and the man hits back.

Goldberg was outnumbered by the all-female panel as she repeatedly argued, “If you hit somebody, you cannot be sure you are not going to get hit back!”

“I’m know I’m going to catch a lot of hell, but I don’t care,” she said.

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Smith apologized on Monday for comments he made last week about domestic violence during his reaction to NFL running back Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for allegedly knocking out his wife. He cautioned women against doing “anything to provoke wrong actions,” though he also made it clear that it’s never OK for a man to hit a woman.

Whoopi explained that Rice’s wife reportedly admitted to hitting him before the incident, which is where she said she believes Smith’s remarks came from.

Smith was accused of blaming domestic violence on women — and so was Whoopi on Monday. Guest host Sunny Hostin accused Whoopi of playing “blame the victim.”

“Oh, my god, that is not blame the victim! I just said, don’t anybody hit anybody,” she said. “But If you make the choice as a woman, who’s four foot three, and you decide to hit a guy who’s six feet tall and you’re the last thing he wants to deal with that day and he hits you back, you cannot be surprised!”

To be fair, Whoopi, like Smith, never argued that it is ever acceptable for a man to hit a woman.

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Here it is: Batman’s full Batsuit revealed as DC ramp up Batman vs Superman promotion at Comic-Con 2014

Published on July 26, 2014

Jul 26, 2014 00:00 By Carl Greenwood
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DC have displayed the new suit – which will be worn by Ben Affleck in upcoming superhero movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice – as part of a raft of promotion for the movie at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego.

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The suit – which is skin-tight and huge – suggests that Ben Affleck will be significantly bulking up to play the capred crusader. It was revealed as part of the celebrations for his 75th anniversary.

To bring this all new content to the world, the entertainment giant has created the Batman 75 Anniversary montage wall at the annual geektastic event in San Diego.

The wall will host many images of the Dark Knight over his rich history and some all new images, in this case – very new – from the upcoming superhero extravaganza Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Oscar winner Ben Affleck will play billionaire playboy superhero in the movie while Henry Cavill will return to play Superman in the movie and Fast and Furious actress Gal Gadot will play Amazonian warrior princess Wonder Woman.

They will be joined by Man of Steel stars Amy Adams, who plays intrepid reporter Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

It has also been confirmed that Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons have joined the movie as Lex Luthor and butler Alfred respectively.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/batmans-full-batsuit-revealed-dc-3915780

 
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Famed Singer’s Tough Words on Religion: ‘No One’s Got Christ More Wrong Than the Christians’

Published on July 23, 2014

 

Singer Tom Petty has a bone to pick over the way the Catholic Church handled the sex abuse scandal, telling Billboard Magazine that “no one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians.”

Petty, who recently penned a song remembering the victims of the Catholic sex abuse scandal called “Playing Dumb,” will make the track available on the vinyl release of his new album “Hypnotic Eye.”

But while he’s tackling controversial subject matter, Petty told Catholics he respects whatever faith they want to have, but that he wouldn’t personally continue supporting a church that actively covered up crime.

“Catholics, don’t write me. I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have, but it can’t tell anybody it’s OK to kill people, and it can’t abuse children systematically for God knows how many years,” hetold Billboard. “If I was in a club, and I found out that there had been generations of people abusing children, and then that club was covering that up, I would quit the club.”

Speaking of religion more generally, Petty told Billboard that “it seems … to be at the base of all wars.”

“I’ve nothing against defending yourself, but I don’t think, spiritually speaking, that there’s any conception of God that should be telling you to be violent,” he continued. “It seems to me that no one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians.”

 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/21/famed-singers-tough-words-about-religion-war-and-christianity-no-ones-got-christ-more-wrong-than-the-christians/

 
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Thor is now a woman!

Published on July 16, 2014

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Thor’s not a guy anymore.

Thor’s a gal.

Marvel Comics announced that their male hero of yore was no longer worthy to hold the mighty hammer Mjölnir.

(Bear with us.)

“The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” said Marvel editor Wil Moss in a statement. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”

Wait, there’s more.

“This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR,” said writer Jason Aaron. “This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

Thor will be Marvel’s eighth comic featuring a female in its leading role, which the publisher says “aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.”

So watch your back, Captain America.

 

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Army Official Says Bergdahl Is Giving His Parents the Silent Treatment

Published on July 16, 2014

 

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl still has not spoken with his family since being released from Taliban captivity six weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The announcement that the U.S. government had secured Bergdahl's release and that it was freeing five senior Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay has been portrayed first and foremost as a prisoner exchange. But the four-year history of secret dialogue that led to Saturday's release suggests that the main goal of each side may have been far more sweeping. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video) AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video

From the Wall Street Journal:

Sgt. Bergdahl has refused to see his parents or speak to them on the phone, [an Army] official said. The decision by Sgt. Bergdahl, who returned to regular duty on Monday, suggests a deeper estrangement between the soldier and his parents than the military understood when he was released. Still, officials said, they don’t know the precise cause of the tension or when it began.

Bergdahl finished his formal counseling treatment at an Army hospital and began a new job Monday at U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

Sgt. Bergdahl’s father, Robert Bergdahl, was an outspoken — if sometimes disturbing — advocate for his son throughout his five years of captivity.

President Barack Obama looks to Jani Bergdahl and Bob Bergdahl, the parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 31, 2014, as Bob Bergdahl speaks about the release of their son. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture in Afghanistan are the subject of a military investigation. Bergdahl was freed in a controversial deal in exchange for the release of five Guantanamo Bay detainees.
 
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Transgender Student Loses Most of Her Lawsuit Against Christian College That Expelled Her After MTV Reality Show Revealed Her True Biological Identity

Published on July 16, 2014

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A transgender woman lost the majority of her claims in a lawsuit waged against a Christian college, with a judge ruling that California Baptist University did not violate a California civil rights law in expelling her over allegations that she committed fraud.

But while Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask ruled in favor of the school on four of the five claims made by Domaine Javier, 27, the judge did find that the college was wrong to exclude her from off-campus services that are open to the public, the Riverside County Press-Enterprise reported.

In her lawsuit, Javier cited breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act — a state law preventing discrimination — for her suspension and expulsion.

 

Trask affirmed that the college offers a religious education and that it is deeply rooted in Christian tradition and is, thus, not a business establishment in violation of the Unruh Act, according to the Christian Post.

“Every secular subject is expressly intertwined with a values-based Christian religious component, taught by a Christian,” the judge wrote in her decision. “Whatever economic benefit the student hopes to gain from the CBU educational experience, CBU clearly intends to send forth an engineer, nurse, businessperson, or teacher who will be able to apply its religious values in the secular world.”

That said, Trask did order the college to pay $4,000 in damages and to pay Javier’s attorney fees over the claim that she was excluded from public businesses and services. Additionally, Javier’s lawyer, Paul Southwick, said that the former student will be able to take online classes at the school.

Both Javier’s team and California Baptist University are considering appeals, according to the Press-Enterprise.

As TheBlaze previously reported, the battle between Javier, who was born a male, and California Baptist University first began in 2011 when she was expelled from the school after her biological identity was revealed when she appeared on MTV’s “True Life: I’m Passing as Someone I’m Not.”

At the time, the transgender student was studying to be a nurse and was expelled for purportedly concealing her true identity, with school officials accusing her of committing fraud on her application when she selected “female” instead of male.

But Javier said she didn’t think she was doing anything wrong and that she was simply selecting her self-perceived identity. Javier has reportedly been identifying as a woman since she was a toddler, claiming that, at 13, she began dressing, thinking and acting like a girl.

 

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Why a Police Rep Is Telling Citizens to ‘Get Yourself Some Firearms Because You’re Going to Have to Protect Yourselves’

Published on July 11, 2014

 

In order to avoid “yearly budget crises,” Miami-Dade County (Florida) may have to fire hundreds of police officers as part of a long-term budget strategy announced earlier this week. The proposal has been met with some criticism, with one police association spokesman telling citizens to “get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves.”

The budget proposal, announced by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Tuesday, would cut nearly 650 county jobs in an attempt to close a $64 million deficit in the city’s general fund. The Miami-Dada Police Department could reportedly see the deepest cuts.

John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, argued the drastic cuts to the police department would negatively impact public safety, according to WSVN-TV.

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“If the mayor’s not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is either buy yourself an attack dog, put bars on your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves,” he said. “We won’t be able to.”

As WSVN-TV reports, police units that specialize in robberies and child abuse cases could “see positions vanish.”

Mayor Gimenez said he wants the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, which acts like a union for the police department, to agree to other cuts, possibly a 15 percent reduction in healthcare costs and maybe the county wouldn’t have to let so many employees go.

“This is the amount of money that we have, and if I have to pay more for the employees at the end, we are probably going to have to have fewer employees, unless I continue these concessions and get a 15 percent reduction in our healthcare costs. Then we can maintain most of the employees,” the mayor said.

The news station outlines other ways the city is looking to save money:

• Potentially cutting 200 jobs in the library department

• Reducing mowing and maintenance cycles in county places

• Increasing response time to pothole, flooding, sign and signal repairs

• Postponement of correctional and police officer training classes

However, Gimenez said he is not interested in increasing the “burden on our residents through higher taxes” to address budget issues, despite pressure from unions urging him to do exactly that.

 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/10/why-a-police-rep-is-telling-citizens-to-get-yourself-some-firearms-because-youre-going-to-have-to-protect-yourselves/

 
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Which Religious Group in America Supports Obama the Most

Published on July 11, 2014

 

The nation’s non-Christians – whether of another religion or no religion – are far more likely to support President Barack Obama than American Christians, according to an extensive Gallup survey taken over the last six months.

Muslims support Obama the most, Mormons the least according to new poll

President Barack Obama sits at a table with Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Fla., left, and others during the Easter Prayer Breakfast, Monday, April 14, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama, himself a Protestant, gets his highest support from Muslims, and least support from three Christian groups, Catholics, Protestants and Mormons, says the poll taken of 88,000 Americans over the first six months of 2014.

No Christian group has an approval rating of more than 50 percent for Obama, while non-Christian populations are the only ones who provide a higher than 50 percent approval rating for the president. That is significant to Obama’s overall approval of 43 percent, since half the country identifies itself as Protestant, and about a quarter identifies itself as Catholic.

The poll showing 72 percent support from Muslims comes as a recent reports show that the Obama administration’s National Security Agency specifically targeted at least five American Muslims for surveillance, based on information provided by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden. The targeted muslims include activists Hooshang Amirahmadi, a Rutgers University professor and president of the American Iranian Council, and Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Obama has the least support, 18 percent, among Mormons.

In 2012, Obama defeated the Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major party. Though another prominent Mormon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), has supported Obama on nearly every agenda item.

The second largest category of support for Obama comes from “other non-Christians.” This is a category that would not include Jews, Muslims or people of no faith, which has a 59 percent approval rating for Obama.

Although Obama has been dogged by questions about his commitment to Israel, his support among Jewish voters still stands at 55 percent.

The category of no religion/atheists approved of Obama’s job by 54 percent. While that’s a decisive majority, it doesn’t necessarily reflect the generalizations of atheists as overwhelmingly progressives on politics.

Also noteworthy, the highest support for Obama among Christians – 44 percent – comes from Catholics.

This comes after several dioceses have sued the Obama administration regarding the Health and Human Services mandate that employers pay for their employees coverage of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, a matter that was settled by a Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The Catholic Church as an institution is also strongly opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage, while Obama strongly supports abortion rights and same-sex marriage. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has also criticized the Obama administration’s plan to deport some of the unaccompanied minors from Central America.

Support among Protestants drops to 37 percent for Obama. Protestants vary widely from very conservative to very liberal denominations and several in between. Evangelicals are generally conservative on the bulk of political issues. But the churches called mainline Protestants such as United Church of Christ and Presbyterians are more liberal.

 http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/11/which-religious-group-in-america-supports-obama-the-most/

 
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