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Palin: Duck Dynasty Firing Endangers Free Speech.


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By Sandy Fitzgerald

“Intolerants” are “hatin'” on “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says, complaining that his suspension from his family’s reality show is an attack on all Americans.

“Free speech is an endangered species,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday beneath a picture of herself posing with the A&E Network‘s reality stars. “Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”

On Wednesday, the cable network suspended Robertson indefinitely from its top-ranked show after he compared homosexuality with bestiality in an interview with GQ Magazine.

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Robertson told the magazine — in anatomical terms — that being with a woman “would be more desirable” for a man. “She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

He went on to say that “neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

A&E on Wednesday said that the network is “extremely disappointed” in Robertson’s comments, emphasizing that its series Duck Dynasty do not reflect his opinions.

Palin and the Duck Dynasty family, including Robertson, have gotten close in recent weeks. They hosted the one-time vice-presidential nominee in Louisiana to help her promote her bestseller “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,”reports Breitbart,  and she has been quoted as being “happy, happy, happy” that her children believe the Duck Dynasty family is “cooler” than she is.

Meanwhile, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention Wednesday called Robertson’s suspension “ridiculous” while calling for “cultural conversation” instead of intimidation through restricting free speech.

Suggesting that people who hold to what every branch of the Christian faith has held to for 2,000 years is somehow bigoted or hateful is not productive for speech,” Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said.

“Silencing views one doesn’t agree with, rather than engaging them, is hardly open-minded.”

Further, Moore pointed out that A&E hired Robertson to be “comedic and sometimes shockingly homespun.” He admitted he found Robertson’s anatomical comments “ill-advised and crude, but that doesn’t seem to be where the controversy lies.”

But instead of suspending Robertson, Moore said on his blog, “why not engage one another, and have the debates in a civil fashion, without attempting to silence one another? Let’s have the sort of cultural conversation that allows us to seek to persuade each other, not to seek to silence one another with intimidation. That’s what real diversity is all about.”

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Help Me Stop Facebook-Approved Religious Harassment.


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Facebook is turning a blind eye to religious harassment on its social network.

Christian ministry pages on Facebook are being targeted for profane harassment, and Facebook is turning a blind eye. Would you help me send them a message?

Last year, I documented Facebook’s glaring double standard when it came to allowing all kinds of obscene, Jesus-mocking Facebook pages (along with pages encouraging anti-Israel violence) while shutting down Christian pages that differed respectfully with homosexual activism (in this case, the page devoted to discussion of my book A Queer Thing Happened to America).

Thankfully, after bringing national attention to this issue and working with an internal contact at Facebook, the page was reactivated, with apologies from Facebook. (For the relevant stories, see hereand here.) But the extremely offensive sites, replete with profane, Christ-defacing graphics and horrific anti-Jewish images, were not shut down, despite the clear standards articulated in Facebook’s community guidelines.

Still, if Facebook wants to allow groups of all kinds to use their services, that’s their prerogative, as long as Facebook doesn’t violate its own standards and allow anyone to harass or intimidate others.

Unfortunately, Facebook is now permitting a new version of cyberattacks on Christian pages, and despite working with my internal contact at Facebook and despite others complaining about this very issue, Facebook told me nothing would be done to resolve the problem.

To give the relevant details, a few weeks ago, my staff noticed there were “likes” appearing in response to posts on my AskDrBrown Facebook page, and these “likes” were from new Facebook pages, including “Jesus F**king Christ. Slut Mary’s Bast*rd.”

Yes, this is actually the name of a Facebook Fan page—spelled out in full—and the page is as profane as the name. Yet Facebook says the page does not violate community guidelines for hate speech against a religious group!

Facebook also had no problem with pages like “Christo Fascist Bigots Run This Business” and “Virgin? Mary Should Have Aborted,” the latter page featuring a gay and lesbian, sadomasochist version of the Last Supper.

What this means is that anyone participating on my AskDrBrown Facebook page—which reaches 40,000+ per week—would constantly be confronted with vulgar, anti-Jesus profanity, since there’s no way to remove these “likes” once they’re posted. (In contrast, an offensive comment can be removed and an offending participant can be blocked.)

So, when someone would post a question on my Facebook timeline, asking me about the meaning of a verse in the Bible or asking if I’d seen a particular news item about Israel or sharing a beautiful, spiritual insight, soon enough you would see “Jesus F**king Christ. Slut Mary’s Bast*rd” and “Christo Fascist Bigots Run This Business” pop up as “liking” this.

How can this be legal? How can Facebook permit people to post Christ-mocking profanity on someone else’s page?

Again, if Facebook feels that these offensive pages do not contain hate speech against a religious group and they want to have an “anything goes” environment, that’s their business, as long as they’re consistent (which would obviously mean rewriting their community guidelines).

But it is absolutely unacceptable for Facebook to say there’s no way to block these groups from “liking” posts on other pages, thereby empowering these hate groups to plaster their vulgar profanity for all to see.

And can you imagine what would happen if, God forbid, Westboro Baptist Church was allowed to start a “God Hates Fags” Facebook page, after which they started “liking” different LGBT pages on Facebook, posting “God Hates Fags” everywhere with no way to remove it?

On Oct. 14, 2010, CNN reported, “Today, Facebook announced that they’re making new efforts to respond quickly when hateful speech violates the terms of service and needs to be removed. And this isn’t just routine TOS [Terms of Service] policing, either.

“Facebook Public Policy Communications Manager Andrew Noyes wrote in an email today that Facebook ‘intends to work closely with GLAAD [the so-called Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation] and other LGBT organizations on future initiatives.’”

In light of this pro-gay activist initiative, do you really think Facebook would permit a “God Hates Fags” page to exist, let alone allow it to post “likes” on other Facebook pages, plastering that offensive name everywhere? And do you really think they would tell the offended LGBT groups, “Sorry, but there’s nothing we can do?” Yet that is what they have told me, along with other Christian groups who have complained.

I, for one, am very glad that a “God Hates Fags” page would be banned on Facebook, and I don’t think it’s fair for anyone to be able to post offensive comments or use profanity on other people’s pages—and that includes posting “likes” containing offensive and profane names.

Facebook simply needs to come up with a mechanism to make this happen, and it’s up to us to call them to account.

So, let’s do what we can by spreading this information far and wide, by contacting Facebook directly, and by putting whatever rightful pressure on them we can, urging them to do the right thing. And for those who are attorneys or who have social media connections, use the resources at your disposal to call Facebook to account.

Otherwise what is now a terribly offensive trickle might quickly become such a polluting flood that it will drive us all away.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Michael Brown is author of The Real Kosher Jesus and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire on the Salem Radio Network. He is also president of FIRE School of Ministry and director of the Coalition of Conscience. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or at@drmichaellbrown on Twitter.

10 Ways to Be a More Involved Dad.


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Are you an involved father?

I hope you’re an involved dad. And I hope you recognize the difference you’re making for your kids. I talk and write about that all the time, but I’m not sure anyone can do it enough.

Involved parents making a difference is the whole idea behind CASAColumbia Family Day—which is today, Sept. 23.

This initiative was launched over a decade ago byCASAColumbia with the goal of getting families to eat dinner together on that day—and generally eat meals together more often. Studies have shown that when families make it a habit to eat dinner together, teenagers are less likely to use drugs and alcohol and less likely to have high stress. Kids of all ages do better in school, especially reading. Plus, it’s great bonding time.

Mealtimes are very important, but this movement is about a lot more than that. After all, there isn’t that much value in wolfing down food together and then going your separate ways.

The emphasis is really on everyday activities that bring your family together—doing homework, riding in the car, tucking them into bed, attending events together and, yes, sharing mealtimes. You’re really sharing life. You connect at different times throughout the day; you have more chances to affirm your child; you keep those lines of communication open; and you’re available when your child has something on his or her mind.

Again, those regular hands-on investments make a difference in helping your children avoid risky and foolish behaviors, as the research shows.

I know how families are today. In my house, it’s just my bride and me and our youngest son, and often it’s a challenge just to find time for the three of us to be together. With the way parents and kids are filling up their schedules these days, it takes a real commitment to establish and then protect that family time—and I believe dads play a key role in this.

Family rituals are important reference points that give our children security, and they provide a setting for a lot of fun, learning and affirmation.

What are some of the rituals that have “family fun” written all over them? I’m giving you 10 that we came up with, but I hope you’ll use the comment box below to contribute more ideas that you use.

1. Reading. This can be a time of closeness, sharing new ideas and making your child feel special. It’s an especially great way to end the day.

2. Mealtime. Don’t stop at traditional dinners; picnics, carryout pizza or Sunday brunch can add to the togetherness. Maybe it’s time to get out that old fondue pot you got as a wedding gift 20 years ago.

3. Physical affection. When you walk in the door after work, make sure you get hugs from everyone—and that means everyone. (Even if you have to hunt them down in the basement or backyard.)

4. Playing games. What better way to encourage your kids’ imagination, physical and mental prowess, and a healthy spirit of competition? That includes peek-a-boo with an infant, whiffle ball in the backyard or a family chess tournament.

5. Chores and errands. Everyday chores help a child define his place in the family, give him an opportunity to contribute and provide another opportunity to spend time together. And those day-to-day trips to the store can become priceless times with Dad.

6. Cooking. Get the whole family working on a meal, and then enjoy the results.

7. Taking pictures. Family photographs are a great way to mark and then remember events for years to come. Some kids dread it when the camera comes out, but strive to make it fun—see who can do the most hilarious things in front of a camera.

8. Storytelling. Looking through old photos and videos can lead to some great stories about your youth, your parents and your grandparents. Or tell your kids a made-up story where they’re one of the characters. (Or read a story together.)

9. Family outings. This can be a drive into the country to see the cows or a full-blown vacation to Yellowstone. Don’t get so caught up in the destination that you forget to enjoy the trip. And remember, a low-budget camping weekend can mean more to your kids than a trip to Hawaii.

10. Spiritual activities. Praying together, attending church and family devotions can become unique and priceless rituals. Also, find ways to put it into action—like organizing the family to volunteer somewhere or gather clothes for a homeless shelter.

Once again, Dad, take a leading role in this. Don’t let your family drift apart because of busy schedules or because there’s something on TV or someone calls or texts a family member. Once you start allowing distractions in, it will only get more and more difficult to keep them out. Establish those positive rituals, then set boundaries for that time and protect it. Believe me, it’s worth it.

Dad, what rituals are important to your family? Please add to our list either below or on our Facebook page.

Action Points for Dads on the Fathering Journey:

  • Here’s a great idea for family mealtimes: family placemats that are unique to your family. This is what Rick Sapio, who’s a good friend of the Center, does with his family. He provides some tips (for free) at familyplacemat.com.
  • During dinnertime, consider serving the meal in courses so it’s less rushed and there’s more time to talk and be together.
  • Be in charge of coming up with conversation topics, bringing home a new joke or finding some other way to make family time more interesting and fun. (And don’t hesitate to get help, such as these conversation starters.)
  • Do a “roses and thorns” or “peak, valley and plateau” routine with family members to help each person share the highlights and challenges of their day.
  • Organize regular “family council meetings” or “family timeouts” to share what’s happening in your lives, talk about events that have happened in recent weeks, and discuss plans and goals for the coming months.
  • Check out the Family Day website for an activity kit, conversation starters and other related resources.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ NEW MAN.

Carey Casey is the CEO of the National Center for Fathering, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the culture of fathering in America by enlisting 6.5 million fathers who to make theChampionship Fathering Commitment.

For the original article, visit fathers.com.

8 Practical Ways to Use Facebook for Ministry.


Paul tells us in Hebrews 3:13,

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

I believe our generation has better tools for “encouraging one another daily” than any other time in history. Take Facebook, for instance. Through this powerful website, we now have the ability to stay in touch with people like never before!

While Facebook is a great place to stay closely connected with your best friends and family members, I would encourage you to add in a ministry component to what you do online. Become purposeful in using Facebook as a subtle way of nudging your friends toward God. Use it as a vehicle for advancing God’s purposes on this planet. This all comes down to mindset. What is your purpose for engaging people on Facebook? Hopefully, you will see what a great platform Facebook can be for your ministry.

With this in mind, here are eight simple ways that you can use Facebook to advance God’s Kingdom and to help others in their walk with the Lord:

1. Use your status updates as a subtle way of identifying yourself with God in front of your friends.

I don’t like to use Facebook for rants or soapbox preaching. However, I do like posting verses that have spoken to me during my devotional times, quotes from other godly people, and other spiritual insights that the Lord gives me from time to time. Regular, subtle status updates can go a long way in drawing your friends toward God.

2. Create a group page for your church or ministry.

Creating a Facebook page for your church is almost as important now as having a website for your church. Your church website can easily create an online brochure for people to learn about you. However, a Facebook page creates more of an opportunity to develop community for your church online. Once you have that page in place on Facebook, it can also become a fantastic opportunity for outreach. When page members like updates and pictures from that Facebook page, those likes will show up in their own newsfeeds. This becomes a subtle way for their friends to begin learning about your amazing church. We have discovered that any time we post pictures on our Facebook page, those turn into thousands of impressions to people who do not currently attend our church. And this outreach is FREE!

Many churches today seem to be going to a lot of expense and effort to create their own, private online community through their church website (a member-only section). I tend to discourage this approach. I believe it’s better to keep your online community right out there in the open on Facebook where unchurched people already have their accounts and can connect easily.

3. Train your church members to “check-in” on Facebook when they arrive at your church (via their mobile devices).

Each Sunday we quickly flash a reminder slide up on the screen which reminds people to check in on Facebook. We also run this slide in a loop prior to the service, and we often have that announcement in the bulletin. Since those check-ins appear in each person’s time line, that then gives us thousands of impressions on Facebook each week. When Facebook friends see that they have two or three friends who already attend your church, that will give them a reason to consider visiting. Friends on Facebook will also begin to realize that “something’s up” at your church!

4. Regularly create events for your church or ministry for which you can invite friends.

When you create an event on Facebook for your church or ministry, this creates momentum to help boost attendance and involvement. It also provides a free tool for your church members to use to invite their friends to your event. The event does not need to be elaborate. It could merely be the title of your pastor’s sermon for that week. But creating an “event” around that topic can go a long way in attracting new people.

By the way, keep in mind that the pastor is not the only one who can/should set up these events. Anyone in the church who is outreach minded can do these things to advance the ministry. As a matter of fact, it is probably even more effective if these events are set up by non-pastors.

5. Send friend requests to guests who have connected with your church.

When guests visit a church, they often feel like they are invading somebody else’s family reunion. A great way to help break down those barriers is to send them a friend request once you have gotten to know them a bit at church. Sending them a friend request shows them that you want to think of them as more than a church visitor; you actually want to become a friend. Facebook creates a terrific opportunity to begin planting the seeds of friendship.

6. Connect with the greatest ministries that are represented on Facebook and then like and share their status updates on your own Facebook wall.

Most of the greatest ministries in the country are already positioned on Facebook. Take some time to find those amazing ministries, and then like them. I have personally grown greatly in my journey with the Lord by receiving a steady stream of status updates from these great and powerful ministries. Those updates also give me valuable material to share with others on my own time line.

7. Create light touches by liking or commenting on your friends’ pictures and status updates.

When you like a picture or status update of one of your friends on Facebook, it communicates a subtle message that you care about them. These work well because they are light touches. By the way, for acquaintances, you will likely want to use these sparingly. You don’t want to “weird-out” people you barely know by liking every photo and status update they post. But occasionally noticing their updates can help you to begin connecting at a deeper level.

8. Maintain balance with your profile by continuing the personal side of Facebook along with your ministry focus.

Facebook is powerful because it is relational. If you use it merely as a soapbox or for self-promotion, you will actually begin to alienate your friends. So work to maintain a balance here. Go ahead and post a picture of that incredible hamburger or the video of that cat falling into the toilet. But then be sure to sprinkle some occasional seasonings of truth onto your timeline from time to time.

Chris Russell


Chris Russell has spent the past 25 years actively involved in ministry through pastoring, church planting, writing, Christian radio, and special speaking around the country and in seven different countries. He is passionate about communicating the truths of God’s Word in a creative, highly-relevant way.

Chris has three kids and happens to be married to his best friend, Leigh. He currently pastors a church on the north side of Cincinnati. For more, visit Sensible Faith.

Christians Urge Facebook to Remove ‘Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted’ Page.


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A group of concerned Christians are calling on Facebook to remove a page that promotes the notion that the Virgin Mary of the Bible should have received an abortion. (Facebook)

A group of concerned Christians is calling on Facebook to remove a page that promotes the notion that the Virgin Mary of the Bible should have received an abortion. Titled “Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted,” the administrator of the page claims to “explain what really happened in the biblical times, since the bible is full of lies.”

With just over 5,000 “likes,” Celene Schartner of Australia says the page not only demeans what Christians believe but is slanderous and hateful. It diminishes the right to life of every unborn infant in its mother’s womb by its very title and statement.

“Many Christians worldwide are so distressed at the attempts to diminish Christian values and the slanderous attacks on the Bible,” Schartner says. “If people don’t believe, that’s their choice, but they need to learn respect for the choices of others.”

Schartner encourages others to join the protest by signing a petition that encourages the popular social media site to ban the page. As of the time of this release, more than 15,000 concerned Christians have signed the petition.

“I would never demean another Christian’s faith or presume I have the right to do so, regardless of what they believe,” Schartner says.

As U.S. spokesman for “Catholics & Protestants Against FB Religious Discrimination,” Cary Bogue denounces the Virgin Mary page as “beyond offensive.”

“No Christian anywhere can consider this just ‘free speech.’ This has deliberately been set up to offend and attack,” Bogue says.

Bogue maintains the page clearly is in violation of Facebook’s own policy, which states, “While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their religion.”

Bogue believes Facebook has created an automated response to complaints about the page, claiming it does not consider it an attack on a religion.

“That is just absurd. All we are asking is Facebook adhere to its own guidelines,” Bogue says.

The protesting group has created its own Facebook page requesting “Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted” be removed. Click here to join “Catholics & Protestants Against FB Religious Discrimination.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

ABBY CARR

Nollywood’s Phony Marriage Crashes: Funke Akindele Finally Confirms Marriage Collapse- PM News, Lagos.


 

You may kiss the “bride” goodbye: Funke Akindele kissing the “groom” during their wedding in Lagos
By Funsho Arogundade

After five days of holding her fans and other Nigerians in suspense, star actress Funke Akindele has finally admitted the end to her fairytale marriage to property mogul, Kehinde Oloyede-Almaroof.

An official statement released this evening by Akindele’s publicist, Ayo Ola- Muhammed, Principal Consultant of NEECEE Entertainment, confirmed the speculation concerning the state of her marriage.

“On behalf of our client, star actress, Funke Akindele, we want to formally inform you that after due consultation and consideration, she has now separated from Mr. Kehinde Oloyede as his wife,” Ola-Muhammed’s two-paragraph statement sent via a Blackberry Messenger read.

The publicist who is also Akindele’s immediate elder sister added: “She (Funke) hereby urges her fans and all concerned to pray and wish her the best as she moves on in her career.

“Kindly note that this is the first and only official statement from Funke Akindele on the matter and will be glad if her wish is respected. Thank you.”

On Monday 15 July, the news filtered out that Funke’s husband, Oloyede-Almaroof, allegedly announced their separation via a post on his Facebook page.

“It’s with heavy heart that I am announcing the separation of me and my wife, Mrs Olufunke Akindele. We’ve both agreed to go our separate ways coz of irreconcilable differences. We are still best of friends and we would forever remain good friends,” the purported message reads.

He was said to have added minutes later: “Am doing just fine and getting along without you. Don’t need you anymore in my life. You are the greatest mistake I have made in recent time…Kehinde Oloyede.”

P.M.NEWS quick checks on Oloyede-Almaroof’s page revealed no such message as his last post on the page was on 6 July with pictures of a property ostensibly posted for sale.

But a close family source had told PMNEWS that the marriage was indeed troubled as the couple are already separated owing to some unresolved issues few months into their marriage.

The source said 37-year old Akindele has been hiding the issues from the public including family members, while she took solace in her job.

The source said the couple could not pretend anymore, thus the latest development.

However, our efforts since then to get the actress to respond through calls, text messages sent to her numbers yielded no effort.

All our messages were delivered and read, but the actress, who was on location of a new comedy movie “Trouble For Sale” alongside Aki and Paw Paw, in Delta States, did not respond to all our enquiries. Her PR camp also ignored enquiries.

The couple got married on 26 May 2012 at a 3-in-1 extravagant ceremony held at The Haven Event Centre in Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

But a month after their celebrated marriage, the news broke that the talented actress’ husband (a confirmed polygamist with two other women) had impregnated another lady and that was how the problem in their relationship started, another source told P.M.News.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Carman Admitted to ER After Relapse, Asks for Prayer.


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Christian entertainer Carman is hoping for a miracle in his struggle with cancer. But he posted some discouraging news on his Facebook page Wednesday night.

“RELAPSE: JUST ADMITTED TO ER,” he wrote. “Today is a bad day. Woke up, got dressed and on my way to the gym then had to pull the car over due to extreme nausea. Have no idea why or where it came from. Had to turn around and go home then everything hit.”

Carman, who was born Carmelo Domenic Licciardello, said over the next few hours he struggled with trying to keep down anything—even water. His temperature was rising, and the doctor said he was dehydrated.

“This is a war I’m fighting on a daily basis and I might be trying too hard. I don’t know. … But as of right now, this is not good. Not good at all.

“Please pray,” he pleaded. “You all are my lifeline to the other side of this horrible journey. We’ve come this far – God can’t allow this testimony of his blessing to stop now. It just can’t happen. I may feel like I’m losing control but God hasn’t.”

After several months of constant colds and fatigue, doctors diagnosed Carman with myeloma in February. Myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, is deadly. Doctors gave him three or four years to live. But Carman, who has recorded 15 gold and platinum albums and videos and has sold more than 10 million records, refuses to go down without an all-out war with the devil.

“I’m going back after the devil. If he wants to come after me, I’m going after him,” Carman said in an exclusive interview with Charisma News in March. “I’ve always had this concept of spiritual warfare. I am going to make a determination that if, in fact, I only have three good years, then I am going to make them count.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

GINA MEEKS

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