Faithful Flock to 50 Shades of Grey

Those crazy far right Christians … all that pent up sexual frustration… how, oh how to relieve it? Well, if you’re a holy-rolling film critic at Focus on the Family, you pop some popcorn, grab a comfy throw, and curl up on the couch to watch “pornography” – for the greater good of course.

movie nightThat’s right, FOF’s “Plugged In” movie reviewers felt it was their Christian duty to watch and review 50 Shades of Grey, so they could warn other Christians, who had no intention of watching it, not to watch it. Now I haven’t read the book, seen the movie, or until today, read a review; but even I knew it wasn’t destined for the Christian Worldview Film Festival.

Here are a few of the “revelations” the reviewers gleaned from their “sacrifice”:

…there’s not a thing about it that’s worthy or respectable. And there’s a lot in the movie that can’t (and shouldn’t) even be mentioned here.

Christian’s and Ana’s relationship, clearly, is predicated on an abusive power differential. Even when the two are not engaged in sadomasochistic sex, their dynamic is fraught with a sense of domination and subjugation—of predator and prey.

praying-the-rosaryimageSeven or eight f-words and one s-word. “D–n” and “h—” are used a couple of times apiece. God’s name is misused more than a dozen times.

Ana does shots and gets drunk, staggering a bit. Other characters drink wine regularly, and also quaff champagne and margaritas.

Quaffing – definitely amoral, anti-God stuff there.

demons within

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This is a love story, it could be said. But any love story without God gets twisted into a broken, heartbreaking jumble. We go to extremes when we try to sate our leaking souls with the stuff of this world. When we don’t understand the love of Christ, we don’t understand love at all. We needlessly hurt the ones we think we love. We confuse words like honor and obey with subjugation and degradation. We have a monster within us, all of us. We make a mess of things.

Holy shit this person’s got some demons.

And what a mess this movie is.

For men, it can push us toward fixation on dark and dangerous fantasies. And that’s before even mentioning the nudity. For women, we’re given the deceptive allure of an abusive protagonist who checks, it seems, many a literary fantasy box: a strong, good-looking, fabulously wealthy and (this is key) broken man who needs to be shown what real love is.

…This is why so many of us are reading and watching. Never mind whether the content contained in Fifty Shades of Grey falls short of or crosses over a legal definition of domestic abuse or pornography; with a cancerous intensity it caters to the cravings and hungers that all pornography serves. Porn rips us away from the real, flesh-and-blood people in our lives. It feeds unrealistic, dangerous and hurtful expectations of what sex and love can be twisted into. As it becomes ever more pervasive in our culture, it damages and abuses us in ways that we’re just beginning to fully understand.

Yikes! The reviewers seem to know a hell of a lot about the effects of porn on the individual, no? As it turns out, not all of FOF’s devotees were grateful for the “sacrifice” the reviewers made in their name; here are a few comments from Plugged In’s Facebook page:

“I will set no evil before my eyes. This should go for reviewers too. There was no need to see this to let people know it was wrong.”

Angry Nun“This description alone is cause for perversion. Shame on you for watching what we all already knew to be wicked and vile. Jesus would NEVER watch this…for entertainment or review…so why would a Christian subject his mind, eyes, ears to such? Stop using your career as an excuse to entertain yourself off the clock, which we all know you did behind a set of closed doors. Do you really believe that you are the epitome of righteousness, in thinking you can walk away from reviewing this smut without getting burned? Wicked.”

Who knows what Jesus would have watched; call me crazy, but I think he was a little preoccupied with persecution and stuff. The behind closed doors thing is probably accurate though; hopefully it quelled the frustrations of the reviewer until the next installment comes out, or it’s time to review Hustler, whichever comes first.

That was such a good insightful, biblically sound review. I have no plans to see this movie but thank you for informing me in case it comes up in conversation with someone. God bless!”

A “biblically sound review”… of “pornography”… that’s a new one on me.

hell“Plugged in, Please remove this review immediately. A Pornographic Movie such as this does not need a review and should not be viewed by anyone who professes Christ as LORD. This is shameful and could cause many people to stumble.

How fragile these “believers” are, that a movie review can send them hurtling toward the gates of hell.

“I have heard so much about this book and movie, and the more I hear, the sicker I feel inside. Christian Grey is definitely a man no one has any business being around. He’s also a very broken man as all people who don’t know God are.”

Um, Christian Grey is a made up guy, like that evil-doer Harry Potter; you do realize they’re not real, right?

This is how FOF’s reviewer sees his role in this whole thing, according to the Christian News Network:

…he views himself as being a “watchman on the wall” in regard to Hollywood releases, and that is why he decided to go to a showing of “Fifty Shades of Grey” and write a subsequent review.

“[M]y prayer is that I can craft something that, while not necessarily revolutionary, will help all of us, myself included, think through the issues that swirl around the film,” Asay said.

“I feel a sense of purpose here in that—a calling, if you will.”

I’m sure he got a sense of something, but purpose isn’t the first word that comes to mind. Oddly enough, FOF’s reviewers weren’t the only Christian champions willing to wade into the “cultural swamp”; Christian Today sent a reviewer (emphasis mine):

Well this is awkward. The most sexually explicit, most notorious, most morally questionable film of the year so far was released today, and Christian Today sent me to review it. I’d guess a number of readers would question whether it’s even right that I saw it at all; I subscribe to the belief that we can’t critique culture that we haven’t engaged with

Yeah, try selling that B.S. to the anti-marriage equality crowd.

The Jerusalem Post printed a warning from Archbishop Schnurr, of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati about the film’s content which leads one to believe he either read the book or saw the movie.

Joe Carter of the Gospel Coalition writes:

Too much has already been written about the stupidity and vulgarity of the novel, so I won’t waste time rehashing why no Christian should engage with that pornography.

You can’t build a fire in your lap and not get burned (Proverbs 6:27)

Now he tells me.

Mississippi Baptist Convention Board spokesman William Perkins declares:

“This is pornography disguised as art. I don’t think a reasonable argument can be made by reasonable people that there’s any art in this at all, I say there’s no art involved when women are abused and mistreated like they are in this film by rich, wealthy men.”

I’m guessin’ he saw it. Christian Magazine Charisma has a report on it, Arrowhead Church invites you to hear “… a Biblical response to the movie 50 Shades of Grey”, Faith Street has reviewed the books; I dare say, if Christians and self-proclaimed “family values” types weren’t buying the books and seeing the movie, it might be languishing on the Barnes & Noble sale table right about now.

Thank God for Focus on the Family and their pious partners; nothing says Christianity like sacrificing yourself to “porn” for the greater good. Oops, intermission, gotta go…

cross-posted @ cindyrosedotcom

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Dirty Energy Purchases Your Representative’s Allegiance & Votes

Oil tar Sand plant 9/10/2010

Yes, I’m on a mission! Disseminating information and exposing representatives intent on exploiting a tax system that overpays American politicians to betray our Republic’s best for their personal benefit. And yes, I’m on Keystone XL, actually I never leave the topic given the tenable damage that would be inflicted on residents & the environment for generations despite absent any value. A quick stat snapshot of ‘bribes’ camouflaged and laundered through campaign finance laws as a political contributions from the foreign corporation, TransCanada paying Senators to betray their oath & constituents.


  • Oil and gas industry purchased average, Senators voting ‘YES’ ($236,544) 10Xs more money to than Senators voting ‘NO’ ($22,882).
  • On average, the oil/gas paid 3.2Xs more money to Democratic Senators voting ‘YES’ ($73,279) compared to Democratic and Independent Senators voting ‘NO’ ($22,882). Wow, Senator Joe Manchin(D)  – WV and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D) – ND are easily bought %*&*# for betraying Democratic principles receiving $24,000 and a paltry $7,5000, respectively.

  • Sen. John Hoeven (R) -ND, the sponsor of the legislation, received $275,998 from the oil and gas industry.  Plus a an extra $24,000 from the marketing arm of the industry, definitely overvalued asset!


  • Petroleum refining gave, on average, 10Xs more money to Senators voting ‘YES’ ($37,325) compared to Senators voting ‘NO’ ($3,635).

  • The industry gave, on average, 153% more money to Democratic Senators voting ‘YES’ ($9,185) than to Democratic and Independent Senators voting ‘NO’ ($3,635).

In comparing the senators from ND, redefining insult and excessive value placed upon male conservatives, Ms. Heitkamp was underpaid by more than 30Xs  than Hoeven.

One other take away, I suspect the dirty energy industry, and big corporate polluters have ongoing ‘climate-denialist’ trolling social media on Facebook, Twitter with their posts and personal attacks against environmentalists, the climate conscious movement.

If you see your representative’s name in the’ yes’ column, drop them a line, share your disdain with them regarding their vote, and blindness to irreparably damage our country.  Draw their attention to the numerous failing pipelines crisscrossing the heartland and concentrate upon upgrading that infrastructure. Do the folks in Montana have drinkable water yet from a failed tar-sand pipeline? Remind Mr. Manchin’s of the pipeline leak that bloomed into a fireball explosion. Inform Ms. Heitkamp you’re aware pipeline failure isn’t restricted to the transport of oil or gas.  Early 2015, North Dakota witnessed the the largest fracking byproduct leak  in the state’s history. The leak potentially contaminated drinking water drawn from the Missouri river. Nevertheless, both senators voted in favor of Keystone XL AFTER disasters occurred in their respective states. Castigating  Hoeven is a fruitless endeavor since he represents the dirty energy companies /manufacturers, NOT the voters of ND.

Hopefully, the constituents of the Democrats who voted in favor of XL can convince their representatives to do the right thing and not remain beguiled by the scraps heaped upon them from these corporations. All I can say is campaign finance reform, repeal Citizens United and may be elected officials will have a fighting chance to manifest the voice of the voters they represent.

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Fox host: Churches that encourage health insurance are ‘violating separa tion of church and state’

Religious right claims to know that Jesus would be against churches helping people get affordable healthcare. Jesus would have also been against religious leaders anal-raping children, so STFU.

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Woman tortured by boyfriend told by court to write letters to her attacker or face jail

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Boehner ready to let funding lapse for Homeland Security agency

Boehner needs to check with Tex Cruz or Newt Gingrich on the “benefits” of shutting down government, especially Homeland Security.

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Centerfold Scott Brown Defends Gov.Walker’s Lack Of Education

Scott Walker’s candidacy will be the best thing that ever happened to Democrats! :-)

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Tucker Carlson: ’50 Shades of Grey’ is ‘creepy as hell’ because it’s erotica ‘only for women’

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Lawmaker Opposes Education Funding Because It Would Go To ‘Blacks’ Who Get ‘Welfare Crazy Checks’

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Obama Administration Is Quietly Racking Up Court Victories For Birth Control, Despite Hobby Lobby

Its important for lefties to know that the President is ALWAYS working to protect women’s rights. Hobby Lobby was a very brief victory for the religious right.

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Stupid Conservative Quotes

And we’re back with stupid quotes by really stupid conservatives.

bratDave Brat (real name), Republican from Virginia, says education funding is not needed because:

Socrates trained Plato in on a rock and then Plato trained in Aristotle roughly speaking on a rock. So, huge funding is not necessary to achieve the greatest minds and the greatest intellects in history.


Brat has a Masters and a PhD. Not necessary?

Blake Farenthold, Texas bagger, suggests we send a 74 year-old man in a bad toupee to take care of ISIS:

Quite frankly, Chuck Norris would be the one to send in, not President Obama.

Hate to break it to you, dumbass, but the President won’t be “sent in” to take care of ISIS, either. That’s a job for our military. Odd, and disrespectful, that you failed to mention them.

Here’s a campaign ad that Scott Walker isn’t hoping to see in 2016. Rush Limbaugh advises Walker, who quit college in his last semester and never returned, to say he quit to avoid being accused of rape. Really? The radical right just cannot stay away from saying stupid shit about rape.

View the Stupid Conservative Quotes series.

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GW Democrats & Ready For Hillary Fundraiser – February 21st

An important event announcement from Jacob Burman of the George Washington University College Democrats:

We are pleased to announce that this month, George Washington
University College Democrats is partnering with Ready for Hillary, the
grassroots organization preparing and laying down the groundwork for
the future Clinton 2016 Presidential Campaign. We will be holding an
event for GW alumni in the GWU Alumni House, inviting a speaker and
other special guests, with music and catering in honor of the

WHERE: GWU Alumni House (1918 F Street NW, 20052)

WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, 6pm-9pm

PRICE: $20.16, available online and at the door (includes catering and
two drink tickets)

WHO: GW Alumni, Hillary supporters, and special guests

Register Here!


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Friday Feminism – Lead Story, Women’s Health & Image

FYI from Amanda

Just wanted everyone to know that I will be out of town for two weeks and will not have internet access (*gasp* the horror!!). Friday Feminism will be on hiatus. Thank you.

Lead Story – Love Is In The Air

New Jersey Man Writes Love Letters to His Wife Every Day for Almost 40 Years – Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I wanted the ladies out there to know that romance is possible and does exist! Never give up on something that will make your heart soar!

Kentucky woman saved stranger’s life with kidney donation – now they’re engaged – You can find love in the place you would least expect.

Abortion & Reproductive Rights

GOP lawmaker hopes to end Colorado program that lowered teen birth and abortion rates – Yeah, it’s working – we’d better stop it!

Animals & the Environment (NEW SectionTitle!!)

Dog Shows Up at Hospital Where Owner Is Battling Cancer – An enterprising miniature Schnauzer made her way 20 blocks to the hospital, walked in the automatic doors but was stopped by a security officer. However, the dog, Sissy, was granted permission to visit her owner for a few minutes prior to being returned home.



Culture & Pop Culture

Police: Actor Emile Hirsch put woman in chokehold in Utah – The actor is being charged with aggravated assault.

Gun Violence

Sure, let ex-felons vote – but only if they get back their guns – Jesus Christ on a pogo stick! Okay, I’m off to Home Depot to get some wood and sealer and nails and I’m building a boat and getting away from these crackpots!!!

Study finds that US has the most gun deaths of any developed country – Well, I was surprised – were you surprised?


It never ends! Former The Cosby Show actress accuses Bill Cosby of sexual harassment – And two more have come out since then.

Just Plain F*d Up

Ohio girl, 11, charged with murder in 2-month-old’s death – The thing that bothers me is that since she is so young, she will never really pay for this crime. She can’t be tried as an adult and her records will be sealed. Absolutely horrifying.

Pennsylvania teen killed classmate, took ‘selfie’ with body: police – Another example of our youth getting away with murder because they are too young to be tried as an adult.

Dems slam GOP for giving House chairs unilateral subpoena power – A horrible and dangerous move.


Alabama official ordered to issue marriage licenses to gay couples – I wish states would get in trouble more often for being non-compliant!


Traveling While Black: What You Need To KNow – A Yahoo travel writer speaks of her experiences.

Sentencing begins for 10 Mississippians convicted in hate-crime killing of James Anderson – The attack on Anderson was almost four years ago. Finally he may see justice.

Women’s Health & Image

Mom Claims School Fat-Shamed 6-Year-Old – Using the Body Mass Index (BMI) is not a good way to assess health. For example, people with large muscles (which weigh more than fat) can have a high (obese) BMI but obviously are not overweight. Couple the inaccurate results with the mental distress this poor little girl went through and it is a bad mix. Whether it was the schools intention or not, they did wind up fat-shaming god only knows how many children.

DARPA Is Working on Prosthetics That Will Let Amputees Feel Again – Some amazing technology!

The politics of Medicaid expansion aren’t complicated, just Koch-laden – Two topics that get my blood up – Medicaid expansion and the Koch brothers.

World News

Chemical cloud over Spanish town after factory accident – Three were injured in the accident and 60,000 were forced to stay indoors.

On A Lighter Note

Hubble determines cosmos has a sense of humor – “At least that’s one conclusion a person might draw from this very real image of a distant galaxy cluster bent by the gravity of a nearer cluster into a cosmic smiley face. . .”


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