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5 years ago

Message to Teacher: Either Religious Items Go... or You Do

It's a question about common sense. When a high school has a gay and lesbian group and also has a Bible study group, why is it that the teacher involved with the Bible study group is the one coming under fire? But that's exactly what's happening at one school, where the teacher is being told to remove religious items from her classroom and not participate in the Bible study meetings or activities.


5 years ago

More proof of communist staff and indoctrinators in our schools. - it is to KILL Christianity, but welcome with open arms homosexuality and Allah. And the occupier is grinning at the foolishness of his followers and devotees.

5 years ago

Got this from a friend. You may have seen it before, but bears I think posting here.

1 John 4:19  We love Him, because He first loved us.  
5 years ago

    Getting rid of educators promoting religion, ANY religion, in public schools is Constitutionally correct.  If you want religion in your school, send your kid to a religious school.  The government runs the public schools and the government may not promote a religion.

    Why can the government promote gays?  I suppose because it's not a religion and there's nothing in the Constitution that says they cannot.

    I think it's totally appropriate for students to wear religious clothing, such as yamikas, crucifixes, or those head scarves the Muslim girls wear.  Be glad you don't live in France, where such items of clothing even on your body are outlawed in schools.

5 years ago

So they got rid of educators who had built up pensions and other benefits and then hired them back as temporary workers with no benefits. What's worse, doing things like that or having religion beliefs be in schools?

5 years ago

People who won't follow policy do have to be disciplined.  If they're intractable, they have to be fired.  Once laws are clearly explained to the possibly uninformed, there's no excuse for not following them.  Nobody has the right to be a government employee and push their religious views on children.  It's not ok just because it's your favorite religion.  What if the teacher was pushing Islam?  What if he/she was pushing Hare Krishna?

5 years ago

Brandon, are you playing with a full deck?

5 years ago

If religion of any sort shouldn't be allowed, then muslims shouldn't be allowed to go around schools teaching about their Islam. And from articles I've read, they are. And if christianity shouldn't be allowed, then they're going to have to elimate God from the Pledge of Allegiance. MO, if you do not want your kid to say it, they can step outside the classroom door till others who do are done if it bothers them that much.  That's not punishment which I've seen some try to play it off as. Hare Krishna and others I haven't heard about trying to be implemented in our schools. That dem whose name I don't remember has already said out loud to an audience that school education here should be based on the way of Islam. This person in the WH thinks it's the greatest thing going, caters to them as it is. They are trying to get it pushed into schools, they've been allowed in some. It won't stop.

5 years ago
Porn industry thinks things are looking up

Last year wasn't the best year for the porn industry.

Piracy continued to ravage the already suffering video business. And scandal rocked the industry more than once. The industry suffered a setback in November when voters in Los Angeles County passed a resolution that made condom use in adult films shot in the area mandatory – and, depending on how the issue is enforced, could mean a lot more than that.

Despite that, industry insiders are upbeat about 2013. The industry, estimated to make roughly $14 billion per year in revenues, is in the midst of transition. Thanks in part to the incredible success of "Fifty Shades of Grey," mainstream America is more curious and open to the industry. New stars are rising to the forefront. And new revenue streams are starting to fill in the gaps created by the downturn in traditional video.

The mainstreaming of the industry seems to be one of the themes of this year's Adult Entertainment Expo, which starts this week. The AVN Awards (the so-called "Oscars of porn"), for example, will feature entertainment by normally family-friendly Cirque du Soleil.

For an industry that's striving for some mainstream acceptance, though, porn's problems are growing – and the AEE is a good indicator of that. Attendance at the industry's annual trade show was down 8 percent last year – and floor space for exhibitors was reduced by almost 40 percent.

Part of the reason for that is the ongoing consolidation among porn companies – which limits the number of companies who might have a presence at the show. Manwin, owner of several so-called 'tube' sites that stream porn clips for free (think YouTube – only with hardcore pornography rather than "Gangnam Style"), continues to buy up studios. And while it seemed as if that spree would go unchallenged, Larry Flynt recently started flexing his company's muscle to offer some competition.

"I think the stronger companies will continue to survive and grow," said Michael Klein, President of LFP, Inc. "The business is still growing - knock wood. It's improving and revenue is still there. … We think a healthy business is one that has lots of competitors."

LFP stepped to the spotlight in October, when it purchased New Frontier Media, a broadcaster that oversees nine adult-themed pay-per-view networks, including XTSY, TEN and Penthouse TV. Manwin and an investment holding company were considered the front runners for the company, so many in the industry were surprised when LFP emerged from the background to take the company.

Klein says that while LFP/Hustler hasn't been as active on the acquisition front, that has been a deliberate decision.

"We've been offered a number of the companies sold in the past year, but we just didn't feel the value was there," he said. "If someone wants to pay too much for a company, we'll let them do that."

Manwin, meanwhile, has problems of its own. Managing partner Fabian Thylmann was arrested in Brussels in December and extradited to Germany on suspicion of tax evasion. He was released on bond right before Christmas, but the arrest of the company's frontman has put Manwin on the defensive.

"Manwin's managing partner is currently the subject of an investigation by the German tax authorities and accordingly, no conclusion was reached in this matter — as of the date of this release," the company said in its only statement about the matter. "Manwin's global operations remain unaffected and, as is customary with our company, we will not comment on pending legal matters."

The passage of a law requiring condom use in all porn films is another shadow hanging over the industry. The industry maintains that its testing requirements are sufficient – but was forced to shut down last year for weeks following a syphilis outbreak that occurred when a prominent male performer hid his diagnosis from producers. It was the third shutdown in three years due to infectious disease.

While the Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade group, is appealing the Constitutional merits of the law and determination on how it will be enforced is being determined by county officials, porn companies are trying to plan for the industry's worst case scenario.

While several have threatened to move out of California, that's unlikely – but filming of the movies may move elsewhere. Among the whispered locations are Florida, Nevada, Mexico and Europe.

This all comes as more and more women become curious about the industry's products, a side benefit of the "50 Shades of Grey" phenomenon. Just as eBook sales of erotic fiction have spiked in the past year, porn companies have seen an explosion in the success of their films tailored for a female audience.

"It's been picking up -- mostly on the DVD side," said Allison Vivas, president of Pink Visual. "It's been picking up since Wicked picked up on this and started making productions that were more female friendly. … On the digital side, what we're looking at is the tablet market. We don't imagine a woman enjoying this sort of thing sitting in front of her computer screen in her home office."


5 years ago

Meanwhile, the adult novelty business is exploding. A push by major corporations, including Church & Dwight , in the field has led to increased sales and their appearance in stores that wouldn't have considered stocking them a short while ago.

"Toys are where the growth is in this industry – and where it seems to continue to be," said Scott Taylor, president and founder of New Sensations. "In this time of recession, to still see growth in that field says something."

Because AEE is one of the industry's tent pole events, though, most of the conversations about the challenges the industry faces this year – and the problems of 2012 – will remain in the back rooms, well out of the earshot of fans that come to rub elbows with their favorite stars.

The show, as always, must go on.

Sex is like a god and religion that some people believe in, so should that be aloud into the classrooms too?

5 years ago

Ken, what I outlined is the reality of following the law and the Constitution.  Asking me if I'm 'playing with a full deck" is offensive, and makes me question your understanding of the laws pertaining to religion in schools.  They are simple: the State may *not* favor a religion.  Any religion.  Whether you like the religion or hate the religion.  It's the same reason that the Nazis have free speech, so that the State cannot pick and choose what kind of speech is allowed.

5 years ago

It was meant to be offensive!

5 years ago

Do you have a reason for being offensive, and not presenting an actual argument?  Or do you just like to do it?  Generally that sort of behavior gets people banned from forums, sooner or later.  There's nothing intellectually defensible about it, at any rate.  Generally referred to as Ad hominem attack.

5 years ago

  LOL, especially seeing the word 'intellectually' in your post!

  I loved that older woman in the grocery store checking people out and being pissed at the customer before me when she said, "Book taught, ain't got a lick of common sense!"

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