It’s time for our weekly news round-up. Didn’t have time to follow the news over the past few days? Don’t worry. Here are the biggest faith and culture stories of the week:
To begin, Live Action, a pro-life organization, released the first in a series of undercover videos attempting to expose Planned Parenthood for reportedly promoting porn and “kinky sex” to minors.
“I would start with the taste, and then the role-play and then work up to the hard, the harder things like hitting,” a Planned Parenthood staff member can be heard telling an undercover “teen” investigator on tape.
And America’s deep divide over religious freedom was on full display again last week at a Congressional hearing held by the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. While some proclaimed that Christian ideals are under attack, at least one prominent witness disagreed.
“Those in the majority faith — Christians like myself — are not the ones who suffer,” said the Rev. Barry Lynn. “They have no serious impediments.”
You can watch Lynn and Rep. Louie Gohmert clash during the hearing over what it means to be a “Christian.”
[sharequote align=”center”]“Those in the majority faith — Christians like myself — are not the ones who suffer.”[/sharequote]
Speaking of religious freedom, remember our story earlier this month about the Christian baker being forced to make cakes for gay couples’ weddings? Find out how Blaze readers responded to his situation.
But while we’re on the topic of legal dramas, this story about an ex-Muslim who’s suing a Christian church in Oklahoma where he was baptized after purportedly being tortured by Islamic radicals (yes, that’s quite confusing, we know) is worth reading.
Now, let’s transition to the entertainment world.
A music superstar was reportedly baptized in a NYC bathtub. You might be surprised by who it was.
And a feminist actress recently critiqued Beyonce for “selling sex… to teeny-boppers.
(While we’re on the subject of Destiny’s Child, listen to our interview with former member Michelle Williams here.)
Oh, and did we mention that well-known reality star Susie Meister revealed some of the negative, behind-the-scenes things she experienced while starring on seven MTV shows?
We’ve embedded our interview with Meister below:
And if that isn’t enough, consider that “Duck Dynasty” producer Deirdre Gurney finally spoke out in support of Phil Robertson in the wake of his controversial comments about homosexuality last December.
“I know how he treats a crew that has several gay people on the crew, people of different races and people from all different places and who love this show … and this family treats them like family,” she said.
The “Duck Dynasty” controversy clearly isn’t over yet. In fact, two civilian Air Force staffers were in for a big surprise when they publicly displayed support for Phil Roberson (hint: some of their peers weren’t too happy about it).
Moving on…sometimes all it takes to get people to believe you is a stage and a mic. At least, that’s the idea explored in one upcoming film that parodies Christian scandals.
“There are a lot of funny things that believers of all religions do. We wanted to hold up a mirror to those funny things,” director Will Bakke told TheBlaze.
While we’re on the subject: What will it take for Hollywood to attract Christians? This poll offers up some insight.
Trying to be wary of “ear-tickling preachers”? This author has five signs you should be watching out for.
And last but not least, if you want a pick-me-up, consider watching this.