California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Tuesday that bans "revenge porn" in the state, making it illegal for disgruntled exes to upload indecent photographs of their former partners to the Internet without the victim's permission. The new law makes such a practice a misdemeanor charge and can result in six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Senate Bill 255, one of 36 bills signed by Gov. Brown on Tuesday, makes it illegal to upload identifiable, indecent photos to the internet without permission of the photographed or for the purpose of causing emotional distress to the victim. The bill's text states that causing someone emotional distress by an indecent internet photo would constitute "disorderly conduct", and therefore the perpetrator should be "subject to that same punishment."
"Until now, there was no tool for law enforcement to protect victims," the bill's author, Sen. Anthony Cannella (R), said in a statement, as reported by the Associated Press. "Too many have had their lives upended because of an action of another that they trusted." Cannella also said that the issue of "revenge porn" has become more prominent in the social media era, where social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are easily accessible to many. more >>
Azusa Pacific University (APU) and its former chair of theology, Heather Ann Clements, a woman professor who announced her true identity as a man, Heath Adam Ackley, have decided to part ways but are still battling over transgender health insurance, according to Ackley's attorney. A spokesman for APU, based in Los Angeles, Calif., however, would not characterize the parting in the same way.
"There have been issues with Adam's not being able to get insurance for transgender-related medical care," attorney Paul Southwick, the professor's lawyer, told The Christian Post in a Monday interview. Southwick has been named one of the best LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association.
"From the university's perspe ctive that would be in accurate (sic)," Rachel White, assistant director of public relations at APU, told CP in an email statement. She also said that as an APU staffer she has never heard the healthcare coverage issue raised. more >>
Last month, a professor and former dean of theology who changed gender identities argued that the Bible defends those who renounce their birth gender, while a leading biblical expert on homosexuality said it condemns them as an "abomination."
"I was dying last year because I couldn't live that way anymore. .. I tried to be the best Christian woman I could be and today I get to be the best Christian I can be and the best person I can be," Heather Ann Clements, former head of the theology department at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in Los Angeles, Calif., said in a sermon proposing a biblical defense of transgender identity. During that sermon, he came out as a transgender man, Heath Adam Ackley. Embracing his identity as a man, he claimed it empowered him to love God and others more.
"The writers of Scripture viewed any attempts at overriding one's birth-sex as abhorrent, a sacrilege against the structures of maleness or femaleness created by God, and ultimately a rebellion against the Creator who made our bodies," retorted Robert A. J. Gagnon, an associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary who is considered the foremost expert on the Bible and homosexuality. Gagnon addressed Ackley's arguments head on. more >>
An associate pastor in California has been arrested and accused of molesting as many as 20 female church members in the past eight years.
Jorge Juan Castro, 54, worked as an associate pastor and counselor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk, Ca. In April, he was placed on leave after 20 women reported sexual abuse to a church official, who in turn reported it to police.
Castro allegedly told the women who questioned his actions that they were part of a faith-healing process, said police. more >>
A high school in Orange County, Calif., has crowned a 16-year-old transgender, whose mother is a born-again Christian, as its 2013 homecoming queen. For Cassidy Lynn Campbell, the title was the school's recognition of the gender "I always felt I was" and a statement to the world.
"I'm doing this for the kids who can't be themselves," Los Angeles Times quoted Campbell of Marina High School in Huntington Beach as saying after the crowning ceremony on Friday. "I think it really shows the progression of the times."
"I'm so proud to win this not just for me but for everyone out there and for every kid – transgender, gay, straight, black, white, Mexican, Asian. It doesn't matter, you can be yourself," Campbell said. more >>
"Preachers of L.A.," the controversial new docu-series airing on the Oxygen network, revolves around the ministries and personal lives of six influential Christian pastors in Southern California. Get a glimpse of the reality show with these 10 behind the scenes photos.
"Preachers of L.A.," airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, follows Pastor Wayne Chaney, senior pastor of Antioch Church of Long Beach; Bishop Ron Gibson, pastor of Life Church Of God In Christ in Riverside; Deitrick Haddon, minister and contemporary gospel artist; Jay Haizlip, senior pastor of The Sanctuary in Orange County; Bishop Noel Jones, senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena; and Bishop Clarence McClendon, senior pastor of Full Harvest International Church in Los Angeles.
According to Oxygen Media: more >>