views and thoughts on topics, especially ones pertaining to christianity – with an emphasis on how most christians either ignore or discriminate against unmarried christians – and how christians have turned marriage and parenting into IDOLS and how there is no true support for sexual purity, virginity, or celibacy among christians – this is a blog for me to vent; I seldom permit dissenting views. I don't debate dissenters ————-
Las Vegas chapels of love that use Elvis Presley’s likeness could find themselves becoming Heartbreak Hotels
June 1, 2022 by The Associated Press
The licensing company that controls the name and image of “The King” is ordering Sin City chapel operators to stop using Elvis in themed ceremonies, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Monday. Authentic Brands Group sent cease-and-desist letters in early May to multiple chapels, which are expected to be compliant by now.
Couples dreaming of an iconic Las Vegas wedding may feel all shook up if Elvis isn’t allowed in the building.
The licensing company that controls the name and image of Elvis Presley has ordered Las Vegas chapel owners and operators to cease using the star’s likeness in themed ceremonies, the Las Vegas Review-Journal originally reported.
Authentic Brands Group (ABG), the company that licenses all Elvis-related products, sent a cease and desist letter on May 19 to numerous chapels in the state. The group also oversees several other major estates, including that of Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali.
In the letter from ABG, the company writes that they intend to stop the unauthorized use of “Elvis Presley’s name, likeness, voice image, and other elements of Elvis Presley’s persona in advertisements, merchandise, and otherwise.”
By John Katsilometes Las Vegas Review-Journal May 30, 2022
Elvis might be leaving the buildings.
The company that lords over the King’s image and likeness is cracking down on Las Vegas chapels that book Elvis-themed weddings and otherwise embrace his persona. Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which licenses Elvis Presley-related merchandise, has issued a cease-and-desist letter dated May 19 to several Las Vegas chapels.
Legendary Singer Carman Dies at 65: Winning ‘Millions to Christ’ was Greatest Achievement
Not only did I learn that conservative commentator (Link): Rush Limbaugh died today, but I saw this headline today – I recall watching this guy’s music specials on TBN back in the day.
I also remember when he hosted some “PTL” show or whatever it was on TBN, and he commented on being single. (This was several years ago, maybe ten or fifteen.)
He said on the show at that time that he was fine with being single. He said being single didn’t bother him until another person (usually a Christian) brought it up and made him feel bad or ashamed about it.
I can relate to that; there are times when I am fine with being single, but some well-meaning Christian will start saying things like “but how is such a great person such as yourself still single.”
Their motive is well-meaning, but it usually has the effect of making you feel like you must have some “flaw” which is evident to other people but not to you, so the comment has the opposite effect it was intended to have (please, stop saying to your single friends, “how are YOU still single, when you’re such a great catch.”)
UNFORTUNATELY, I WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH YOU
I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED, MAYBE YOU LOST SOME WEIGHT FOR SOME REASON,
YOU’RE NOW ON THE TOP OF MY TO-DO LIST
LET’S GET THIS OVER WITH, SO I CAN FOCUS ON OTHER TASKS
LET’S HAVE INTERCOURSE
JUST PRETEND I’M SEDUCING YOU
COME ON LET’S QUICKLY HAVE INTERCOURSE SO I CAN MOVE ON WITH MY LIFE MY BUSY LIFE
YOU AND I ARE BOTH HIGHLY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE ALTHOUGH I’M IN MUCH BETTER PHYSICAL SHAPE ONCE WE DO IT IT’LL BE LIKE, WELL THAT’S WHAT THAT WAS LIKE THEN YOU’LL HOPEFULLY GO BACK, TO SEEMING WEIRD TO ME
I saw a Tweet by a lady the other day who said she is in her late 50s, that she would very much like to be in a serious relationship (she’s tired of being single, I think), and she was feeling discouraged because her friends are telling her that she is ‘too old to have a serious relationship at her age.’
No, she isn’t, and no, it’s not.
First of all, may I suggest that if you are constantly surrounded by recurrently negative friends and family, and ones who complain a lot and are fault-finders, who do things like talk negatively about your hopes, dreams, and goals, who tell you that your dreams will never come to pass, that you begin by limiting your time with these people?
Research has shown that it’s better for your mental health and increases your chances of success at whatever your goal is if you more often than not surround yourself with regularly positive people, and ones who support you and your goals.
If you are someone going through a difficult time right now, whatever your situation is, it’s not true that “you are too old” or “it’s too late” for your goal or dream in life.
A Song for All the Male ‘Ones’ (the Fat, Balding, Sexist, and/or Ugly Guys) Who Rate Women on Scales of One To Ten
I present to you the song “Numbers,” recorded by Bobby Bare some time in the 1970s or 1980s.
For all the male idiots out there who think they can and should rate what women look like on scales of 1 to 10.
This song is Doubly applicable to males who are fat, balding, and/or look like they fell out of the Ugly Tree and hit every branch on the way down ~AND~ who think they deserve to date or marry women who look like movie stars or models.
Older Pervy Dudes Hitting on Younger Women – and they meet them at church
A few years ago, I found an online article where some guy was advising other guys how to “pick up women” at churches.
If I remember correctly, this guy was promoting the idea of being deceitful and tricking and manipulating Christian women into casual relationships and sex.
I don’t think the author or the men he was advising were even Christians (not that it would be okay if they were Christians, it would actually be worse, IMO). If I can find that article again, I’d like to place it here on this blog.
I think Christian women should be aware not to let their guard down in a church environment just because it’s church. Don’t be trusting of a man just because he claims to be a Christian and has the external trappings of a Christian.
If secular men are targeting Christian women to take advantage of them, they need to learn what tricks these men are using. (I hope I can find that article again and post it.)
To Christian ladies: you are no more safer in a church or around church-goers than you would be at a night club, walking down a city street, among a group of Satanists chanting to Satan in the woods at midnight, or anywhere else.
You can be taken advantage of by church men, in a church, or outside of a church.
Men you meet at a church are not necessarily more safe, ethical, reliable or honest than guys you meet on dating sites or in bars.
Guys at your church may be drug addicts, child molesters, or whatever, but are very good at hiding these things and wearing a mask and saying all the Christian lingo so they can pass as Christian when they are around church people.
It’s so annoying how most of these teen aged pop singers assume the way to present a “grown up” version of themselves is to appear half naked on album covers or sleep around. But I suppose they get these stupid ideas from culture, which seems to equate being sexual with having sex and in turn with being an adult.
…Once a third of a boy band perhaps better known for purity rings than God-fearing hits, the youngest Jonas brother is now flashing his abs (and a lot of more) in gay clubs, in fashion spreads and on TV.
…Not surprisingly, showing off is paying off. “Jealous,” which was released in September, just went platinum. (His last Top 40 hit was five years ago, when he was still with the Jonas Brothers.) In April, he will open for Iggy Azalea on her “Great Escape” tour.
…In October 2013, Mr. Jonas approached his two older brothers about disbanding the Disney-rock trio so he could go solo.
“In the past, there was certainly less freedom,” he said. “I wasn’t able to be as vocal about certain things.”
…For Nick Jonas, striking out on his own meant ditching Christian guitar riffs for a flirty soul-pop sound injected with body-positive bravado. On the track “Wilderness” from his current album, he sings, “Naked as the day we were born/Did you know it could feel like this?”
….The erotization of young male pop stars can still make stars and their fans uncomfortable. Take the recent hiccups surrounding Mr. Bieber, whose “Beliebers” were criticized for defending their idol through homophobic language.
Musical Interlude to Celebrate this Blog’s 1400th Post!
This is post #1401. The previous post Word Press told me was #1400.
For the tiny number of folks who subscribe to this blog, you’re like, “Oh hell no, lady!! Some days, you publish up to 15, 20 posts!!! I’m tired of all the e-mail notifications showing up in my e-mail box, you wacko!!!”
I’m sorry about that.
But here below is Kool and the Gang singing “Celebration,” to celebrate 1400 posts of me laughing at evangelical Christianity’s weirdo, unhelpful, stupid teachings on marriage, dating, and gender roles!
And me ranting and spewing anger at Baptist, evangelical, and other Christian stupidity over marriage, having kids (or not having kids), teachings on dating… me posting about being single, being tired of the church scandals and Christian hypocrisy.
Me deleting most critical comments that tell me I’m bitter in the blog’s moderation queue area. Me telling creepy stalker guys to bug off and get off my blog and leave me alone on Twitter.
Good times, good times.
Here we go! CELEBRATE!!!! Kool and the Gang singing “Celebrate”
Nick Jonas Losing Christian Image as ‘Racy’ Music Video Set to Release
Didn’t we just go through this about six months ago with Hannah Montana? (See link at bottom of this post under “Related Posts” for more on that.)
In the future, if we get anymore teen or 20 something pop singers, I hope music journalists ask them,
“Look, you are only 14 years old now, you have a wholesome image, and you claim to be a virgin and sexually pure now…
Is this just an act? Five or six years from now, can we expect you, like 99% of teen singers before you, to say all the “sexually pure” stuff was a put-on, that you found it restrictive and you were really just dying to pose half nude for magazines and grab your crotch in music videos?”
Because this crap seems pretty par the course now.
Why, why, does our culture – or kids in the culture – equate being sexy, or having sex, with full-fledged adulthood? (And… See link at bottom of this post under “Related Posts” for more on that.)
More accurate barometers of adulthood:
-Having a tedious 9 to 5 office job with an incompetent boss and annoying co-workers and not hanging yourself or losing your sanity from it
-(if you have your own home) paying a mortgage
-realizing some of your dreams and goals, held since childhood, may never come to pass -and learning how to cope with that
-learning to accept yourself, flaws and all, and not to care so much what other people think about you
If you’re over 40, you can probably come up with a few more things to add to that list.
I am going to guess (and I may be wrong, I’m just guessing based on this news story below), that the upcoming Jonas music video will include scantily clad females with really big, silicon-enhanced boobs (ie, standard video vixens), dancing around this Jonas guy, and him looking all “come hither” into the camera and possibly grinding on the next- to- nude models?
Being “skanky sleazy = adult” to this Jonas guy and to a lot of these Miley Cyrus types, sadly (see the article below for more on that).
Conversely, these guys think
being civilized, having standards, being respectable = “in chains, repressed,” etc.
I would like to inform folks who think like Jonas does that tarting yourself up and being overly sexual in music videos is not going to make you happy or bring you instant maturity.
Movie actress Marilyn Monroe, who died in 1962 and is still widely regarded as the world’s utmost sex symbol, grew to detest being known only, or primarily, as a sex kitten.
Monroe wanted to be taken seriously; it’s a theme that came up every so often in her interviews. She took acting classes at the prestigious Actor’s Studio at one point, in a bid to be taken seriously by everyone.
After years of making films in Hollywood, Monroe moved to New York and started her own production company to get out of the dumb and sexy roles Hollywood studio executives kept forcing her into. Her production company allowed her to take on slightly deeper, or more varied, movie roles.
Another funny observation here of how being skanky, sleazy, and sexy – or having a sexy public persona – won’t bring you the gravitas and “grown up” image you think it will:
If you paid attention to pop culture back in the 1980s (or, if you weren’t even born yet, pay attention and learn something), you may recall that George Michael, who was once the lead singer of the Brit pop duo “Wham!” and who later became a solo act – was so tired of being thought a dirty sexy sex symbol poster boy, he released the song “FREEDOM,” which included the lyrics expressing his desire to be taken seriously and his despair of being thought nothing but a pretty, sexy face:
[FREEDOM LYRICS – GEORGE MICHAEL]
Heaven knows I was just a young boy
Didn’t know what I wanted to be
I was every little hungry schoolgirls pride and joy
And I guess it was enough for me
To win the race? a prettier face
Brand new clothes and a big fat place
On your rock and roll TV
But today the way I play the game is not the same
Think I’m gonna get me some happy
I think there’s something you should know
I think it’s time I told you so
There’s something deep inside of me
There’s someone else I’ve got to be
Take back your picture in a frame
Take back your singing in the rain
I just hope you understand
Sometimes the clothes do not make the man
… Well it looks like the road to heaven
But it feels like the road to hell
When I knew which side my bread was buttered
I took the knife as well
Posing for another picture
Everybody’s got to sell
But when you shake your ass
They notice fast
And some mistakes were build to last
Yeah, see, that whole pop song was an expression of how empty it was to be a public sex symbol.
And in the 1980s, George Michael was pretty popular, especially with the young teen ladies (this was years and years before his homosexuality became public).
Yet, these teeny bopper, or young 20 somethings of today, think if they show some skin, sleep around, that this will make them feel or look like an adult. It won’t. They should learn from people such as Marilyn Monroe and George Michael who went down that road and found out it’s unsatisfying.
By the way, I’m tired of the Virgin Shaming and Celibacy Shaming inherent in such moves by these entertainers.
These pop singers, who are now about 25, are basically saying they resented once having stood for sexual purity. After marketing themselves as sexually wholesome stage acts when they are 13 or 16 years old, they turn around when they are 23 or 24, when they are about to drop a new album or video, and say how much they actually despised the virginity shtick in their younger days – well thanks so much, pal!
Nick Jonas, the youngest sibling of former pop band The Jonas Brothers, is set to release a new solo music video and sources say it might destroy his Christian image.
The Jonas Brothers dissolved in Oct. 2013 as the brothers decided to go their separate ways in the professional world. Now the youngest brother is preparing to release a single of his own called “Chains.”
According to Breathecast.com, the new music video is going to express his dissatisfaction with the years spent as the wholesome “character” of Nick Jonas.
A source told the New York Post that Jonas “has emancipated himself from the squeaky-clean shackles of former purity ring-wearing boy band The Jonas Brothers.”
“Nick has spent years experiencing a burden that’s hard to explain. He feels free now for the first time in his life. He’s making music he believes in. He’s done saying sorry for everything and trying to be perfect. He’s just going to be himself. If people like him, great. If not, he’s done giving a [expletive].”
The Jonas brothers were previously known for their Christian upbringing; the group wore purity rings and spoke openly about their decisions to wait until marriage to have sex, but discarded the rings later on.
An official release date for the music video has yet to be set.
I don’t like to post solely about homosexuality on my blog. Some of the only times I blog about the topic is how it reflects upon, or intersects with, issues pertaining to hetero celibacy, or how Christians today are dealing with discussing sexual sin.
As I’ve pointed out previously on this blog the last couple years, the vast majority of Christians – not just Non-Christians, but conservative Christians now – are now attacking sexual purity, celibacy, and virginity.
Some of them do this on the basis that teaching about those topics causes fornicators, that is, those who willingly had sex before marriage, to feel guilty, offended, or ashamed.
This page by Idleman points out that some of the same strategies being used to excuse or downplay heterosexual sex sins are also being used to excuse, condone, or downplay homosexual sexual sins.
Here are some excerpts:
Gay Marriage What Does God Say Not Jars of Clay by Shane Idleman
Dan Haseltine (singer for Jars of Clay) used Twitter recently to support gay-marriage; stating,
“Because most people read and interpret scripture wrong. I don’t think scripture ‘clearly’ states much of anything regarding morality.”
Many say that we cannot take a position on homosexuality because all positions will hurt someone.
Here’s my question: “Are those who defend homosexuality, or who say nothing, truly loving the homosexual, or are they simply seeking to avoid conflict?” If they are more worried about being liked than being truthful, do they really care for homosexuals more than the person who is willing to risk their reputation, and quite possibly their safety, in order to speak the truth in love?
Now, a new twist: songs about people who have affairs with each other. Because, as you know if you’ve been on this blog before, Christians live in this Fantasy World where married couples never fall prey to sexual vices, sexual sin, or sexual temptation, only Un-married people do.
Presenting: Alan Jackson singing “Who’s Cheatin’ Who?”
The Bible Calls Christians to Make Individual Disciples, Not to “Change Culture” Nor to Save, Redeem Culture Nor to Save or Promote Marriage or Manufacture Christianized Entertainment
I remember there being Bible passages where Christ asked followers to make disciples. I recall Apostle Paul telling believers to police each other rather than sit about in judgment of Non Christians.
And yet, my fellow social conservatives (many of whom are Christian) keep telling other Christians to engage in a culture war, fight against abortion, fight against homosexual marriage, promote marriage, and save, redeem, or change the culture.
The Bible nowhere asks Christians to save marriage or culture.
Jesus Christ died on the cross to make amends between individual sinners and God. He did not die to clean up culture or save marriage.
I am not in favor of abortion or homosexual marriage.
I am not saying it is wrong for Christians to “fight” against those things via voting for politicians who promise to vote against such things. I am opposed to the amount of emphasis evangelicals place on these things.
I see headlines such as this and shake my head at the misplaced energy:
A Christian initiative seeking to build a network of leaders committed to centering the “Seven Mountains of Culture” to the values of Jesus Christ, is urging Christians to be active in engaging and transforming culture outside of church walls.
Pinnacle Forum, which was inspired by Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International, has made it its vision to “see God at the center of our culture,” and since 1996 has spread from a local ministry in Phoenix, Ariz., to a global movement.
With a strategy to gather Christian leaders in confidential forums and equip them with the tools to impact society with Christian ideals, the Forum seeks to engage the “seven mountains of culture,” which it identifies as Arts and Entertainment, Business, Education, Family, Government/Military, Media, and Religion.
The Christian Post sat down on Monday with Steve Fedyski, president – CEO of Pinnacle Forum, who talked about some of those “mountains of culture,” the vision and mission of the network initiative and some of the projects its members are involved in which are sparking a real positive change in culture.
Below is an edited version of the interview:
CP: How is God missing from the ‘cultural mountains’ of today?
Fedyski: Let’s look at the education mountain. Back in the 60s, we took our prayer from the schools. So what has happened since? We can’t even proclaim or pray at our schools. So right there, the education mountain has taken God right out of the school system. You can’t even have the Bible as a devotional at our own schools.
The other things, like media – is our media advocating God? Is it advocating Christianity, or a culture that will please God? I’d say not. If you look at our film industry, what kind of films are coming out? What kind of television is coming out?
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