Tuesday, March 25, 2014

All Around the Web - March 25, 2014

David Platt - Fighting Pornography

Joe Carter - 9 Things You Should Know About Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church
1. Phelps was an Eagle Scout who was slated to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. But during a Methodist revival meeting at the age of 17 he "felt the call" to ministry. He was baptized and ordained by First Baptist Church of Vernal, Utah, in 1947. In 1954, the East Side Baptist Church in Topeka hired Phelps as an associate pastor, and then promoted him to be the pastor of their new church, Westboro Baptist, which opened in 1955. Soon after Westboro was established, Phelps broke all ties with East Side Baptist.

2. In 1964 Phelps earned his law degree from Washburn University and founded the Phelps Chartered law firm, where he worked as a civil rights attorney. "I systematically brought down the Jim Crow laws of this town [Topeka, Kansas]," Phelps claimed. His career as a lawyer ended in 1979, when he was disbarred by the state of Kansas for allegedly being too abusive to witnesses.

3. After being disbarred, Phelps remained prominent in state and local politics, working for years as a major organizer for the state's Democratic Party. (In 1988, Phelps housed campaign workers for Al Gore's first presidential run.) He ran for governor of Kansas in 1990, 1994, and 1998, for the Senate in 1992. Because of his work in politics, Phelps was invited to two of Bill Clinton's inaugurations. He attended both—and protested the president at the second.

Baker Academic - Video: Bonhoeffer the Assassin? | I'd really like to get my hands on this book.

Your Mom Has a Blog - Five Things We Teach Our Kids When We Don’t Know They’re Watching

1.  We teach them how to treat others.
2.  We teach them how to be husbands and wives.
3.  We teach them how we feel about them.
4.  We teach them how to handle injustice.
5.  We teach them how to be a Christian.

Bloomberg - U.S. Pay-TV Subscriptions Fall for First Time as Streaming Gains
The number of Americans who pay for television through cable, satellite or fiber services fell by more than a quarter of a million in 2013, the first full-year decline in TV customers, research firm SNL Kagan said.

The tally of video subscribers across the entire pay-TV industry, which includes Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), DirecTV (DTV) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), dropped by 251,000 last year to about 100 million in the U.S., the firm said in a statement today.

Fewer people are buying traditional television subscriptions as online-streaming services from companies like Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and Amazon.com Inc. offer cheaper alternatives. Though satellite and telecommunications providers continued to gain users, they didn’t add enough to make up for the losses of cable companies.

March Madness is the best time of the year.

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