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Christian model crusades to protect young girls against hyper-sexed Cosmo Magazine

Peter Baklinski
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WOODLAND HILLS, California, March 2, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Nicole Weider was at the top of her game in the modeling world, landing jobs with Victoria’s Secret and appearing on the covers of magazines like Maxim and Esquire, when a deep depression left her disconcerted about the way the fashion industry used her body for profit.

“People have no idea about the extent of what girls are willing to do in order to be famous,” said Weider to LifeSiteNews. “I’ve seen first hand so many celebrities ruin their lives and compromise their values in order to stay relevant in the media. This means doing whatever it takes, whether it be wearing revealing clothing, selling your body in a sexual way, poising for Playboy, or even making a porn tape.”

Weider remembers the personal cost of her own effort to stay relevant: “I just felt degraded. The photographer was like, ‘Nicole bend down, go lower, stick your chest out, suck in your stomach.’ I felt bad about myself,” she recounted in an interview with CBN.

In the midst of her dark days a Christian friend encouraged the model to turn to Christ for answers.

“I just said, God, show me that there’s a better way, and I accepted the Lord, and my mind was renewed through God,” recalled Weider. “I just realized that my mind was almost like clear, and I knew that I was put on this earth for a bigger purpose.”

As Weider discovered the ways of the Lord, she came to see that part of her purpose was to expose the lies and darkness of the fashion world. Her first target would be the fashion magazine Cosmopolitan for its hyper-sexualized objectification of girls.

“The central core of the magazine is all about pushing sex from a young age to girls and pushing it in a very graphic manner. It’s not just saying ‘oh, have sex with your spouse’ rather it’s saying ‘girls give it up right away to a hook-up’”.

“I’ve been researching the magazine really thoroughly,” Weider told LifeSiteNews, “and have been horrified at how explicit and graphic it really is … it encourages girls with advice like ‘I wish my last girlfriend participated in anal sex’.”

“It is so damaging because it’s so explicit,” she explained. “The sexual tips in there are just so pornographic and it’s so harmful to girls because you have girls as young as 13 or 14 buying the magazine and taking the contents to heart.”

Weider has created a petition to have the racy magazine covered in a nontransparent wrapper and sold only to adults 18 and older.

“Because Cosmo is the #1 best-selling women’s magazine, it’s easily available to young boys and girls at any age,” wrote Weider on a website that carries her petition. Since beginning her crusade Weider says she has received hundreds of stories from girls as young as 11 who have detailed how they “tried the sexual tips written about in Cosmo, only to get their hearts broken, or worse — getting pregnant or catching an STD.”

Weider told LifeSiteNews that a lot of parents are in the dark when it comes to how graphic the content really is. “So many girls are buying it without their parent’s awareness and putting it in their backpack and bringing it to school and sharing it with their friends who are 13 and 14 years old.”

“This publication has steadily declined into a full-on pornographic ‘how to’ guide for teens and vulnerable young girls,” wrote Weider on her website. “Every issue dares girls and encourages them to try new sex moves (including anal sex), engage in threesomes, experient (sic) with lesbianism, have public sex, watch porn, (with specific URLS listed- October 2011 issue) and using sex toys such as dildos, shower heads, and vibrating tongue rings to ‘please your man and stimulate your clitoris.’

“This readily available magazine has become one of the media’s worst influences on girls.”

Weider knows that taking on Cosmopolitan is a little like David taking on Goliath, but she believes that challenging a culture that over-sexualizes girls to the detriment of their psychological growth is worth every effort.

“I want to tell girls that they’re so beautiful and perfect the way God made them and they’re a masterpiece,” she said. “Don’t conform to what the pressure of the media is telling you to do, to be sexy. Don’t listen to the lies they are telling you because you’re so beautiful the way you are, and you’re so precious”.

Weider believes that with the “power of thousands, [and] God behind us, we CAN and WILL get Cosmo sold to adults only.”

So far her petition has been signed by 26,700 people. She is hoping to send 50,000 signatures to Cosmopolitan.

Weider received a letter from the Federal Trade Commission saying that they will look into the magazine’s content and start an investigation when they determine that Cosmopolitan is a threat to society. “This means they need more complaints — that is, signers of this petition,” said Weider.

Click here if you would like to sign the petition.

Visit Nicole Weider’s website Project Inspired.


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‘Sick and twisted’: Down’s advocates, pro-life leaders slam Richard Dawkins’ abortion remarks

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Advocates on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome, as well as pro-life leaders, are slamming famed atheist Richard Dawkin’s statements made on Twitter earlier today that parents have a moral responsibility to abort babies diagnosed in utero with Down’s.

During a shocking Twitter rant, Dawkins responded to questioners saying that it was "civilised" to abort Down Syndrome babies, and that it would be "immoral" to choose not to abort babies diagnosed with the condition.

He said that his goal is to "reduce suffering wherever you can," indicating that unborn children cannot suffer, and that unborn children don't "have human feelings."

In addition to being scientifically challenged - unborn children can feel both pain and emotions - Dawkins' comments drew criticism for his callousness towards children with disabilities.  

"A true civilization – a civilization of love – does not engage in such cold and ultimately suicidal calculus"

“It's sick and twisted for anyone to advocate for the killing of children with disabilities,” Live Action President Lila Rose told LifeSiteNews. “Dawkins's ignorant comments serve only to further stigmatize people with Down syndrome.

“While many people with Down syndrome, their families, and advocacy groups are fighting discrimination on a daily basis, Dawkins calls for their murder before they are even born,” she said. “Those with Down syndrome are human beings, with innate human dignity, and they, along with the whole human family, deserve our respect and protection.”

Carol Boys, chief executive of the Down's Syndrome Association, told MailOnline that, contrary to Dawkins’ assertion, “People with Down’s syndrome can and do live full and rewarding lives, they also make a valuable contribution to our society.”

A spokesperson for the UK disabilities charity Scope lamented that during the “difficult and confusing time” when parents find out they are expecting a child with disabilities, they often experience “negative attitudes.”

“What parents really need at this time is sensitive and thorough advice and information,” the spokesperson said.

Charlotte Lozier Institute president Chuck Donovan agreed with Rose’s assessment. "Advocates of abortion for those 'weaker' than others, or of less physical or intellectual dexterity, should remember that each of us is 'lesser' in some or most respects," he said.

According to Donovan, "we deliver a death sentence on all of humanity by such cruel logic."

"A true civilization – a civilization of love – does not engage in such cold and ultimately suicidal calculus" he said.

One family who has a child with Down syndrome said Dawkins was far from the mark when he suggested that aborting babies with Down syndrome is a good way to eliminate suffering.

Jan Lucas, whose son Kevin has Down syndrome, said that far from suffering, Kevin has brought enormous joy to the family, and "is so loving. He just has a million hugs."

She described how Kevin was asked to be an honorary deacon at the hurch they attend in New Jersey, “because he is so encouraging to everyone. At church, he asks people how their families are, says he'll pray for them, and follows up to let them know that he has been praying for them."

It's not just strangers for whom Kevin prays. "My husband and I were separated for a time, and Kevin kept asking people to pray for his dad," said Jan. "They didn't believe that Kevin's prayers would be answered. Kevin didn't lose hope, and asking people, and our marriage now is better than ever before. We attribute it to Kevin's prayers, and how he drew on the prayers of everyone."

"I don't know what we'd do without him," said Jan.

Speaking with LifeSiteNews, Kevin said that his favorite things to do are "spending time with my family, and keeping God in prayer." He said that he "always knows God," which helps him to "always keep praying for my friends."

"I love my church," said Kevin.

Although it is widely believed that people with Down syndrome are doomed to a life of suffering, in one large survey 99% of respondents with Down syndrome described themselves as "happy." At the same time, 99% percent of parents said they loved their child with Down syndrome, and 97 percent said they were proud of them.

Only 4 percent of parents who responded said they regretted having their child.

Despite this, it is estimated that in many Western countries the abortion rate of children diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome is 90%, or even higher. The development of new and more accurate tests for the condition has raised concerns among Down syndrome advocates that that number could rise even higher. 


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Pope Francis: steps must be taken to halt ‘unjust aggressor’ in Iraq

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Pope Francis and his emissary to Iraq’s persecuted non-Muslim minorities, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, have both called on the United Nations to act in concert to protect Iraqis Christian and Yazidi minorities from the radical Islamic forces of ISIS.

Asked about Iraq on his return flight from South Korea, Francis replied that “it is legitimate to halt the unjust aggressor.”

He added, however, that “halt” does not mean to “bomb” and lamented “how many times with the excuse of halting the unjust aggressor…have powerful nations taken possession of peoples and waged a war of conquest!”

He also cautioned that no single nation could determine the right measures. Any intervention must be multilateral and preferably by the United Nations, he said.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Foloni, who is visiting Iraq on behalf of Pope Francis, issued a joint statement this week with Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako and the Iraqi bishops that urged the international community to “liberate the villages and other places that have been occupied as soon as possible and with a permanent result.”

The statement also urged efforts to “assure that there is international protection for these villages and so to encourage these families to go back to their homes and to continue to live a normal life in security and peace.”

Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, the Vatican nuncio to Iraq, was also asked by Vatican Radio earlier this month about the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

“This is something that had to be done, otherwise [the Islamic State] could not be stopped,” the archbishop said. 

Although Pope Francis’ own remarks about an intervention in the war-torn country were carefully guarded, Catholic commentator Robert Spencer, author of such bestselling exposes of Islam as “The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion,” told LifeSiteNews he believes the pope was clearly calling for an “armed intervention, though a very limited one.”  

“Only a fool would think there is another way to stop an ‘unjust aggressor,’” he said.

Spencer expressed concerns that both Francis and Pope John Paul II before him have both referred to Islam a “religion of peace,” which Spencer says is “completely false.” However, he suggested that Francis’ remarks calling for action in Iraq are a sign of a more realistic attitude towards Islam.   

On this, Spencer would likely have the support of Amel Nona, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, who issued a letter last week warning the West in stark terms about the encroaching threat of Islam.

“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer,” Nona warned. “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here.

“You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles,” he said

“You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”


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Richard Dawkins: it’s ‘immoral’ NOT to abort babies with Down syndrome

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In a bizarre rant on Twitter earlier today, atheist Richard Dawkins wrote that choosing not to abort a child with Down Syndrome would be "immoral."

The conversation started when Dawkins tweeted that "Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area." The area was abortion, which until last year was illegal in all cases.

A Twitter user then asked Dawkins if "994 human beings with Down's Syndrome [having been] deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012" was "civilised."

Dawkins replied "yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings."

Later, Dawkins said that "the question is not ‘is it 'human'?’ but ‘can it SUFFER?’"

In perhaps the most shocking moment, one Twitter user wrote that he or she "honestly [doesn't] know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma."

Dawkins advised the writer to "abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice."

According to Dawkins, the issue of who should be born comes down to a calculation based upon possible suffering. "Yes. Suffering should be avoided. [The abortion] cause[s] no suffering. Reduce suffering wherever you can."

Later, however, he said that people on the autism spectrum "have a great deal to contribute, Maybe even an enhanced ability in some respects. [Down Syndrome] not enhanced."

When Dawkins received some blowback from Twitter followers, he replied: "Apparently I'm a horrid monster for recommending WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS to the great majority of Down Syndrome fetuses. They are aborted."

It is estimated that in many Western countries the abortion rate of children diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome is 90%, or even higher. The development of new and more accurate tests for the condition has raised concerns among Down syndrome advocates that that number could rise even higher. 

Although it is widely believed that people with Down syndrome are doomed to a life of suffering, in one large survey 99% of respondents with Down syndrome said they were "happy." At the same time, 99% percent of parents said they loved their child with Down syndrome, and 97 percent said they were proud of them.

Only 4 percent of parents who responded said they regretted having their child. 

A number of Dawkins' statements in the Twitter thread about fetal development are at odds with scientific realities. For example, it is well-established that 20 weeks into a pregnancy, unborn children can feel pain. Likewise, unborn children have emotional reactions to external stimuli -- such as a mother's stress levels -- months before being born. 

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