#Facepalm Friday: Prostitution as the New Methodist Sexual Liberation Front?

by (@JohnLomperis) March 14, 2014

A liberal United Methodist caucus suggests celebrating teenage prostitution as a means of “liberation.”

2013 TIP Report Highlights Survivors, Honors Heroes

by (@TheIRD) July 3, 2013

[gigya src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649" width="500" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=/photos/theird/sets/72157634450511412/show/&page_show_back_url=/photos/theird/sets/72157634450511412/&set_id=72157634450511412&jump_to=" allowFullScreen="true" ] By Mikhail Bell (@Bellsworld) On June 19, the State Department unveiled its annual assessment of efforts to combat human trafficking, known as Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. While the 2013 TIP Report emphasized victim identification, the release ceremony was equally laden with significance. Comparing legal slavery in the 19th […]

Frank Schaeffer Seeks to Bridge “Culture War” Divide with Anti-Trafficking Efforts

by (@TheIRD) June 20, 2013

by Mikhail Bell (@bellsworld) Frank Schaeffer’s fervide keynotes bookended the May 23-25 Trafficking in America conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 200 people from federal government agencies, non-profits and local churches attended the annual three-day event. The left-leaning son of L’Abri founder Francis and Edit Schaeffer was quick to list his bona fides as a Huffington […]

Faith Leaders Advise White House on Human Trafficking Efforts

by (@TheIRD) May 13, 2013

By Mikhail Bell (@Bellsworld) On April 10, the 14-member Faith-Based Advisory Council , of which Katharine Jefferts Schori, Leith Anderson and Lynne Hybels are members, announced the completion of a 36-page report, nearly one year after its first meeting on the issue. The document, entitled “Building Partnerships to Eradicate Modern-Day Slavery,” recommends that: The Obama […]

Emory President Ignites Furor over Slavery Reference

by (@TheIRD) February 28, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) The President of Emory University has ignited controversy for citing the original constitutional agreement of 1787 that counted three-fifths of the slave population in congressional representation as a “compromise” that should inspire today’s gridlocked American politics. Critics are assailing President James Wagner for ostensibly glorifying an arrangement that perpetuated slavery. He wrote […]

The Dark Side of International Adoption

by (@TheIRD) February 7, 2013

By Mikhail Bell (@Bellsworld) Regent University’s Center for Global Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, has raised the profile of human trafficking and child protection, such adoption, issues within Christian and secular circles. On January 11-12, the Center hosted its latest engagement of modern social issues with the second annual Seeking Justice of […]

IRD Board Chair Comments on Louie Giglio’s Ouster

by (@TheIRD) January 15, 2013

By Janice Shaw Crouse Last week, the Rev. Louie Giglio, pastor of Atlanta’s Passion City Church, was pressured to withdraw from giving the benediction at President Obama’s second inaugural ceremony. A liberal watchdog group uncovered a two-decades-old sermon in which Mr. Giglio preached a biblically-based message that homosexuality, like other sins, required repentance — and […]

Shared Hope International Releases States’ Sex Trafficking Report Card

by (@TheIRD) January 3, 2013

By Mikhail Bell (@Bellsworld) As fall wound down, Shared Hope International, a faith-based anti-trafficking organization, released its annual Protected Innocence Challenge Report in Washington DC. The study, which assigns A thru F letter grades to all 50 states’ efforts to combat human trafficking, has quickly established itself as one of two dominant aids for non-federal […]

Regent University Anti-Trafficking Gathers Local, National Leaders

by (@TheIRD) December 13, 2012

by Addie Darling Last Wednesday, Regent University and the Protecting Children Foundation hosted The Model City Conference, a gathering on Regent’s Virginia Beach campus to discuss the growing problem of sex trafficking in the region, as well as ways individuals and organizations are working to stop it. In recent years, the $40 billion a year […]

Tooley: 45 UMC Congressmen Unlikely to Work Together on Fiscal Compromise

by (@TheIRD) November 29, 2012

Some Methodist leaders have expressed doubt that the 45 members of the United Methodist Church in Congress will effectively cooperate as a unit. Despite the common religious affiliation, some Methodists outside of the federal government doubt that there will be cohesiveness among the UMC members of Congress. Mark Tooley, president of the Institute for Religion […]