- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 18, 2009

Counterprograms

To retaliate against the ABC News special to “sell” President Obama’s health care plan the Republican Party is planning some counterprogramming.

ABC’s Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer will moderate a discussion on health care featuring Mr. Obama from the White House on June 24, but ABC refused the Republican Party the chance to voice opposing perspectives on the show.

The Republican National Committee wrote a memo to the party’s representatives and senators Thursday offering free access to their studios on that day to hold interviews on health care with local TV affiliates.

“Republican members of Congress can use this opportunity to discuss his or her views on health care reform as well as respond to President Obama’s health care plan,” wrote RNC communications director Trevor Francis.

YouTube study

The popular video sharing Web site YouTube.com has banned pornography and sexually explicit content, but a watchdog group says it’s a popular place to advertise porn.

A study from the conservative-leaning Media Research Center found pornographers are now uploading teaser clips from their movies and interviews with porn stars as a form of advertising.

In response to many complaints from family-oriented groups about the amount of objectionable content available on the site, YouTube has put age restrictions on some of its content and offers a filter to block vulgar comments.

Both mechanisms, however, are easily defeated by most Internet users, regardless of age.

Chastity’s sex change

Chastity Bono’s decision to undergo a sex change struck a nerve with Catholic blogger and author Dawn Eden, who always felt a kinship with her.

They are nearly the same age. Like Miss Bono’s mother Cher, Miss Eden’s less-famous actress mother flaunted her sexuality after divorcing her father, dating free-spirited musician types who experimented with drugs. They both attended New York University and, although they didn’t know each other, engaged in promiscuous behavior. Even their childhood photos seem to show a resemblance between them.

Unlike Miss Bono, however, Miss Eden is heterosexual and converted to Christianity at 31, an action she says led to a kind of internal happiness she believes Miss Bono is seeking with a sex change.

“I am born again, but in the body that I was supposed to have,” said Miss Eden, who chronicled her change of lifestyle and outlook in “The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On,” published by Thomas Nelson. “Chastity is seeking a rebirth that’s really a death of the entire body she was given.”

“Any attempt to change one’s sex is really an attempt to kill one’s self,” she said. “When I was younger and sought sex outside marriage, living the life I thought would bring happiness, it instead brought loneliness and made me suicidal. What I experienced in my conversion was the death of the things I didn’t like about myself, and a rebirth of the person who was meant to live in the body I was born with. I think that is the only way one can truly have peace in both body and soul.”

WWJD suit

A Minneapolis-based bill collector has filed a class action lawsuit against one of his competitors for using the acronym “WWJD” as a part of its business motto.

Mark Neill, president of the Bureau of Collection Recovery, and his wife, Sarah, say the Bullseye Collection Agency is violating the federal Debt Collection Practices Act by using a “WWJD” insignia, which means “What Would Jesus Do,” in their business materials.

Horatio Mihet, who is representing Bullseye in court, says BCR is trying to “use the courts to crush their competition and press their intolerance of Christian viewpoints.”

Bullseye has filed a counterclaim for abuse of process and civil conspiracy.

• Amanda Carpenter can be reached at [email protected] times.com

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