Fast-tracked NY law weakens Protections for Sex Trafficked and Abused Minors

Would allowed treatment for STDS for minors of any age without parental knowledge or consent

At a time when we are making strides against sex trafficking and increasing protections for sexually-abused minors this bill is taking us in exactly the wrong direction.”

— Rita Palma, parents rights advocate

ALBANY, NEW YORK, USA, May 19, 2019 / — Fast-tracked NY law weakens Protections for Sex Trafficked and Abused Minors

A fast-tracked bill in the New York State Senate weakens protections for sex-trafficked and sexually-abused minors according to parents’ groups. Senate Bill S3899a authored by Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Upper Eastside) “provides treatment for sexually transmitted diseases to minors without a parent’s or guardian's consent,” according to the official description.

Critics assert the bill undermines mandated reporter laws that require licensed professionals to report suspected cases of child abuse or sex trafficking. “What reasonable person wouldn’t suspect that something extremely wrong is going on if a nine-year old requests treatment for a sexually-transmitted disease, but didn’t want her parents to know about it.” Said Rita Palma of the parent’s rights group My Kids My Choice. “At a time when we are making strides against sex trafficking and increasing protections for sexually-abused minors this bill is taking us in exactly the wrong direction.”

The bill had been dormant for ten years but was recently rushed through the New York Senate Health Committee without a hearing and only two business days notice before a vote on May 14 that approved it on a straight party line vote with 10 Democrats in favor and five Republicans opposed. Aye votes were cast by Senators Gustavo Rivera of the Bronx, Brad Hoylman of Manhattan, Todd Kaminsky of Nassau, Jen Metzger of Ulster, Toby Ann Stavisky of Flushing, Brian Benjamin of Harlem, Alessandra Biaggi of the Bronx, Julia Salazar of Bushwick, Velmanette Montgomery of Brooklyn, and David Carlucci of Rockland.

An identical bill authored by Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) has not moved this session in the Assembly.

Among other things the bill allows for preventive measures, such as hepatitis b immunizations for children of any age, and immunizations for human papilloma virus for children as young as nine-years old. “It is ridiculous to believe that a child nine, or even younger, knows enough about his or her own medical history to safely consent to these procedures”, said Michael Smith, a parents’ rights advocate. Parents groups are also critical of the lack of protections for children with intellectual disabilities, and the absence of a prohibition on offering children experimental procedures or products. How the treatments would be paid for by children remains murky.

As of Friday morning, the bill was on the agenda for the May 21 Senate Finance Committee, chaired by the bill’s author Sen. Krueger, but was dropped later in the day without explanation.

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US Secretary Pompeo Asked to Stop the Chinese to Help Sri Lanka Militarily in the North-East of Sri Lanka

We the Tamils would prefer the US military to provide protection for the Tamils, especially in the North-East of Sri Lanka.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, May 18, 2019 / —
The following letter written to the US Secretary of State to Stop the Chinese to Help Sri Lanka Militarily in the North-East:

The Honorable Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Re: US Secretary Asked to Stop the Chinese to Help Sri Lanka Militarily in the North-East.

Dear Secretary Pompeo,

We the Tamils for Trump are writing this letter to plead for a stop the Chinese involvement in North-East of Sri Lanka, which is the Tamils’ inheritance and their homeland over thousands of years.

On the last occasion when the Tamils fought for their freedom from Sri Lanka, Chinese-made weapons were used to destroy the Tamils’ homeland and killed more than 145,000 Tamils.

The Chinese are ruthless and have no respect to human rights. We do not want them to come to North-East in the name of suppressing the Tamil struggle for freedom, wrongly viewed by the oppressive Sinhalese establishment in Sri Lanka as separatist terrorism. It is instead a fight for justice and independence, principles on which the United States was also founded.

We the Tamils would prefer the US military to provide protection for the Tamils, especially in the North-East of Sri Lanka.

Regarding the Islamic terrorism so recently in the news, the US army must come to Sri Lanka and eradicate this threat.

To remove the genocidal Sri Lankan military from the North-East and to allow Tamils to live in peace, it is necessary to bring the UN peace keeping force to this part of Sri Lanka.

In the final analysis, the US needs to help arrange a referendum to decide the Tamils' future. The Sri Lankan government cannot be trusted.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Tamils for Trump

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Church of Scientology Holds Open House to Advance Human Rights and Decry the Use of Electro Convulsive Therapy

Rev. Frederick Shaw, Jr. urges rally at Church of Scientology to protest continued use of Electro Convulsive Therapy.

Rev. Frederick Shaw, Jr. urges rally to demand an end to ECT

The Church of Scientology held a rally to raise awareness of the continued use of Electro Convulsive Therapy and demand its ban as a mental health tool.

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 18, 2019 / — Marking the International Day Against Electro Convulsive Therapy, the Church of Scientology of Sacramento played host to Reverend Frederick Shaw, Jr. who came with an impassioned message to rally support for a protest march happening Saturday May 18th in San Francisco against the American Psychiatric Association where they are hosting their annual convention. The purpose of the march is to not only raise awareness that indeed ECT is still in use today but to demand an end to its use and urge a ban of ECT as a mental health treatment.

Reverend Shaw is a past-President of the Compton Branch of the NAACP, and the first President from Compton to be appointed to a California State Chair overseeing “The Children’s Task Force.” As the President of the NAACP, he lobbied the US Congress alongside the Citizens Commission on Human Rights to get passed into law the Child Medication Safety Act, which gives parents the right to refuse psychiatric drugs for their children as a provision for attending school.

He is now taking on ECT and calling out psychiatrists to end this abusive therapy. He also voiced concerns about psychiatrists being granted too much authority in law to hold, seize and treat people against their will and urged all present to attend the protest and let their voices be heard on this matter and other issues of importance.

The Church of Scientology has a long standing history of standing up for human rights in the field of Mental Health and, along with Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Thomas Szaz, co-founded the Citizens Commission on Human Rights in 1969 to help expose and abolish human rights abuses and the physically damaging practices in the field of Mental Health.

The Public Affairs Director for the local Church in Sacramento told attendees, “It is very much a part of the Church’s Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s vision that Scientologists work to restore the field of mental health to a more humanitarian approach and stand up for those abused and damaged by psychiatric treatment.”

For more information about the Church and the Citizens Commission on Human Rights visit them on their websites at: and

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Os Hillman Partners with FrontGate for Exclusive Representation for Marketplace Leaders & Today God Is First

Marketplace Leaders Selects FrontGate Media

These Marketplace Leaders are at the center of one of the largest movements in the church community.”

— Scott A. Shuford, Founder and President of FrontGate Media.

ORANGE COUNTY, CA, USA, May 16, 2019 / — OS HILLMAN, one of the leading voices in the discussion of faith in the workplace, has just begun a partnership with FRONTGATE MEDIA, one of the world’s leading Faith and Family marketing agencies. FrontGate will provide exclusive representation for advertising and sponsorships for the MARKETPLACE LEADERS and TODAY GOD IS FIRST (TGIF) brands.

MARKETPLACE LEADERS has a mission to be a voice and agent to create tools that inspire, teach, and connect Christian believers to resources and relationships in order to manifest the life of Christ in their workplace calling. One of the core tools that Marketplace Leaders uses is the free devotional TODAY GOD IS FIRST. TGIF is a resource providing workplace inspiration to over 150,000 daily subscribers serving in leadership at the companies or non-profits.

Os Hillman is passionate about helping people merge their work lives with their spiritual lives. As president of Marketplace Leaders and Aslan Group Publishing, this former ad-agency owner is an author, speaker, consultant and recognized authority in the role that faith and ethics play in the marketplace.

“FrontGate understands our passion for helping people to integrate and balance their faith and work,” states Hillman. “We are excited to partner with FrontGate to engage our brand and align with companies that share our vision.”

“These marketplace leaders are at the center of one of the largest movements in the church community,” shares Scott A. Shuford, Founder and President of FrontGate Media. “The relationship Os Hillman has developed with this audience is what I look for as we seek to deliver the best opportunities in the Christian market through our unique Web & Event Network.”

For more information on Marketplace Leaders, please see

About FrontGate Media
Award-winning FrontGate Media is the leading marketing agency and media group specializing in the faith and family audience. With a 19-year track record of success, the firm serves as “Your Gateway to the Christian Audience.” FrontGate’s full-service agency and media group has been trusted with over 5,000 campaigns, providing Faith-based market Strategy Development, Public Relations, Social Media & Marketing, and Media Buying. FrontGate’s own Web & Events Network also provides reach to tens of millions of people each month via their sites, events and email subscribers. Founded in 2001, FrontGate has repeatedly been honored in the Internet Advertising Competition and the WebAwards. The company plays a key role in the success of for-profit and non-profit organizations seeking the faith-based and family-friendly audiences.


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The Giselle Foundation Helps African Youth Make Good Choices

30,000 children in Africa have been using the “How to Make Good Choices” Program based on The Way to Happiness by L. Ron Hubbard.

Our offices are busy all day, every day. Children come in to be tutored and our 400 volunteers are continuously helping out.”

— Barry Paul, Director of the Giselle Foundation

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, May 16, 2019 / — On Wednesday May 8th, The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay hosted a presentation at its headquarters in downtown Clearwater, featuring Barry Paul, Director of the Giselle Foundation in Kenya, Africa. Paul spoke of how the Giselle Foundation, using The Way to Happiness by L. Ron Hubbard and its children’s version, How to Make Good Choices, has been aiding better education, health and economic empowerment for families in Africa.

“Our offices are busy all day, every day. Children come in to be tutored and our 400 volunteers are continuously helping out,” said Paul.

Inspired by the words of L. Ron Hubbard, “When children become unimportant to a society, that society has forfeited its future,” the Giselle Foundation has graduated 52,000 children from the “How to Make Good Choices Program” in 2018 and reached 30,000 children in 123 schools across the regions of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi in the first three months of 2019.

Tanja Cranton, the Executive Director of The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay said “Barry leads by example and shows true dedication to helping the people in his country to obtain the knowledge and understanding of this common sense guide, so that they too can learn and lead by example. Barry is an incredibly powerful spirit and his work is very much needed!”

The Way to Happiness is one of nine humanitarian outreach programs sponsored by the Church of Scientology (

For more information and to attend workshops, please contact The Way to Happiness Community Center on 33 N. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater FL 33755, open daily from 10am – 10pm or call: (727) 467 6961.

The Way to Happiness:

The Way to Happiness book was written and published by L. Ron Hubbard in 1981 as a nonreligious, common-sense guide to better living. Its purpose is to help arrest moral decline in society and restore integrity and trust to humankind. It is available in 112 languages, with some 115 million copies distributed in 186 nations. The campaign to distribute the book has been embraced by more than 257,000 groups and individuals. Millions around the world have received the materials free of charge thanks to the continued sponsorship of the Church of Scientology. The Way to Happiness holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book.

Tanja Cranton
The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay
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SCA University of Theology and Spirituality Names Eric Hall as Chancellor

The Rev. Eric J. Hall

SCA University of Theology and Spirituality

I am proud to be part of a university where spiritual care is the centerpiece of and specialty for education and professional preparedness.”

— The Rev. Dr. Eric J. Hall

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 15, 2019 / — The SCA University of Theology and Spirituality is very proud to announce the Rev. Dr. Eric J. Hall, DTh, APBCC, has been named board member and chancellor. He joins the Rev. Dr. William R. Greaver III, Psy.D and the Rev. Dr. Lori Erwin-Johnson at that post.

Hall has broad experience and expertise in organizational and business development. He is the founder of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, a managing partner of the Alzheimer’s Care Specialists — an in home care company, and pastor of Eastchester Church. He is also currently president and CEO of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) and its affiliate, Spiritual Care Association (SCA). HCCN is a global nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care to increase patient satisfaction and help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning.

Hall is a graduate and holds a DTh from University of Theology and Spirituality, an MDiv and an MA from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. He is a resident of Glen Cove, N.Y.

“I am proud to be part of a university where spiritual care is the centerpiece of and specialty for education and professional preparedness,” said Hall.

Hall is the visionary behind SCA, a multidisciplinary organization including First Responder Chaplaincy and Parish Nursing. Now with 18 offices in 17 countries, this is the first-ever membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice, and a knowledge base for spiritual care in health care.

The SCA University of Theology and Spirituality offers quality online spiritual training for individuals called to serve and specializes in theological degree paths. UTS offers associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in: spiritual care, chaplaincy, pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, progressive studies, clinical pastoral psychotherapy, religious education, and pyschophysiology chaplaincy.

UTS was created to help professionals and volunteers reach their goals of advancing their spiritual training and earning their degrees. The multi-faith degree programs provide students with the skill set and knowledge to serve as guides and assist others in their own spiritual growth. And the spiritual care degree focus allows professional care providers to expand their education to include working with a person’s spiritual needs as well as their physiological, social and psychological needs.

To learn more, visit or contact UTS at Phone: (253) 314-6933, Fax: (253) 212-3343 or

Molly Sabala
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network
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Christian Values in Business, Jeff Nock Explains How They Can Help Any Organization

Jeff Nock

Jeff Nock

IOWA CITY, IOWA, USA, May 14, 2019 / — IOWA CITY, IOWA— In today’s polarized world, it is often challenging to share one’s beliefs as inevitably those beliefs will inspire some and upset others. Jeff Nock is a Christian and has learned through many years of business leadership that utilization of Christian values can be beneficial to all business leaders regardless of religious belief.

Jeff Nock is an experienced executive, consultant, and leader with a demonstrated history of growing startups, nonprofits and established companies. Skilled in strategic plan development and execution, business plans, leadership development, marketing, Sales, finance and presentation development, Jeff has a strong, well-rounded background with a Master of Science in Management.

No surprise, given the topic of this article, Jeff Nock is a committed Christian blessed with four children and a long-standing career as an expert in growing companies. He is motivated to work long hours to see his business thrive as the Bible teaches to utilize the gifts people are given to help others. He also understands that he has been given an awesome responsibility of being a parent and utilizes time management skills to ensure he is there for his children when they need him and is the best possible leader for his family.

Jeff Nock asks shouldn’t the following biblical values be at the core of all company cultures?

Love – Do I demonstrate true compassion for my fellow workers, customers, clients, and partners?
Joy – Do I maintain the attitude that regardless of the current circumstances, everything will work out in the end?
Peace – Do I calmly go about my work- or do I “rant and rave” or “get upset” when things don’t go smoothly?
Patience – Do I maintain an attitude of “allowing people to grow” or do I demand they “have it all together” right now?
Kindness – Do I genuinely treat others with dignity and respect?
Goodness – Do I really have the best interest of others in mind when I talk and work with them?
Faithfulness – Do I speak the same of others when I am not with them, as when I am? Do I put in an honest day’s work?
Self-Control – Do I maintain the discipline to do my job with excellence? Am I pro-active or do I act re-actively? Do I take personal responsibility – or do I blame others or allow myself to be a “victim”?

Jeff explains, “In the end, whatever your religious beliefs, these values will enable you to be an empowering leader who is respected by your team. This doesn’t mean that difficult decisions should be avoided but it does mean those decisions should be made within the filter of these values. The leader of the organization is responsible for the culture of the organization. Whether you are Christian or not, you have a responsibility to set the example by living your own values in your daily work.”

Jeff Nock is CEO & Founder of Prescient Consulting, LLC, which is a management consulting business that helps funded early stage and mid cap companies achieve their vision and growth goals by offering services that include C-Level mentoring, strategic planning, business planning, business model ideation/evolution, market analysis, financial analysis, competitive niche analysis, business development, operational efficiencies, and brand evolution.

Caroline Hunter
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Fifth Annual Business Summit At Charis Bible College, Attracts The Likes Of Duck Dynasty CEO Willie Robertson

Kingdom Business Summit 2019

Kingdom Business Summit 2019

The summit, now in its fifth year, will be held June 12-14

Entrepreneurs, business professionals, and business novices will hear from speakers who have succeeded by merging their Bible-based business skills with their fields of expertise.”

— Charis Bible College Official

WOODLAND PARK, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, May 14, 2019 / — The Charis Bible College annual business summit, recently renamed the Kingdom Business Summit, has squarely positioned itself as a Christian business conference.

The summit, now in its fifth year, will be held June 12-14 in The Auditorium at Charis Bible College in Woodland Park, Colorado.

Entrepreneurs, business professionals, and business novices will hear from speakers who have succeeded by merging their Bible-based business skills with their fields of expertise.

This three-day event will bring together businesspeople from across the country to share their experiences and business strategies for increasing economic potential in any marketplace.

Speakers include successful non-profit and for-profit leaders, such as Andrew Wommack, Duck Dynasty CEO Willie Robertson, Paul Milligan, Billy Epperhart, Dr. Dean Radtke, Dr. Lance Wallnau, Dr. Henry Cloud, Karen Conrad, and Andy Mason.

The first 500 registrants will also be able to attend exclusive bonus workshops with Willie Robertson and Dr. Henry Cloud. These workshops are expected to fill up quickly.

Ticket packages are available for both physical and live-stream attendance. Student and group discounts are also available. More information and conference registration details are available at


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Licensed Professional Counselor Jay Brandenburg-Nau Explains the Benefits of Counseling Psychology

Jay Brandenburg-Nau

Jay Brandenburg-Nau

LITTLETON, COLORADO, USA, May 13, 2019 / — Jay Brandenburg-Nau has helped people in his community achieve peace of mind and overcome everyday obstacles through fellowship and counseling. As a licensed professional, he shares the benefits of counseling psychology and encourages people to seek out help from qualified professionals in their area.

Jay Brandenburg-Nau was only seven when he discovered an interest in becoming a therapist while listening to a mental health radio segment. His passion to help others struggling in their lives led him to a position as a youth pastor where he worked alongside kids and teens in his community for a decade. Eventually, he set his sights on larger goals and earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary in 2010. This degree allowed him to practice counseling psychology professionally and extend his reach to even more community members.

“Through counseling psychology, I can walk alongside men, women, and couples in places of brokenness and help them work towards wholeness,” says Jay Brandenburg-Nau. “I journey with others to help them achieve a greater capacity to know and be known.”

Since he earned his Master’s Degree, Jay has pastored at large churches in busy cities like Chicago and Austin, and has worked extensively in clinical settings as well as private practices. His approach to happiness and wholesome living has helped countless individuals find peace and fulfillment in their lives without the need for extensive therapy or prescription medications.

Counseling psychology is a general practice within professional psychology that focuses on an individual’s personal function and their relationships with others. It addresses lifestyle elements such as emotional, social, and physical well-being as well as work, school, aspirations and other typical life stresses. Clients who struggle in their families, professional environments, and in their own personal lives work with counseling psychologists like Jay Brandenburg-Nau to alleviate stress and resolve crises. Through the process of counseling, patients learn more about themselves and their circumstances so that overcoming recurring obstacles is easier in the future.

“People go through many fleeting life stages that each come with their own unique battles,” says Jay Brandenburg-Nau. “Too many people suffer without understanding what resources are available to them.”

It’s common for people to feel adult life is overwhelmingly stressful, and most aren’t sure where to turn to for answers. Whether they suffer from stress, poor relationships, career problems, dissatisfaction, depression, or anxiety, citizens have the convenience of group or individual counseling in cities across the country.

Jay Brandenburg-Nau and other counseling psychologists listen to patients’ concerns and give them techniques and new habits to manage their stress and improve their overall function. They will likely administer tests and ask a range of questions to fully comprehend each client’s individual circumstance before suggesting various treatments. By hearing out their issues and sharing their own professional insight into personal development, counseling psychologists help restore people to their most confident and happiest selves without the use of medication.

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Caring For Mr Butter

The injured Autumn Leaf

JAKARTA, INDONESIA, May 13, 2019 / — We found Mr Butter just over two weeks ago. He had recently hatched and for some reason had fallen to the floor. As his wings had not properly dried they were damaged and he could not fly, so he was a butterfly with no ability to fly, hence we called him Mr Butter.

Mr Butter was an Autumn Leaf or more precisely Doleschallia bisaltide. On the day we found him he gripped my husband’s proffered forefinger and then clung to his shirt all the way home looking like a brooch.

Once we arrived home we put him on some Lantana flowers which we had sprayed with a fine mist of sugar water and he soon started extending his proboscis deep into the flowers. When night came we brought him inside where we had made a miniature butterfly garden for him to spend the night complete with flowers, twigs, leaves and sugar water. The cold air and darkness induced his somnolence.

Each day when it warmed up I took him outside for a feeding session although I had to remain vigilant as a large predatory black slim waisted wasp sometimes cruised around looking for food for its young grubs.
Each evening when my husband came home he went straight to look at Mr Butter and ask if he had eaten that day. If not he would take him out for an evening meal.

The problem we faced was that he frequently fell onto his back and could not right himself. Butterflies do not crawl from one flower to another, they have to fly or hop. Each time he tried to do that he fell to the ground on his back and would flap his wings in a panic until one of us rescued him with a finger to cling on. With each panic session he lost some scales and even pieces of his wings as well as the fine hairs on his head and after a week the wings became very transparent and were in a sorry state.

Feeding in the second week became more difficult but we persevered even if it meant waiting for an hour for him to scent the sugar water and suck from the flower. An experiment to put a tiny tray of sugar water made out of a plastic bottle top as recommended by web sites on caring for sick butterflies did not work as he panicked and almost drowned. I sent an urgent text to my husband asking what I should do and he recommended bathing in clean water which worked. After the bath I took him to a sunny spot on the balcony where he revived.

Mr Butter died on Saturday lunchtime precisely two weeks after we found him which happens to the the expected life time of his species. The last three days were very trying as he lost control over his muscles and could not uncoil his proboscis to take the food we offered.

In the afternoon after he died when my husband went into the garden a Great Mormon (Papilio Memnon Agenor) its black wings giving the appearance of mourning uncannily and solemnly glided around him for the entire length of the footpath.

Why did we do all this? If we had not picked him up this butterfly he would have died a miserable death on the ground food for some bird or wasp or eaten by ants. As it was even though he could not fly, as our guest he enjoyed two weeks of sunshine, nectar and sugar water with somebody always ready to rescue him when he fell incapable onto his back.

There are a million tiny lives out there and caring for what God has created is always a beautiful and rewarding experience.

Read about the fate of butterflies and other insects in the 6th Mass Extinction

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