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Kickstarter Tried to Cancel Jesus, But They Couldn’t Succeed

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Crowdfunding websites have become a unique and innovative way for inventors, non-profits, and concerned citizens to raise funds and find new fans of their products and causes.

But lately, we’ve seen these crowdfunding sites take political stances, and they naturally lean left. Remember back in February when GoFundMe froze donations to Canada’s Freedom Convoy based on Justin Trudeau and his government-funded media’s disinformation about the convoy? GoFundMe eventually returned the donations, but they made their battle lines clear.

Kickstarter is now engaging in some similar political and religious censorship. Recently, the site for artists and inventors to fund new projects canceled a previously-approved fundraiser for a product called “Talking Jesus Doll.”

I’ll have to admit, the doll idea sounded sacrilegious to me until I dug deeper. It turns out, the doll actually teaches kids some of Jesus’ words directly from the Bible.

The company responsible for the Talking Jesus Doll explains on its website that “in the last few years, toys have been weaponized with wokeness. Now, almost every product from Big Toy aisle is pushing a gay, trans, anti-white, anti-police or anti-family agenda to separate your child from their family and from their Creator.”

“The only salvation this world has is in Jesus Christ,” the site continues. “And because children form their religious and moral beings as young as age 2, it is essential to introduce … your children to Jesus and His teachings at the earliest age. That is why we built The Talking Jesus Doll.”

I spoke with David Mauro, the founder of Live for Good, Inc., maker of the Talking Jesus Doll, on Monday afternoon, and he told me that his inspiration for the toy came from the stuffed animals that his three girls cherished. He realized that their toys had educational and sentimental value, but none of them had spiritual value. In fact, nothing like that existed, so he decided to make something that would fill that gap.

One of the great things about a toy like this, Mauro told me, is that it personifies Jesus in a way that kids can’t get from a book, a video, or an app on a phone or tablet. Another advantage to a toy like the Talking Jesus Doll is that when kids play with it, they have exposure to the words of Jesus straight from the Bible, which will benefit them when they get older.

Mauro explained on the company’s blog how the process of having a project approved on Kickstarter works.

“To get on Kickstarter, you have to go through a thorough evaluation process where they collect lots of information and review your project,” Mauro writes. “After we submitted our project, story, photos and funding goals to Kickstarter, they approved it.”

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A few weeks after the project got underway, and as the Talking Jesus Doll had backers paying their hard-earned money to help get the product off the ground, Kickstarter sent Mauro an email stating that the project didn’t fall within Kickstarter’s rules.

Mauro pressed Kickstarter on what the problem was, and the crowdfunder pointed to one paragraph on the Talking Jesus Doll’s page.

“And in the last few years we watched once-wholesome toys and television shows devolve into woke propaganda campaigns,” the paragraph read. “It’s true. Lego’s became LGBT, Mr. Potato Head went non-binary; Barbie became Bar-bi. Big Toy embraced the religion of wokeness which is designed to separate children from their families and their Creator.”

Rather than a problem, Mauro saw the paragraph as “evidence that our kids need Jesus now, more than ever.” So, rather than deleting the offending paragraph, he added links to each phrase that proved his point.

I highly recommend you read the post; Mauro clearly did his homework. But it wasn’t enough for Kickstarter, who pulled the plug on the project, which was 71% funded within four days!

“It could have been the paragraph,” Mauro writes. “It could have been the fact that our product is Jesus. We never got and never will get a clear explanation. Whatever it was, Kickstarter chose not to side with us or our backers. They caved.”

“We did not cave and will not,” he continues (with emphasis in the original). “Our Talking Jesus Doll says ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life’ (John 14:6). Jesus is Truth. Period. To deny the Truth is to deny Jesus. No amount of money is worth that.”

None of the money from the Kickstarter campaign went to Mauro and his company, although Kickstarter did refund the money that supporters donated. Mauro said that he’s heard from several backers who have ordered one of the dolls.

Even though Kickstarter tried to kill the Talking Jesus Doll project, good has come out of it. The doll should release soon, and it has become a successful product launch. Mauro has even pioneered a new type of toy — one with spiritual value (although, as he joked to me, “pioneers often have arrows in their backs”). He also knows that he couldn’t have done this alone.

“It’s a God thing,” he told me. “It’s not a me thing.”

“Remember that they tried to cancel Jesus once before … and we know how that turned out,” he concluded. And we know that Jesus’ story is the greatest true story ever told.

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‘Fast and Furious’ actor Lucas Black says role in new Christian film was an answer to prayer

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Hollywood actor Lucas Black, who’s best known for his roles in “The Fast and The Furious” franchise and “NCIS: New Orleans,” took a break from his roles in mainstream entertainment three years ago and said his latest role in a new Pure Flix film was an answer to prayer.

Black is the star of the new family-friendly film “Legacy Peak,” now streaming exclusively on Pure Flix.

In 2019, Black finished working on “NCIS: New Orleans” after 125 episodes when he made the decision to leave the series “to spend more time with family” and connect with his “Heavenly Father.”

“There were plenty of days where I would go to work and they would still be asleep, and I would come home and they’d be already in bed,” Black told The Christian Post. “The first three seasons … I’d be working 70 hours a week. I’m just fortunate throughout my career, I’ve recognized that that kind of schedule and the way the entertainment business is run, and a lot of temptations that come with it, can be really destructive to families’ lives and your relationship with others.

“It takes a lot of discipline, a lot of godly people around you to hold you accountable,” he added.

Those concerns were some of the reasons why Black decided to step away and take time off to “reflect and rest.” Soon after, he was introduced to this new faith-filled film.

“We were praying what the next step was going to be,” Black said of himself and his wife. “We saw a huge culture shift here in America and for a long time, movies coming out of Hollywood and in entertainment undermined the fatherhood role.”

Their prayers were answered when he attended a homeschool convention and met Pastor Eric Ludy who spoke to Black about the script for “Legacy Peak.”

“I read it, my wife read it, and she comes to me with tears in her eyes and says, ‘I don’t know why you wouldn’t be a part of this project.’” he recalled, explaining why he wanted to take the role. “It’s one that really sheds a good light on fathers. It shows the need for a good earthly father. It shows how we can find our fulfillment and love from our Heavenly Father, and it really is one that’s going to empower the nuclear family, and especially fathers out there.”

“Legacy Peak” is about a man named Jason who “wants nothing more than to have his girlfriend’s kids like him. But when a perfectly planned trip to a mountain cabin falls apart, the ensuing adventure could tear them apart or bring them closer than they ever imagined. Together they’ll discover how to trust again and what it means to be a family,” the synopsis reads.

Black plays Jason and the rest of the cast includes: Todd Terry, Ina Barron, Kyleigh M. Bakker and Roman Engle.

“My character gets to use masculine traits to really protect the innocent, and provide for them and show transparency to connect with the kids in a special way,” Black told.

“I’m super blessed to be a part of it. It was an answered prayer, for me and my family just to have something come to us like this. God orchestrated the whole thing.”

Black didn’t always have such strong Christian convictions, however. Although he was raised in a Christian home where he was taken to church every Sunday, he strayed from the Lord in his 20s, when he was trying to do the Christian walk alone while working in the entertainment industry.

“I really didn’t have a strong spiritual family or godly men that I can do a Bible study with, or do life with that really hold me accountable,” he said.

Early in 2015, Black became intentional about reading the Bible and said he was “convicted by the Holy Spirit” which helped him dedicate himself to God. He eventually became involved in a church and a Men’s Bible study which held him accountable.

“That’s really when my relationship with the Lord took on a whole new level. All the chapters and books about the Holy Spirit really spoke to me,” Black testified. “He is our advocate; He is our helper. I can rely on him in times of trouble or when I’m feeling alone and traveling around. The Lord is with us wherever we go.”

“I’m just thankful He’s always been with me. He never leaves us nor forsakes us, and His grace has just shown abundantly in my life,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” star continued.

Films like “Legacy Peak” that have faith and family messages are the type of entertainment Black encourages people to spend time watching. “There’s an attack in our country right now on Christian values, on family values,” Black said. “So, this is kind of our way of battling our culture.”

He added: “I think we need to really focus and be intentional about what we allow to be seen on our screens in our homes for our family. We really need to fight for our families and our children, so we need to be intentional about what’s coming through the television screen, the computer screen and the phone.”

“The more you guys watch stuff like this, the more we’re able to make content like this,” he said. “The message is going to be strong that’s going to empower families and empower Christians and encourage them and uplift them. I just encourage you to go out and see it because we’re fighting this battle together. We got to stand strong in faith and stand strong as Christians and fight for our families.”


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സീരിയൽ, സിനിമാ താരം രശ്മി ഗോപാൽ അന്തരിച്ചു

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സിനിമാ സീരിയൽ താരം രശ്മി ഗോപാൽ അന്തരിച്ചു. 51 വയസ്സായിരുന്നു. ആരോഗ്യപ്രശ്‌നങ്ങളെ തുടർന്ന് ആശുപത്രിയിൽ ചികിത്സയിലിരിക്കെ ഞായറാഴ്ച രാത്രിയോടെയാണ് അന്ത്യം സംഭവിച്ചത്. സ്വന്തം സുജാത എന്ന സീരിയയിലെ സാറാമ്മ എന്ന കഥാപാത്രത്തിലൂടെയാണ് രശ്മി ഗോപാൽ ശ്രദ്ധേയയായത്.

പരസ്യ ചിത്രങ്ങളിലൂടെയാണ് രശ്മി അഭിനയരംഗത്തേക്ക് എത്തിയത്. നിരവധി സീരിയലുകളുടെ ഭാഗമായി. മലയാളം, തമിഴ് ചിത്രങ്ങളിലും അഭിനയിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. ജയഗോപാലാണ് ഭർത്താവ്. മകൻ പ്രശാന്ത് കേശവ്‌
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‘I’m an atheist y’all’: Britney Spears says she no longer believes in God

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Pop superstar Britney Spears is making headlines yet again, this time for declaring that she no longer believes in God.

Spears’ revelation that she no longer believes in God can be heard in a profanity-laced audio recording posted on Instagram and reshared on YouTube Monday after “60 Minutes Australia” aired an interview with her ex-husband, Keven Federline, and their son, Jayden. In the recording, Britney accuses her sons of “being hateful,” “undermining her behavior” and having “secretly loved looking at me as if something was wrong with me.”

“There is nothing to believe in anymore. I’m an atheist, y’all,” Spears said at the end of a three-minute rant to her son, Jayden, where she rattled off a list of financial obligations she took on in her decadeslong career, including paying her mother’s legal fees and sending $40,000 a month to her ex-husband.

In the recording, Spears speaks about her relationship with her sons, Jayden and Sean Preston, her ex-husband, and her sons’ reactions to what she described as the trauma her father and other family members put her through after her music career took off in the late 1990s.

Last November, the singer was released from a conservatorship in which her father, James “Jamie” Spears, had control of her finances, estimated to be around $60 million. A judge awarded him conservatorship in 2008 following Britney’s mental breakdown in which she allegedly contemplated suicide following a custody battle a year earlier when Federline was awarded sole custody of their two sons. That same year, Spears was photographed by paparazzi shaving her head after she left a rehab center in Los Angeles that heightened concerns about her stability at the time.

Spears, now free from the conservatorship, has regained control of her finances, got married for the second time, and last week released her first song in six years. However, according to ITV and a “60 Minutes Australia” interview with Federline and Jayden, the boys haven’t seen their mother in months and declined to attend her star-studded wedding because no one else in the family had been invited.

In the recording in which Spears claimed that if God really existed, she wouldn’t have suffered or lost the autonomy to make her own decisions for 13 years: “God would not [have allowed] that to happen to me if God existed. I don’t believe in God anymore because of the way my children and my family have treated me.”

The “Oops! I did It Again” singer’s newfound atheism runs counter to the faith she previously testified to when she said it was God who had enabled her to make it through the distress of the last 13 years.

In his interview, Jayden said his grandfather “doesn’t deserve all the hatred he’s getting in the media.” He further explained that he and his brother chose not to attend their mother’s wedding to model and actor Sam Ashgari because “she didn’t invite the whole family.” “And then if it was just going to be me and Preston, I just don’t see how that situation would have ended on good terms,” he added.

Spears, who was raised in the Southern Baptist denomination, told a judge during a virtual court hearing over her conservatorship that instead of being subjected to intense therapy multiple times a week, she prefers to talk to God.

The 40 year old said at the time that she wanted to end her conservatorship without having to be psychologically evaluated because other doctors had prescribed strong medications, such as lithium.

Spears said a doctor “illegally … 100% abused me by the treatment he gave me. And to be totally honest with you, when he passed away, I got on my knees and thanked God.”

At the time, she was required to see a therapist and doctor about four times a week: “I don’t feel like I can live a full life. I don’t owe them to go see a man I don’t know and share [with] him my problems. I don’t even believe in therapy. I always think you take it to God.”

The popstar’s declaration might come as a shock to many of her fans because in an Instagram post shared three days ago, Spears mentioned having faith in God.

“I’m a child of God as well; we all are in God’s eyes,” she said.
Sources:Christian Post

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