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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

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  • Teen sex linked to children's TV viewing, study says

    by John Evans, posted Wednesday, July 08, 2009 (9 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Parents may now have a more urgent reason to monitor what their children watch on television, a new study suggests.

          Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston found that early teen sex may be linked to viewing adult content on

    "Children learn from media, and when they watch media with sexual references and innuendos, our research suggests they are more likely to engage in sexual activity earlier in life."

    -- David Bickham

    television as children. The study tracked children from ages 6 to 18 and found that the sooner children began to view adult content on television programs and movies, the earlier they became sexually active during adolescence.

          "Television and movies are among the leading sources of information about sex and relationships for adolescents," said Hernan Delgado, a specialist in adolescent and young adult medicine at Children's Hospital Boston and the study's lead author, in a news release on the study. "Our research shows that their sexual attitudes and expectations are influenced much earlier in life."

          Dwayne Hastings, vice president of communications at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, agrees.

          "It is a proven fact that the unchecked, prurient content on television and in movie theaters is a primary factor in the coarsening of the culture," Hastings said. "Advertisers are willing to shell out millions of dollars for television commercials because they are confident they can sway our behavior. We should not be surprised then to discover that what we watch on television shapes attitudes toward sexuality while perverting God's design."

          Parents, not television actors and actresses, should be introducing -- in age appropriate steps -- an understanding of human sexuality as God intended, Hastings added.

          The study's 754 participants -- 365 males and 389 females -- were tracked during two stages, first in childhood and again from ages 12 to 18. During both stages, researchers recorded television programs and movies watched, along with the time spent watching them, over two sample days. The program and movie titles determined what was considered adult content. In the second stage, researchers tracked the onset of sexual activity. Read More

  • Designer babies, no male required?

    by Michael Foust, posted Wednesday, July 08, 2009 (9 years ago)

    LONDON (BP)--In a development that one theologian is calling "Frankensteinian," scientists in England said Tuesday they had made sperm from embryonic stem cells -- creating the possibility that a baby could be created someday without a male being involved at any point. Read More

  • Attempt to reverse Maine 'gay marriage' law passes signature threshold

    by Michael Foust, posted Wednesday, July 08, 2009 (9 years ago)

    PORTLAND, Maine (BP)--Maine's citizens apparently will get to decide the future of "gay marriage" in November. A coalition that is collecting signatures to place on the ballot a "People's Veto" initiative overturning the state's "gay marriage" said Wednesday they have passed the critical threshold of 55,000 signatures -- the number required to qualify the effort -- just four weeks after starting. Read More

  • 'I Can Only Imagine' marks 10 years

    by Erin Roach, posted Wednesday, July 08, 2009 (9 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--This year marks one decade since Bart Millard of the Christian music group MercyMe penned the words to the song "I Can Only Imagine," which would become a chart-topper and cause a vast array of people to think about heaven. Read More

  • SBC leader Ernest Mosley dies at 81

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, July 08, 2009 (9 years ago)

    GASTONIA, N.C. (BP)--Ernest Mosley, whose ministry spanned 65 years, stretching from local churches to leadership roles in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Wednesday, July 8. He was 81.

    He was diagnosed with cancer last fall and had been under home hospice care. He died at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, N.C., where he was admitted July 3.

    Mosley was executive vice president of the SBC Executive Committee from 1987 until his retirement in 1998; executive director of the Illi... Read More