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Carrie Dedrick

Christian singer Paul Janeway says he gave the makers of “Fifty Shades of Grey” permission to use his song “Call Me” because he thought it was a romantic comedy movie. Janeway, who is the lead singer of soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones, said he all he knew about “Fifty Shades” was that it was based off of a popular book. 
"When they presented the licensing opportunity, they presented it as: It's going to be a huge movie, they want to put a decent amount of the song in the movie in a nonsexual scene,” Janeway said. 
"I knew it was a book, but I had no idea what it was. So I was like, sure, big movie, good exposure. I'll be in this romantic comedy. Which is what I thought it was: a romantic comedy. It's a good way to make money in the music business, you know. Then I saw a preview for it, and I was like, '...Oh, no. What have I done?’” 
Filmmakers did fulfill their promise and “Call Me” was not featured in a sexual scene of the movie. 
“I'm glad it's in a nonsexual scene to be honest with you, not for my sake but for my family's sake,” Janeway said in an interview with website Mother Jones.
Publication date: February 27, 2015
An American pastor says she believes God has called her to appear on WE TV’s upcoming show “Sex Box.” Christian Today reports that Pastor Yvonne Capehart will appear on the show as an expert on relationships and intimacy. 
“Sex Box” which first aired in the UK in 2013, will feature gay and straight couples, both married and unmarried, who will engage in sexual intercourse in an enclosed box on stage in front of a live audience. Couples then discuss their problems with intimacy with a panel of “sexperts.” 
The “Sex Box” is opaque, soundproof and has no cameras. 
Pastor Capehart, a couples’ counselor of 17 years said she rejected the offer to appear on the TV show three times before God spoke to her and told her to go on the show. 
Capehart said, " thing about my life and one thing about God is He would push you to do some things that you probably think that you shouldn't do. I'm so glad because through prayer after I turned it down the third time, the Lord as He did many times in my life, with everything else in my life, instructed me that He had prepared me to do this. My presence would make a difference in being on the show.”
The pastor says that she will be able to give biblical advice to couples on “Sex Box.” 
"I'm doing what I was called to do,” Capehart said. “I'm called and speak to all people. I'm not just bound by the people that come to church. I'm called to speak to people whether they are in the church, out of the church or in the world.”
Publication date: February 27, 2015
A video released this week from ISIS showed the terrorist organization training children as young as 5 years old. The video shows the boys wearing fatigues and black bandanas and chant, “Allah Ahkbar,” which means “Allah is the greatest.”
Christian News Network reports the video was filmed at the Al Farouq Institue for Cubs in Raqqa.
“If you believe the ISIS caliphate is the best place to be and Allah commands you to go there, you’d want your family there, too,” Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project said. “For ISIS supporters, this is like signing your kid up for the best private school.
“ISIS is emphasizing its child recruits because it obviously makes for good footage but also to emphasize this is a generational struggle,” he added. “You can kill off the current leaders and fighters, but their kids will fight on. It makes it harder to celebrate ISIS’ losses if you know their manpower will be replenished with brainwashed children.”
This isn’t the first video or image to show ISIS’ training of young children. In another video released in late 2014, Abdullah Al-Beligian of Belgium asks his young son Abdullah: “What do you want to be? A jihadist or to execute a martyrdom operation?”
The boy answers: “A jihadist.”
In the recently released video, a boy says: “In the name of Allah, my name is Daoud and I’m 14 years old.
“I’d like to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and to kill with them because they fight the infidels and apostates…I love the Islamic State.”
Publication date: February 27, 2015