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There is truly nothing sacred anymore when it comes to the treatment of Christianity in media. That, at least, was the message when Sarah Silverman’s Hulu show took aim at Jesus in her latest episode of “I Love You, America.” According to Silverman, Jesus is pansexual, swears, is highly liberal and has sex with oak trees.

The painful skit begins with Jesus, portrayed by Fred Armisen, waiting in line to vote and having issues with His ID card. Silverman recognizes Him and the two begin talking. Jesus, however, cannot seem to figure out what is different about Silverman, commenting “divinity fail” when she points out that He is supposed to be omniscient. Things only deteriorate from there. Jesus initially claims He does not want to take sides in politics, but then is quick to declare that Americans will let “a Middle Eastern man (Christ) into their hearts, but not their country.” This comes after Jesus explains to Silverman that His “god balls” are “filled with clouds” instead of semen and that “[ejaculating] is actually quite painful.” Jesus then proceeds to demonstrate that He “swears all the time” and is “pansexual. I love everyone and everything. In fact, I had mind-blowing sex with an oak tree the other day… Everyone is my type. I’m literally attracted to everyone.”

Sadly, Netflix has shown that it continues to be open season on Christians in the media. Had any other religion been given such treatment, the backlash would already have leveled the internet. Instead, mocking the central figure of the largest religion in the world is seen as comedy, and Christians, understandably, are not amused. It does not help that this is not the only time Silverman has taken aim at Christianity on her show or that she insists on referring to Christians as “m*****f*****s.” One can only hope that her show finds a less adversarial way to deal with ideas she disagrees with. If not, well, there are plenty of other things for Christians to watch.

People's_Choice_Awards_logo.svgThe E! People’s Choice Awards 2018 sees fan favorites across the entertainment and pop-culture spectrum — film, television, music and more — take home awards as voted by the fans.

The show featured presenters like John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Will Ferrell, Busy Philipps and more, with performances from Legend, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora and Lady Gaga.

Leading the pack for film is Avengers: Infinity War with seven nominations, while in TV, The Walking Dead received eight nods. For music, Ariana Grande scored the most nominations at four. See below for the full list of winners.

MOVIE OF 2018: “Avengers: Infinity War”
COMEDY MOVIE OF 2018: “The Spy Who Dumped Me”
ACTION MOVIE OF 2018: “Avengers: Infinity War”
DRAMA MOVIE OF 2018: “Fifty Shades Freed”
FAMILY MOVIE OF 2018: “Incredibles 2”
MALE MOVIE STAR OF 2018: Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther”
FEMALE MOVIE STAR OF 2018: Scarlett Johansson, “Avengers: Infinity War”
DRAMA MOVIE STAR OF 2018: Jamie Dornan, “Fifty Shades Freed”
COMEDY MOVIE STAR OF 2018: Melissa McCarthy, “Life of the Party”
ACTION MOVIE STAR OF 2018: Danai Gurira, “Black Panther”
TV SHOW OF 2018: “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
DRAMA SHOW OF 2018: “Riverdale”
COMEDY SHOW OF 2018: “Orange Is the New Black”
REVIVAL SHOW OF 2018: “Dynasty”
REALITY SHOW OF 2018: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”
MALE TV STAR OF 2018: Harry Shum Jr., “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
FEMALE TV STAR OF 2018: Katherine McNamara, “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
DRAMA TV STAR OF 2018: Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”
COMEDY TV STAR OF 2018: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
DAYTIME TALK SHOW OF 2018: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
NIGHTTIME TALK SHOW OF 2018: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
COMPETITION CONTESTANT OF 2018: Maddie Poppe, “American Idol”
REALITY TV STAR OF 2018: Khloe Kardashian, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”
BINGEWORTHY SHOW OF 2018: “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW OF 2018: “Wynonna Earp”
MALE ARTIST OF 2018: Shawn Mendes
FEMALE ARTIST OF 2018: Nicki Minaj
ALBUM OF 2018: Nicki Minaj, “Queen”
SONG OF 2018: BTS, “Idol” *WINNER
COUNTRY ARTIST OF 2018: Blake Shelton
MUSIC VIDEO OF 2018: BTS, “Idol”
CONCERT TOUR OF 2018: Taylor Swift, Reputation Tour
BEAUTY INFLUENCER OF 2018: James Charles
SOCIAL STAR OF 2018: Shane Dawson
ANIMAL STAR OF 2018: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund
COMEDY ACT OF 2018: Kevin Hart
STYLE STAR OF 2018: Harry Styles
GAME CHANGER OF 2018: Serena Williams
POP PODCAST OF 2018: “Scrubbing in With Becca Tilley & Tanya Rad”

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Anyone who enjoys scary movies has undoubtedly seen the classic horror film, “The Exorcist.” Frankly, even those who prefer not to watch anything more frightening than “Finding Nemo” are probably at least passingly familiar with “The Exorcist” or at least its head-spinning, green-vomiting, backwards speaking horrors. The film has come to be considered a classic and a must-see for anyone who enjoys a side of terror with their popcorn. In addition to being a popular film, the place where one of the movie’s best known scenes was filmed might become a popular tourist destination.

Some people are arguing to make a historic landmark out of the steep, narrow flight of 75 stone stairs in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. where Father Karras falls to his death at the climax of “The Exorcist.” Andrew Huff, who works in community relations at a local university, has spearheaded the effort to have the stairs reclassified as a landmark.

“[The stairs are] deserving [of landmark status,]” Huff said. “When I have friends visiting, I…bring them here…[The stairs] have become a tourist attraction for the city.”

This is not the first time Huff has emphasized the film history of the stairs. In 2015, he organized a small ceremony that mounted a plaque noting the staircase’s role in “The Exorcist.” The ceremony was attended by both William Friedkin, director of “The Exorcist,” and William Peter Blatty, the author of the book “The Exorcist” on which the film is based.

The desire to officially designate the staircase as a landmark is not simply out of love for the film or nostalgia. There is concern that the construction of new condos will encroach on the famous stairs that earned their place in history through Friedkin’s film and the stuntman’s dedication.

“The scene [where Father Karras hurls himself down the stairs] had to be shot three times,” Huff said. “Even if the steps were covered with half an inch of rubber, it was still a long way down for the stuntman.”

The filming of “The Exorcist” was filled with similar dangerous and damaging stunts. Two famous shots of actresses being flung about by demons actually injured the actresses, and their screams of real pain were used in the movie. Despite such questionable practices, the film is still regarded as one of the best horror movies ever made. Whether or not the use of the stairs in the movie will be enough to designate them as a historic landmark in a city already overflowing with monuments is unclear, but a decision from the D.C. historic preservation board is expected on November 15, 2018.

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Country singer Josh Turner has already reached heights to which many artists aspire to by creating multiple platinum songs, a Billboard Number 1 release, and Grammy and CMA nominations. His latest album, however, is the achievement of one of Turner’s more personal goals. “I Serve A Savior” is a collection of hand picked hymns, new original songs and live recordings of some of Turner’s well-known hits such as “Me and God” and “Long Black Train.” It also includes “The River (of Happiness),” a unique song written by Turner’s wife, Jennifer, and their eldest son, Hampton. The entire Turner family–Josh, Jennifer, Hampton, Marion and Colby–sings on the track.

“It’s an uplifting song,” Turner said of “The River (of Happiness).” “And having Jennifer and the boys singing on it drives that home.”

The 12 track album was released alongside a 90 minute live performance DVD of the new collection. It was filmed at Gaither Studios and included a special interview of Turner with gospel legend Bill Gaither.

“Josh Turner is a gifted artist,” said Gaither. “We talked about his faith, his music, his wife and children, and about his gospel heritage he holds so dear. It is a joy to see a young man with so much talent using his gifts with purpose and excellence.”

Turner himself has made it clear that this album is more than simply another feather in his country music cap. “Working on this project has definitely been a God-ordained blessing,” he said. “I never would have thought I’d be doing this record this year, but God opened a door and I walked through it. I’ve seen many seemingly impossible things take place during the making of this record and I’ve felt God’s anointing over it…My faith is the most important thing to me. I want people to hear the sentiment and heart behind this record. I want them to feel the same inspiration that I felt. I want them to feel that and hopefully they’ll make these songs a part of their life.”

The album was released on October 26, 2018, and the DVD will air as a one-hour television special hosted by Bill Gaither on several networks in North America.