Of porn, Ron Jeremy and...Jesus?

Craig Gross, member of “xxxchurch.com,” explains his organization's goals and shines a light on its

XXXchurch.com started six years ago in Southern California to help students who needed help with the issues of pornography. Since we have grown into a ministry that helps both teens and adults. We help those who profess to being Christians, those who do not have a faith and those in the pornography industry.

We call ourselves “XXXchurch.com, The Number 1 Christian Porn Site.” We launched the website AVN Las Vegas, the largest pornography show in the world. We went to the root of the issue: the porn convention. We really did not know what it was going to be like at the show, would we get kicked out, will people even talk to us and what will we do if someone says they need help? That evening the top story on the eleven o’clock news in Las Vegas was Christians at a porn show. The local news crew had come out to the show and hands down said we were the most interesting group at the show. We were stunned.

Our organization took off from there. Fast forward six years and some incredible things are happening. Millions have visited our website to be encouraged and to get help with pornography. We offer a wide range of resources on our website for all people who deal of the issues of pornography, including men, women, spouses, teens and wives. Our vision is to bring hope to those effected by pornography. Our desire is to bring hope, healing and recovery to the church and society regarding these issues. We receive stories everyday from people who have found hope when moved away from pornography.

On XXXchurch.com we give away free accountability software that monitors where you go online and then sends any questionable websites to an accountability partner’s email address. It is called X3watch and is available for free. This software is a simple tool that pushes individuals to be accountable on the Internet. 500,000 people worldwide currently use the software to keep themselves accountable.

Many amazing advances in reaching those in the porn industry have happened in the last two years of our organization. We have had the opportunity to debate the most popular male porn star in history, Ron Jeremy, on university campuses across the United States and Canada on The Great Porn Debate Tour. We have been to porn conventions across the globe in Toronto, Los Angeles, Miami, London and Las Vegas. At these shows we hang out with people and hand out Jesus Loves Porn Stars Bibles, New Testaments. We have given out over 20,000 Jesus Loves Porn Stars Bibles in two years. People love them. We run out of Bibles at every porn show at which we are present.

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Labour picks Gillian Troughton to fight Copeland by-election

Troughton, a Copeland councillor, was critical of Jeremy Corbyn during the summer leadership race. 

Labour has picked Gillian Troughton, pro-nuclear former doctor to fight the Copeland by-election.

After accepting the nomination, in an email shared online, Troughton said she was "pro-nuclear; no ifs, no buts", and that her husband worked in the nuclear supply chain. She is also a local councillor and a practising Christian. 

She described the election as a choice about the NHS: "I have been part of the campaign against the proposed cuts to A&E and the maternity wing because I know that our community needs this service."

Like Jamie Reed, the current MP for Copeland, Troughton is a critic of Jeremy Corbyn and backed Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour leadership campaign.

She also campaigned to remain in the EU, and now must win over a voting population that voted 62 per cent to leave - the strongest Eurosceptic vote in Cumbria. 

Her victory is a symbolic defeat for the Labour leadership, as she beat Corbyn supporter Rachel Holliday, also a councillor with ties to the nuclear industry and the NHS. 

However, the decision to pick a non-Corbynite may be a relief for those within the Labour leader's camp who worry about "owning" a possible by-election defeat. 

Corbyn said of the selection: “I am delighted that Gillian Troughton will be Labour’s candidate for the Copeland by-election. 

“Gillian is a local councillor with a strong track record of getting things done for her community. She has campaigned tirelessly to maintain local hospital services. 

“As a St John’s blue light ambulance driver, Gillian has seen first-hand the extent of the crisis caused by this Conservative government, which has chosen to fund tax cuts for the wealthiest instead of our health service. 

“I am proud that Labour has selected a local candidate with such dedication to her community.”

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.