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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What type of Brexit did we vote for? 150,000 Conservative members will decide

As Michael Gove launches his leadership bid, what Leave looks like will be decided by Conservative activists.

Why did 17 million people vote to the leave the European Union, and what did they want? That’s the question that will shape the direction of British politics and economics for the next half-century, perhaps longer.

Vote Leave triumphed in part because they fought a campaign that combined ruthless precision about what the European Union would do – the illusory £350m a week that could be clawed back with a Brexit vote, the imagined 75 million Turks who would rock up to Britain in the days after a Remain vote – with calculated ambiguity about what exit would look like.

Now that ambiguity will be clarified – by just 150,000 people.

 That’s part of why the initial Brexit losses on the stock market have been clawed back – there is still some expectation that we may end up with a more diluted version of a Leave vote than the version offered by Vote Leave. Within the Treasury, the expectation is that the initial “Brexit shock” has been pushed back until the last quarter of the year, when the election of a new Conservative leader will give markets an idea of what to expect.  

Michael Gove, who kicked off his surprise bid today, is running as the “full-fat” version offered by Vote Leave: exit from not just the European Union but from the single market, a cash bounty for Britain’s public services, more investment in science and education. Make Britain great again!

Although my reading of the Conservative parliamentary party is that Gove’s chances of getting to the top two are receding, with Andrea Leadsom the likely beneficiary. She, too, will offer something close to the unadulterated version of exit that Gove is running on. That is the version that is making officials in Whitehall and the Bank of England most nervous, as they expect it means exit on World Trade Organisation terms, followed by lengthy and severe recession.

Elsewhere, both Stephen Crabb and Theresa May, who supported a Remain vote, have kicked off their campaigns with a promise that “Brexit means Brexit” in the words of May, while Crabb has conceded that, in his view, the Leave vote means that Britain will have to take more control of its borders as part of any exit deal. May has made retaining Britain’s single market access a priority, Crabb has not.

On the Labour side, John McDonnell has set out his red lines in a Brexit negotiation, and again remaining in the single market is a red line, alongside access to the European Investment Bank, and the maintenance of “social Europe”. But he, too, has stated that Brexit means the “end of free movement”.

My reading – and indeed the reading within McDonnell’s circle – is that it is the loyalists who are likely to emerge victorious in Labour’s power struggle, although it could yet be under a different leader. (Serious figures in that camp are thinking about whether Clive Lewis might be the solution to the party’s woes.) Even if they don’t, the rebels’ alternate is likely either to be drawn from the party’s Brownite tendency or to have that faction acting as its guarantors, making an end to free movement a near-certainty on the Labour side.

Why does that matter? Well, the emerging consensus on Whitehall is that, provided you were willing to sacrifice the bulk of Britain’s financial services to Frankfurt and Paris, there is a deal to be struck in which Britain remains subject to only three of the four freedoms – free movement of goods, services, capital and people – but retains access to the single market. 

That means that what Brexit actually looks like remains a matter of conjecture, a subject of considerable consternation for British officials. For staff at the Bank of England,  who have to make a judgement call in their August inflation report as to what the impact of an out vote will be. The Office of Budget Responsibility expects that it will be heavily led by the Bank. Britain's short-term economic future will be driven not by elected politicians but by polls of the Conservative membership. A tense few months await. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.