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The Candy Shop: A Sex-Trade Fairytale

This is from Covenant Eyes Blog

A fairytale about child sex trafficking? Yes, a fairytale. That’s exactly what The Candy Shop is: a short fantasy film that aims to fuel the growing anti-slavery movement in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta is the number one city in the U.S. for child sex trafficking, and number 10 worldwide. Approximately 500 young girls are trafficked and 7,200 men pay for sex with adolescent females in Georgia each month. Director Brandon McCormick greatly wrestled with these facts: how could so many children be victims of sex crimes no more than 20 minutes from his home?

McCormick got involved with a group called Street Grace which works to unite churches with public, private, and social sectors to abolish the sexual exploitation of minors in Atlanta. Wanting to use his talents as a director and storyteller to shed light on this issue, his group of talented film makers at Whitestone Motion Pictures put their heads together to create The Candy Shop.

Presented in a dark steampunk style, The Candy Stop is a pre-depression-era Hansel and Gretel. Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) plays The Candyman (picture Willy Wonka meet Pennywise the Clown). Townsfolk are curious about the new candy shop and the dark figure greeting men at its door selling decorated lollipops, but it’s young Jimmy (played by Mattie Liptak) who discovers the The Candyman’s secret. Deep the basement of his shop is the Candyman’s magical machine that turns little girls into tasty treats.

There are many layers to this cinematic parable. “Candy,” of course, has its own sexual overtones in American culture. But more than this, the film shows how when young girls enter The Candyman’s machine—i.e. the underground sex trade—they are turned from human beings into commodities, something to be bought, sold, and consumed. The use of a machine in The Candyman’s dirty work is also a very fitting parallel to the Internet, which not only facilitates the buying and selling of children, but also fuels the demand for consumer-sex through the proliferation of pornography.

At one point in the film, Jimmy is tempted by The Candyman to join him in his exploits—much the same way young men are lured into a pimping lifestyle on the streets of Atlanta with the promise of money and power—but after one of Jimmy’s own friends is trapped by The Candyman, Jimmy sees through his cellophane lies and takes action.

In a way, you might say each film-viewer is Jimmy: will we choose to become consumers in the sex business with our flippant mouse-clicks (or worse), or will we choose to become activists? When will we take a stand?

The Candy Shop Trailer from Whitestone Motion Pictures on Vimeo.

The whole film here. No sexual content but it is dark.

The Candy Shop from Whitestone Motion Pictures on Vimeo.

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation 1863

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

if jesus was on facebook

If Jesus Christ were on Facebook. This is brilliantly funny – worth sharing on Holy Week. someone has created a spoof of what Jesus’s Facebook page might have looked like during holy week. It also presents a fairly accurate account of the events of holy week. While some people will inevitably chafe at the humor or scrutinize the theology, I think it’s a great way to get people talking and thinking about the death and resurrection of Jesus as we approach the Easter holiday. click on image and leave a comment funny or not funny?