WEEKEND READ: Pastor Struggling with Mental Health Dies; Cancel Mob Targets Corden; Sinead O’Connor Pressured to Abort
Former Pastor Who Wrote About Mental Heath Struggles, Dead at 38
Steve Austin, a former pastor, and author who wrote books and blog posts about his struggles with mental health has died.
BY CBN NEWS
The Religion News Service (RNS) reports Hoover, Alabama police confirmed Austin’s body was found on June 7. His death is being investigated as a suicide.
Surviving that experience gave him a second chance. Austin, who had been abused as a child, spent years trying to reduce the stigma of mental illness in churches. https://t.co/aEzX0zA5TR
— Robert Downen (@RobDownenChron) June 10, 2021
Austin, whose full name was Glenn Stephen Austin, was a writer, podcaster, and life coach. Based in Alabaster, Alabama, he was known for writing about faith and mental health…
Cancel Mob Targets James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ for Segment Mocking Asian Foods
BY DAVID NG
CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden has come under attack from a cancel mob for its recurring segment “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts,” which has made light of strange Asian delicacies, including bull penis, chicken feet, and 1,000-year-old eggs.
A petition is demanding that the segment be pulled and that James Corden and the show issue an apology to Asian Americans. The petition, which does not appear to target a specific episode, claims without evidence that the segment “encourages anti-Asian racism.”
“In the wake of the constant Asian hate crimes that have continuously been occurring, not only is this segment incredibly culturally offensive and insensitive, but it also encourages anti-Asian racism,” the petition says. “So many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it.”
“At the very least, Asian American communities deserve an apology and this segment to be taken off the air,” the petition concludes…
Sinead O’Connor pressured to abort by record exec: I was told ‘I ought not to have babies’
In her new memoir, “Rememberings,” published on June 1, Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor shared that during her first pregnancy she was encouraged by a record executive — and a doctor who was influenced by that executive — to have an abortion.
BY NANCY FLANDERS
At the time, O’Connor was signed with the now-defunct Ensign Records and when she became pregnant, label executive Nigel Grainge advised her to have an abortion. According to the Independent, O’Connor went to a doctor who allegedly told her that Grainge had contacted him and asked that he “impress upon” her a warning about continuing the pregnancy.
“Your record company has spent £100,000 recording your album,” she recalled the doctor telling her. “You owe it to them not to have this baby.”
“Furthermore,” she said, “he informed me that if I flew while pregnant, my baby would be damaged. And anyway, if I was going to be a musician I ought not to have babies because a woman shouldn’t leave her baby to go on tour and at the same time a child can’t be taken on tour.”