Daily Archives: March 17, 2012

Police detain Invisible Children co-founder

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By Mark Ellis
ASSIST News Service

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. The youthful co-founder of Invisible Children was detained by San Diego police after he was allegedly discovered undressed, running through traffic, and engaged in aberrant behavior.

Jason Russell, 33, was held in Pacific Beach by the San Diego Police Department on March 15, according to a report by NBC San Diego. Police initially responded to several calls at 11:30 a.m. about a man in various stages of undress, running through traffic and screaming.

A SDPD spokesperson described Russell as “in his underwear,” and that he exhibited strange, even bizarre behavior. He

Jason Russell

allegedly took off his underwear at one point, but it was back on by the time officers arrived.

“Due to the nature of the detention, he was not arrested,” Lt. Andra Brown said. “During the evaluation we learned we probably needed to take him to a medical facility because of statements he was saying.”

Russell created the 30-minute film “KONY 2012” featuring himself, his son, and a former child soldier from Uganda named

Jacob. Last week, the film went viral, with close to 100 million views on YouTube and Vimeo. The film targets Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, for crimes that have involved kidnapping children in Uganda, torturing them, and forcing them to fight in his army.

After the film’s rapid ascent in the media, Russell made numerous appearances on prominent TV programs, but he also had to respond to criticisms that the film was outdated, and also about his organization’s spending practices.

Russell is described on the Invisible Children website as a “grand storyteller and dreamer” who dreams of “redefining the concept of humanitarian work.” He is a father of two who wants to have nine more children with his wife, whom he calls his “best friend for over 23 years.”

Invisible Children’s CEO Ben Keesey released a statement March 16, saying: “Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday.”

“Jason’s passion and his work have done so much to help so many, and we are devastated to see him dealing with this personal health issue. We will always love and support Jason, and we ask that you give his entire family privacy during this difficult time,” according to the statement.

Security guards blocked the entrance to Invisible Children on March 16, according to the L.A. Times, who reported that workers inside were removing “KONY 2012” banners from the lobby. The phones were not being answered, but some talked on cell phones and were crying, the Times reported.

Praise His Name home of Christian programming 24/7

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By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

Keith Wilson and a group of believers in Wintersville, Ohio, decided six months ago to make a positive impact on the Internet. The end result of their collaboration – Praise His Name.

“The Internet is full of bad stuff, things we don’t want our children and grandchildren to hear,” said Wilson, who serves as chair of PHN. “This is a way to combat the bad stuff and place wholesome content that people can listen to anytime of the day.”

Founded in October 2011, PHN (www.praisehisname.net) is a Christian based website featuring music, comedy, devotionals,

Keith Wilson

meditations, scripture lessons, and sermons. The site boasts visitors from 45 states in the union, nine countries.

“In the beginning, viewers were concentrated in Northern Ohio and Chicago, and then it started to go everywhere – including California and Texas,” he said.

The PHN “Links” page includes church, organization, and indie Christian musicians and singers listings.

To hear sermons, viewers must clink on the churches’ websites on the “Links” page.

Wilson said a benefit of listening to music on PHN is that since the site is stockpiled with MP3s, listeners can hear the song from beginning to end. The user is to click on the “Praise His Name Media Player” to gain access to music selections. Featured artists include Beth Champion Mason, MARK 209, and The Chrisagis Brothers.

In addition, Wilson said, PHN is a good avenue for indie artists to gain exposure. An added bonus of the site is the PHN Music Video of Week.

“All music selections are originally written and performed by the artists,” he said.

Christian comedians and troupes such as Ken Davis, the Sheep Laughs Comedy Show, and Brother Billy Bob Bohannon also have a place on the PHN. The individuals place their unique take on the spiritual walk. Wilson said each submission for a Christian comedic appearance on PHN is carefully screened.

Furthermore, Christian movie happenings are provided via Christian Film News (www.christianfilmnews.com) and Christian news through Inside The Pew (www.insidethepew.net). These links are displayed in the news ticker on the front page.

“We are trying to get to the people who were not churchgoers without throwing it (Christianity) into their face. The intent is to preach to reached and unreached,” Wilson said.

As of press time, Wilson estimates the site averages 500 visitors per month. In addition, he said he is working on obtaining PHN’s 501 (c) 3 status.

“The site was created by tons of friends who were faithful like I am,” Wilson said. “We wanted a broad range of people to give us input as to what we want to hear. We are pleased with the progress, but we have a long way to go. There are many things that we want to do. Start small and slow and build into bigger and better things.”