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Paris: Like a Prayer

5/31/2007 3:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paris and a pal attended an evening church service at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, which offers several classes on Tuesday evenings, including an Adult Discipleship class -- the perfect course for a future convict! TMZ spoke to one of the church's Bible Study leaders, who explained, "The bible is the key thing. Without the bible you don't have anything. You get to know who your God is." This might come in handy in jail!


The other Tuesday church group is "The Foundry," for ages 22-35, which according to their site, helps to "Grow them up in the likeness of Christ through small groups, and go out to serve with their gifts and passions." Retail therapy to save the world! Hoorah! Shop for Jesus!

Whichever class Paris attended, she is definitely on the road to scrubbing her sins away! Goodbye perdition, hello probation!

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SinCity    

Where is the Church Lady when you need her?? If they do a film about Parasite, they should hire Dana Carvey as the lead. He would be hysterical as Hilton.

"Could it be....SATAN?!?!"

2617 days ago
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Parents Need to Know    

By: William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

For the last week, you've read the latest news - and my latest predictions - about one of the biggest evils on the American medical landscape: Mass vaccinations.

As you'll recall, one of my extrapolations of this false panacea of medicine had to do with a new vaccine that's all the rage - one designed to prevent most cases of HPV (genital warts) in young women, along with the subsequent development of cervical cancer this viral infection is linked to...

My argument is that while it's all fine and good to prevent infections of a common STD and its often-cancerous aftermath, there's a "point of diminishing returns" in the equation if the vaccine gives young women a false sense of security about the safety of sex. This may expose them to all kinds of other diseases, some deadly (and getting deadlier).

But there are some "wild card" factors in this equation, too - things that could either mitigate the urge among young, naïve people to copulate with abandon OR temper that very same urge: Things like schooling, parenting, and one other influence I alluded to in the last Daily Dose...

I'm talking about popular culture.

If you've been a reader of mine for any length of time at all, you know I've long lamented the steady decline in the themes and messages in a lot of modern cultural influences - things like movies, TV, magazines, music (if you can call it that) and the over-publicized antics of spoiled celebrities. Now here's how this dovetails into the vaccine equation...

In the absence of strong, morally principled parenting - and schooling that minds the lines between what's proper curriculum and what's the responsibility of those parents to teach their kids - young, sexually curious adults are taking their cues on how to act from all the wrong places: Rap "music" lyrics and videos, movies, mom's Cosmopolitan mags, and whatever they learn from predators that prowl Internet chat-rooms and the MySpace profiles all their hyper-sexed, Ritalin-addicted friends are posting...

What's worse, they also learn how to act from what they're seeing Paris, Britney, Lindsay, and all the other pop-tarts doing on TV! (If you don't know who these people are, or are clueless about MySpace, you need to plug in to understand your kids and grandkids - but be forewarned, the journey's not for the faint of heart).

Think today's kids aren't REALLY so impressionable that they'd take their cues from a bunch of spoiled, talent-less Hollywood party-girls and gangster-rap stars?

According to recent UK Daily Mail article, researchers asked a random survey of 1,500 British kids aged 10 and under (the answers would be similar for American kids, I promise you), "What do you think is the very best thing in the world?"

Ranked from 1 to 10 by greatest number of responses, their answers were:

1) Being a celebrity
2) Good looks
3) Being rich
4) Being healthy
5) Pop music
6) Families
7) Friends
8) Nice food
9) Watching movies

And last on the list...

10) God

Take a look at the top three answers: Celebrity, beauty, and wealth. And also notice how "pop music" ranks above family, friends, and God...

Still think kids' sensibilities about life, love, sex, and what's important aren't being shaped heavily by hyper-sexed popular culture?

Bottom line: With STDs, sexual objectification, and victimization rampant - and with schools promoting sex as though it's civic duty - it's more important than ever for parents to set strong boundaries that instill sexual temperance and age-appropriate behavior in their kids.

Instead, we have parents steering children, either by first-hand example or by tacit approval of their over-eroticized young lifestyles, into having risky sex early and often...

If only we could come up with a vaccine against THIS kind of "cancer."

(Still) lamenting over-sexed parenting,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

2617 days ago
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JEAN    

It's good she is finding god but, is she going to loose him after her time is up? Judge not least you be judged. She's going to write a diary is her cellmate gonna take notes? I thought she couldn't read. Oh yeah that was only on tickets. Just go serve your time and get on with your life. Like I said hope you don't loose him once you don't feel you need the publicity anymore because he has a book too.

2616 days ago
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Bre    

Did you notice that Kathy seems a little "out of it" in this video. She reminds me of when someone is on prescription painkillers or abusing anxeity meds. It's not that I think Kathy should turn her back on Paris but if it were my child, I wouldn't be supportive of her actions either. She is an adult and has made these choices.

Also, I do question Kathy's parenting a little, I mean, Paris didn't even finish High School. There is NO WAY regardless if I was rich or not that I would allow my child to drop out of High School. It also frustrates me that magazines such as Seventeen have put Paris on their cover. We should never encourage young girls be look up to someone that is a high school dropout, has a sex video, does drugs, and treats others as she does.

2616 days ago
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sk8rgurl    

All the praying and prayer group attending and bible clutching in the world isn't going to stop time and her check in date is getting close...and it was very middle of the road of her to go presbyterian... hard to find an argument with that for the most part....however, it will be most awesome not to have recent pictures of her in our faces everyday (i know, if i don't like it, i don't have to look...but i am compelled so don't bother to slam me on that one).

2616 days ago
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Daddy wants some of the pie too.    

Darn, I was hoping the vid would show someone coming up congratulating Kathy for being mother-of-the-year by bitch-slapping her up and down the sidewalk. Oh, wait, she's tied with Dina Lohan. I guess its only fair that Dina gets congratulated too!

2615 days ago
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culturelady    

MAMA HILTON IT'S TOO LATE TO FIGURE OUT THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD YOUR KID IN CHURCH WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG SO THAT SHE WOULDN'T TURN INTO THE LYING, DISGUSTING, ADDING NO VALUE TO SOCIETY WHORE THAT SHE IS. YOU SHOULD GET WORST MOTHER OF THE YEAR! AND WHERE IS YOUR SPINELESS HUSBAND WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN BEATING THIS ARROGANT, EGOTISTICAL B*TCH OF A DAUGHTER? THIS IS SO SAD BECAUSE IF SHE GETS OUT OF JAIL AND PROFITS FROM THIS, WE ARE ALL DOOMED.

2615 days ago
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kizfox    

I attend and am a member of Bel Air Presbyterian. Whether this is a publicity stunt or not... going to church and hearing God's word can only benefit Paris and anyone else for that matter. Better to seek God for help than reject Him. I am praying that Paris will find what she's been looking for, THE LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST WHO TAKES HER JUST AS SHE IS...., something we all need. No judgement here. Peace and Blessings....EL

2608 days ago
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PerezSux    

Why am I not surprised to hear that Paris is on her knees?

2618 days ago
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TJ    

Oh give me a break!! That spoiled, self indulgent little tramp is going to spend a few "privileged" days in the county jail with a pre-selected bunk mate and she needs to find God? The moment she gets out she will revert back to her reckless ways. Spoiled brats like that expect the world handed to them on a platter and it's always about me, myself and I. She needs to find something worthwhile to do with her life and stop only thinking about herself.

2618 days ago
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Stephie_in_Tampa    

Kind of a unique strategy for the Hiltons...the born-again Christian PR tactic. Interesting. Probably a smart move. It hasn't been done for awhile. Maybe Paris can pull it off. It will take all the "acting" skills she has! Do you think the public will fall for it? Amen.

2618 days ago
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What's wrong with her face in this picture?    

I'm sorry, but WHY all this stupid, ridiculous drama over this litle rich girl going to jail for 23 days? 3 weeks of her rich, spoiled life. The media needs to get a life. This is NOT a story. Our wonderful servicemen and women who are risking their lives for our country - now that's a story. Paris Hilton - I just don't care. She committed a crime and has to pay a very tiny price in the scheme of things.

2618 days ago
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castra regina    

Mother Hilton - and I use the term very loosely is a DIM BULB!

2618 days ago
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Erika    

What day is she getting locked up, so our break from Paris news begins?

2618 days ago
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castra regina    

Can Sidney Poitier "Build them a chapel"?

2618 days ago
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