Source: National Geographic
By: Gabe Bullard
You don’t usually think of churches as going out of business, but it happens. In March, driven by parishioner deaths and lack of interest, the U.K. Mennonites held their last collective service.
It might seem easy to predict that plain-dressing Anabaptists—who follow a faith related to the Amish—would become irrelevant in the age of smartphones, but this is part of a larger trend. Around the world, when asked about their feelings on religion, more and more people are responding with a meh.
More Liberal Nonsense: Atheist "pastor" sparks debate by 'irritating the church into the 21st century
Can a minister in a Christian church be an atheist? That’s the question facing the United church of Canada as it wrestles with the case of Gretta Vosper
Source: The Guardian
By: Ashifa Kassam
There is not one mention of God during the 70-minute service at Toronto’s West Hill United church. Bibles are nowhere to be seen. The large steel cross – one of the few remaining religious symbols in this church – is hidden behind a cascade of rainbow streamers.
But that is perhaps to be expected in a church led by an avowed atheist.
Students were told they could not conduct their daily prayers on school grounds
Source: National Review
By: WESLEY J. SMITH
The term “culture of death” describes a society that accepts suicide and mercy killing as an acceptable response to suffering.
Canada’s ruling class, medical intelligentsia–and if polls are to be believed–population have enthusiastically embraced the culture of death (culture de la mort) for people with physical maladies and disabilities in the wake of the country’s Supreme Court creating a right to be made dead.
Source: Associated Press
BY: HILLEL ITALIE
NEW YORK (AP) -- On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises.
"You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it's a violation of church and state," says James LaRue, who directs the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association, which released its annual 10 top snapshot of "challenged" books on Monday, part of the association's "State of Libraries Report" for 2016.
Source: Daily Mail Online
By: UNITY BLOTT
A transgender former banker claims to be the first and only person to have both ears cosmetically removed as part of her ongoing quest to become a 'dragon'.
Born Richard Hernandez in Maricopa County, Arizona, the 55-year-old has undergone a number of painful procedures over the past few years including nose modification, tooth extraction and eye colouring.
She also has a forked tongue and a full-face tattoo as part of her transformation into a 'mythical beast'.
Source: Christian Post
BY: MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
Nearly four in 10 Republican voters who identify themselves as "born again" or "evangelical" don't believe the Bible is the literal Word of God.
Pew Research published an analysis last week on the evangelical vote in the 2016 election season, using data accrued from the 20014 Religious Landscape Study.
According to the 2014 data, 39 percent of self-identified evangelical voters in the Republican Party do not believe the Bible is literal Word of God.
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