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China's crusade to remove crosses from churches 'is for safety concerns'

A Communist party campaign during which crosses have been stripped from the roofs of more than 1,200 Chinese churches is being conducted “for the sake of safety and beauty”, a government official has claimed.<p>Human rights activists accuse authorities in Zhejiang province in eastern China of using …

China

Millennials leaving church in droves

<b>(CNN) —</b> At its core, Christian life is set of sacred traditions linking generations of sacraments and Sunday school lessons, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer. An unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn.<p>In modern America, that circle may not be completely shot, …

Religion

New Atheism’s fatal arrogance: The glaring intellectual laziness of Bill Maher & Richard Dawkins

For all their eloquence, New Atheists show little interest in understanding how believers really think or feel<p>Atheism has a storied history in the West. From the irreverent Voltaire to the iconoclastic Nietzsche, the godless have always had a voice. But the New Atheists are different. Religion, …

Massachusetts mother sentenced for slitting kid's throats, burning home | Reuters

(Reuters) - A mother who turned up at a Massachusetts police station covered in blood and lighter fluid in 2012 was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison on Friday for slitting her two children’s throats and setting their home ablaze, authorities said.<p>The Essex District Attorney’s Office said that …

Crime

Man kills his wife and 2 grown children, then self

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A man reportedly facing family and other problems shot and killed his wife and two grown children before taking his life at a …

Northern California

Buddha Wearing Headphones Image Triggers Controversy in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — A clash of cultures fueled by simmering sectarian tensions and social media has left a Western bar manager and two local colleagues imprisoned in once-cloistered Myanmar.<p>New Zealand native Philip Blackwood, 32, has been accused of "insulting religion" after he posted a psychedelic …

Asia Pacific

Two fetuses found on side of southern California street | Reuters

(Reuters) - Two fetuses were found on Friday wrapped in a blanket that had been ditched on the side of a residential southern California street, authorities said.<p>The San Diego County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the fetuses, both of them at least 20-weeks-old and fully formed, were …

California

Vet Sues After Burial With Gay Partner Is Denied

A U.S. Navy veteran filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife. Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boise after she tried to make advance arrangements …

Same-Sex Couples

United Nations to recognise gay marriages of all its staffers

The United Nations has decided to recognise the gay marriages of all its staffers, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday.<p>Previously, the United Nations only recognised the unions of employees who came from countries where gay marriage is legal, UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq …

Children of same-sex couples are happier, study shows - The Margin - MarketWatch

Getty<p>Children of same-sex couples are healthier and happier than those from traditional families, according to a study from the University of …

Tennessee set to criminalise pregnant women who use illegal drugs

• Bill holds women accountable for harm to foetuses or newborns • Women's rights groups seek to sway Governor Bill Haslam<p>Tennessee is poised to become the first state in the US to criminalise pregnant women for harm caused to their foetuses or newborn babies as a result of addiction to illegal …

I’ve Seen The Future Of Health Tech And It’s Going To Improve Your Life In 2014

I just returned from the most exciting Consumer Electronics Show I’ve ever covered. Thanks to extraordinary demand for gadgets that make us healthier, stronger, and smarter, the technology industry is putting some serious brain power behind the next generation of wearable health devices. Over the …

Does the Bible sanction child abuse?

Modern Christians like to depict children as the little lambs of Jesus. Scripture offers a darker story<p>Christian fundamentalists often are as keen to promote the rights of parents as they are to block the rights of women and gays. Congressman Mark Meadows is the Sunday school Bible teacher and …

Christian delusions are driving the GOP insane

Why aren’t Republicans more frightened of a shutdown and a default? Part of the reason is magical thinking<p>Why aren’t Republicans more afraid? The entire premise of both the government shutdown and the threats to force the government into debt default is that Democrats care more about the …