A-list actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks made a couple's wedding day very special last week when he took a detour from his jog through Central Park to congratulate the bride and groom while they posed for their wedding photos.
The "Sully" actor crept up behind the love birds and surprised them as they posed for a photo. Hanks shook their hands, kissed the bride, asked them for their names and then posed for a few pictures with them.
"Ryan, you're a lucky man," Hanks told the Groom. "Elizabeth, you're a lucky woman." more >>
A recently closed Halloween-themed attraction that was opposed by Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, and others for stigmatizing people who live with mental illness is garnering new support in the form of an online petition calling for its reopening.
Earlier this week, it was announced that FearVR was going to be closed by the Buena Park, California-based Knott's Berry Farm in response to outcry over its portrayal of a character suffering from mental illness.
An advocate for those with mental illness, Kay Warren was part of the successful effort to close down the Knotts Berry Farm attraction known as FearVR. more >>
A Michigan township will pay an Islamic school $1.7 million as part of a settlement reached after a majority of the planning commission voted against a Muslim group's request to build the facility.
Earlier this week, Pittsfield Township agreed to pay the sum of $1.7 million and allow the Michigan Islamic Academy to begin construction of a 70,000-square-foot school.
Pittsfield agreed to the settlement which was reached after two lawsuits were filed against it by the U.S. Justice Department and the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. more >>
Michael Rea, president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, apologized Saturday to anyone who may have been offended by a recent presentation by leading Christian philosopher Richard Swinburne at the 2016 Midwest Society of Christian Philosophers in which Swinburne said homosexuality could be considered a disability.
Reporting on the meeting, on the blog Philosophical Percolations, J. Edward Hackett, a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Akron, said he rebuked Swinburne for medicalizing homosexuality.
"As one of the keynotes of the Midwest Meeting of Society of Christian Philosophers, he referred to homosexuality as a 'disability' and a 'incurable condition.' While Swinburne did not think homosexuality was intrinsically wrong in the same way that adultery was wrong, he argued (if that's the right verb under some principle of charity) that homosexuality was extrinsically wrong. Homosexuality was a disability in the lacking of the ability to have children, and God's commands of abstaining from homosexuality might prevent others from fostering this incurable condition in others," Hackett wrote, saying he told Swinburne that he "medicalized being gay in the same way that phrenology medicalized racism." more >>
The University of Michigan is implementing a choose your own pronouns policy, having formed a so-called Pronoun Committee consisting of university staff from several campuses who've agreed to use gender-neutral words to identify students who don't want to be identified as either male or female.
In a memo obtained by the Detroit Free Press, Provost Martha Pollack and Vice President for Student Life Royster Harper thanked 11 faculty and administrators who have worked for the past year to formulate a process to ensure that students could select the pronouns by which they wsnted to be addressed.
One such pronoun students may opt for is "ze." more >>
A random post on Facebook might have served as the catalyst for generating numerous news articles seeking to debunk the claim that Friday evening's black moon is a sign of the Apocalypse.
On Friday night in the Western hemisphere, a phenomenon known as a black moon is expected to appear for the first time since March 2014.
"On Sept. 30, sky-watchers in the Western Hemisphere may be tempted to add another lunar moniker to the list: a 'black moon,' popularly defined as the second new moon in a month. However, it's not exactly going to make for good sky-watching," reported National Geographic. more >>