There's a possible reason why your Facebook and Twitter pages are filled with the ALS Ice Bucket challenge more than posts condemning the Islamic Militant group ISIS: it's called the "spiral of silence."
The spiral of silence is defined as a reluctance of one to speak up about certain issues if their views are not widely reciprocated. This can happen with in-person interactions with family, friends, and co-workers, but also with social media, where the popular opinion is that people feel more liberated to voice their opinion.
In a study conducted by the Pew Research Internet Project, the group found that more people are willing to speak about controversial issues in person than they are to speak about the same issue on social media. They also found that contrary to popular belief, people do not feel free to express their opinoin on social media about controversial issues more than in person, and especially if they think people disagree with their opinion. more >>
A Florida mother claims that her 4-year-old son was expelled from a Christian school after she complained about its "ignorant" staff on Facebook.
Ashley Habat took her son to Sonshine Christian Academy, a private Christian preschool, for school picture day. Habat was running late and when she got to the school, she told an administrator that she thought parents were not given enough notice about picture day. After leaving Sonshine, she took to Facebook to air her frustrations.
"Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike [sic] about Will's school? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant? – at Sonshine Christian Academy," Habat wrote, thinking that her post was private. more >>
"19 Kids & Counting" star Jessa Duggar is engaged to Ben Seewald, and the two recently revealed some details of impending ceremony, including that all-important first kiss.
"We're really looking forward to the first kiss!" Jessa told ABC News. "We're talking about it – what if we miss or mess up? We're gonna have to plan this out or something."
Seewald recently moved to a guesthouse on the Duggar property, which could mean that the couple will exchange vows sooner rather than later. Sister Jill Duggar said "I do" to her husband Derick Dillard in June, and Jessa assured fans that there will be quite a few differences between the two ceremonies. more >>
It's been almost 35 years since that fateful day on Dec. 8, 1980 ,when Mark David Chapman fired shots that echoed around the globe as they killed one of the world's most beloved singer-songwriters in ex-Beatle, John Lennon. But in Chapman's eighth parole board hearing this Wednesday, he told the New York state parole board that although he took Lennon's life in search of self-fame and notoriety, his life is no longer controlled by selfish demons and is now solely focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. Despite that claim, Chapman was again denied parole.
Chapman, who read a book on the Beatles when he was a child that had inspired him to become "somebody important or better," was lulled into a stark drunken depression in his life, unfulfilled as a security guard working in Hawaii. Upset because his childhood dreams of fame hadn't panned out, he stumbled across a picture of John Lennon and wondered "what would happen if I kill him?"
What happened was Chapman, now 59 years old, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years to life in a New York prison about 25 miles west of Buffalo and nearly 5,000 miles away from his wife. Having been denied parole eight times now, it is looking like Chapman may be there for life. Although Chapman has been able to sit and think about the heinousness of the premeditated murder he committed, that time has also allowed him to apparently come to Christ. more >>
Two southern Illinois women were arrested Wednesday after they were allegedly caught making methamphetamine in the downstairs kitchen of a church.
The women, Judith Hemken, 53, and Tiffany Burton, 26, reportedly poured the meth in the sink once a church member walked in on them. It is not clear whether they are part of Waveland Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, but they both face a maximum of 40 years in prison if found guilty.
"We've seen a lot of things sink into our lives and that's what we've seen drugs do to a lot of people," sheriff Jim Vazzi told St. Louis's FOX 2 News. "It makes you do things you've never necessarily do in your life, and now we've lowered ourself to going into a church and doing meth." more >>
The Army Psychiatrist who killed 13 people and injured 32 at Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas, has asked the head of ISIS to join the militant Islamic group.
In what is described as a two page letter, Nadal Hasan's Attorney John Galligan states that Hasan appealed to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is the self proclaimed caliph (religious ruler) of the Islamic state that expands from Syria to eastern Iraq.
"The letter states that Nadal Hasan wants to become a citizen of the Islamic State caliphate," Galligan said. "He wrote it in the last few weeks." more >>