The Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles, Calif., has removed a donor's plaque referencing "God's creatures" after receiving a complaint from an evolution professor and outspoken proponent of atheism.
The museum's Nature Lab previously included a plaque with a quote attributed to an anonymous donor that read: "The Nature Lab is a gift to Los Angeles to celebrate all of God's creatures and enable [Natural History Museum] to broaden our understanding of the natural world through the process of scientific discovery." The Nature Lab allows visitors of all ages to participate in hands-on science projects and multimedia exhibits.
The plaque was reportedly removed Monday, according to Southern California's KPCC public radio station, after some viewers, including Jerry Coyne, took issue with the reference to "God's creatures" in a museum that highlights the importance of evolution and scientific discovery. Coyne is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, and runs the blog "Why Evolution Is True." more >>
Harold Camping, the Christian minister known for his failed judgment day prophecies, has passed away at the age of 92, according to an emailed statement from his Family Radio Network to supporters of the ministry.
The statement from Family Radio Network reads:
Harold Camping - Home with the Lord! more >>
The family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath is facing the agonizing decision whether to remove the young girl from life support after she was declared brain dead by the Oakland Children's Hospital in California. The family says that they feel pressured by the hospital to take Jahi off of life support.
Jahi underwent a routine tonsillectomy but suffered complications post-surgery, according to her mother, Nailah Winkfield.
Nick Vujicic of Life Without Limbs ministry premieres his first-ever Web series Monday that documents his travels to 24 countries where he shared with tens of thousands of people how his hope and faith in Jesus Christ helped him overcome a rare disorder that has left him without any arms or legs.
"The opportunity to impact huge numbers of people through events and conferences was an amazing way to feel the joy of the Lord," Vujicic says in a press statement on the new series. "Yet at the same time, it was the stories of individuals who showed how God works in our daily lives. I heard countless stories of joy, hope and inspiration. I thank the Lord for the chance to share their stories with the world."
The 31-year-old married father will be sharing with his global supporters how he ministered in 2013 to about 400,000 people around the globe in countries like Ecuador, Japan, Vietnam and, most recently, Taiwan. more >>
Rock Church in San Diego, Calif., drew more than 12,000 people for its annual Toys for Joy event over the weekend, even as hundreds of volunteers helped give away over 200,000 articles of clothing, 13,000 bags of groceries and 10,000 toys to those in need.
It was the largest turnout for the community service-oriented megachurch since the event was founded 17 years ago, reports 10News.
Held at Lincoln High School on Saturday, the event was aimed at "bringing the hope and love of Jesus to those in need," according to the church's website. more >>
A 43-foot war memorial cross sitting atop a mountain in La Jolla, Calif., is an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state, a federal judge in San Diego ruled late Thursday. The judge's recent ruling is expected to be appealed and may head to the U.S. Supreme Court for final review.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ruled Thursday that the Mount Soledad Cross in Southern California must be taken down from its post on government property within 90 days, although he added that the ruling would be put on hold if it is appealed as expected.
In 2006, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of several Southern California residents and the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America organization, arguing that the cross was a violation of the Establishment Clause because it only represented Christianity in memorializing U.S. war veterans. The cross was originally erected in 1954 to serve as a memorial to all war veterans, and later converted to serve as part of a newly erected Korean War memorial. more >>