Even though the Disney Channel's website, over the Thanksgiving weekend, asked children to submit a post stating what they're thankful for, a 10-year-old girl from North Carolina was blocked from submitting her thanks to "God."
As Lilly Anderson was surfing the Disney Channel website this past Sunday, which also happened to be her 10th birthday, she came across a question posed by the website asking her to post what she was thankful for. She felt strongly that she wanted to give thanks to God, since she believes that God is the reason why she has everything she owns.
When she typed and submitted her initial response of "God, my family, my church and my friends," Lilly received a response back from the website's automated moderating system stating in red letters: "Please be nice!" more >>
Country music superstar Luke Bryan's brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, passed away on Saturday at the age of 46, and Bryan has said he is relying on his faith to get him through this tough time.
Bryan's only sister, Kelly, died in 2007 when she was just 39. She left behind Cheshire, known to the family as Lee, and three teenage daughters. Her death, which was unexpected, hit Bryan particularly hard since she was the only sibling he had left after their brother died in a car accident 11 years earlier.
"Losing my brother changed me tremendously and losing Kelly, even more. I literally do not take one second for granted," Bryan told People. "Your faith has to get you through all that. That's not saying you don't question it. But you just have to revert back to your faith in God's plan, that you'll be together again and that's what you have to go on." more >>
The wife of NFL player Ray Rice, who was knocked unconscious by her then-fiancé in an Atlantic City elevator, says the assault last February was part of God's divine plan to raise awareness for domestic abuse in America.
Although Janay Rice, formerly Janay Palmer during the time of the attack, told The Today Show's Matt Lauer on Monday that her physical altercation with Ray was just a one-time occurrence, she firmly believes that God used her and her now-husband as tools to raise awareness for the women that suffer from that kind of physical abuse on a regular basis.
"I feel like God chose me and Ray for a reason," Rice said. "It was definitely to bring awareness to what people are going through every day. more >>
A report released by the CDC Friday shows a decline in the U.S. abortion rate to 18 percent annually, however, it also reveals that teenagers aged 14 to 19 accounted for over 86,000 of the more than 730,000 abortions performed in 2011. The Abortion Surveillance report released Friday also shows that 10 women died in 2010 from complications after having legal abortions.
Continuing a years-long trend, the CDC found that approximately 730,322 abortions were reported in 2011, versus approximately 765,000 performed in 2010.
The numbers for the CDC report came from data provided voluntarily from 49 "reporting areas," which included 47 states, New York City, and the District of Columbia. California, Maryland and New Hampshire did not provide data for 2011. more >>
A county in Florida is considering an ordinance that may allow for usage of public facilities, including bathrooms, regardless of gender identity.
Commissioners for Miami-Dade County will vote Tuesday on a measure that critics say will allow men who consider themselves female to use women's restrooms.
Introduced in September and cosponsored by five members of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, the proposed ordinance adds "gender identity" and "gender expression" to its list of groups that cannot be discriminated against. more >>
A pregnant Christian women living in Pakistan is no longer expecting her baby after suffering a miscarriage that resulted from being stripped naked and beaten by two Muslim men earlier in November.
Twenty-eight-year-old Christian Elishba Bibi, who was three months pregnant at the time, was stripped naked and beaten by two Muslim brothers, Muneeb and Mobeel Gondal, after she allegedly had an argument over her faith with the brothers' mother and sister on November 16 in the Sheikhupura district in the Punjab province.
UCANews reports that Bibi told police that after she had an argument with the two muslim women, the two brothers proceeded to beat her with iron pipes, stripped out of her clothing and then dragged her into the street, where she later fell unconscious. She additionally reported that the two men also robbed her of her cellphone, gold necklace and the equivalent of about $10. more >>