Thousands of people have taken part in an online survey done by a United Methodist Church commission which was about the issue of gender descriptions and images people use for God.
The UMC General Commission on the Status and Role of Women posted the survey online, garnering about 3,700 respondents until it officially closed on Thursday.
Of the 3,700+ respondents, 40 percent of them were male and 60 percent female, with 65 percent being laity and 35 percent being clerics or people undergoing the process of becoming clerics. more >>
The Associated Press' (AP) photography director attacked the Obama administration's policy of denying photo-journalists access to the president, comparing it to visual "propaganda."
The "President who campaigned on promise of most transparency has tightest control over access for PJs," tweeted photo-journalist Greg Kendall-Ball, whose twitter handle is @gregkb. Kendall-Ball was attending the AP Media Editor's national conference in Indianapolis, Ind., and he attributed this statement to Santiago Lyon, vice president of the AP and the wire service's director of photography, who spoke on Wednesday. Lyon (@slyon66) retweeted Kendall-Ball's tweet, apparently confirming its accuracy.
"White House official photos = visual press release," Kendall-Ball added, attributing both this statement and the follow-up question "Propaganda in America?" to Lyon. Lyon retweeted this as well. more >>
Pope Francis announced earlier this week that he reached a social media milestone by amassing more than 10 million followers on Twitter.
"Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you! I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying for me," said Francis in a tweet on Sunday.
The pope has nine different Twitter handles, each of them beginning with "Pontifex," and his words of encouragement and insight are published in a different language on each of them. Currently about 3.2 million people follow the pontiff's English language handle. more >>
Google and Yahoo are said to be outraged after finding out about allegations that the National Security Agency has secretly been spying on their Internet data, including American emails, based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
"We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping, which is why we have continued to extend encryption across more and more Google services and links, especially the links in the slide. We do not provide any government, including the U.S. government, with access to our systems," said David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer in a statement to The Washington Post, on Wednesday.
"We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform," he added. more >>
Remember when this was the coolest thing a young teen could get their hands on? See below for some of the best Christian-themed games from the 1990s on the Nintendo.
1. Spiritual Warfare more >>
The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids tablet release date was finally confirmed by Samsung earlier this week. The company will officially launch the tablet on Nov. 10 and will offer it at a price of $229.99 just in time for the holidays.
The tablet is basically the same as the Galaxy Tab 7.0 in terms of specs, however, it features a different exterior design that is aimed more towards children. It will also come with some kid friendly software.
The device will feature "kid's mode" that has its own UI making it easier to use for kids and keeps them from changing important settings or accessing content that they should not be able get to. It also comes with many pre-loaded games such as Fruit Ninja, Where's My Perry, Kids Planet Discovery and more. more >>