Touting a new study, some reporters and bloggers claimed that children raised in religious homes have difficulty telling the difference between fact and fiction. The study, however, does not justify these claims.
The online version of "Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious and Nonreligious Backgrounds," authored by researchers Kathleen Corriveau, Boston University; Eva Chen, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and Paul Harris, Harvard, was published July 3 in Cognitive Science.
Here are a few of the headlines reporting on the study: more >>
Hillsborough, New Jersey teen Jared Colon died after being punched by another teenager. However, his mother is determined that his death not be in vain and that something good come from her loss.
"He had such incredible empathy and concern for everyone and everything around him," Beth Colon told NJ.com. "He was really about helping others," she then told ABC Eyewitness News. "He had an incredible capacity. He was just so wise beyond his years. You just looked into his eyes and you knew what a great old soul he was."
The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said that the young man who punched Colon is in custody, charged with second-degree reckless manslaughter. Because he is a minor, his name has not been released by the press. more >>
Evangelicals reeling from the suicide of 15-year-old Braxton Caner are now preparing to celebrate his life at a funeral Saturday as his father, Ergun Caner, popular Baptist minister and president of Brewton-Parker College in Georgia, publicly revealed he was going through "excruciating pain" Wednesday.
A post on the Facebook page of the Aledo Class of 2017 on Wednesday night noted that the funeral service for Braxton Caner will take place on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m., at the New River Fellowship Church in Hudson Oaks, Texas.
"No words. No sermon. No funny quotes. No answers. No note. Nothing but excruciating pain & the assurance that I'll see him in Glory," Caner noted in an apparent tweet on his son's surprising death on Wednesday. more >>
Charlie Tillotson of Sidmouth, England is sweeping the internet after a compassionate act of kindness this week.
After learning about children who were battling cancer, Tillotson selflessly decided to chop her long blonde hair in order to donate it, according to reports this week. The 6-year-old donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, an organization that creates wigs for young cancer patients.
"I can say no more, this is my daughter Charlie," Tillotson's father, Steve Tillotson, wrote on a fundraising page about his daughter. "She has told me today that she wants to have all her hair cut off for children with cancer. She has her heart set on raising 600 pounds (she originally wanted to raise ten hundred pounds) and donating the hair so it can be made into a wig." more >>
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has distributed over 1,200 Spanish language Bibles to illegal immigrant children and adults who are being detained by U.S. Border Patrol near Nogales, Arizona.
Largely from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, 1,000 people have received Bibles donated by the American Bible Society, along with 600 copies of "La Llave," an edition specifically written for youth. Publishing house Verbo Divino has also donated 200 copies of their Catholic Family Bible.
"This is definitely collaboration between multiple organizations," Matthew Kilmurry, director of marketing at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The Christian Post Tuesday. more >>
While two states have successfully banned conversion therapy for gay youth, a majority of state lagislatures have voted down bills that would implement such bans after hearing the testimonies of ex-gays who say they've benefitted from sexual orientation change therapy.
Proposed bans similar to California's and New Jersey's laws prohibiting sexual orientation change therapy, or SOCE, for minors have been voted down or withdrawn in Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Washington, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Hawaii and Rhode Island.