Christians Urged to Pray During Ramadan
Around the globe, Muslims will observe Ramadan by not eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset. The 30-day period, running from July 9 to August 7, provides Christians with an opportunity to pray specifically for Muslims and fellow believers in Islamic countries.
Open Doors USA, a ministry established to assist persecuted Christians worldwide, has developed a daily prayer and reference guide to be used during the Muslim holy month. The resource can be downloaded for free at www.opendoorusa.org/ramadan.Source: Open Door USA
One-Millionth At-Risk Baby Born HIV-Free
This month, with little fanfare, a baby will be born in sub-Saharan Africa who represents an important milestone—the one-millionth baby born without HIV to a mother who suffers from the disease. In addition, global HIV infections have fallen 19 percent in the last decade, while AIDS-related deaths have dropped 26 percent since a 2005 peak.
The heartening news rose from a U.S. aid program enacted a decade ago under former President George W. Bush. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (known as PEPFAR) sought to increase access to three anti-retroviral drugs that can drastically reduce the likelihood of a mother transferring the disease to her child.Source: Daily Star
Americans Support a Ban on Abortion After 20-weeks
In the midst of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis catapulting herself on to the national stage by filibustering a bill that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks, a National Journal poll found that a plurality of Americans favor such a bill, 48 to 44 percent.
While Republicans were most likely to support the bill (59), demographic groups typically thought to be more liberal on abortion and social issues in general also backed the measure. Fifty-two percent of young adults aged 18-29 were in favor, with 50 percent of women also supporting a ban.
Source: National Journal
Your Brain: Reading Paper Versus a Screen
While the number of Americans reading e-books continues to climb, jumping from 16 percent in 2011 to 23 percent in 2012, studies have demonstrated there are advantages unique to reading a paper book.
Our brains process reading on paper as if it were a physical journey, which is why many people connect pieces of written information with the location of the text within the book. Reading from an e-reader interferes with the intuitive navigation of the text. As a result, students who read a text on a screen versus those who read it on paper performed a little worse on a reading comprehension test.
Source: Scientific American
Christians Are Happier Than Atheists On Twitter
A research team led by University of Illinois psychologist Ryan Ritter combed through nearly 2 million tweets from followers of Christian leaders and well-known atheists and discovered that “Christians express more happiness than atheists in everyday language.”
Using a computerized text analysis program, the team found followers of five influential Christians used words associated with positive emotions, while the words of the followers of five major atheists were more skeptical and analytical.Pacific Standard