Kate Spade, North Korea, Chick-fil-A vs Twitter: The Intersect

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LIFE AND DEATH

“I understand what Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain were going through because I’ve been there.” In USA Today, one author says Americans are depressed and suicidal because something is wrong with our culture.

The vast majority of victims do not survive, so their voices are never heard. From BBC News: The failed abortion survivor whose mum thought she was dead.

In the least religious part of the US, tech moguls’ newest growth sector is immortality. “There’s a strong current of belief in Silicon Valley, but it’s not in organized religion.” Here’s an intriguing profile: How to talk about God in Silicon Valley.

BY THE NUMBERS

“Try as it might, North Korea’s government has never wiped out Christianity. Some experts say that there are as many as 400,000 secret believers… They live in constant threat of imprisonment or execution.” A must-read in the wake of Tuesday’s North Korea summit: Remember North Korea’s Persecuted Christians.

Moral acceptance of polygamy is at a record high. The practice President James Garfield once said “offends the moral sense” is now seen by 17% of Americans as “morally acceptable.” Here’s why.

Religious people live on average four years longer than atheists and agnostics, according to new research. Here’s how the researchers conducted the study, and what their findings could mean.

FAULT LINES

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey received harsh backlash for eating at Chick-fil-A because of its Christian values. Here’s his reaction.

CrossFit fired its spokesperson for expressing his personal belief that celebrating “pride” is a sin. And this is tolerance? It’s not bigotry to believe homosexuality is a sin.

“They asked if they would like the Bible, and I said no.” A newly-elected Georgia official refused the Bible to take her oath of office on “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” instead.

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