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Poll: University students want less free speech

A survey of university students in Britain reveals that they are increasingly becoming more opposed to free speech and conservative views, the Daily Mail reports. The survey, conducted by Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), found that 36% of students believe professors should be fired if they offend the views of students. This is more than double the percentage of students (15%) who held the same opinion in HEPI’s 2016 survey. As well, 39% of students believe that universities should ban all speakers that some students consider controversial, up from 16% in 2016. And 86% of students believe that trigger warnings should be put on material that might cause some students to be upset, up from 68% in 2016 READ: Now students call for LESS free speech… and one in ten wants to BAN Tory party from campuses, study shows So what kind of material could potentially cause meltdowns in students, you ask. Earlier this year, Scotland’s University of the Highlands and Islands put a trigger warning on Ernest Hemmingway’s book, The Old Man and the …

Survey suggests people are starting to prefer non-denominational churches

Though my wife and I attend a denominational, church, which we enjoy, recent polling suggests a cultural shift is taking place as people seem to be moving away from denominational churches, to independent or nondenominational churches. In a survey of over 1,000 preselected people, Lifeway Research found that when denominational names were part of a church’s name, significant percentages of people were no longer interested in attending that particular church. The survey found: 51% said they would not be interested in a particular church if Pentecostal was part of its name; 48% were not interested if Catholic was part of the church name; 47% did not feel the church was for them if its name included Lutheran or Methodist; 46% said they were uninterested if Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God or Presbyterian were part of the name; and 43% felt they would not be interested if the church name included Baptist. According to the Christian Post, this seems to be part of a growing trend of people preferring nondenominational churches. A study conducted in 2015 …

Poll: High Anxiety in New York City because of rising crime

A recent poll, conducted by Spectrum News NY1/Siena College, found that 76% of New Yorkers are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about becoming a victim of violence, the New York Post reports. The New York Post writes: When asked “How concerned are you that a shooting in which a gunman targets people based on their race, religion or ethnicity will happen in your neighborhood,” almost half (43%) confessed that they are concerned. In fact, a whopping 70% of New Yorkers said they feel less safe now than before the COVID-19 pandemic started, compared to just 3% who said they feel safer. READ: 7 in 10 New Yorkers concerned about being violent crime victim: poll The criminals are the real victims Of course, I am sure this has nothing to do with woke Attorney General’s who believe that the true victims of crime are the ones committing the violence, resulting in lenient sentences, which ultimately leads to more crime. Fox News explains: Democrats vowed to reimagine public safety in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the …

Poll: How many pastors have a Biblical worldview?

A recent poll conducted by George Barna found that only 37% of America’s pastors/church leaders hold a Biblical worldview. Now to be fair some of the 1,000 church leaders surveyed undoubtedly included Liberal churches, where they even allow atheists to pastor a church. Nevertheless, George Barna, who heads Arizona Christian University’s Cultural Research Center, stated the survey revealed that our secular culture is having a shocking impact on the beliefs of Christian leaders. The survey asked the opinions of church leaders in eight categories and in only one did the majority reflect a Biblical worldview, where 57% help a Biblical opinion on purpose and calling. However, it was not the same for the remainder of the questions, where only a minority of pastors and church leaders held a Biblical worldview on the issue: 47% held a Biblical worldview when it came to Family, Value of Life. Undoubtedly this included their opinions on abortion; 44% held a Biblical worldview when it came to God, Creation, History. This would suggest they question the Genesis account; 43% held …

Study: Parts of the Antarctic ice cap are growing, not shrinking

Researchers from Cambridge University, Newcastle University, and New Zealand’s University of Canterbury are certain to send off alarm bells in the man-made global warming industrial complex (MMGWIC). One of the big fears being promoted by the MMGWIC is that if we don’t stop man-made global warming is that all the coastal cities will simply be washed away by the rising oceans. So it was particularly disturbing when this group of scientists stated that between 2003/4 to 2019, the ice pack on the western side of the Antarctic has actually been increasing. Growing. The Western Antarctic has about 1,400 km of shoreline. And this isn’t even the first time this has been reported. Back in 2015, NASA reported the exact same thing was happening. Though the ice pack on the eastern side of the Antarctic was shrinking, the ice pack on the western side was growing. In fact, the west’s growth was faster than the eastern, so overall the Antarctic ice pack was growing, not shrinking. READ: NASA Study: Mass gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet greater …

Marijuana usage linked to common heart disease

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, marijuana usage can lead to increased instances of coronary artery disease (CAD) caused by the build-up of plaque in a person’s arteries. Researchers said that with the increasing acceptance of Marijuana, their study “emphasizes the potential harmful effects of cannabis use on cardiovascular health and highlights the need for further research as it (cannabis) becomes more accepted at both a national and global level.” According to the National Post: U.S. researchers have found that cannabis use is associated with prevalent coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common cardiovascular disease in the U.S., Canada and some other industrialized countries around the world. Specifically, ever versus never cannabis users had 90 per cent increased odds of CAD, those who had used weed at least once a month for at least a year had 68 per cent increased odds and current users had near 98 per cent increased odds. READ: Cannabis use associated with prevalent heart disease

Psychiatrist warns parents allowing children to use Marijuana, it’s leading to delusional paranoia and hallucinations

Sir Robin Murray, a professor of Psychiatric Research at Britain’s King College’s Institute of Psychiatry, has issued a warning to Liberal parents who are allowing their children to smoke marijuana, saying it could lead to some serious mental health issues. Some parents actually prefer their kids use Cannabis over drinking alcohol.

Study: Tens of thousands of children clinically depressed due to lockdowns

According to a recent study out of the United Kingdom, the lockdowns associated with the COVID pandemic has resulted in tens of thousands of children becoming clinically depressed. The study also noted that girls were particularly affected by the lockdowns. Breitbart reports: According to the paper published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, children attending secondary schools in the United Kingdom found themselves suffering more from clinical depression as a result of COVID clampdowns. Researchers found that 27.1 per cent prevalence of depression among their thousands-strong sample, which they say represents a notable increase from where they would have expected the percentage to be had the pandemic never occurred. Overall, The Telegraph reports that this increased percentage means that 60,000 more youngsters were driven into clinical depression by the lockdown. READ: Lockdowns Drove Tens of Thousands of Kids into ‘Clinical Depression’ – Study Of course, this is not the first time we have heard this. READ: Depression Among Children Has Increased ‘Substantially’ Under Lockdown: Study READ: More youth are dying of suicide, overdose than COVID-19 during pandemic: …

Study: High social media usage may cause mental health issues for teens?

According to a study conducted by Cambridge University’s Digital Mental Health program, social media may be causing mental issues in teens, particularly as they enter puberty. The study, reported by The Verge, noted that it came to this conclusion from studying the results of seven surveys of 72,000 individuals between 2011 and 2018 and a survey of 17,000 between the ages of 10 to 21. The study found that higher social media usage resulted in teens having ‘low’ self-esteem and ‘poor’ body image, which showed up when they entered puberty, and also at the time they were ready to leave home. The Verge reports: “Narrowing in on adolescents, the team found that for people in the 16- to 21-year-old age range, both very low and very high social media use were both linked with lower life satisfaction. In 10- to 15-year-olds, there wasn’tmuch difference in life satisfaction between kids reporting low and high social media use. But in that group, girls with high social media use had lower life satisfaction than boys.” READ: Social media …

How gratitude rewires your brain

In his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul writes that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). The Greek word translated ‘transformed’, metamorphoō, speaks of an utter and complete change. It is where we get the English word metamorphosis, which describes the process when a caterpillar builds a cocoon, dissolves, and reforms into a butterfly. The change is so dramatic that the butterfly can no longer eat the same thing that it did when it lived as a caterpillar. But for the believer, Paul adds that this transformation takes place as we ‘renew’ our minds. Paul uses the same Greek word, anakainoo, when he writes that we are ‘renewed in the spirit of our mind’ (Ephesians 4:22-24). Anakainoo means to ‘make new,’ ‘make different,’ ‘to renovate’ and refers to a dramatic change, and it’s this change in thinking that transforms us. But when Paul speaks of the spirit of our mind, he is speaking about what controls and directs our thinking. Some Bible versions, such as the NIV, …