A Mori survey taken for the European Depression Association has found that 10 percent of European workers say that they have missed work because of depression. When the survey dug deeper, the results were grimmer: A whopping 20 percent of those surveyed had been diagnosed with depression at some time in their lives.
The “IDEA” survey (Impact of Depression in the workplace in Europe Audit) polled 7,000 workers in seven different nations: Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Denmark. Interestingly, those who reported diagnosis for depression the most often were workers in nations that have largely avoided the recent economic problems of the eurozone — Germany (61 percent), Denmark (60 percent), Britain (58 percent) — while Italy, which is facing major economic problems, had the lowest rate of depression at 12 percent.
Cheerleaders at the high school in Kountze, Texas, are taking on the the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) after the atheist group demanded the student group stop displaying the giant banners with Bible verses that the school's football team runs through at the beginning of games.
A supposedly ancient fragment of papyrus that a Harvard professor claimed has Jesus Christ referring to his “wife,” is most likely a fake, multiple scholars and experts have determined. According to the September 18 issue of the UK's Guardian newspaper, Karen King, a professor of early Christianity at Harvard University, said the fragment is from the third or fourth century A.D. and contains text in which Jesus refers to “my wife,” whom he identifies as Mary. “King helped translate and unveiled the tiny fragment at a conference of Coptic experts in Rome,” reported the Guardian. “She said it doesn't prove Jesus was married but speaks to issues of family and marriage that faced Christians.”
Notre Dame University has invited pro-abortion President Barack Obama back to campus, this time to debate GOP presidential opponent Mitt Romney, whose position on abortion hasn’t always been clear.
The latest invitation to the pro-abortion president, who believes the unborn who survive “botched” abortions should be killed, comes as the university awaits word on a lawsuit it filed against Obama. That lawsuit involves the president's mandate that forces Catholic employers to provide free birth control, via insurance companies, for employees.
A Rhode Island school district has banned father-daughter dances, along with mother-son activities, saying such events violate the state's prohibition on gender discrimination. Rhode Island's Providence Journal reported that the Cranston school district made the move to ban the activities after the ACLU sent a letter to the district on behalf of a single mother who complained that her daughter could not attend a father-daughter dance at her school.
Over a dozen NewYork City high schools are making the “morning after” contraception pill available to their students, under a program initiated by the city's health department. High schools around the nation have handed out condoms to students for years, but observers said this is the first known case of a school district dispensing the emergency contraceptive, also known as the “abortion pill” because of its ability to cause abortion in women who take it after sex.
Delaware has become the very first state to pass a controversial law that effectively outlaws the corporal discipline of children by their parents. Senate bill 234 was signed into law by Governor Jack Markell on September 12.
Following the arrests of several individuals for sharing their Christian faith on New Orleans' notorious Bourbon Street, a 2011 ordinance that effectively bans religious speech in the city's “anything goes” party district has prompted a series of First Amendment lawsuits.
Fifty years ago, Rachel Carson published her book Silent Spring. The politically correct pseudo-science therein was largely responsible for the banning of DDT in much of the world, resulting in perhaps hundreds of millions of deaths.
Pennsylvania’s New Oxford High School marching band stirred controversy earlier this week after a halftime show that commemorated the Russian Revolution included olive military-style uniforms and giant hammers and sickles. There was an immediate public outcry against the performance prompting the superintendent to issue an apology for the display. Additionally, the band has reportedly made significant changes to the halftime show.