America's Least 'Bible-Minded' Cities

The 10 cities where people are least likely to crack open a Bible
 

The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research recently unveiled their “Unhappy Cities” study which compiles survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about life satisfaction across America, and evidently, those Duck Dynasty dudes are onto something. For the surveys, the CDC asked residents around the country to self-report their own levels of overall life satisfaction, then adjusted the results for income, age, race and gender. When the results were calculated, the state of Louisiana was home to the top five happiest cities in the country, with Lafayette, leading the way. Other non-Louisiana cities in the “happiest” top ten included Rochester, Minn., Corpus Christi, Texas, Nashville, Tenn., and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. New York City ranked dead last, making it officially the “unhappiest” place to live in the country. The infograph below, created by The Huffington Post's Alissa Scheller shows the entire rundown ... Discuss

 

Yesterday in Arizona, convicted double-murderer Joseph Wood “gasped and snorted” throughout an execution that lasted nearly two hours. Leading up to the lethal injection, Wood’s attorney had attempted to have it stayed because prison officials would not reveal where they acquired the combination of drugs used. Ultimately, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling that would have stopped the execution. Many drug companies do not want the association with capital punishment, and prisons are, in turn, increasingly hesitant to reveal their drug suppliers.

Arizona had never before used the two-drug cocktail, but the same drugs were used in criticized, prolonged executions in two other states. Wood’s public defender told NBC, “"The state of Arizona today conducted a failed experiment. It was horrible to watch." In 1989 Woods murdered both his girlfriend and her father. In interviews with several news outlets, members of the victims’ family said that the public attention should be on Wood’s crimes, not the execution ... Discuss

 

How Christians Can Help Undocumented Children Right Now

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the NHCLC on how Christians should respond to immigrant children. Read More
 

Jack White is playing in Chicago this week, and he decided to spend part his trip taking part in the great American pastime. And he had the time of his life. Just look at him. Can you blame him? The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. Even the most tortured rock star can't help but let free his inner child when once taken by the spirit of baseball. Have an extra hot dog for the rest of us, Mr. White! ... Discuss

 

According to new research, many millennials are forgoing marriage—at least for now. A recent report from the Urban Institute found that millennial adults are currently on pace to have lower rates of marriage by the age of 40 than any other generation on record. They estimate that if the current trend continues, 30% of millennial women will not be married by their 40th birthday. By comparison, that’s double the number of unmarried Gen X 40-year-old females.

As CNN Money points out, the data also notes that “Hispanic and black Millennials, as well as those without college degrees, are expected to see greater declines in their marriage rates.” Though the researchers say that “staying single while young gives them more opportunity to establish a financial base,” in the long-term, the trend could have a negative economic effect: University of Michigan sociology professor told the outlet, “The evidence shows that getting married increases wealth and income." The study echoes the findings of a Pew study from March that found that 74% of current 18-to-33-year-old adults are not married ... Discuss