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US religious retailer apologizes to Asian Americans

The retail arm of the largest US Protestant denomination has apologized to Asian Americans for using stereotypical images including rickshaws. For its summer Bible school, a unit of the Southern Baptist Convention promoted to children a "Far Out Far East Rickshaw Rally: Racing to the Son." Advertisements included images of the hand-pulled cart as well as other Asian motifs including boxes of Chinese takeout food. Community advocates protested after the advertisement came out in 2004, saying it cast Asian Americans in stereotypical, foreign imagery associated with poverty.

Son of prominent US preacher commits suicide

The youngest son of prominent US evangelical preacher Rick Warren has committed suicide after a long struggle with mental illness, the pastor's church said Saturday. Matthew Warren, 27, died on Friday following years of battling depression, a statement from the Saddleback Valley Community Church said. The statement paid tribute to Matthew Warren as "an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man whose sweet spirit was encouragement and comfort to many."
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