Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates addresses the Boy Scouts of America's said the organization's long-standing ban on participation by openly gay adults was no longer sustainable. The Boy Scouts of America's top policy-making board voted Monday, July 27,  to end its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion if that accorded with their faith.

Horn: Boy Scouts’ decision puts churches in precarious position

By Philip Timothy Managing Editor Despite the strenuous objections of many religious organizations throughout the United States, including the Southern Baptist Convention, the Boy Scouts of America voted to end its blanket ban on gay adult leaders on the evening of July 27 but will allow church-sponsored Scout … [Read More...]


Due to a war that has stripped millions of Syrians of work and most of their possessions, many families living in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan have no means to partake of a traditional Ramadan feast at sunset.

Syrian refugees long for happier Ramadan

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (BP) -- For many who escaped from the violent civil war in Syria, this is their fifth Ramadan in a foreign country. Families in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan are going through a challenging time as they recall happier Ramadan holidays in Syria. Ramadan, which ends today (July … [Read More...]