A 10-year-old Syrian girl in the town of Aleppo is now tasked with raising her four younger siblings after the children's parents were killed by shrapnel from a barrel bomb dropped by a Syrian government war planes last October.
Lost in the shadows of the Islamic State's takeover in Syria are the effects felt by Syrian citizens in the country's on-going civil war. A highly controversial tactic used by the government forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of dropping improvised explosives called "barrel bombs" out of helicopters has led to the killing of numerous innocent citizens.
In the heavily bombarded Aleppo neighborhood of Baedeen, a frightened and unprepared Rana has been forced to take on the parental role for her younger siblings all while trying to continue her education and make ends meet because her parent's lives were taken as a result of Syrian government's tactics. more >>
In response to the cinematic debut of the "50 Shades of Grey" movie, one Virginia pastor will look to respond via a sermon series meant to address various matters regarding sexual ethics, including pornography and gay marriage.
Rick McDaniel, pastor of Richmond Community Church, will be preaching a sermon series starting on Sunday meant to add a Christian moral perspective on controversial topics pertaining to sexual behavior. Known as the "5 Shades of Grey," the series will include issues like pornography, divorce, gay marriage, cohabitation, and adultery.
In an interview with The Christian Post, McDaniel explained that "God just sort of dropped an idea in my head" to do the series in response to the popularity of "50 Shades of Grey." more >>
Lawmakers in the city of Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of world-renowned evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, are weighing whether to expand the city's non-discrimination ordinance to include legal rights for transgenders to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex.
The proposed changes to the town's non-discrimination ordinance will be voted on by the City Council on Feb. 23 and the changes could also add non-discrimination protections for sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, gender identity and gender expression.
Although most of the proposed changes to the ordinance were not critically discussed by the city council, the largest contention in the ordinance came in regards to expanding bathroom rights to transgenders, which essentially allows a biological male to use a female restroom and vice versa. Four council members, including two Democrats, voted against putting the ordinance proposal on the Feb. 23 agenda. more >>
"Bringing Up Bates" star Erin Bates has spoken out about her pregnancy and the inevitability of a Duggar-Bates wedding in the future.
The Bates family is, like the Duggar family, larger-than-life and God-fearing; both families are featured in their own reality series and have been friends for several years. Erin Bates, married to husband Chad Paine, spoke to ET about their families' special connection as well as the probability of them one day merging in a wedding.
"I personally think, hey, you have 19 kids on each side. I think it's almost inevitable somewhere down the line," Erin said of a Bates-Duggar wedding. "As much as we see each other, I think there's going to be an attractions somewhere. I don't know where yet, but I think it's gonna happen." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritans' Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, believes that the sexual revolution of the 1960s has "severely weakened" the United States from within.
"Our culture, like ancient cultures that ultimately were destroyed in large part due to their own moral depravity, has been severely weakened," Graham wrote in the February issue of Decision magazine.
"A stable family unit committed to the truth and precepts of the Bible was once the foundation and backbone of our nation. That model is now the exception, not the rule," he asserted. more >>
Nick Gordon broke his silence on Friday, two weeks after his girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub. He denied claims that he is taking legal action in a bid to see the 21-year-old and said that he is praying for her recovery.
Earlier this week it was reported that 25-year-old Gordon, who was raised like a son by the late Whitney Houston, had been banned from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta following a heated dispute with Brown's family. In a recent interview Jerrod Brown, who is Brown's cousin, accused Gordon of taking legal action to gain hospital access in order to see her.
The reality star was placed in a medically-induced coma and remains on life support after she was found unconscious by Gordon at her Roswell, Georgia home right outside of Atlanta on Jan. 31. She is currently surrounded by loved ones, including her father Bobby Brown. more >>