Table of Contents

Cover Story

Scouts in the balance

Scouts in the balance

by Warren Cole Smith

Cover Story | Will the Boy Scouts of America survive a double-barreled attack from atheists and homosexual activists?

In this issue: "Boy Scout dilemma," May 18, 2013

Features

Terror-fighting tangle

By Jamie Dean

Terrorism | The effort to protect Americans is tied up in a morass of competing agencies, bureaucratic complexity, and special interests

After the explosion

By Amy McCullough

Disaster relief | Among relief groups in West, Texas, was one that offered something more than material aid

Vacant State

By J.C. Derrick

Politics | Months into a second term, the Obama administration is dragging its feet on crucial diplomatic appointments

Staying on message

By Moses Wasamu

Kenya | Kenyan churches successfully lobby to remove a U.S.-funded ad they say encourages adultery

Abigail and Samuel

By Daniel James Devine

Birth | A pair of tiny twins illustrates the agonizing challenges that premature births present to parents and doctors

Dispatches

Good neighbor policy

By Jamie Dean

Bangladesh | Disasters raise questions for average citizens: Are we prepared to help save lives?

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | Mother’s Day Mother’s Day isn’t just for moms. It’s for florists too. The annual holiday, which falls on May 12 this year, accounts for roughly a…

Drought then deluge

By The Editors

News | And other news briefs

'Are you human?'

By Daniel James Devine

Abortion | Gosnell trial draws to a close with controversy over late-term abortion and shoddy clinics just beginning

Cheating on kids 

By Leigh Jones

Education | Atlanta school system scandal may have a silver lining: promoting choice

Fest season

Fest season

By Warren Cole Smith

Music | Outdoor music events kick off with family-friendly MerleFest—and without Doc Watson 

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Died Country music legend George Jones, 81, died April 26 in Nashville after a brief illness interrupted his ongoing tour. Jones, who was often called the…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘Flush it.’ A staff member at Dr. Emily Women’s Health Center in the Bronx, New York, to a pregnant woman who had asked what she should do if…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Head drama A body part floating in a river is usually evidence of foul play. But a head found floating in the Hudson River may be from a different kind of…

Reviews

A bit rusty

By Emily Whitten

Movies | Iron Man 3 will hold viewers’ attention, but it’s no Avengers

Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | In 1947, six Scandinavians, led by Thor Heyerdahl, sailed 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific in a raft to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of April 26-28 according to Box Office Mojo

Mud

Mud

By J.C. Derrick

Movies | Writer/director Jeff Nichols’ new movie is, well, clear as mud. While adeptly illustrating a segment of life in the South, Nichols ( Take Shelter ) serves up…

Vice

Vice

By Megan Basham

Television | It’s hard to decide which is the more interesting development—HBO figuring it can carve a niche in broadcast journalism with an edgy newsmagazine aimed at…

Graduation presents

Graduation presents

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Five books to counter academic propaganda

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky

Books | Recent nonfiction books

Moral markets

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Americans are about to relearn the lesson, says Steve Forbes, that it is big government and not capitalism that causes economic instability

Folk surprise

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Anaïs Mitchell is hauntingly compelling in Child Ballads

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent releases

Notebook

Womb to grow

By Mary Jackson

Lifestyle | The thriving practice of embryo adoption is saving little lives from destruction

Funny money

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Bitcoins are a new fad for online currency, but their value may be as illusory as they are

Moderate warriors?

Moderate warriors?

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Obama’s Cabinet picks on energy and environment have had nice things to say about natural gas

Mini Russian Orthodox Church

Mini Russian Orthodox Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Russia

Odd man out

By Mark Bergin

Sports | The scorn many expected for the NBA’s first openly gay player has instead befallen an openly Christian pundit

Builder and giver

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Quiet GOP moneyman Bob Perry dies

Property loss

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Virginia court sides with the Episcopal Church over Falls Church Anglican

Voices

Connecting obvious dots

By Joel Belz

Terrorism | At least some are now willing to say that Islam is more violent than other religions

Conversations with wisdom

Conversations with wisdom

By Janie B. Cheaney

Faith & Inspiration | Your parents can introduce you to her, but you must get to know her yourself

Tar bubbles and terrorism

By Mindy Belz

Human Rights | Punishing crimes big and small can be life-and-death business

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

One monster among many

One monster among many

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Abortion | Demonization was surprisingly difficult at the Kermit Gosnell trial

As she lay dying

By Marvin Olasky

Family | On Mother’s Day, how do you honor an ornery mom?

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