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August 08 2005 By virtueonline The Islamists' other weapon - by Paul Marshall

Indeed, nothing has been more central to the rhetoric of Osama bin Laden and his followers than denunciations of democracy, legislatures, and "man-made law." The great crime of the rulers of Saudi Arabia, bin Laden declared, is "ruling by laws other than those which Allah has revealed." and thereby making it "incumbent on [their] subjects, by Allah's command, to rebel."

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August 08 2005 By virtueonline The Virtues of Virtue - by David Brooks

The Violence Against Women Act, which was passed in 1994, must have also played a role, focusing federal money and attention. But all of these efforts are part of a larger story. The decline in family violence is part of a whole web of positive, mutually reinforcing social trends. To put it in old-fashioned terms, America is becoming more virtuous. Americans today hurt each other less than they did 13 years ago. They are more likely to resist selfish and shortsighted impulses.

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August 04 2005 By virtueonline Brave New Schools

Parker says the officials had indicated they would agree to a notification policy then suddenly refused. He insists he has done nothing wrong and is willing to contest the charge rather than plea-bargain.

At a hearing Tuesday, Parker's trial date was set for Sept. 21.

The Lexington School Board contends Parker deliberately set out to be arrested and make national headlines.

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August 02 2005 By virtueonline The challenge of the transgendered: Judeo-Christian values

On the other hand, a transgendered individual is a person of one sex who dresses (or otherwise behaves) as a member of the other sex -- actions that directly conflict with core Judeo-Christian values.

It is remarkable that activists on behalf of gay and lesbian acceptance always include the transgendered. What, after all, do the transgendered, who are usually heterosexual men, have to do with gays and lesbians?

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August 01 2005 By virtueonline Inadequate ideologies - by Chuck Colson

When ideology begins to replace revealed truth as the basis for governing a society, you inevitably have the kind of polarization we have in America today, Reds vs. Blues. Ideology is a man-made political formulation for how people should live their lives together and is, therefore, from our perspective as Christians, inherently flawed. And it's dangerous when a society becomes so polarized over ideology that it lacks a frame of reference for agreeing on the common good.

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July 30 2005 By virtueonline "Very Soon It Will Not Be Possible to State That Homosexuality - Ratzinger

"The affirmation that the mention of the Christian roots of Europe injures the sentiments of many non-Christians who are in Europe, is not very convincing, given that it relates, first of all, to an historical fact that no one can seriously deny...It is not the mention of God that offends those who belong to other religions, but rather the attempt to build the human community absolutely without God," said the Cardinal.

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July 24 2005 By virtueonline And Then They Came After Us

When some tried to explain that Wars 1-3 (1947, 1956, 1967) had nothing to do with the West Bank, such bothersome details fell on deaf ears.

When it was pointed out that Germans were not blowing up Poles to get back lost parts of East Prussia nor were Tibetans sending suicide bombers into Chinese cities to recover their country, such analogies were caricatured.

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July 22 2005 By virtueonline CANADA: NPR Broadcasts Call for State Control of Religion

Ferguson continued, "Of course the Vatican wouldn't like the changes, but they would come to accept them in time as a fact of life in Canada. Indeed I suspect many clergy would welcome the external pressure."

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July 21 2005 By virtueonline Same-Sex "Marriage" and Mental Health

Q: Is the opinion of the APA on same-sex unions and adoption consistent with the research on the medical and psychiatric difficulties in those with same-sex attractions and on the developmental needs of children?

Fitzgibbons: No. The APA has chosen to ignore the significant medical research which has documented serious psychiatric and medical illnesses associated with those same-sex attractions and behaviors.

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July 18 2005 By virtueonline How to save society - by Vox Day

What are the chances God's will for you is to sit numbly in your cubicle and mindlessly pay your taxes and your mortgage while you wait for the sweet release of death?

The liberal theologians are correct in one regard: Jesus Christ was a revolutionary. He overthrew a tyrant worse than Nero, King George and Stalin combined when he defeated the prince of this world by means of his death on the cross.

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