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January 31 2006 By virtueonline Homosexuality: A public health disaster

Murdock also dismissed the notion that same-sex marriage has any negative influence on traditional marriages or the nuclear family, or that "tradition and social values alone" can bolster what she deemed a "discriminatory statutory classification."

Regrettably, such rationale neglects one of the most critical elements in the emotionally charged debate over same-sex marriage and homosexual behavior in general - public health.

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January 13 2006 By virtueonline NBC's desperate Episcopalians

Are there enough ridiculous, plastic characters in this spectacle yet? No, apparently not. Daniel's brother-in-law escapes town with the church treasury, but his wife and the church secretary have gone from a menage a trois to a saucy lesbian relationship. To find said brother-in-law, Daniel seeks out "Father Frank," an Italian Catholic priest who (no stereotypes here?) uses his Mafia contacts to hunt down the missing money, so the mob can compromise Daniel.

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January 03 2006 By virtueonline PERSECUTION NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD - 2006

Ghorban became a Christian more than ten years ago while in Turkmenistan. On returning to Iran he brought several friends and relatives to Christ and became pastor to a small convert church in his home. He had received several death threats from Islamic extremists to force him to stop sharing his faith.

Pray for peace for Ghorban's widow and four children in their grief. Pray for protection of all Christians in Iran.

UK: CONVERT FAMILY

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January 02 2006 By virtueonline No Church? No Problem - By George Barna

But before we break out the party poppers, we should note that, like every revolution, this one has a loser: the local church.

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December 26 2005 By virtueonline The mogul, the movie and the man on a mission

However, with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel consumed with a phony battle with those out to "destroy" Christmas, little air time has been given over to "The Chronicles" and its religious and political implications.

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December 22 2005 By virtueonline WASHINGTON, D.C.: Military chaplains told to shy from Jesus

The American Center for Law and Justice has gathered 173,000 signatures on a petition seeking an executive order. Seventy-three members of Congress have joined the request, saying in an Oct. 25 letter to the president, "In all branches of the military, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Christian chaplains to use the name of Jesus when praying."

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December 21 2005 By virtueonline Pa. Judge Rules Against 'Intelligent Design'

The case produced one of the biggest courtroom battles over evolution since the landmark "Scopes Monkey Trial" in 1925, and it was closely watched in other jurisdictions that have seen heated debates between opponents and advocates of Darwin's groundbreaking 19th century theory.

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December 20 2005 By virtueonline BELFAST: Sparks fly as Ulster gay couples tie knot

The factions competed for volume with cheers and jeers as a black taxi carrying the newly registered couple made its way through the gates of City Hall at about 11am.

Veteran civil rights campaigner and friend of the couple Eamonn McCann was at the ceremony.

"It was a very joyous and heart-warming ceremony," he said.

Like everyone else I hope they go on to have a long life of happiness."

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December 19 2005 By virtueonline Iran's President: "I will stop Christianity in this country"

According to one informed Iranian source, during the past eight days representatives of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) have arrested and severely tortured 10 other Christians in several cities, including Tehran. All the detainees have since been released.

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December 16 2005 By virtueonline LONDON: But, Archbishop, this is the bleak mid-winter for many Christians

I am looking at a book called What Every Christian Should Know about Islam, published by the Islamic Foundation. So far as I know, it presents an orthodox account of Muslim belief. It says that Mohammed was probably illiterate, and that the Koran was therefore dictated by him from memory after he had received it in visions.

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