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June 27 2007 By virtueonline Anti-Jesus activists on warpath

"I know who I pray to, and if other people want to pray to that chair over there, they're welcome to. It was my turn to do the invocation, and I did it the way I know how," Satterfield said.

But ACLU attorney Jennifer Rudinger fired back, threatening a lawsuit: "The law is pretty clear. The courts have ruled that it's legal to have an invocation at government functions, but it has to be non-sectarian."

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June 27 2007 By virtueonline When marriage became a 'hate crime' - George Will

That has happened in Oakland. And, predictably, the ineffable 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ratified this abridgement of First Amendment protections. Fortunately, overturning the 9th Circuit is steady work for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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June 24 2007 By virtueonline A Liberal Explains His Rejection of Same-Sex Marriage

His book, "The Future of Marriage," published last month by Encounter Books, explains why he doesn't believe same-sex marriage will serve that cause. But given the charged nature of the subject, his book may also set a record for optimism about the human capacity for rational discussion.

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June 23 2007 By virtueonline Federal Court Again Rules that High School Valedictorian will Have Day in Court

"We're pleased that the court has recognized the validity of Brittany McComb's claims," said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. "This is a very important free speech case that will affect the rights of religious persons across America."

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June 14 2007 By virtueonline "Comprehensive" Sex Education is Ineffective: Abstinence Works,Major Study Shows

After examining the Mathematica study's methods, the Institute found several major errors that made the study non-representative of American sex education. First, says the more recent study, it took sample teens from "high-risk" sectors of the population, such as poor African or American single-parent households. During the study, young people received abstinence education in pre-adolescence, but then received no follow-up training during adolescence.

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June 12 2007 By virtueonline Dean urges Democrats to court evangelical Christians

But the 2008 presidential election may ultimately hinge on evangelical Christians he said are undergoing a "generational change" that emphasizes social responsibility over social conservatism.

"I haven't seen gay marriage in the Bible once," Dean said in the keynote address at a Democratic fundraiser at a Reno hotel-casino.

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June 09 2007 By virtueonline Bible-Backed Christians Debate Global Warming Before Senate

"As one who has been formed both through a deep Christian faith and as a scientist, I believe that science has revealed to us without equivocation that climate change and global warming are real and caused in significant part by human activities," said the Episcopal Church head.

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June 07 2007 By virtueonline Queerly Beloved - "Gay" Activists Sue eHarmony

A gay demonstrator holds a rainbow flag above his head as he shouts slogans during a protest against General Peter Pace, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chief of Staff, in New York's Time's Square, March 15, 2007. Protestors were calling for Pace to be fired after comments he made in a recent interview calling homosexual acts immoral. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)

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June 06 2007 By virtueonline Who says same-sex unions don't threaten marriage?

According to the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Episcopalian bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire, the law is "not a radical departure," and instead is "a real confirmation of what New Hampshire has always been about: the freedom of its own citizens and fairness for everyone."

Of course gay Bishop Robinson could be accused of speaking to his own agenda.

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June 06 2007 By virtueonline "Conclusive" Report by Amer. Ass. of Pediatrics on Gay Adoption Full of Holes

In an Iowa court-case in late May, Dr. Quick gave her official testimony that the Technical Report "contains major quotation and interpretive errors that, irrespective of the quality of the studies cited, invalidate the conclusions in the article."

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