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February 12 2007 By virtueonline Domination of church by state - by Ted Byfield

Her answer was clear: The Supreme Court's values should prevail. Then she played her trump card. Churches whose teachings fail to conform to the Charter should be denied charitable status in Canadian tax law and exemption from property taxes. To my knowledge it was the first time the tax threat was seriously levied. It will seek to force the churches to accept gay rights, abortion and (in the case of the Catholic and Orthodox churches) female priests.

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February 08 2007 By virtueonline Vatican on the Death Penalty, Not Inherently Evil, but "difficult to justify..."

"The Catholic Church continues to maintain that the legitimate authorities of State have the duty to protect society from aggressors," says the document on the death penalty. "Some States traditionally include the death penalty among the means used to achieve this end," an option "that is difficult to justify today."

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February 05 2007 By virtueonline Why Liberals Hate Christians

In fairness the first fifty minutes of the hour-long presentation take us behind the scenes of some varied examples of Christians living out their faith - in bold ways.

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February 04 2007 By virtueonline The United Nations' Disarray

Here on display is the flawed idealism of the UN's human-rights agenda, as if having human-rights abusers judging human-rights cases is the way to convert them. It is the same utopian impulse that lies behind multilateralism (the idea that nations should always act in concert) and its cousin multiculturalism (openness to the traditions and values of other cultures) and causes such confusion about human rights.

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January 17 2007 By virtueonline Senate bill attacks free speech of churches, pro-family groups

"This is one of the most significant violations of free exercise of religion and the freedom of political speech in our nation's history," Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, wrote in a column posted on the ACLJ website. "Some have said that this plan is the most comprehensive regulation of political speech that has ever been put forward by Congress."

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January 15 2007 By virtueonline Syphilis Up. Liberals Aid Homosexuality

These congregations are usually known as "inclusive churches," that is, their yard signs read that homosexuals in particular are welcomed there. And the welcome is not to introduce the homosexuals to the alternative lifestyle of holiness in Christ but a continuance of practicing homosexuality.

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January 14 2007 By virtueonline A rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians

In 1983, a brave French writer, Jean-Francois Revel, wrote a book called "How Democracies Perish." In this remarkable volume, he described how communism's aim is world conquest. For decades he had been trying to warn of communism's very real threat.

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January 11 2007 By virtueonline Christian Groups Trade Barbs On Their Sources of Funding

Both groups call themselves nonpartisan and are incorporated as tax-exempt charitable organizations. But the council, a New York-based alliance of 35 Christian denominations, is deeply involved in liberal social causes, such as reducing poverty and making peace; it achieved a long-standing legislative goal yesterday when the House voted to increase the minimum wage.

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January 06 2007 By virtueonline Without God, Gall Is Permitted

In the 21st century, this no longer seems to be the case. Few acquaintances of Dr. Richard Dawkins, the world's most voluble public atheist, wonder, as they might have a hundred years ago: Can I leave my wife unchaperoned in this man's company? Indeed, the atheists are now looking to turn the tables: They want to make belief itself not simply an object of intellectual derision but a cause for personal embarrassment.

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January 05 2007 By virtueonline Uninformed Consent: Abortion and Mental Health Consequences

The New Zealand study, published by the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, found that mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts, were more likely to occur among women who had an abortion than women who had never been pregnant or pregnant women who did not terminate the pregnancy. The study concluded, "Abortion in young women may be associated with increased risks of mental health problems."

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