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November 17 2006 By virtueonline Marriage Wins - by Stanley Kurtz

The Arizona result might seem to indicate that voters favor domestic partner benefits, yet even here the message was mixed. Colorado, for example, not only passed a marriage amendment, but also defeated a separate measure creating domestic partnership benefits. And several other state amendments that included civil-union/domestic-partnership bans also passed. Wisconsin, for example, had a measure much like Arizona's.

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November 16 2006 By virtueonline Young adults in U.S. abandoning biblical faith

* had a sexual encounter outside of marriage

* used illegal drugs

* gotten drunk

* used profanity in public

* lied

* taken revenge

* physically fought or physically abused someone

* viewed sexually explicit videos

* said mean things behind someone's back

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November 13 2006 By virtueonline CULTURE OF VICE - by Robert R. Reilly

For any individual, moral failure is hard to live with because of the rebuke of conscience. Habitual moral failure, what used to be called vice, can be lived with only by obliterating conscience through rationalization. When we rationalize, we convince ourselves that heretofore forbidden desires are permissible. We advance the reality of the desires over the reality of the moral order to which the desires should be subordinated.

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November 08 2006 By virtueonline That They May Have Life: A Statement of Evangelicals and Catholics Together

This convergence has implications for our culture and civil order. In the present statement we intend, however briefly and inadequately, to make the case for what is commonly called "a culture of life"-and to do so in a way that invites public deliberation and engages questions of public policy.

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November 07 2006 By virtueonline Future generations will hear far more about God and politics

A poll published today by the new think tank Theos reveals public confusion. If 42 per cent of a thousand adults agree with Dawkins that religion is like "the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate", 53 per cent claim that "religion is a force for good in society", with a slightly higher percentage agreeing that Christianity had an important role to play in public affairs.

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November 01 2006 By virtueonline Growing violence against Christians in Iraq

On Tuesday 10th October Paulos Iskander, an Iraqi church minister, was abducted in Mosul. Iskander's eldest son received a phone call from the kidnappers demanding a ransom of $250,000; the family, unable to raise this money, were able to negotiate for a ransom of $40,000, but the kidnappers also demanded that Iskander's church publicly repudiate the remarks about Islam quoted by Pope Benedict XVI last month.

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October 24 2006 By virtueonline Christian Fall, Muslim Rise - by Tom Bethell

Lebanon is a microcosm, and an object lesson. It is a country where Christianity is on the wane. By one estimate, it was once over 70 percent Christian; today it is less than half that. Shi'ite Muslims alone probably outnumber Lebanese Christians (mostly Maronite). The decline may be greater than that.

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October 18 2006 By virtueonline LONDON: The fight for the west

Meanwhile, British Airways is being sued for religious discrimination after it required a Christian woman employee to conceal her cross while permitting other faiths to wear turbans, hijabs or Hindu bangles. This echoed the controversy earlier this month when the BBC agonised over whether newsreader Fiona Bruce should wear a small cross on a chain in case it might cause offence.

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October 14 2006 By virtueonline Winning the Culture War - by Janice Shaw Crouse

In a new book being pushed by a very expensive public relations campaign, a little-known author says his book is ammunition for "rational Americans" in their fight against the "Christian right." Further, he claims that eradicating religion is comparable to abolishing slavery. I compiled a list of more than a dozen new books attacking the religious right.

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October 12 2006 By virtueonline New Website Offers Support For Adult Children of Homosexuals

"It pierces the inside of you when you know the truth. Men who struggle with their own masculinity cannot affirm femininity," she said. "Six-year-olds cannot tell you how they're being impacted. We can't comprehend what we went through until we're adults.

"People aren't comfortable sharing this, but keeping it hidden hurts children," she said. "The secular media is not carrying the message that this impacts children long-term."

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