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April 13 2005 By virtueonline Bonnie Prince Charles and the End of Christendom

Do not miss the moment. This civil ceremony in front of a Justice of the Peace rather than a minister of the Gospel, tramples all over centuries of constitutional, ecclesiastical history, like muddy boots on a freshly-cleaned carpet. This "secular" marriage will certainly bring an end to the history of the Monarch as Head of the Church, and of the Crown as having any special, exemplary role in society.

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April 11 2005 By virtueonline Chambers: Homosexuality should be met with truth, grace

Chambers, president of Exodus International, said the church must respond to homosexuality as Jesus would, with 100 percent truth and 100 percent grace. Chambers said it is important to receive homosexuals with love and understanding.

He began his speech Wednesday night at the chapel, 1401 S. Washington St., by asking if anyone in the audience was involved in homosexuality and if they were bold enough to raise their hands. After a few moments, three people raised their hands.

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April 05 2005 By virtueonline More Americans oppose gay 'marriage,' poll finds

A similar poll by Gallup last year found that 55 percent thought homosexual "marriages" should not be valid, while 42 percent said they should be recognized.

In addition, 466 adults were asked in the same time period what marital arrangements they thought should be recognized for homosexual couples.

The poll found that 20 percent favored same-sex "marriage," 27 percent said civil unions, and 45 percent said "neither."

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April 05 2005 By virtueonline CANADA: Chipping away at freedom of religion

Bishop Henry's case is being pursued under Alberta's Human Rights Code. But it is not hard to imagine religious speech being chilled across the country.

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March 30 2005 By virtueonline How the West leads the fight against itself

The provocation has been the nihilistic consequences of humanism. A movement that started in the Renaissance with the ambition of founding a human-centred view of existence, to replace the religious one that had preceded it, failed to find its own answer to the great metaphysical questions that confront all humans: where do I come from, what should I do with my life, and what happens to me at death.

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March 24 2005 By virtueonline Mainstreaming Polyamory is Finally Being Made: Beyond Gay Marriage

Those who still think of the University of Chicago as a bastion of conservatism - including social conservatism - need to think again. The University of Chicago is rapidly becoming just another leftist-dominated campus. Mainstream liberals Cass Sunstein and Martha Nussbaum are arguably the most influential law professors at Chicago's law school (although libertarian conservative Richard Posner is there part-time). Emens nods to Sunstein and Nussbaum in her acknowledgments.

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March 15 2005 By virtueonline Which Privileges for Islam? - by Daniel Pipes

I oppose any role for Shariah, a medieval body of law, in public life today, but as long as women are truly not coerced (create an ombudsman to ensure this?) and Islamic rulings remain subordinate to Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, I see no grounds on which to deny Muslims the right, like other Canadians, to revert to private arbitration.

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Gibson expertly puts us at Ground Zero of the last twelve hours in Christ's life. In his wisdom, the director played it straight, letting the gripping Passion narrative unfold just as it has been passed down through the ages - thankfully, there's hardly a modern touch found anywhere in the film.

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* Recent studies in many different countries show that the prevalence of homosexuality is less than 3% of the population: In a US study, the prevalence of homosexuality was estimated to be 2.1% of men and 1.5% of women. (Gilman SE. Am J Public Health. 2001; 91: 933-9.) Another US study estimated the prevalence of the adult lesbian population to be 1.87% (Aaron DJ et al. J Epidemiol Community Health.

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March 09 2005 By virtueonline America's lethal sexual behavior

The study, authored by three researchers from the Centers for Disease
Control, examined "adverse health outcomes" that result from sexual
activity including both sexually transmitted diseases, viruses and
infections, infertility and abortions. More men than women died in 1998
as a result of sexual behavior-- 19,634 men compared to 10,148 women.

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