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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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March 09 2005 By virtueonline Why We're Losing the War Against HIV/AIDS

But new research from Columbia University researchers found no evidence that abstinence and fidelity caused the overall decline of HIV in Uganda between 1994 and 2002. The study reported that increased use of condoms and the death of AIDS patients resulted in fewer HIV cases. Green rejected those new findings during an interview with Tim Morgan, Christianity Today 's deputy managing editor. (An edited transcript.)

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March 07 2005 By virtueonline It's the parenting, stupid - Barna Survey Report

George Barna, who spearheaded the research project, didn't mince words in his rundown of the poll's results: "You might expect that parents who are born-again Christians would take a different approach to raising their children than did parents who have not committed their life to Christ - but that was rarely the case."

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