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June 20 2005 By virtueonline When Material Wealth Is Not Enough

Layard observes that Bentham's ideas had great influence, but that over time the search for happiness often degenerated into rampant individualism. As a remedy Layard argues that we need to renew the concept of the search for happiness by adding to it the idea of the common good, thus avoiding excessive individualism.

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June 15 2005 By virtueonline CANADA: Gay advocates fight churches' charity status

"We have no problem with the Catholic Church or any other faith group promoting bigotry," he said. "We have a problem with the Canadian government funding that bigotry."

Several Liberal backbenchers have been pressuring Prime Minister Paul Martin to amend the controversial gay-marriage bill, which is now before the House, to protect the tax status of churches that refuse to perform such marriages.

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June 14 2005 By virtueonline Same-Sex "Marriage," "Hate Crimes," and the New Totalitarianism

The recent passage of Canada's Bill C-250, which amended the hate crimes law to include sexual orientation, is a case in point, and the looming "same-sex marriage" bill is another. A number of aspects of the new hate crimes law are especially disturbing.

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June 14 2005 By virtueonline In the Fight: Desecrate the Koran -- Riots; Desecrate the Bible -- Yawn

Little is heard publicly about such contempt.

The reason? It is likely what Newsweek and its media elite friends choose to report, and not report. The largely irreligious corps of reporters and their disrespect of Christianity obviously comes into play.

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June 07 2005 By virtueonline AP Poll: Religion Key in American Lives

Nearly all U.S. respondents said faith was important to them and only 2 percent said they did not believe in God, according to the polling conducted for the AP by Ipsos.

Almost 40 percent in this country said religious leaders should try to sway policymakers, notably higher than in other countries.

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June 06 2005 By virtueonline Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries

2. Mein Kampf

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May 31 2005 By virtueonline Self, sex and Christ

"From reading the [book of] Romans, I realized that I was settling for less. God designed us to be for the opposite sex," Payne said. In the first chapter of St. Paul's letter to the Romans, found in the New Testament, Paul describes God's wrath against a faithless people, whom he punished by "giving them over to shameful lusts" such as homosexual desires.

'Unwanted' urges

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May 30 2005 By virtueonline Preaching the gospel of green. Evangelicals embrace environmentalism

On such issues as global climate change, endangered species, and mercury hazards to the unborn, many evangelical Christians are parting ways with conservatives. They are embracing environmental protection as "stewardship" of God's creation.

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May 29 2005 By virtueonline Judge Not - by Mark Tooley

"The rhetoric that some people of faith -- Republicans, conservatives, or fundamentalists -- 'have it right' and all other people of faith have it wrong not only is self righteous, but inappropriately polarizes people of faith for political purposes," said Bishop Mark Hanson.

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May 27 2005 By virtueonline U.S. Vote Shows Ignorance, Says Bishops' Aide

"This was a David-and-Goliath story," said Richard Doerflinger, deputy director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

"The pro-life movement and its allies in Congress went up against the combined resources of Hollywood celebrities, the research establishment, and a wealthy for-profit biotechnology industry, and fought them to a standstill," he said.

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