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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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May 25 2005 By virtueonline A No-Bash Bash For Gays and Evangelicals

Bass has friends who are gay and friends who are evangelical Christians. In general, the two groups stay very much apart. Last Saturday night, Bass, 27, and some of her friends, including Liniak, gathered people from both worlds for One Big Dinner in the basement of All Souls Church on 16th Street NW.

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May 24 2005 By virtueonline US Parent Teacher Association Allows Gay Activists but Refuses Ex-Gays

"As we indicated on the application, our purpose at the National PTA exhibit is to distribute educational publications promoting inclusive school environments for ex-gay students and educators," said Regina Griggs, PFOX's executive director. "We fit right in because one of the themes of this year's National PTA convention is diversity. Ex gays are people, too. And it's about time the National PTA recognized that fact of life," she added.

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May 23 2005 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Anger as religious hatred bill returns

Dr Don Horrocks, Head of Public Affairs for the Evangelical Alliance, also expressed strong reservations about the return of the bill: "The announcement of the Government's intention to re-introduce this controversial legislation that was successfully opposed during the last Parliament is no surprise, given Labour's manifesto commitment and election pact with the Muslim Council of Britain."

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May 21 2005 By virtueonline The Religious Left's Lies

Their tactics are familiar. I encountered them more than 20 years ago as President Reagan's secretary of the interior, when I clashed with extreme environmental groups adept at taking out of context -- or in some cases creating -- statements that, once twisted, were attributed to me as if they were my religious views.

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May 19 2005 By virtueonline Truth or Tolerance? - by Scott Scruggs

Case 2. Last year, a dean at Stanford University began to pressure evangelical Christian groups on campus to stop the practice of "proselytizing other students." Ironically, what angered the dean was not the content of the message that was being shared, but the practice of sharing itself. He believes that in approaching someone with the Gospel, you are implying that the person's beliefs are inferior to your own.

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May 19 2005 By virtueonline We 'cure' gays say born-again radicals

In the long term, the charity wants to work with secular groups to help sex addicts such as chronic masturbators or heavy users of hardcore pornography.

'We're trying to get in to speak at youth conferences', said Lisa Guinness, the charity's smiley, silver-haired director. 'We'd love to take our stuff out to non-Christians, so we're going to develop some materials which could do that.'

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