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December 30, 2011
A `Christ-centered` alternative (to Girl Scouts)

(OneNewsNow)  The founder of an alternative to the Girl Scouts credits God for her organization`s continued growth.

Many parents are concerned about the Girl Scouts` association with the Planned Parenthood-type philosophy on abortion and sex education. Patti Garibay says that is why the group she founded, American Heritage Girls, was launched.

"We are a Christ-centered organization for girls, and so we are happy to welcome girls ages five to 18 into American Heritage Girls to grow in their knowledge and love for Christ, as well as to do some of the very fun scouting activities that makes scouting just so much of a great idea for today`s families," she shares.

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December 30, 2011
Contemporary nativity installation damaged in hate crime in Claremont

(Daily Bulletin)  Police officers have called vandalism to a contemporary Nativity display celebrating lesbian, gay and heterosexual couples as a hate crime.

The damage at Claremont United Methodist Church took place between 11 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday on the southern part of the church lawn near Foothill Boulevard, Sgt. Jason Walters said.

The three wooden displays showed images of couples - a man and a woman as well as two men and two women - each holding hands. The two displays with the same-sex couples were knocked over, but the box with the straight couple was left alone.

"It`s a hate crime based on it being church property as well as the wooden box knocked over that depicted two males holding hands,"

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December 30, 2011
Memorial to fallen stirs controversy

(Signon San Diego)  The Marine Corps will soon decide whether two crosses that sit atop a remote hill in Camp Pendleton as a memorial to fallen troops should be removed.

One of the crosses was placed on the hill in 2008, about 60 feet from where another had been for four years but burned in a wildfire in 2007. The second, a 13-foot cross made of a fire-resistant material, was erected Nov. 11, Veterans Day. A controversy started after the Los Angeles Times wrote a story and published photographs of it being carried up the steep hillside.

Atheist groups read the story and complained. They said the separation of church and state dictates that religious symbols should not be allowed on public land.

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December 30, 2011
Privatizing Marriage is not the Answer to the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

(Public Discourse)  One proposed solution to the divisiveness of the same-sex marriage debate is to have the government get out of the marriage business altogether. This proposal is appealing because it seems to remove marriage from the realm of political contentiousness. We could mimic a market-type solution, in which individuals can make their own decisions about the meaning of marriage, and we need not make any collective decision. But these appearances are deceiving. We need to think through what it actually means to say that the government should “get out of the marriage business.”

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December 30, 2011
Lawmakers question AARP`s tax-free profits

(OneNewsNow)  A conservative seniors group is applauding a request by the House Ways and Means Committee for the IRS to investigate the tax-exempt status of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Following a months-long process, three members of the House Ways and Means Committee are asking the Internal Revenue Service to explain how AARP is able to shield hundreds of millions of dollars from tax levies, even while AARP is in "day-to-day control" of products offered by private firms that it endorses.

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December 30, 2011
2012 ushers in new abortion, immigration, indoctrination laws

(American Family Association/AP)  Girls seeking abortions in New Hampshire must first tell their parents or a judge, employers in Alabama must verify new workers` U.S. residency, and California students will be the first in the country to receive mandatory pro-homosexual indoctrination under state laws set to take effect at the start of 2012.

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December 30, 2011
Court: Acting like a parent means you are one

(OneNewsNow)  Courts in The Golden State are giving the definition of a "parent" a makeover. The Sacramento Bee reports that state courts have assigned the title to individuals who have "no genetic or legal ties" to children, granting the roles to non-traditional figures. Meanwhile, state lawyers say California is heading away from biology and adoption as the means to define what a parent is.

"In a stable, normal relationship between a man and a woman, they`ll make a decision on whether or not they`re going to have the child based on whether they can take care of that child," explains Jim Lacy, an attorney and the publisher of the California Political Review.

In a recent Sacramento case, The Sacramento Bee reports that an appeals court allowed an Air Force Reserve colonel, who did not legally adopt her ex-girlfriend`s children, to be their parent because she "acted like one."

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December 30, 2011
Survey: Unchurched Do Not Ponder Life`s Purpose, Afterlife

(Christian Post)  Half of the Americans who do not attend church also do not wonder if there is an ultimate purpose for their lives or the possibility that God has a plan for them, according to a recent survey.

The study by LifeWay Research, which surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults, also found that people with even a slight curiosity about a higher purpose to life are more likely to participate in worship services.

About 75 percent of the adults surveyed indicated that they either agree or strongly agree with the statement, “There is an ultimate purpose and plan for every person’s life.”

However, 50 percent of respondents who never attend worship services disagree with the statement.

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December 24, 2011
If Jesus had never been born ...

(OneNewsNow)  If Jesus Christ had never been born, you would not be reading this column. If Jesus Christ had never been born, there would be no United States of America. After Jesus left this earth, Christianity spread from the Holy Land to modern-day Turkey to Greece and Italy and then covered the rest of Europe. In fact, Christopher Columbus wrote that his discovery of the New World was inspired by "...the Holy Spirit, because he comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures." Indeed, if it were not for Christmas, we would not be living in the greatest country and most generous country in the history of mankind.

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December 24, 2011
Christmas story: Insight into parental roles

(OneNewsNow)  The Christmas story offers important lessons about Christian motherhood and vital lessons on fatherhood.

The Christmas narratives of Jesus` conception, birth and infancy found in the Books of Matthew and Luke are generally read in church and Sunday school lessons each season. Joseph Parker, who pastors African Methodist Episcopal (AME) churches in the South, points to Matthew 1 and 2 for insight into fatherhood, then and now.

The man appointed as the human father of Jesus was Joseph, who Parker notes was in a difficult position for a father in his time because of his betrothal to Mary, who was carrying the baby Jesus, the Son of God. However, Parker points out that Joseph’s role was very meaningful and crucial to God’s plan.

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December 24, 2011
Merry Christmas America: Who is Really Being Naughty or Nice?

(Christian Newswire) Merry Christmas, it`s the season to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior, but the federal government is taking yet another swipe at secularizing society -- they really are being quite naughty.

Peter Konetchy, a candidate for US Senate explains "We are a Christian Nation, welcoming all religions, but solidly founded upon the Judeo-Christian values espoused in both the New and Old Testaments. We know our rights come from God, not government. We are the greatest nation ever founded because of our Christian heritage manifested through hard work, self reliance, voluntary charity, and gratitude for blessings received.

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December 24, 2011
Major Free Speech and Religious Liberty Victory in Washington, D.C. as Minister Reads Christmas Story from the Bible

(Christian Newswire) The Capitol Police General Counsel told Rev. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, that he would face arrest and fines if he read the story from the Bible or displayed the Nativity Scene.

On Thursday, December 22, at 12:00 P.M. Rev. Mahoney and Kris Keating, Director of Hillside Missions, read the Christmas Story from the Gospels in spite of the threat of arrest or fines.
The Capitol Police backed down on their threats and no arrests were made, no fines issued and no disruption of the Scripture reading or prayer service occurred.

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December 24, 2011
TSA Chorus (yes, you heard right) sings holiday songs at LAX

(Los Angeles Times)  You know them as the folks who make you take off your shoes and bark at you about liquids and gels. But Tuesday, the TSA Chorus made hearts light at Terminal 4`s American Airlines gates as they performed for passengers caught up in the extra madness of holiday travel at Los Angeles International Airport.

 The chorus — yes they all work for Transportation Security Administration — was singing a mix of holiday classics, at least one gospel number ("Emmanuel"), and "I Believe I Can Fly," which takes on special meaning at the airport.

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December 22, 2011
5,000 Christians Attend Rally to Support Nativity at Texas Courthouse

(Christian Post) An estimated 5,000 people showed up for a rally Saturday in Athens, Texas, to support a Nativity display in opposition to an atheist group that had requested the county remove the display.

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December 24, 2011
Break the Spiral of Silence

(Colson Center)  Just look at what the media is doing to those who take a public stand for life, traditional marriage, and the family. Going against the perceived societal “norm,” they are labeled as “bigots,” “intolerant,” and “homophobes.”

This cannot continue. We must work to ensure these bully tactics do not continue to intimidate Christians. We must equip Christians to debate with a reasoned voice. Now is the time to speak out!

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December 24, 2011
Tell us why you`re pro-life...

(Family Research Council) Christmas is a great reminder of how powerful the gift of life can be. Unfortunately, the lives of the most powerless are constantly under threat in a nation where Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. The new year is just around the corner, and with it National Sanctity of Life Month (January). We need your help in showing the world why we`re pro-life, and that human beings have dignity from conception to death.

Please join us in FRC`s "I`m Pro-life Because..." campaign. Here`s how:

1. Pose in a picture with your ultrasound (or first newborn photo) or have your children pose with their first photo.

2. Let us know in 140 characters or less why you are Pro-Life!

3. Chose two words to describe each individual pictured (examples: Musician, Son or Painter, Mother). And include your age of your infant picture, or the week of the pregnancy in your ultrasound.

4. Submit your words and photos (one photo per person, please) via email to: photos@frc.org

Over the next few weeks, we will showcase these powerful images to show the uniqueness and value of every human life.

Be creative in telling your story in a single image! Gather your children to take a group picture with their own ultrasounds or newborn photos, or take fun pictures of them playing happily with their ultrasound photos nearby. Take your own photo with your ultrasound or infant picture while at work or doing a favorite activity or hobby. Take the pictures in settings that portray what you love, and what your life means. Some of the more poignant photos will be featured in FRC publications and advertisements.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Your Friends at Family Research Council

December 22, 2011
Jesus and the Jock: Tebow Time

(California Political Review) Imagine there is a young man of 25 who plays football – and plays it well.  While in college he played quarterback, led his university to not one but two National Championships.  He won the Heisman Trophy, emblematic of the best college player in the country.  He does not smoke, drink or curse, punctuates his interviews with “maam” and “sir”.  He behaves like a Boy Scout because…well…he was in fact a Boy Scout.

In Denver there is such a young man.  His name is Tim Tebow and he has become a controversial figure.  This is partly because of the description above, but mainly because he is, gasp, a Christian who is not ashamed to say so.

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December 24, 2011
Credible threat to the Internet

(OneNewsNow)  FCC commissioner Robert McDowell told The Washington Times this week that the United States is unprepared for a fight over whether the Internet will remain free from government regulations or fall increasingly under the control of emerging global powers. Proponents of Internet regulation could dismiss McDowell`s warning, as he is currently the only Republican on the Federal Communication Commission and the only opponent to the "net neutrality" order. Still, Seton Motley, president of Less Government and editor-in-chief of StopNetRegulation.org, says it is a very credible threat.

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December 24, 2011
CAIR: New Army Policy Will Allow JROTC Hijabs, Turbans

(Sacramento Bee)  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that the Department of Defense (DOD) will begin allowing Muslim and Sikh students who wear an Islamic head scarf (hijab) or a turban to participate in the Junior Reserve Officers` Training Corps.   In October, the Washington- based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization wrote to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after a 14-year-old Muslim student at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., was forced to transfer out of a JROTC class when her commanding officers told her she could not wear hijab while marching in the September homecoming parade.

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December 24, 2011
Utah Supreme Court: fetuses are minor children?

(LifeSiteNews.com) Utah’s high court has ruled that the “plain language” of the legal term “minor child” includes children in the womb.

The ruling was issued in the case of a Utah couple who was suing their doctor after their child was stillborn in 2006, saying that the doctor refused to induce labor in time.

Although the justices were divided on the case, four agreed that unborn children should be classified as minor children.

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December 24, 2011
Study: Christianity grows exponentially in Africa

(USA Today) With 2.18 billion adherents, Christianity has become a truly global religion over the past century as rapid growth in developing nations offset declines in Christianity`s traditional strongholds, according to a report released Monday.

Billed as the most comprehensive and reliable study to date, the Pew Research Center`s "Global Christianity" reports on self-identified Christian populations based on more than 2,400 sources of information, especially census and survey data.

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December 24, 2011
Porn use makes teen girls five times more likely to have group sex: study

(LifeSiteNews.com) One in 13 girls aged 14-to-20, or about 7.7 percent, who participated in a recent study from Boston University’s School of Public Health said they have engaged in “Multi-Person Sex” (MPS), reports the Daily Mail. Researchers believe imitation of pornography is a leading cause.

The study involved 328 girls from underprivileged areas of the city who had visited a neighborhood clinic for sexual health issues. However, economic status did not appear to be determinative of risky sexual behavior.

The study found more than half of the girls who had engaged in MPS had been coerced into having group sex by a boy or forced into a “gang rape,” and one-third of participants had used drugs or alcohol before the encounter. In 45 percent of MPS encounters, at least one male did not use a condom.

The average age when girls began having intercourse with multiple partners was 15.6.

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December 24, 2011
Perry v. Schwarzenegger: Is Traditional Marriage Unconstitutional?

(The Federalist Society)  Until 2000 the legal institution of civil marriage was understood to be available only to one man and one woman. In 2000 Californians passed an initiative statute (Proposition 22) reaffirming that understanding. The California legislature then enacted a law authorizing domestic partnerships for same-sex couples that offer the same legal treatment as marriage under a different name. In 2008 the California Supreme Court nullified Proposition 22 and construed the state constitution to mandate that marriage be redefined to be available to same-sex couples.

At the next opportunity, just five months later, the people of California approved Proposition 8, which added to the state constitution: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The initiative did not affect domestic partnerships.

Two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses after passage of Proposition 8 sued, challenging its constitutionality. The Governor, Attorney General, and other state officials refused to defend the law. Sponsors of Proposition 8 intervened to defend it. Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held that the intervenors had standing to defend the law and that Proposition 8 violates both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

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December 24, 2011
Family of State-napped Swedish Child Savors Small Victory

(HSLDA) Christer and Annie Johansson have won a small but hopeful victory in their quest to regain custody of their nine-year-old son Domenic who was taken from them over 2 years ago in a dramatic raid while the family was seated on an airliner departing the Nordic country. Ruby Harrold-Claesson, the couple’s attorney, reported to HSLDA that the Gotland District Court ruled in favor of the Johanssons, allowing them to retain their parental rights of Domenic.

Michael Donnelly, director of international relations at HSLDA, says this decision offers a glimmer of hope.

“I am hopeful that this is the beginning of the end to the horrific treatment these people have suffered at the hands of Swedish authorities over the past two and a half years,” states Donnelly. “The Johansson family has endured unspeakable tyranny over their decision to homeschool their child and then to attempt to leave Sweden. Sweden’s behavior in this case has been shocking.”

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December 24, 2011
Young Americans, in Newly Released Poll Result, say Facebook and Text Messages are Tools That Make Millennials More Likely to Vote

(Christian Newswire) Generation Opportunity today released more polling information from its national survey of young adults ages 18-29. The newly released data underscores the ongoing power of social media and text messaging as communication tools with the highest likelihood of getting more young Americans to vote. The polling data was made available during the same week that Generation Opportunity, which was publicly announced in June of 2011, topped a combined total of two million fans on its popular Facebook pages "Being American" and "The Constitution."

In answer to the question of which communications tool would be most likely to get more young Americans to vote, 66% of Millennials indicated Facebook reminder messages, 58% indicated text reminder messages, 38% indicated email reminder messages, 28% indicated public service announcements, and 13% indicated telephone reminders.

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December 24, 2011
Coburn Releases `Wastebook` Detailing More Than $6.5 Billion in `Unnecessary` Spending

(FoxNews)  Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn on Tuesday released his annual "Wastebook" highlighting what he`s labeled some of the government`s most wasteful spending items, including $113,000 for a video game preservation center and $765,000 to subsidize "pancakes for yuppies" in Washington.

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December 22, 2011
Franking Commission Limits Congressional Holiday Speech

(CitizenLink)  Expecting to get a Christmas card from your member of Congress this year? Don’t hold your breath.

According to a Dec. 12 memo sent to members of the House of Representatives, none can use their official franking privileges — using taxpayer dollars to pay for postage — to send Christmas greetings to their constituents. Moreover, the Franking Commission — the six-member bipartisan group officially known as the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards — told legislators they can’t use the phrases “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year” in any mail sent to voters this year.

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December 22, 2011
Pro-Gay Religious Groups Pit Scriptures in Fight for Marriage

(Christian Post)  Faith leaders and lay people from numerous denominations and religions will convene next month at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Baltimore conference to “strategize on how to bring more faith allies into the LGBT movement and how best to counter religious-based bigotry.”

A growing number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-affirming religious groups are adopting religious messages to address what they deem as bigotry. Rather than referencing biblical passages that recount homosexual sex as an “abomination,” progressive Christian leaders are spreading messages of inclusion, openness and acceptance of committed same-sex marriages that are honorable to God.

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December 22, 2011
Don`t Abort, Parents are Waiting to Adopt Down Syndrome Kids

(LifeNews) A friend  of mine wrote this inspiring article in last week’s Washington Post Magazine, about a family that has birthed or adopted several children with Down Syndrome.

Many sources report that there are long waiting lists in the U.S. for parents who want to adopt children with Down Syndrome. This is somewhat obviously due to the medical industry and wider culture’s push to abort “less-than-perfect” children, leading to a 90% abortion rate of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

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December 17, 2011
We can do wonders if we get them early: young twin boy undergoes sex change into Nicole

(LifeSiteNews) A front-page story on the Boston Globe’s Sunday edition highlighted the work of a prestigious Massachusetts hospital which blocked and altered the development of one young boy’s body to match his self-identification as a girl.

Wyatt Maines, now 14 years old, is the identical twin of brother Jonas - but thanks to powerful hormone blocking drugs, he is now five inches shorter and several pounds lighter than Jonas, sports more feminine features, and goes by the name “Nicole.” “The thought of being a boy makes me cringe,’’ said Maines. “I just couldn’t do it.’’

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December 17, 2011
Drive aims at getting Christians to vote

(WND) What should Christians do if they want to see their values represented in government?


That`s the idea behind the coming "Citizenship Sundays" on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, organized by Wallbuilders President David Barton and Restore America.

Barton said only about half of evangelical Christians registered to vote ever go to the polls, meaning some 58 million let others decide the nation`s future for them.

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December 17, 2011
Komen Confirms It Continues Funding Planned Parenthood

(LifeNews)  After reports from some pro-life corners claiming Komen affiliates were considering stopping grants to Planned Parenthood, at the same time a local California affiliate gave another grant to the abortion business, Komen has made it appear the grants will continue.

Susan Tyrrell of the pro-life group Bound4Life has been following the claims closely that years of opposition to Komen from pro-life advocates might be able to be put aside.

Although the pro-life group Life Decisions International, which tracks corporations that fund Planned Parenthood, recently said Komen had agreed to stop funding [a statement it has since withdrawn pending further investigation], a local affiliate in Orange County California gave more than $1.5 million in grants to 15 nonprofit organizations on December 2, including Planned Parenthood.

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December 16, 2011
Do You Know if Your Food or Vaccines Contain Aborted Cells?

(LifeNews)   Little upsets pro-life people more than learning that things they consider innocent are actually tainted with the shedding of innocent blood. This long list of guilt-ridden products includes childhood vaccines, wrinkle creams and even your favorite soft drinks and chewing gum

The problem is, it’s hard to keep it all straight even if you are trying to avoid putting products in you that are obtained through the death of a baby. Fortunately, Children of God for Life has produced an easy reference guide—a one page list of fetal call products.

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December 17, 2011
What schools should know at Christmas time

(OneNewsNow)  In response to the constant pressure on schools to be politically correct during the holidays, The Rutherford Institute has issued its "Twelve Rules of Christmas."

Rutherford Institute President John Whitehead says many schools overreact and ban nativity displays, candy canes, and Christmas trees as the holiday approaches. They even rename Christmas programs "winter holiday" productions and forbid students and teachers from wearing red and green.

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December 17, 2011
Netanyahu re-establishes PM Bible class

(Jerusalem Post) Taking a page out of David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin’s playbook, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will begin hosting a regular Bible study group in his official residence for researchers, public officials and invited guests.

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December 17, 2011
Swiss bishops dueling over sex ed in schools

(LifeSiteNews)  In a statement the bishop of Chur, Switzerland, Vitus Huonder, has argued parents should be given the right to withdraw their children from state-sanctioned sex-ed classes in school. However, the statement has drawn the ire of another Swiss bishop who publicly suggested that to deny sex ed as part of the school curriculum to children is a denial of human rights.

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December 17, 2011
Planned Parenthood encourages ‘young children’ to masturbate

(LifeSiteNews) Planned Parenthood’s main website encourages pre-pubescent children to masturbate.  On a section of the site with ‘info for teens’ a Q&A presents the question “Is it normal to masturbate before puberty?”  The answer begins, “The myth is that it’s abnormal for children to masturbate. The truth is that masturbation is a perfectly healthy activity at any age.”

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December 17, 2011
Barely Half of U.S. Adults Are Married – A Record Low

(Pew Research)  Barely half of all adults in the United States -- a record low -- are currently married, and the median age at first marriage has never been higher for brides (26.5 years) and grooms (28.7), according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data.

In 1960, 72% of all adults ages 18 and older were married; today just 51% are. If current trends continue, the share of adults who are currently married will drop to below half within a few years. Other adult living arrangements-including cohabitation, single-person households and single parenthood-have all grown more prevalent in recent decades.

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December 17, 2011
Politics in the workplace

(OneNewsNow)  With the 2012 presidential election less than a year away, an attorney and legal expert says it is a good time to review rules of talking politics in the workplace.

Ongoing commentary on the GOP debates can easily spark political conversation into a heated argument around the workplace water cooler. But even if an employer does not have a problem with political discussions at work, Clint David, a Dallas-based attorney with more than 20 years of employment law experience, says beware the potential passion of talking politics.

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December 17, 2011
Survey: Teen pot use rises, alcohol use declines

(OneNewsNow)  More teens are turning to pot and see it as less of a risk at the same time alcohol use among the same age group has dipped to historic lows, according to an annual national survey of drug use released Wednesday.
The findings were based on a survey of 47,000 eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders conducted by the University of Michigan for the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

One of every 15 high school seniors reported smoking pot on a daily or near daily basis, the highest rate since 1981.

One of every nine high school seniors reported using synthetic marijuana, sometimes called Spice or K2, within the previous 12 months.

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December 17, 2011
Judge Rules Against Atheist Group in Arizona`s `Day of Prayer` Case

(Christian Post)  A federal judge in Arizona dismissed a lawsuit Monday brought forth by an atheist group against Governor Jan Brewer over her issuing day of prayer proclamations.
Judge Roslyn Silver of the U.S. District Court of Arizona decided that the Freedom From Religion Foundation lacked legal standing, or the right to sue, when it came to Brewer issuing a “Day of Prayer,” as she has done on multiple occasions.

“Gov. Brewer`s proclamations proclaim a day of prayer, and one proclamation encourages all citizens to pray for God`s blessings on our state and nation,” wrote Silver.

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December 16, 2011
Underage girls still at risk

(OneNewsNow) Even though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has decided not to permit over-the-counter sales of Plan B to minors, one pro-lifer points out that it`s still indirectly available to them.

Although an 11-year-old girl, for example, will not be allowed to purchase the "morning-after" pill, Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League explains that others can easily do that for her.

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December 16, 2011
`Vindication` for academic freedom

(OneNewsNow) The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says a college professor`s speeches and columns are fully protected by the First Amendment, setting an important precedent.

French says after Adams converted to Christianity in 2000, he was subjected to academic persecution and denied a promotion to a full professorship -- despite his exemplary record.
"The Fourth Circuit`s decision is a ringing vindication of the academic freedom of public university professors," he offers. "Disagreeing with an accomplished professor`s religious and political views is no grounds for refusing him promotion."

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December 14, 2011
Study Reveals Internet Evangelism Is Effective

(Christian Post)  Online evangelism is producing real disciples for Christ, according to a recent study.

Over half of those who made a decision for Jesus over the Internet have subsequently shared their faith with others, Global Media Outreach`s study reveals.

Additionally, 34 percent read their Bibles daily and nearly half pray for at least 10 minutes a day.

"These findings are remarkable because they reveal that online evangelism isn’t just an in-the-moment decision, and people continue to grow in their faith after they have indicated a decision,” Global Media Outreach founder and chairman Walt Wilson said in a statement.

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December 14, 2011
Outdrawing the secularists in Tulsa

(OneNewsNow)  Tulsa`s response to a "Christmas" parade has been huge -- so much so that it may very well overshadow the city`s annual "holiday" parade.

The yearly Christmas parade has been held for 79 years, but two years ago private sponsors switched to a "holiday" event, leaving out Christmas and renaming it the Tulsa Holiday Parade of Lights. In opposition, a group launched a Christmas parade on the same day and hour in another part of Tulsa. Dave Arnett, publisher of Tulsa Today is one of the organizers.

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December 14, 2011
Military Bible ban rescinded

(AP) The Walter Reed military hospital says it has rescinded a ban on Bibles or other religious materials being used or given away during visits to wounded troops.

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December 09, 2011
Initiative Filed to Counter SB 48

(StopSB48.com) Capitol Resource Family Impact along with other pro-family individuals and organizations remain committed to the goal of reversing SB 48, California’s so-called “gay history” bill. Today, a broad coalition of sponsors filed an initiative with the California Attorney General designed to reverse the overreaching aspects of that legislation.

When he signed SB 48 into law this past July, Governor Jerry Brown rationalized his actions with the claim that “History must be honest.” But the bill he signed specifically required an incomplete and inaccurate presentation in all social science classes in our public schools.

Senate Bill 48 required curriculum that is positive toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other minority figures. But it also prohibited curriculum that reflects adversely on the same groups. The Los Angeles Times condemned the new law by noting, “Real history is richer and more complicated than feel-good depictions.”

In contrast, the initiative presented today assures that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other minority figures are not excluded from inclusion in California curriculum while requiring accurate historical portrayals of all individuals.

Jack Hibbs, one of the sponsors, noted SB 48 simply went too far. “We all know that the issue of homosexuality is controversial. It is unacceptable to require that our schools shine a spotlight on this lifestyle on the one hand and then demand that history books and teachers censor shortcomings on the other.”

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December 09, 2011
Gallup: Real 99 Percenters Twice as Likely to be Conservative as Liberal

(CNSNews.com) - An analysis of more than 65,000 Americans polled by Gallup during the Obama presidency indicates that among the 99 percent of American adults who do not rank in the top one percent for income, conservatives outnumber liberals by approximately 2-to-1.

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December 09, 2011
Sperm donor children speak out

(LifeSiteNews)  There are only four things Alana Stewart knows about her father: he has blonde hair, blue eyes, a college degree, and his assigned number at the sperm bank where he sold half of Alana’s genetic code is 81.

She is one of an estimated 30,000 – 60,000 children conceived each year in the United States through sperm donation. A former egg donor herself, Alana is now a vocal critic of the practice, which she calls “the violent act of buying and selling a child.”

Her story, featured in the upcoming documentary Anonymous Father’s Day, is becoming more and more common. Many of the children conceived through sperm donation are now adults, and some of them are speaking out against the practice that brought them into existence.

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December 09, 2011
Recent Hollywood pedophilia charges just the tip of the iceberg: former child actors

(LifeSiteNews)  After a series of child sex abuse revelations hit Hollywood in the past month, both experts and previous child stars say the crackdown only scratches the surface of what has long been the entertainment industry’s darkest secret.

Fox News reported Monday that former child stars of several eras - one even well into his 60s - reacted with grim sagacity as sex abuse charges were laid or discovered against three Hollywood employees: Martin Weiss, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors; Fernando Rivas, 59, an award-winning composer for “Sesame Street”; and registered sex offender Jason James Murphy, 35, a casting agent who frequently worked with young clients.

In August, ‘80s child star Corey Feldman told ABC’s “Nightline” that pedophiles surrounded child actors in Hollywood “like vultures.”

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December 09, 2011
Obama pledges overhaul of U.S. agencies to promote normalizing homosexuality abroad

(LifeSiteNews)  President Obama on Tuesday promised to revamp America’s international presence in favor of the gay rights agenda, pledging that U.S. officials would be trained to specially assist gay persons, and would combat foreign communities’ “intolerance” by helping normalize gay orientation and sexual activity, among other changes.

In a memorandum on “International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons,” Obama said the effort to “end discrimination” against homosexuals is “central to the United States commitment to promoting human rights.”

“Under my Administration, agencies engaged abroad have already begun taking action to promote the fundamental human rights of LGBT persons everywhere,” stated Obama.

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December 09, 2011
Macy’s Fires Employee for Protecting Women’s Dressing Rooms from Cross-dresser

(Liberty Council)  A young woman was fired from the Macy`s San Antonio Rivercenter department store for refusing to violate her religious beliefs by permitting a young man dressed as a woman from entering the women’s dressing room. Natalie Johnson claims she saw the young man walk out of the women’s fitting room and politely told him that he could not go back in because it was for women only. The cross-dressing young man claimed that he is a “female.” Johnson said that he was wearing make-up and girl’s clothing, but clearly he was a male. The cross-dresser was accompanied by five other individuals. The group argued with expletives that Macy’s is LGBT-friendly, to which Johnson replied that Macy’s is also non-discriminatory toward religion, and that it would go against her religious beliefs to lie that he was a woman or compromise with homosexuality.

The group then demanded to speak with a manager. When Johnson was confronted by her employer, she explained that she could not allow a male to change in a female’s fitting room. Johnson’s boss referred her to Macy’s LGBT policy which allows “transgender” people to change in any dressing room they want.

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December 09, 2011
What’s wrong with parents visiting a school?

(Washington Post)  Paula Prosper worried that her son was not ready for the differences between his private Montessori school and the public Fairfax County seventh grade she planned to transfer him to next year.

Prosper, a teacher, asked whether he and she could sit for a few hours at Longfellow Middle School “to see what happens in classes and to get a feel for the school in general.” The answer was no, with explanations that made little sense.

Prosper said Longfellow’s director of student services, Gail Bigio, told her “it had to do with privacy issues for the teachers — the public employees whose salaries are paid by my tax dollars.

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December 09, 2011
What Does Adultery Tell Us About Character?

(Townhall)  With Herman Cain`s announcement that he was suspending his presidential campaign because of the charges of sexual harassment and of a 13-year affair, issues are raised that the country would do well to think through. The two most obvious are whether we should care about a politician`s sexual life and how much the press should report about these matters.

But there is a larger issue that needs to be addressed first: What does adultery tell us about a person? For many Americans, the answer is: "Pretty much all we need to know." This certainly seems to be the case with regard to presidential candidates. The view is expressed this way: "If he can`t keep his vows to his wife, how can we trust him to keep his vows to his country?"

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December 09, 2011
Labour welcomes proposals to teach kids how to gamble

(Christian Institute)  Children as young as twelve should be taught how to gamble “safely”, according to controversial proposals which have been welcomed by the Labour Party.

Critics have branded the proposals by GamCare, a gambling addiction charity, as “grotesque” and warned that they would lead to more problem gambling.

But Labour has welcomed the proposals claiming that they would help prepare children for the “adult world”.

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December 09, 2011
It’s not like they didn’t hear the truth on homosexuality: Waiting on Canada’s Supreme Court: Part 1

(LifeSiteNews)  It’s been nearly two months since the Supreme Court of Canada heard what will likely be the nation’s seminal case on homosexual ‘hate speech’ and religious freedom. The case, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) v. William Whatcott involves a well-known pro-family activist who pushes the boundaries of free speech with what many regard as crude flyers detailing the physical health risks of homosexual sex acts.

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December 09, 2011
Jerry Brown to take tax hike plan straight to voters

(Los Angeles Times)  In what he called an end-run around Sacramento`s partisan gridlock, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday unveiled his bid to raise taxes on high earners and boost the sales tax by a half-cent for the next five years.

Brown wants to increase income taxes by 1% to 2% for individuals making $250,000 or more, in addition to the sales-tax hike, and hopes to qualify the proposal for next November`s ballot. The new revenue — up to $6.8 billion per year for the five years, according to administration estimates — would be used to fund public schools and guarantee money for counties to house more inmates in local jails instead of in state prisons.

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December 09, 2011
Pro-“Gay” Activist Admits It: Bullying Hysteria May Cause Suicides, Not Prevent Them

(Family Research Council)  Ever since the highly-publicized suicide of a New Jersey college student in September of 2010, pro-homosexual activists have been using the issues of bullying and teen suicide as tools in pursuit of their political agenda, and as rhetorical weapons against those who oppose it. Every time another report surfaced about a suicide by a teenager who identified as or was perceived to be “gay,” and who had reportedly been bullied, the finger would be pointed directly at conservatives. Bullying causes suicides, we were told, and public expression of conservative political, social, or religious viewpoints concerning homosexuality causes bullying. Affirm homosexual conduct as morally neutral, or more kids will die.

As early as October of 2010, however, experts on suicide prevention were warning that this simplistic approach linking suicides (which are always tragic) to bullying (which is always wrong) could do more harm than good. An article based on an interview with Ann Haas, research director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, asked, “[W]hat if the way we’re talking about these suicides could actually be encouraging vulnerable young people to copycat the tragic behavior?”

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December 09, 2011
How to Create a Strong Password (and Remember It)

(Consumer Reports) You can create strong passwords that don’t make you memorize a cryptic string of letters, numbers, and punctuation symbols. Here are three techniques...

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December 09, 2011
Boycott the Bell-ringers, Gay Activists Say

(Pacific Justice Institute)  As Christmas shoppers flock to stores this weekend, the familiar sights and sounds of Salvation Army bell-ringers with red kettles will prompt many to toss in their coins and remember the less fortunate. But not everyone is in a giving mood.

MSNBC.com reported this week [http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/01/9143097-gay-groups-boycott-salvation-army-red-kettle-drive] that some LGBT activists are urging people to ignore the bell-ringers because the Salvation Army holds Biblical views that the activists claim are bigoted. The Salvation Army adamantly denies that it discriminates against anyone, including LGBT, who seeks its services or programs. Gay leaders are not satisfied.

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December 09, 2011
Bible course`s growing popularity

(OneNewsNow)  Since 1994, more than half a million public school students in 38 states have taken a Bible course since 1994 that one advocate says is essential to understanding Middle Eastern history.

For the past 17 years, the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS) has offered "The Bible in History and Literature" as an elective course, and more than 550,000 students in 2,135 schools have taken it. According to Council president Elizabeth Ridenour, the class helps students better understand current events.

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December 09, 2011
U.S. group campaigns for constitutional amendment to protect parental rights

(LifeSiteNews)  A U.S. pro-family organization is seeking to restrict what they argue is the government’s increasing interference with how parents raise their children by amending the nation’s constitution with a Parental Rights clause.

“Parental Rights are currently at risk from federal and international threats,” said Michael Farris, J.D., President of ParentalRights.org.

ParentalRights.org released a 36-minute docudrama on November 17th titled “Overruled: Government invasion of your Parental Rights,” featuring three reenactments of real cases where American parents lost their rights to parent their children as they saw fit.

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December 09, 2011
Senate Declines to Redefine Marriage For Now

(CitizenLink)  The U.S. Senate passed a $662 billion defense authorization bill — without any amendments redefining marriage.

Democrats, who a few weeks ago approved a bill repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) through the Senate Judiciary Committee, had contemplated attaching Sen. Diane Feinstein’s Respect Marriage Act to the defense bill as a way of forcing it through, even though it wasn’t popular enough to pass on its own merits as a stand-alone bill.

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December 02, 2011
Prop 8: Upcoming court appearances

(ProtectMarriage.com)  Next week, we have two hearings to argue in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The first hearing will determine whether copies of the courtroom video tapes of the Prop 8 trial will be released to the public, even after the United States Supreme Court stepped in to prevent the broadcast of the trial.  The second hearing involves the legal question of whether former Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision striking down Proposition 8 should be thrown out because he failed to disclose his own long-term, homosexual relationship with another man and his possible personal interest in the outcome of the trial over which he was presiding.

Our opponents and the mainstream media will continue to misinform the public about both of these issues, so I want you to be clear about the positions we are taking in these crucial arguments before the most liberal court of appeals in the country.

First, we believe it is imperative that the lower court must follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s order and refrain from releasing for broadcast the video tapes which never should have been recorded in the first place.  For one thing, because of the looming possibility of the trial being broadcast worldwide and the real and tangible risk of retaliation by strident homosexual marriage activists, a full two-thirds of our pro-Prop 8 witnesses declined to testify at trial.  Releasing the tapes now would serve to intimate our supporters and hinder our ability to obtain willing witnesses in future cases.  Perhaps just as important is the fact that former Judge Walker solemnly promised everyone in open court that the tapes he was recording would be used solely by him inside his chambers to assist him in making his decision. Not only did he then break his promise and later show excerpts of the video which were nationally and repeatedly broadcast on C-SPAN, but he openly flaunted the direct order of the U.S. Supreme Court against the recording of the trial.

On the issue of former Judge Walker’s personal interest in the outcome of the case, our arguments are simple: Any judge presiding over a trial to decide whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, who is himself in a long-term, homosexual relationship and more than likely is in the same or similar personal position as the plaintiffs in the case– had an affirmative duty to recuse himself from the case, or at least to disclose this information to the parties.  The judge’s sexual orientation is not the point of this argument.  Rather, our entire point rests on his status as a party to a long-term, committed same-sex relationship with another man that presumably resembles the relationships being put forth at trial as being deserving of a constitutional right to legally marry.

The law requiring a judge to recuse himself or herself, or at least to disclose the possible conflict of interest, is clear: a federal judge must “disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”  And legally, a judge’s impartiality “might reasonably be questioned” whenever the judge has “any . . . interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding.”  This was clearly the case with former Judge Walker.  

Especially now, after our hard-fought victory in the California Supreme Court (authorizing us to represent the interests of the State and California voters in defense of Prop 8), the burden is on our legal defense team to fully and robustly represent the People in this case.  

But we can’t do that without your support.  So please take a moment to contribute toward our legal expenses and support our stellar legal team as they prepare for these crucial Ninth Circuit hearings.

If we all want Proposition 8 to be upheld, we all must participate in the sacrifices needed to accomplish that. If we care sincerely about protecting traditional marriage for our children and future generations, we really can’t expect “someone else” to bear this burden alone. I guarantee you that the team of attorneys representing you has worked tirelessly, spending countless hours on your behalf for an issue to which they are passionately committed.  All we need now is your financial support.

So please take a moment to make a special donation today, toward directly defraying the legal costs of winning this case for traditional marriage, of $50, $100, $500 or even $1000 or whatever you can afford.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Very truly yours,


 Andy Pugno, General Counsel


P.S.  Your contribution is both tax-deductible and confidential.  Your personal information will not be disclosed.  Thank you for your support!

December 02, 2011
Sex-Ed Classes and the Rape of Our Children`s Innocence Pt. 1

(Townhall)  In October of this year, New York City announced an aggressive, comprehensive, and quite graphic curriculum that would consist of one full semester of sex education in 6th or 7th grade (meaning, beginning with kids as young as 11) and again in 9th and 10th grade. Yet the age of consent in New York is 17.

This means that these schools (along with thousands of other schools throughout the nation) are giving kids practical instructions on having sex even though it is illegal for them to do so

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December 02, 2011
FRC: Stand with Us for Religious Liberty

Sign the petition:

I stand, along with other Americans, for the belief that religious liberty is a fundamental right given to us by God and protected in the Constitution. I urge the Courts and Congress to support full and free religious expression including cross memorials and prayer before government bodies and to recognize that the U.S. Constitution in no way prevents the government from accommodating such expression which has been in practice in America since its founding.

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December 02, 2011
Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military

(CNSNews)  The Senate on Thursday evening voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military ban on sex with animals--or bestiality.

On Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee had unanimously approved S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans and sex with animals.

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December 02, 2011
`Tis the season for Christmas phobia

(OneNewsNow)  Atheists must be the most fragile peaches in the basket.
They`re always getting bruised by the slightest exposure to public displays that remind them of Christmas, God, the Ten Commandments -- or worst of all, Jesus.

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December 02, 2011
U.K. Schools set to receive a King James Bible from Government

(Christian Institute)  Schools in England are set to receive a copy of the King James Bible from the Government as it marks 400 years of the translation.

The Bibles will include a foreword from the Education Secretary Michael Gove, the Times Educational Supplement reported.

Mr Gove said the King James Version is “one of the keystones of our shared culture”.

But secularist campaigners reacted with anger at the move.

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December 02, 2011
Newsweek admits the obvious: America is in the grip of sex addiction

(LifeSiteNews) Newsweek magazine, a rather pedestrian organ of American liberal sensibility, has been compelled to admit the obvious: Americans are addicted to sex in large numbers. Surprisingly enough, the magazine even goes so far as to admit that at least some homosexual activity is related to sex addiction.

Some hair-raising statistics from Newsweek’s “The Sex Addiction Epidemic”: 40 million people a day are logging into porn websites, (about 13% of the US population). Up to 9 million may qualify under the strict clinical definition of a “sex addict.” Psychologists specializing in the the disorder have multiplied from 100 a decade years ago to over 1,500 today.

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December 02, 2011
On World AIDS Day, Let`s Start Being Honest by Teaching Kids that Male Homosexual Sex is High Risk

(Christian NewsWire)  Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), offered the following common-sense recommendations on "World AIDS Day" (December 1); WARNING: Graphic content:





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