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What Caused the Onset of the Pandemic Virus HIV/AIDS? Colonialism

By | November 30, 2015

The largest pandemic in modern history was not the 1918 flu. It is HIV/AIDS, a global pandemic without a cure. The root of the growth of HIV/AIDS was greed-the desire for more supplies and resources for European industrialization through the massive colonization of Africa at the beginning of the 20th century.  To date, HIV/AIDS has…

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Sexual Orientation is a 20th Century Understanding of Human Sexuality

By | November 10, 2015

If a person who lived before the turn of the 20th century were asked about their sexual orientation, they would have been bewildered by the question. Though a wealth of literature depicts same-sex behavior as far back as the ancient Greeks, people at that time would not have understood terms or concepts like “heterosexual” or…

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What Research Led to the Designation of Homosexuality as a Mental Illness? None

By | November 10, 2015

  In 1896, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) founded a new strain of psychology and called it psychoanalysis. Most of his theories, resolutions, and treatments linked to assumptions he had formulated about various stages of sexual subconsciousness, from infancy through its progression during childhood and into adulthood. Most mental illnesses, he speculated, began with sexual abuse, fear…

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Gays Didn’t “Steal” the Rainbow or the Word

By | June 28, 2015

Every year around June when the majority of Gay Pride Events take place you’ll apt hear, “We want God’s rainbow back; the gays stole it.” Just as no one culture or group “owns” the rainbow, we’ll see the gays did not “steal” the rainbow, and likewise, they did not steal the word “gay.” I was taught the acronym Roy…

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Is Procreation an Imperative for Christian Marriage?

By | June 25, 2015

In the Book of Genesis, the natural flow of the covenantal relationship between Adam and Eve led to procreation. However, procreation was not defined as a condition of their one-flesh covenant. In the creation story, “God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number’” (Genesis 1:22, NIV). It was a blessing pronounced upon humankind,…

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Does Christian Marriage Require Complementarity?

By | June 20, 2015

Some who oppose the possibility of Christian marriage for gay and transgender people assert that same-sex relationships violate the divinely-inspired need for gender differences or anatomical differences. What does complementarily mean? You’ll frequently hear or read the word “complementarity” used to support the “one man and one woman” Christian marriage. In its simplest form, as…

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The Long Road to Marriage Equality in America Began in 1968

By | June 20, 2015

The fight for marriage equality in the United States seems to have a short history of little more than a decade, yet the road to marriage equality is far longer. Though the first state to pass marriage equality laws was Massachusetts in May 2004, the quest for same-sex marriage actually began before that-forty-five years ago, in fact,…

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Marriage is an American Civil Right

By | June 20, 2015

Over the past decade, the conservative political and religious right have warned people of faith that extending marriage equality to same-sex couples would “redefine marriage,” undermine the structure of the family, and threaten religious liberties. Let’s look at the history of the definition of marriage in the United States Since the 1780s, marriage in the United…

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The Shifting Definition of Marriage

By | June 20, 2015

  Over the past decade, the conservative political and religious right have warned people of faith that extending marriage equality to same-sex couples would “redefine marriage,” undermine the structure of the family, and threaten religious liberties. Let’s look at validity of those assertions.   A historical look at marriage Across cultures, marriage is a social union…

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A Christian Case for Support of Biblical Same-Sex Marriage

By | June 20, 2015

Many conservative Christian leader warn the faithful that the extension of marriage equality to same-sex couple inherently will threaten religious liberties or force such pastors to perform same-sex weddings. Marriage equality is not an affront or threat to the religious liberties of Christians Pastors can choose to marry, or not to marry, anyone based on…

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