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Poll: 55 Percent of Blacks Say Gay Rights Not the Same as Civil Rights
A new poll commissioned by Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Bob Johnson and conducted by Zogby shows that 55 percent of African-American adults do not agree with the LGBT community's claim that gay rights are the same as civil rights, CNSNews.com reports. In contrast, 28 percent said no when asked if equal rights for gays were the same as equal rights for African-Americans. "There weren't any real surprises," Johnson said when asked what findings surprised him the most. "On the issue of gay rights, African-Americans are far more conservative on that issue than I think the general population, so that wasn't a surprise." However, respondents were basically split on the issue of gay marriage. When asked, "Do you believe marriage should be restricted to between a man and a woman or do you believe that persons of the same sex should be allowed to marry and receive similar benefits as heterosexual couples?" 42 percent said marriage said should be between a man and a woman while 40 percent said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry with benefits. Respondents were also asked, "Do you believe ministers who oppose homosexuality, including the rights of gays and lesbians to marry, are right, wrong or no opinion?" Thirty-five percent had no opinion, but 34 percent said ministers were right to oppose homosexuality and gay marriage, and 31 percent said ministers were wrong.
He shall break forth with glorious golden Sonshine
and with all of rain bows splendor
We shall receive Him as He really is with awestruck wonder
In His majestic thunder
His Millenial A, E, + G
The Millenial Spring
That does spring and flow with Living Water
So True and sparkling
So fresh, so pure, so clean, so sweet
We are Living
We R IN.
An ancient avenue
Now the Way consumes
Holy Spirit's Truth
Twilight has passed
Feel the age
And do not be afraid
Feel the leaves
Their scent is here
In awesome relief
Deepest earthly hue
I am ancient, too.
Time for Times
beat and rhyme
Who says go
Who says slow
Who says no: stop (turn around)
or right to the top.
In every moment
Holy Spirit's magic touch:
Divinity who sets the Times
Jesus Christ is Who decides when
The Times they are a changing
AHYH ASR AHYH: I will be what I will be
to see the Awe
in this world
as it is within
darkness must submit
to the Light that shines
Whose mind does bring
and to all who find this treasure
the path to connect
all time and space and measure.
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CDC: 110+ Million Venereal Infections in U.S.
According to new data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 19.7 million new venereal infections in the United States in 2008, bringing the total number of existing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. at that time to 110,197,000. The STI study referenced by the CDC estimated that 50 percent of the new infections in 2008 occurred among people in the 15-to-24 age bracket. In fact, of the 19,738,800 total new STIs in the United States in 2008, 9,782,650 were among Americans in the 15-to-24 age bracket. "CDC's new estimates show that there are about 20 million new infections in the United States each year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone," said a CDC fact sheet. The most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States in 2008 was human papillomavirus (HPV), which caused 14,100,000 estimated infections that year.
Middle School Dating Leads to Higher Dropout, Drug Use Rates Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research from the University of Georgia, reports Jim Liebelt. "Romantic relationships are a hallmark of adolescence, but very few studies have examined how adolescents differ in the development of these relationships," said Pamela Orpinas, study author and professor in the College of Public Health and head of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior. Orpinas followed a group of 624 students over a seven-year period from sixth to 12th grade. Each year, the group completed a survey indicating whether they had dated and reported the frequency of different behaviors, including the use of drugs and alcohol. Their teachers completed questionnaires about the students' academic efforts. "In our study, we found four distinct trajectories," Orpinas said. "Some students never or hardly ever reported dating from middle to high school, and these students had consistently the best study skills according to their teachers. Other students dated infrequently in middle school but increased the frequency of dating in high school. We also saw a large number of students who reported dating since sixth grade." According to the study, "At all points in time, teachers rated the students who reported the lowest frequency of dating as having the best study skills and the students with the highest dating as having the worst study skills."
History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries continues to draw audiences from across all platforms, including books, DVDs and downloads, as it heads into its finale, according to Grace Hill Media. The series, which has been viewed by close to 80 million people, has continued to outperform all other television shows on Sunday nights. It took over the No. 1 spot on iTunes for top TV show downloads, and is currently ranked No. 2 on the list of 100 on Amazon's bestsellers list in movies and TV. Executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's novelization of the miniseries, The Bible: A Story of God and All of Us, which debuted Feb. 26, has also climbed to No. 10 on the Publishers Weekly top hardcover fiction list and No. 20 on the New York Times hardcover fiction list. "Roma and I continue to be grateful for the overwhelming global enthusiasm for 'The Bible' series," Burnett said. Downey added: "The audience reaction says so much about what people are looking for these days. We are just thrilled that we were able to bring these stories to life."
Florida Student Declares Victory After Refusing to Stomp on Paper Bearing Jesus' Name
Liberty Institute has declared victory on behalf of its client Ryan Rotela, the Florida Atlantic University student who was brought up on academic charges and suspended from class out of retaliation for reporting a lesson to university officials that included an in-class assignment involving jumping on a sheet of paper bearing Jesus' name. In addition to apologizing to Rotela on its website and following a closed-door meeting with Liberty Institute, university officials agreed not to take any further action against him. The university will expunge all academic charges from his student records and will allow him to take the course under the supervision of an alternate professor. "We are thankful that the university has conceded and done the right thing, so that our client Mr. Rotela can continue pursuing his education without distraction," said Hiram Sasser, Liberty Institute director of litigation. "Decades ago, the Supreme Court ruled that students do not leave their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse gate. That is still true today." Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America.