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Do something about the Church's distribution of same-sex marriage DVDs

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  • If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?  So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, it is dead.  --James 2:15-17
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  • I'm Through Debating Gays In the Church
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Bob and Lori Radecki, ReturntheDVD.org

Steve Sack

Friends:

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Many Catholics are disappointed with the St. Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese decision to distribute hundreds of thousands of DVDs on same-sex marriage just prior to the elections.  We have talked to countless friends who feel that the church is spending too much time and energy on this one issue, and ignoring more important problems such as the plight of the poor in our area.  As homelessness and poverty are increasing in our own community we find it difficult to understand why anyone, especially the church, would spend over one million dollars on an effort like this.

If you believe, like we do, that Jesus would be much more focused on helping those in need than engaging in political debate about same-sex marriage, we would like to ask you to help send a powerful message to our church leadership. 

The message is very simple – Christ asks us to make the needs of the poor, and love of neighbor, our highest priority. Our church leadership should do the same.

Help create something positive out of a bad situation (or let’s make lemonade out of lemons!)

A group of concerned Catholics are collecting copies of the DVD to return to the Archdiocese and will make a financial donation to an organization that works to serve the poor in our area for every DVD collected.  We are also asking other caring Catholics to consider making a donation of their own to help the poor in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Go to ReturnTheDVD.org to find more information on where to send your DVD, and how to make donations yourself to organizations doing the real work of Christ.

Please take a moment to consider joining our response to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' distribution of hundreds of thousands of DVDs on same-sex marriage.  This is a great opportunity to send a message to the church and help the poor at the same time.  Please forward this message to everyone you know.

Peace

Your friends at ReturnTheDVD.org

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I'm Through Debating Gays In the Church, John Shelby Spong, Unity Magazine/Brad Garbus' Blog

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  • I will no longer take the time to refute the unlearned and undocumentable claims of certain world religious leaders who call homosexuality “deviant.”
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  • The world has moved on, leaving these elements of the Christian Church that cannot adjust to new knowledge or a new consciousness lost in a sea of their own irrelevance.
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  • Do something about the Church's distribution of same-sex marriage DVDs
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Five Extremist GOP Candidates Oppose Abortion Even in Cases of Incest and Rape

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  • When you’re pro-bestiality and anti-masturbation, when you’re pro-rape child and anti-desegregated lunch counters…you’ve left the universe of the sane.
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  • We need to defeat all five of these Senate candidates.
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booman, Booman Tribune

Here’s something I didn’t realize until I watched the Rachel Maddow Show (recently). There are five Republicans running for U.S. Senate who do not believe in any rape or incest exemption from their proposed ban on abortions. Maddow was able to document through video and surveys that Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ken Buck of Colorado, Joe Miller of Alaska, Sharron Angle of Nevada, and Christine O’Donnell of Delaware all hold this extreme view on reproductive rights.

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I’m pretty sure that none of the 100 senators currently serving have publicly embraced this absolutist position. I would hope that holding such a position is sufficiently repulsive to make you unelectable to statewide office in this country. But Miller and Paul are ahead in the polls and Angle is within the margin of error.

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Not too many people are focusing on social issues in this election, but we shouldn’t fail to take notice of this disturbing trend. Anyone who wants to tell you that there is no difference between the parties is full of shit. The Republican Party was bad enough when Ronald Reagan was running the show. They were catastrophically bad under the latter Bush. But they are now worse than they’ve ever been. When you’re pro-bestiality and anti-masturbation, when you’re pro-rape child and anti-desegregated lunch counters…you’ve left the universe of the sane.

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LGBT Students Harassed At Colleges Nationwide, New Report Says

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  • Unequivocally, the 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People demonstrates that LGBTQ students, faculty and staff experience a 'chilly' campus climate of harassment and far less than welcoming campus communities.
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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Huffington Post

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A recent report from advocacy group Campus Pride found that many lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals feel uncomfortable on campus.

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Approximately 25 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and university employees have been harassed due to their sexual orientation, as well as a third of those who identify as transgender, according to the study and reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The study asked 5,150 people at about 100 colleges about their experiences last year.

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The report, titled "The 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People," was conducted by Campus Pride's Q Research Institution of Higher Education. Although previous studies have shown that LGBT students are consistently discriminated against throughout elementary and high school, this report (available for purchase through Campus Pride) is the first to document incidences of harassment at the collegiate level.

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Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides, Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent
“Well, news flash: There are homosexual people all over the world. Having your kid meet a homosexual in school and possibly even having a nice conversation with one isn’t going to turn your kid into one.” --Tammy Aaberg

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CDC: One-third of sex ed omits birth control

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  • Comprehensive sex education declined from 1995 to 2002, and this report seems to indicate that it hasn't changed since then.
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  • Raising Expectations in the Rockies: Colorado’s Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Industry and the Imperative for Real Sex Ed
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Mike Stobbe, Associated Press, in Google

Almost all U.S. teens have had formal sex education, but only about two-thirds have been taught about birth control methods, according to a new government report released Wednesday (Sep 15).

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Many teens apparently are not absorbing those lessons — other recent data shows that after years of steady decline, the teen birth rate rose from 2005 to 2007. It dipped again in 2008, to about 10 percent of all births.

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The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is based on face-to-face interviews with nearly 2,800 teenagers in their homes from 2006 through 2008. Female interviewers from the University of Michigan asked the questions for the CDC.

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Raising Expectations in the Rockies: Colorado’s Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Industry and the Imperative for Real Sex Ed, Lisa Olcese and Jen Heitel Yakush, RH Reality Check

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  • There is significant proof that abstinence-only-until-education programs are a waste of money, and a glance at any of the curricula reveals the damaging stereotypes that these programs uphold.
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  • Playing With Teen Sex Statistics: A Lesson in Lies
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Raising Expectations in the Rockies: Colorado’s Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Industry and the Imperative for Real Sex Ed

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  • There is significant proof that abstinence-only-until-education programs are a waste of money, and a glance at any of the curricula reveals the damaging stereotypes that these programs uphold.
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  • CDC: One-third of sex ed omits birth control
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  • Playing With Teen Sex Statistics: A Lesson in Lies
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Lisa Olcese and Jen Heitel Yakush, RH Reality Check

The debate between abstinence-only-until-marriage and comprehensive sex education can seem deceptively simple.  Youth are either given an education that demonizes sex and withholds information about contraceptives or STDs, or, if they’re lucky, they have access to programs that teach them how to make responsible and informed decisions, without fear or shame.  The right choice is clear, and once state governments decide to devote funding and attention to comprehensive sexuality education, the abstinence-only-until-marriage industry will vanish like a bad dream.

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A glance at Colorado, though, shows us that nothing is ever that easy.  Despite its increasingly progressive policies on sex education, the state is quickly becoming a testing ground for implementation of comprehensive sexuality education programs where abstinence-only-until-marriage programs continue to flourish despite a lack of federal funds.  The Healthy Colorado Youth Alliance and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) teamed up to create a report, Raising Expectations in the Rockies: Colorado’s Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Industry and the Imperative for Real Sex Education, detailing both the failures of Colorado’s abstinence-only-until-marriage industry as well as the advances made in the state in the fight to implement comprehensive sexuality education. This new report provides an extensive overview of abstinence-only-until-marriage providers and the ways that these programs, without changing their fundamental message, have adapted to Colorado’s new policies while continuing to misinform the state’s youth. The report also address the gains made and the challenges local schools districts still face to implement comprehensive sexuality instruction consistent with state law.

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CDC: One-third of sex ed omits birth control, Mike Stobbe, Associated Press, in Google

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  • Comprehensive sex education declined from 1995 to 2002, and this report seems to indicate that it hasn't changed since then.
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  • Raising Expectations in the Rockies: Colorado’s Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Industry and the Imperative for Real Sex Ed
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Playing With Teen Sex Statistics: A Lesson in Lies, Amanda Marcotte,  RHRealityCheck.org
If most high school kids aren’t having sex yet, that means that it’s that much more important to get them good sex education, so when they start having sex---and statistics overwhelmingly show that they will---they know how to make healthy choices.

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