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March 10, 2004
Speaking as an evangelical Christian, I appreciated Marlene Zuk's "Birds Do It, Bonobos Do It" (Opinion, March 7). It perfectly demonstrates the crux of the "culture war" debate: Are we merely animals or are we somehow created in the likeness of God? If the naturalist, scientific community that has taught the majority of the population for the last 45 years is correct, then there is really no logical reason to exclude gays from marriage, prevent the abortion of the unborn or not enshrine evolution as the new creation story.
November 29, 2003
Some Congress members have overstepped their legitimate role of overseeing federally funded scientific research by threatening to cut off money for nearly 200 grants to study sexual behavior. The funding is channeled through the National Institutes of Health. This month, pressure from House Republicans led Northwestern University to proceed with an investigation into how one of its professors had used taxpayer funds to study human sexual arousal.
October 17, 2003 | William J. Bennett, William J. Bennett is a former secretary of Education and the author of "The Broken Hearth: Reversing the Moral Collapse of the American Family" (Random House, 2001).
For all the damage the institution of marriage sustained during the sexual revolution, its recognized significance as the fundamental social unit remains intact. If nothing else, this one conviction at least remains: that marriage should be strengthened. It remains our achievable ideal and the reason President Bush proclaimed Oct. 12-18 "Marriage Protection Week." Yet the state of marriage today is fragile.
April 22, 2002
Requiring a vow of celibacy serves as an unintended invitation to deviant sexual behavior. Most young people experience heterosexual urges, which society designates as normal. The smaller percentage of youngsters whose sexual urges deviate from that norm experience internal conflict. They wish they experienced the same impulses as their peers, but the God-given impulses dominate. A vow of celibacy resolves that internal conflict. But it does not guarantee elimination of the socially condemned, God-given sexual urges.
July 6, 2001 | MADISON SHOCKLEY, The Rev. Madison Shockley, a minister of the United Church of Christ and a member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in Washington, is an advisory board member of the National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality
Surgeon General David Satcher's recent report on sex is a straightforward, clear and compelling call for a "mature ... dialogue on issues of sexuality, sexual health and responsible sexual behavior." It's really too bad that the Bush White House isn't grown up enough to join in the conversation. A close reading of the report brings into focus a crisis so pervasive that embarrassment, ignorance and politics should wither in the face of the need for direct action.
June 11, 2001
Perhaps what Melissa Healy should investigate next is what "causes" straightness, since she did such a smashing job of uncovering the causes of homosexuality in her hard-hitting article "Pieces of the Puzzle" (March 21). ROGER WHITE Santa Monica As I read the article on the "tantalizing clues" of some signs of homosexuality (e.g., finger length), I remembered being an adolescent 25 years ago and hearing the same type of banter among my classmates in junior high school.
New HIV infections in San Francisco increased sharply in 1999, primarily because of increases in sexually risky behavior, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said Friday. New infections had run at about 500 cases a year during most of the last decade, but the number jumped to more than 800 last year, according to the department's Dr. Willi McFarland.
June 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
The vast majority of people diagnosed with the AIDS virus begin using condoms or curtail their sexual activity after testing positive, the government said Thursday. Ninety percent of those interviewed in the 1997-98 study said they changed their sexual behavior after learning they were infected. Among them, 60% said they used condoms more often, about half had sex less frequently, and more than a third stopped having sex altogether.
You're sitting in a room with 12 other writers--mostly in their 30s and 40s--hammering out a story line, and you wonder: How do kids talk about sex these days? And what do they know? For writers, producers and network executives groping in the dark when it comes to teen sex scenarios, the Media Project has some answers. A recent study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reported that more than two-thirds of all network shows contain either talk about sex or sexual behavior.
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