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Regarding Carrie Prejean, Evangelicalism And The Culture War

Posted by Job on May 12, 2009

I recall a very recent incident where I purchased my first
Christian rap CD, certain that it would provide edifying entertainment for my
very young son during our frequent automobile trips. However, when the music
began to play, my son put his hands over his ears, and began yelling for me to
turn it off, the reason being “it sounds like the devil’s music.” Now
as I was very much enjoying the CD in question, I tried to explain to the child
that it was in fact Christian music. The child replied that he would much
rather listen to one of HIS CDs. So, the Christian rap went out, and one of his
several CDs of classic hymns, Negro spirituals and similar took its place,
which included “Standing On The Promises of God.” I confess to not having
learned the lyrics to this song, but I do remember something about “standing on
the promises that cannot fail.”

And now I find myself reading Pilgrim’s Progress by John
Bunyan for the first time. I not long ago passed the section where Christian
succumbed to the temptation of one Worldly Wiseman to depart from the hard path
given to him to the Celestial City by Evangelist and instead set out for what
was promised to be the easier path over Mount Sinai to Mr. Legality and his
handsome son civility in the nice village Morality. And this reminds me of the
Carrie Prejean tempest: this where beauty pageant contestant lost the Miss
America pageant (which is owned by Donald Trump, who considers twice divorced
prosperity preacher Paula White his friend and pastor) for speaking out against
homosexual marriage.

As a result, this Miss Prejean has found herself many
supporters in the evangelical Christian community for fighting the good fight
in the culture war, having had the privilege of such experiences as being
interviewed by James Dobson, speaking at a prominent evangelical Christian
university, and being a presenter for the Dove Awards. Miss Prejean’s Christian
advocates have presented her as an example of a bold Christian woman who has
risked and suffered in warfare.

While this is certainly true, as Prejean clearly lost the
Miss America title, was very nearly stripped of the Miss California title, and
has had explicit pictures (some that she acknowledges to be real, others that
she alleges are fake) released by those seeking to force the Miss California pageant
to strip her of her crown for violating her contract, I have to ask: what battle
is it that she is fighting anyway, and is it a worthwhile one?

Again, go back to “Standing On The Promises Of God.” God’s
promises cannot fail, which means that God’s battles cannot be lost, because in
God’s battles, it is not us that are fighting, but rather God Himself that
fights for us. So as long as remain obedient and faithful to scripture and
adhere to the things that Jesus Christ commanded of us, we cannot lose. Our
success is guaranteed, predetermined, predestined.

However, when we depart from the path, leave behind the
commandments of Jesus Christ, and start seeking our own agendas, failure is
inevitable. Oh, we may win a victory or two here and there, but it is only a
temporary fleeting battle won at a huge cost – not the least a great diversion
of prayers and works by well meaning Christians – in a war that will ultimately
be lost. The person who bears witness of this best is none other than James
Dobson, the very same who interviewed Prejean. Upon retiring from his leadership
of Focus On The Family, Dobson acknowledged that he, his organization and its
fellow travelers had lost every single battle, including that against
homosexual marriage, which will become legal in many parts of the country
within a few years. And let us never forget that the great legal victory that
made homosexual marriage possible was a court decision, Lawrence versus Texas,
given to us by a Supreme Court stacked with appointees of the very conservative
Republican presidents that Dobson and his peers spent a generation getting
Christians to not only vote but contribute, volunteer, fast and pray to get
elected in the first place. What do we know from this? As Jesus Christ promised
us that so long as remain faithful to Him and do His Will that we shall not
fail, the very failure of Dobson’s efforts, shows that Dobson and those like
him were never fighting the Lord’s battle to begin with.

And consider further the supreme irony: the biggest defeats
have come from the very people aligned with Dobson! Recall that Ronald Reagan,
when given the opportunity to appoint justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade,
instead put not one but two pro – abortion judges on the court, and George H.
W. Bush, who became president due to being the vice president of Reagan thanks
in no small part to people like Dobson, appointed a third pro – abortion judge,
and yes all three of those judges cast their votes in the Lawrence versus Texas
decision to pave the way for homosexual marriage as well.

So gentle Christians, what we should learn from this is that
Jesus Christ, God’s own Word and thereby God Himself, did not come to earth as
a human to be slain on a cross to pay the debt of original sin, in order to
redeem the culture. He did not do so in order to lend political support to any specific
nation, whether the United States or Israel, or any cause. The reason is that
cultures, nations, and causes are worldly things, and the result of the death
of Jesus Christ was to create the church, which is ekklesia in Greek, and
ekklesia means “called out.” What is the church called out of? The world and
worldly things. Instead of trying to change the world in some vain, idolatrous,
blasphemous quest to transform its sin and wickedness into the image of the
holiness and righteousness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, instead of
trying to give that which is destined to die the image of that which through
the resurrection of Jesus Christ will have eternal life, the only duty that I
have seen given through Jesus Christ and His apostles and prophets to the New
Testament church is that of saving and discipling sinners. Even the good deeds
and charitable works that Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to love our
neighbors and by this way to also love Him was towards that end; acts by which
the unsaved are reached and the saved are to learn to grow in the grace and
knowledge of our only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Now let it be known that evangelical Christians are supposed
to be sola scriptura Protestants. After all, the term “evangelical” was taken
up as a self – descriptive one by the Protestant Reformers. So, I challenge any
sola scriptural Protestant to identify me the Bible verse that commands
Christians to put aside the work of evangelizing the world and discipling those
who by and according to the grace and prerogative of God the Father (those that
the Father gave to the Son) respond to the gospel and start working to give the
unregenerate masses the appearance of righteousness, a form of godliness that
denies the power thereof, show it to me and I will repent of this missive. If
no such verse exists – and I have never encountered it in the New Testament –
then those who continue with this behavior should cease to call themselves sola
scriptura, which means they should cease to call themselves Protestants, which
means that they should cease to call themselves evangelical, which means that
they should cease to call themselves Christians.

This is no mere doctrinal dispute. Again, Jesus Christ gave us in His Holy Spirit – inspired word promises that work done in His Name would
never fail. The end result of not only decades of the religious right but many
centuries of church – states and church – cultures has been nothing but massive
thoroughgoing failure. If you refuse to consider me to be one qualified to
speak to this matter, then heed Søren Kierkegaard; read his Attack Upon Christendom (that is if you can abide theistic existentialism long enough to). So by committing all of these
efforts to works, by fighting all of these battles, that we claim to be in the
Name of Jesus Christ, what witness does the church bear to the promises, the
veracity, the power, the faithfulness, the very Name of Jesus Christ by which
we are saved and are to overcome death, be resurrected from the dead, and
inherit the Celestial City when these things fail? When WE fail?

Because like Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress, we have abandoned
the path to the Celestial City and Mount Zion to the Morality Village, the
abode of Mr. Legality and Civility by way of Mount Sinai, that same is the way
of death. We have abandoned the counsel of the apostles, prophets and Jesus
Christ Himself for that of Worldly Wisemen politicians and hucksters, in
addition to not a few very sincere but ultimately misguided and sincere pastors
and theologians, which unfortunately included not a few of the very same
Reformers themselves, who were not long removed from the murderous yoke of the
Roman church – states themselves began drowning Anabaptists and burning
heretics. Indeed, John Bunyan himself spent twelve years in the dark prison of
a Christian nation, separated from his church and family, for the crime of preaching
the gospel.

Morality, legality and civility. Sound like “Christian
values”, “family values”, “American values”, “Judeo – Christian values”, “Judeo
– Christian heritage” and all the other buzzwords to you? It certainly sounds like
that to me. Well, those are legalism, an external righteousness of the
Pharisees, devoid of the religion of the heart that Jesus Christ gave us. It is
darkness devoid of the Light that came to this world that the darkness does not
comprehend. Of course, a person, a group, a movement, a nation can impose
morality, legality and civility for a period of time by expending no small
amount of energy or cost. Keep in mind however: such moral societies do not
have to be Christian … homosexuality, abortion, crime, divorce etc. are very
much kept under control in not a few Muslim societies, and such was also the
case in fascist regimes like those run by Pinochet and Franco. Also, a
democracy cannot maintain “moral societies” anywhere nearly as long as a
monarchy, totalitarian regime or dictatorship.

But it is only for a time. Remember Lot’s wife. Or better
yet remember the Holy Roman Empire! When Constantine allegedly converted (but in
truth began to exploit the faith for state power – including appropriating the
symbol of the Prince of Peace for warfare, a fact that we should think of when
so many evangelicals unconditionally support the war in Iraq as well as torture)
Eusebius and many other pastors and theologians of the time insisted that the
whole thing was the work of God, that Constantine’s making Christianity the
religion of the empire was part of God’s redemptive-historic plan for mankind,
and that through the Roman Empire the whole world would be subdued for Jesus
Christ. What happened? It failed. The Holy Roman Empire broke apart, falling to
the Muslims.

The reason why is that Jesus Christ did not come to earth,
conduct His ministry, die from the cross, and rise from the dead in order to
bring such things into existence. Those things are not wrapped up within the

promises of God, so they will fail. They are works of the flesh, not of the spirit, so they are vanity. You can fight it, you can delay it, but ultimately, as a dog returns to his vomit (Proverb 26:11) that which is sinful will return to sin. A system of laws and rituals can control an unregenerate person for a time, but that sinner will ultimately go back to sin just as
Pliable, Simple, Sloth, Presumption, Formalist, Hypocrisy, Mistrust, Timorous
and all the rest abandoned the true pilgrim Christian on the straight and
narrow path to the Celestial City. And as societies are by definition going to
contain large majorities of unsaved and in many instances shall be ruled by
them, they will go the same way.

This was the failure of the doctrine of the ecclesiola within
the ecclesia, the actual church within the political and cultural church-state
that was advanced in some form by Augustine (representing as he did Catholicism),
Calvin (representing church – state Protestantism) and various others, and it
is the same failure of the various modern dominionism movements -including but
certainly not limited to the religious right and some of the more robust forms
of premillennial dispensationalism and Christian Zionism – whose adherents
proclaim themselves to be taking (or taking back) cultures, nations and
ultimately the globe for Christ.

I am reminded of the words of the pastor character in Frank
Peretti’s novel The Visitation (not exactly Pilgrim’s Progress granted,
but a good read nonetheless!) who upon hearing an inexperienced and zealous
pastor state “we are taking this town for Christ” replied “not even Christ took
a town for Christ.” As Jesus Christ’s own nation, the Jews, rejected Him, what
more evidence is there that Jesus Christ did not die for a nation, a culture, a
political agenda, or any other worldly thing, but rather to redeem the church?
Now Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection did, against all odds, succeed. The
church was born, has existed for going on 2,000 years, and will live forever.
However, the failure of all of these movements proves that no matter the
sincerity, fervency, and honorable motives of many of the people who inspire
and are caught up in them, are sadly due to fail because they have no part in
Jesus Christ’s promises and thus will have no part in His resurrection.

I keep hearing Christians speak of how this can be changed
with a revival, and have taken it upon themselves to try to initiate one. They
recall how society was transformed in America and Britain through the Great
Awakenings, and long for another to happen. I remember the claims that great
outpouring of national unity and people returning to churches after September
11th 2001 may spark just such a revival, a return of this nation to
its “Christian values and heritage.” It was easy to suffer such fantasies when
George W. Bush was in office. Well, not only did George W. Bush prove to be
someone who does not believe that the Bible is literally true and the final
authority and also that Muslims and Christians (and presumably other religions
as well) all pray to the same god, but this nation is now saddled with a
president about whom no one can entertain such delusions. Alas, it was just
another failure by people who were never seeking the true Will of Jesus Christ
to begin with.

While Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield and the other
revivalists of these awakenings may have had some state – church or state –
culture sympathies, the reason why their revivals as well as the missionary
revival started by William Carey and Adoniram Judson and before them Zinzendorf,
Spener and the Moravians succeeded was because their aim was to preach the
gospel and save souls! Their goals were not social or political but spiritual.
That was why they could not fail. They accomplished the results that they were
seeking because the results were the Lord adding to the church such as should
be saved (Acts 2:47). And yes, that verse does say THE LORD adding to the
church, not man through his own efforts doing so. Why? Because as stated
earlier … it was the Lord’s doing, the Lord’s work, the Lord’s battle to begin
with. Do the Lord’s will, and the Lord fights for you. Do your own will, and the
Lord fights against you. Do you deny this? Well then ask King Saul. His
kingdom, his portion was taken from him and given to another because he stopped
fighting the Lord’s battle the Lord’s way and started fighting his battles his
way. Instead of establishing God’s kingdom, it became about Saul’s kingdom.
When Saul’s son asked him for what cause did he seek the life of David, who had
never done any harm to Saul, King Saul cursed his son, calling him the son of a
dog, and asked “don’t you realize that as long as David lives you will never
have MY KINGDOM?” But it was never Saul’s kingdom to give. Saul and his sons
died, God’s kingdom went to David, and through the One Jesus Christ who
descended from David, it will last forever.

So, Christian, are you laboring for Mr. Legality with
Civility in the village Morality for things that, like the Holy Roman Empire,
the Reformed church – states, and Saul’s kingdom, will not last because they
are of this world and are things that Revelation 20 and 21 states will be
destroyed with fire and replaced with a new heaven and a new earth? Or are you
going to love Jesus Christ by keeping His commandments, and thereby laboring
for things that will last forever, in the Celestial City where the rust and
moth cannot destroy?

Gentle Christian, I sincerely entreat and implore you to
turn aside from all that which is pertaining to Mr. Legality, Civility, and the
village Morality … things of Sinai that will fail. Instead, join Pilgrim on the
narrow path to the Celestial City so that your works will last forever. In
closing, let me give you some words by Russell K. Carter, circa 1886.

  1. Standing on the promises of Christ
    my King,
    Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
    Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  • Refrain:
    Standing, standing,
    Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
    Standing, standing,
    I’m standing on the promises of God.
  • Standing on the promises that
    cannot fail,
    When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
    By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  • Standing on the promises I now can
    see
    Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
    Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  • Standing on the promises of Christ
    the Lord,
    Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
    Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  • Standing on the promises I cannot
    fall,
    List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,
    Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
    Standing on the promises of God.
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    Sex Sells Especially In The Church: Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus Does Everything For Jesus Christ Including Kissing Katy Perry And Liking It

    Posted by Job on September 18, 2008

    I have tried to ignore this Miley Cyrus thing, even after her proclamations of not only being a Christian celebrity, but doing everything for Jesus Christ. The reason is that I had already dealt with the trend -beginning with Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, and Anna Kournikova in the 1990s but becoming a major part of our cultural landscape with Britney Spears – of making teenage (and even younger looking) girls into overt sex objects for not only teenage boys but also adult males in the past. Even that Miley Cyrus would be able to get away with the added dimension of claiming to serve Jesus Christ by being an underaged sex fantasy object was only a minor development. After all, Jessica Simpson’s father is a former Southern Baptist minister. Britney Spears made claims of being a Southern Baptist virgin a huge part of her original public relations profile. Destiny’s Child oft claimed Christianity. Mandy Moore went from singer to actress in the evangelical Christian film “A Walk To Remember.”  And lest we forget, the father of Miley Cyrus, after his country music career evaporated, did the common tactic of using Chri$tian capitali$m to stay in show business, even being given a TV series on “Christian family values” PaxNet (Doc, in which Miley Cyrus appeared in an episode). 

    But Slice of Laodicea’s revealing the extent to which Miley Cyrus is mocking the very Christians that she is professing herself to be a role model for AND how some Christians are STILL DEFENDING HER (see link) made me decide that this topic was worth revisiting: Miley Cyrus kissing Katy Perry, who wrote the lesbian anthem “I Kissed A Girl”, at some MTV awards event. Cyrus says that she does everything for Jesus Christ … so apparently emulating Perry’s promotion of lesbianism was her way of spreading the gospel? 

    Let me state that my position is that a Christian can pursue a career in secular music so long as said Christian’s music and betrayal does not transgress the Bible. So no, I am not objecting to Cyrus’ going on heathen MTV and being photographed with Perry. If there is no justification for me having a ‘holier than thou’ attitude when I at work, I also have no justification for demanding that she act that way just because she is a celebrity. Instead, my issue is with how so many entertainers are able to claim Christianity so that they can rake in even more money while still meeting the desires and expectations of their supporters who hate Jesus Christ.

    And how does Miley Cyrus meet the expectations of these people? Kissing Katy Perry, something that people will remember when Cyrus inevitably attempts to make the leap from child entertainer to adult singer (more on that later) is just a tiny part of it, and why not let someone who does not claim to be Christian (but does acknowledge having and acting on lesbian desires),  actress Megan Fox explain:

    Fox also defended Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens regarding their racy photo scandals and said that she doesn’t like Disney because they take “these little girls, and they put them through entertainment school and teach them to sing and dance, and make them wear belly shirts …”

    What Fox is speaking of is Disney’s game of turning little girls into sex objects. Why did I use Fox’s words instead of a Christian who said the same? Well show me a single prominent Christian that is taking up this battle (even if it is only in the context of saying “Miley Cyrus is not a suitable role model for Christian girls”) and I will use his or her words. As our “Christian leaders” are being preoccupied with wanting and hoping Cyrus, Spears, and their daughters and church members grow up to be beauty queen Sarah Palin, it appears that no such statements are forthcoming and the non – Christian Megan Fox has provided the most truthful words on this matter!

    Miley Cyrus is part and parcel of the Disney “use kids for sexual fantasies” game. The tight skimpy outfits, makeup, clothes, dancing … Cyrus is one of many young girls that Disney uses to market sexual fantasies to both teen boys and also grown men with the emotional development of teen boys. How do we know this “grown men” part? Because when racy photos of Cyrus were published in Vanity Fair, it created so much traffic that their servers crashed. Thirteen year old boys are not Vanity Fair’s demographic! And no, it is not teen boys that create the vast majority of the many websites on the Internet dedicated to racy pictures of teenage (and again, often preteen looking) girls. It is grown men who not only create those sites, but grown men who visit them, often paying money to do so! 

    And Cyrus is in no way unique. Quite the contrary, sexuality using and aimed at teens and preteens pervades virtually every Disney show, even the cartoons, and has for years. So, when Miley Cyrus agreed to the Disney show, she knew what it would involve, and so did her father. And even if Miley Cyrus was somehow unaware at this Internet subculture based on trading images of underaged girls when she agreed to do the show A) her father knew and B) Cyrus certainly knows now, because she is the latest in a long line of “oh my goodness how and why did someone violate my privacy by stealing and publishing these racy photos!” young starlets that use that Internet subculture to enhance their fame. 

    Is this as bad as when Kanye West was actually nominated for a gospel music award for recording “Jesus Walks”, or when Destiny’s Child received good publicity for putting gospel songs on an album, and one of their members released a gospel album? I still remember the video for “Survivor” … one of the “singers” claimed to have overcome persecution in Hollywood for refusing to compromise their Christianity, and right after the word “Christianity” was, er, “sung”, the video cut to the grind – dancing bikinied crotch (something straight out of the strip club) of the “singer”, either overtly mocking Jesus Christ or their Christian supporters buying their albums. If any Christians denounced that video (or Destiny’s Child’s claims to be in any way Christian), I missed it. 

    The younger Cyrus knows what she is doing. So does the older Cyrus. Evidence of this is how they handled the mild criticism from Christians over the Vanity Fair photo shoot: Miley Cyrus made the typical claim of being exploited and taken advantage of by the worldly heathens at the Noo Yawk magazine, and Billy Ray Cyrus claimed that it happened because he trusted the Vanity Fair people with his daughter and was off somewhere on business instead of protecting his daughter’s virtue. Now Vanity Fair’s version of the story was entirely different. Quite frankly, anyone who has ever watched the excessive makeup, skin tight clothes, and suggestive dancing that takes place on a typical episode of Hannah Montana (let alone Cyrus’ increasingly notorious private behavior) would find the Vanity Fair New York heathens to be much more credible than the professing Christians from evangelical entertainment and publishing capital Franklin, Tennessee. 

    Now Britney Spears dropped the Christian pretensions once she decided to leave the teeny bopper scene behind and aim for a more adult sound and a wider more lucrative audience. Miley Cyrus’ far edgier public profile lately, plus her public statements that she wants to stop doing Hannah Montana, indicates that she is ready to follow Spears’ path. And why not? If it works, why try to fix it? But the issue is not the younger Cyrus, who will succeed or fail on her own merits. (Since she isn’t much of an actress, dancer, singer or songwriter those merits will consist of being able to get males older than 15 to look at her. Well, good luck with that.) It is not the older Cyrus, who has gleefully used his daughter to extend what is left of his fame. (The Disney Channel actually plays his songs and videos … probably because their contract with his daughter compels them to.) The issue is with Christians so desperate to have an entertainer in the secular arena that they can call their own. The common justification is that “we need to be represented in mainstream culture.” Fine. If a Christian can use their mainstream soapbox to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ so that sinners can come to repentance, fine. But show me a shred of evidence that Cyrus, Spears, Destiny’s Child, West, etc. have done this or even tried to (the solo gospel album of Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams as an exception). Instead, what is these people truly mean is that “we need THEM to represent US in mainstream culture so WE won’t feel so strange, different, and alone!” 

    Now this is not an endorsement of theologian Soren Kierkegaard, but his goal of making Christianity hard and uncomfortable for those in his homeland that had made Christianity easy by marrying the church with the state (or in our context marrying the church to the culture) should be considered. In this context, Christians are not even allowing themselves to be used and exploited by God – mockers like Spears and Cyrus. Instead, Christians are the users and exploiters. They are sacrificing these little girls to the child porn (in the sense that Jesus Christ used the term “pornea”, which means sexual immorality) monster so they can avoid what the Bible says about rejecting the world and being rejected by it. It is because of their own need to be accepted and loved by and have a place in the world that they could care less how many young girls Hollywood chews up and spits out. They could care less how many young girls develop eating disorders or disfigure themselves because they think that if they can just look like Britney or Miley someone will love them (because hey, it isn’t as if Britney or Miley interrupts their shimmy pole dancing and selling merchandise long enough to tell these girls – or boys – that JESUS CHRIST LOVES THEM … if they did Disney would rip up their contracts overnight).

    They could care less how many husbands become emotionally detached from their wives because they are committing adultery (again according to Jesus Christ’s definition of it) by surfing the web looking for pictures of Miley, Britney, Lindsay Lohan (another Disney product) to feed their fantasies, which many find much easier than emotionally relating to their living breathing adult spouse. And no, they could care less about how many little boys that grow up socialized by Disney’s (and Nickelodeon’s) sexuality go on to become rapists, and how many of those men that crashed Vanity Fair’s servers go on to molest their daughters. And they could care less about how the carnage of human emotion that causes will lead to suicides and murders (including but certainly not limited to abortions). “Being represented” in the world so that they don’t have to reject it or be rejected by it is so valuable to these Christians that they are very much willing to sacrifice what happens to everyone else, even when that everyone includes the Savior Jesus Christ that is being mocked. But be not deceived … God is not mocked. Thus saith scripture. And on judgment day, all will see precisely how and why God’s Name shall not be the subject of shame. The ones who will behold this will not only be the artists purporting to be Christian, but the purported Christians that created the environment where such artists could successfully employ this tactic. 

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    Hey Hey Hey John McCain Says It Is OK To Be Gay If You Want To Adopt!

    Posted by Job on July 15, 2008

    But he is better than Obama, right evangelicals? You just keep on choosing your Hitlers over your Stalins and see how far it gets you.
    From USA Today

    Last weekend, Republican John McCain told The New York Times he is against gay adoption. Today, his campaign clarified that position in a way that seemed to qualify it.

    Communications director Jill Hazelbaker told Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic’s Daily Dish blog that McCain believes that states should decide adoption policies and that a gay home beats abandonment. “McCain believes that in those situations that caring parental figures are better for the child than the alternative,” Hazelbaker said. See the full statement here.

    The Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody says the “clarification” signals trouble ahead with social conservatives. “That sound you just heard was a can of worms opening up,” he writes at The Brody File.  “If you’re going to say that you’re against gay adoption then why not just stick with that view rather than trying to massage it? The qualifier after the interview does some damage.”

    The liberal Huffington Post characterized Hazelbaker’s statement as McCain “backing off” his original “radical” position. The AP has rounded up gay and lesbian reaction to the initial statements under the headling “McCain blasted for gay adoption opposition.”

    Here’s the exchange with the Times, which was published Sunday:

    Q: President Bush believes that gay couples should not be permitted to adopt children. Do you agree with that?

    Mr. McCain: I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no I don’t believe in gay adoption.

    Q: Even if the alternative is the kid staying in an orphanage, or not having parents.

    Mr. McCain: I encourage adoption and I encourage the opportunities for people to adopt children I encourage the process being less complicated so they can adopt as quickly as possible. And Cindy and I are proud of being adoptive parents.

    Q: But your concern would be that the couple should (be) a traditional couple —

    Mr. McCain: Yes.

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    Hey Hey Hey McDonalds Says It Is OK To Be GAY!

    Posted by Job on July 5, 2008

    From Slice of Laodicea McDonald’s Chooses Sides in the Culture War

    Any of you Christians still bowing before the false idol of capitalism? Hey, I am not against capitalism, I am just talking about the politically conservative Christians who claim that God handed capitalism (along with democracy) on Sinai and Jesus Christ endorsed private property rights in the Sermon on the Mount. I keep telling the religious right Christians … big business only cares about money and gaining power that they can use to make more money. They don’t care about your values, and just like the rest of the world THEY HATE YOUR JESUS CHRIST. Open your eyes and stop pretending otherwise. Big business is part of the anti – Christ agenda just like everybody else. I still remember the 1980s when the dispensational pre – tribulation rapture cult had so many of us convinced that the anti – Christ was going to be a Soviet communist …

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    How Coed College Dorm Rooms Demonstrate The Triumph Of The Homosexual Agenda In America

    Posted by Job on May 4, 2008

    See article One boy, one girl — one dorm room by clicking on link. In it, the writers and editors of the article do all they can to promote the notion that a healthy male and female in their teens can live together without even considering the notion of sexual intercourse. It would be one thing if they were promoting it as some virtue of personal restraint. But you will never hear them commend personal restraint as a virtue, because that would ruin the anti – Christ media’s position against abstinence education. Now I do not support abstinence education, because it is nothing but an attempt to use government schools to impose Christian morality and values – a universalist works based theology – on the population in the place of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The solution to the illegitimacy problem is not returning to “Leave It To Beaver Ozzie and Harriet traditional American values” – how many underclass families ever had the luxury of “homemaker” wives and mothers to begin with, even during the “ideal” 1950s? – that will not save anyone from the lake of fire and deliver them from evil spirits, but the gospel of Jesus Christ that will.

    Nonetheless, the media and political advocates in their aggressive promotion and defense of all manners of sinfulness and the confusion that results, tells us that we should not have abstinence education because it is unrealistic to expect teenagers to do the impossible, which is refrain from sexual activity. In one surreal moment on Fox News, a feminist lawyer who owes her wealth and fame in large part to sexual harassment law claimed to be powerless to be able to educate her own son to delay sexual activity, so she stated that with her son – and with teenagers in general – the best route was to accommodate “the inevitable” by encouraging her son to engage in safe sex. (Please note that the standard line This was particularly chilling because feminists have for quite a time been proposing the notion that males will inevitably be sexually aggressive – unable to prevent themselves from committing crimes ranging from unwanted touching (sexual battery) to rape – because of evolutionary biology. It is generally regarded that this sort of Camille Paglia Andrea Dworkin Saray Blaffer Hrdy crowd promotes male homosexuality because they view homosexuals to be less likely inclined to rape females than heterosexuals. So how can coeducational dorms not result in the male inevitably engaging in unwanted sexual activity towards the female, ranging from undesired looks at her (which that same Fox News feminist lawyer/pundit calls sexual harassment, and I agree with her) to unwanted touching (sexual battery) to violent rape? 

    Make no mistake, homosexual rights activism also plays a role. It did not take public health researchers long at all to attribute the sky high infection rates of homosexual men to – among other things – extreme promiscuity within this group. Being refrained from advocating not only the Biblical mindset that homosexual behavior is sinful, but also the medical/biological truth that homosexual behavior is inherently unnatural and harmful, the best line of rhetoric that the public health advocates could do in order to slow the spread of AIDS among this population was to advocate monogamy. Unsurprisingly, homosexual activists had no interest in this approach whatsoever. Borrowing heavily from feminist theories on sexuality that attacked marriage, homosexuals called the demands that they be monogamous “heterosexism”; that it was “homophobia.” So, the idea that a homosexual should be expected to not only refrain from sexual activity altogether but even limit it to one partner even to preserve his own life and the life of his sex partners was portrayed as oppressive. Again, keep in mind that they had a vast amount of feminist work to mine and co – opt as their own: one of the primary reasons for feminist opposition to welfare reform in the 1990s was a notion that it was an attack on black female independent sexuality by cutting off financial support for the lifestyle in order to force black females into marriage. White conservative men were acting against black female sexual independence not out of a legitimate concern for the black family structure, but in order to prevent white females from following the example of black females and becoming similarly liberated. (I kid you not, not only do people get paid huge sums of money to come up with these notions in our leading universities, but people representing opposing points of view face difficulty finding employment at these same universities.) 

    So once you have embraced the notion that resisting sexual desire is impossible, any attempt to do so is unhealthy repression, and any suggestion that you have some moral or even practical responsibility to inhibit your sexual behavior amounts to oppression, where does that leave you? Well for one, I have long noticed that the “anti – teen pregnancy” educational programs often amount to male – bashing. Teen females are told not to allow boys to pressure them into having sex (which is an offense that ranges from sexual harassment to even sexual assault depending on the circumstances), and that the only reason why boys want to have sex with them anyway is to get them pregnant and prevent them from going to college and becoming feminist lawyers (I am not making this up … this was the theme of Bill Clinton Health and Human Services secretary Donna Shalala’s anti – teen pregnancy campaign). The component of this campaign aimed at boys was entirely concerned with demanding that they not use manipulation and coercion to extort sex acts from females. The idea that a female desiring sexual activity may be capable of finding a male willing to accommodate her was never countenanced, because the very notion of a person abstaining from consensual sex for any reason is not an option for this mindset. 

    So that brings us to the situation at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University – yes, a Christian school! – where we are supposed to believe that it is biologically, emotionally, psychologically NORMAL for a male and female to share a room without so much as glancing at each other EVEN OUT OF CURIOSITY OR FOR PERSONAL ENTERTAINMENT! Why? Because due to this mindset, there is nothing inherently desirable or attractive about the female body that a heterosexual male would respect, and a female has no real interest in receiving attention and affection from a male, and this is the case even for males and females that are lonely, awkward, emotionally/socially stunted, etc., which is known to be a problem for teenagers. (Now in times past, it was common to attribute these emotional and social problems to repressed sexuality, and advocate sexual liberation to solve the problem. In the modern era, it has become common to convince children experiencing these adjustment issues that they are homosexual or transgendered, and that their problems will be solved by coming out of the closet … the purpose of proselytizing “gay clubs” at junior high, high, and increasingly elementary schools, and sex change procedures for preteens.) Instead, the interviewees selected for this story brag about their “platonic friendships” and how “they avert their eyes when their roommate is wearing underwear.” So, that is where it gets really strange. The natural order of affairs is for heterosexuals of the same sex avoid viewing one another because, quite frankly, they have no desire to, and as a result no sexual behavior is going to result from heterosexuals being nude or near – nude around each other. So while exposing people to unwanted nudity is not ideal, in certain situations it is practically unavoidable, so the best approach is to limit these situations to people of the same sex in order to protect members of both sexes from unwanted sexual behavior and sexual aggression (yes looking at someone sexually who does not desire it, raping someone with your eyes, is sexual aggression). So, we are supposed to perceive a healthy female and male sharing a room for months without looking, touching, engaging in intercourse, etc. without any hint of sexual tension or frustration to be a sign of the advanced modern progressive mindset, as opposed to the very unnatural sexual repression that these same leftists oppose in other contexts.

     So why is it allowed in this context? And moreover, why do the campus feminists not see any compelling interest in protecting their sisters from the sexual harassment and rape that will inevitably occur not only because of evolutionary biology, but a patriarchal society that encourages and rewards males that engage in female victimization? Why are these feminists willing to allow such arrangements to exist based on the mere “trust” (in the words of the female quoted in the article) of a male that biology and society makes inherently untrustworthy? Well, the answer is hinted at in the article.

    The only bit of truth that they were willing to reveal was that the policy of allowing coeducational rooms was adopted at the request of homosexuals who preferred not to live with people of the same sex. But the full range of the homosexual agenda, of course, is not given in the article. They merely quote the National Student Genderblind Campaign and leave it at that. But it is simple: the very notion that rooms should not be coeducational is “heterosexist” based on the presumption that the inhabitants of the room are heterosexual, and would want to avoid sexually uncomfortable male – female living arrangements based on it. It discriminates against the homosexual who would find living with a member of the same sex just as uncomfortable as would a heterosexual woman would in being forced to cohabitate with an unrelated male. 

    Now please note two things. 1) It is perfectly acceptable for a homosexual to declare himself uncomfortable with living with a heterosexual member of the same sex and request a different room assignment based on it. But a heterosexual doing the same regarding a homosexual roommate would not only never be accommodated, but would likely face disciplinary action under these universities’ “nondiscrimination policies.” 2) Accommodating homosexuals on this point requires heterosexuals to not only participate, but behave themselves in a most unnatural manner. Publicity, after all, is everything. Public relations – wise, it would be very difficult to implement this policy were the justification to facilitate the desire of males and females to sexually experiment on each other. (One university cited by CNN has a specific policy against sex partners explicitly seeking to room together, and it is mentioned that “roomcest” is the popular term for it.) It would also be very difficult to pull off were notions of homosexual rights and equality to be the known motivating force. So, in the very same fashion that former CBS News employee Bernard Goldberg detailed in his book “Bias” of how the mainstream media used the AIDS virus to advance the homosexual agenda by making the public face of AIDS heterosexual white upper middle class suburban sexually inactive people like Ryan White and Kimberly Bergalis (“Peanuts” creator Charles Schultz even got into the act by producing a cartoon special aired on CBS about a playmate and schoolmate of Charlie Brown having AIDS), the public face of this growing policy is white upper class heterosexual college kids at elite universities that have no interest in having sex with each other; heterosexuals that either lack or have specifically rejected very natural biological, emotional, and psychological needs and desires. Now keep in mind the context here: these policies exist because homosexuals were unable or unwilling to either lack or reject their desires for roommates of the same sex and requested a roommate of a different one, “Will and Grace” situation comedy style. So we have reached a situation where – according to the practical effects of homosexual rights activism and its accommodation by university administrators and the media – heterosexual desire is unnatural, undesirable, harmful, and should be inhibited. Homosexual desire is natural and desirable, a goal or ideal to be appreciated and attained. Which is – surprise surprise – precisely what homosexual intellectuals of both sexes have been advocating for decades now. It is not the least uncommon for homosexual intellectuals and researchers to publish scholarship and give lectures consisting primarily of rants against normal sexuality. (It is only uncommon for the mainstream media to publicize them.)

    Though homosexual male scholars have since developed their own, this began with feminist queer studies (yes, educational study field exists, you can earn college degrees for it and such) first indoctrinating women about how evil and depraved males were for wanting to have sex with women, how women had no ability to consent to sexual behavior in patriarchal (meaning Christian) societies because men have the power and use it to brainwash and coerce women, how all sexual relations between men and women is actually rape as a result, and how women who delude themselves into thinking that they love and desire men and acting accordingly are contributing to domestic violence, rape, child molestation, etc. Again, I am not making this stuff up. But it puts the response of the academic community and the media to the Duke lacrosse rape scandal in context: even after it was discovered that the charges were false, “the men were still guilty for wanting to look at naked black women in the first place.”

    Yes, according to the university crowd and the media, the very act of men hiring these women that were not only consenting adults but actually OLDER than the Duke students themselves (the women were 26 and 32 according to media reports) for the purposes of being entertained by viewing their bodies was no different from actually raping them. So, the university community and the media have internalized this homosexual agenda to this very extent. Perhaps the best example was an “Afrocentric” black MALE scholar who was widely – and uncritically – quoted in the media as saying that the white males were wrong – and should have been punished by the administration and legal system! – for hiring black strippers because “they wanted to do something with them that they couldn’t do to white girls.” That betrays this fellow’s mindset that sex between a man and a woman is merely the man exploiting, oppressing, harming, etc. a woman, and that these fellows wanted black women so that they could behave even more wantonly … even more unnaturally. During that entire controversy, none of the people that professed indignantly “what were these wealthy privileged white male athletes doing hiring black strippers to begin with”, no one even questioned the possibility that these fellows might have simply wanted a full viewing of the black female bodies that they can only get a teasing partial viewing of on Black Entertainment Television practically 24 – 7. Why? Because that desire would have been natural, and the media and the academic community have all fully embraced unnatural sexuality as the the only form of sexuality that is moral.

    So, the question is this: after the media and the educational institutions of a nation adopt an idea, how long does it take for mainstream society to follow suit? 30 years? 20 years? 10 years? How long before large portions of society start viewing heterosexual desire as an object of ridicule and scorn, and even a reason for self – hate and self – mutilation such as that exhibited by children getting sex change procedures in the article mentioned prior? Only time will tell. The question is: will you also adopt this unnatural mindset, the twisted mind of a person that has thoroughly rejected Jesus Christ and the Bible not only in this area but in so many others? If you do not wish to, then the answer is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Click Here for details.

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    Oklahoma Politician Sally Kern Warring Against The Homosexual Agenda

    Posted by Job on March 22, 2008

    By Pastor Bill Keller.

    http://www.liveprayer.com/signup.cfm

    (Ephesians 2:10; Acts 4:12)

    “The homosexual agenda is destroying this nation, OK, it’s just a fact,”
    Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern said recently to a gathering of fellow
    Republicans outside the Capitol. “Studies show no society that has totally
    embraced homosexuality has lasted, you know, more than a few decades. So
    it’s the death knell in this country. I honestly think it’s the biggest
    threat that our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam, which I
    think is a big threat,” she said. AMEN! I agree with Rep. Kern 100%!

    Kern, a former school teacher whose husband is a Baptist pastor, has been
    lambasted for her “bigoted, hate-filled, intolerant” comments by the press
    and general public, not to mention the Democratic Governor of Oklahoma as
    well as lesbian talk show host and homosexual activist Ellen DeGeneres.
    What have I told you for years now? If you tell the lie long enough and
    loud enough, people will accept it to be the truth. Never has that been
    more evident than in the relentless campaign by the homosexual community to
    make their choice of deviant sexual relations acceptable and mainstream.

    The war to keep the sin of homosexuality from becoming accepted and
    condoned, even celebrated, has been lost! So you still think this is a
    Christian nation? Over the past 40 years prayer and Bible teaching have been
    taken out of the public schools, we legally slaughter over 4,000 innocent
    babies a day, gambling and pornography are now socially acceptable,
    profanity is no longer considered bad language, Jesus, the Bible, and the
    Christian faith are openly mocked while the cults and false religions of the
    world are now revered and protected, we have changed God’s definition of
    what marriage and the family is, places that call themselves churches and
    men and women who call themselves pastors don’t even believe the Bible and
    operate in complete rebellion to God’s Word, and the sin of homosexuality is
    now considered an acceptable mainstream lifestyle choice.

    Hello! Christians! Think it is time we wake up???

    How could all of this have happened in such a short period of time? Simple.
    Men and women who God called to lead his church and people have failed to do
    so. Many of them deny the inspiration, inerrancy, and Truth of the Bible and
    have led people to accept and condone what God clearly calls sin. Others
    have chosen to preach a gospel of motivation and prosperity that tickles the
    ears of the masses and garners them huge followings of people who don’t want
    to hear about sin and sacrifice, only how to be successful and rich by this
    world’s standards.

    I watched Joel Osteen hawk his new book that gives people 7 keys to be
    successful. Funny, not one of the 7 has a thing to do with Scripture or the
    real success of a person, only temporal earthly success you would hear about
    in a Tony Robbins meeting. How a pastor can sit on nationwide TV for an hour
    and never ONCE utter the name of Jesus is actually a pretty amazing feat.
    Sadly, because of his worldly success, you now have other “pastors” who go
    on national TV and call themselves “life coaches” and other names, never
    once mentioning the Bible or the name of Jesus or the fact that Christ is
    man’s only hope now and for all eternity.

    Still others have gravitated to a social gospel, seeking to solve the
    problems of this fallen world like hunger and sickness and poverty, without
    ever mentioning the greatest need a person has, to have a relationship with
    Jesus since that “offends” people. These are noble causes but wasn’t it
    Jesus who said “the poor you will always have with you.” That doesn’t mean
    we don’t reach out to the poor and the sick, but the greatest need a man has
    isn’t food and medicine, it is to know Jesus as their Savior. Too many who
    are navigating the waters of the social gospel, have had to compromise the
    absolutes of the Bible and create unholy alliances in order to do the work
    they are doing.

    Never before has our silence and failure to lead been as evident as in the
    war we have lost regarding making the sin of homosexuality an acceptable
    mainstream lifestyle choice. Don’t believe me? Dear Abby is now on board
    stating that it is OK to be gay ( http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21212639/ ).
    You say big deal, who cares what Dear Abby says? It is just another example
    of a long standing cultural icon who has reinforced that this choice of
    sexual activity is acceptable and even desirable!

    In case you missed it, Harry Potter author JK Rowling revealed that her
    character Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts school for wizards in
    training, is gay! She said her announcement was meant to help people become
    more tolerant of gay people. So now the Potter books are not only helping to
    educate children on how witchcraft, wizardry, and sorcery are acceptable,
    but so is the choice by men to have sex with other men and women to have sex
    with other women. All that is left is for Rowling to announce Hermione had
    sex with Harry, got pregnant and had an abortion!

    Need more? How about the new ad campaign in Italy (
    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=071024175433.inucp5pp&show_article=1
    &catnum=0
    ) to help spread the lie that people are born gay. If you need to
    be outraged today, check out this poster of a newborn baby with a wristband
    that says HOMOSEXUAL to drive home the myth that people are born gay,
    instead of telling the truth that taking your pants off to have sex is a
    CHOICE!!!

    How did we get to this place as a nation? Men and women God called to lead
    who led the church into their own little subculture, apart from mainstream
    society. We retreated behind the four walls of the church into the comfort
    and prosperity of the “Christian trough,” something satan was only too eager
    to let us do since it removed the “salt” and “light” from the marketplace
    and left it to his wolves to ravage.

    Now when we step out of our comfortable little subculture back into the real
    world, we are faced with babies being slaughtered, men marrying men and
    women marrying women, porn and gambling everywhere you turn, filthy language
    accepted as normal conversation, all of the media vehicles being used to
    carry Satan’s lies to the masses to insure their souls will end up in hell,
    and parades to celebrate a sin like homosexuality!!!

    I love you and care about you so much. The sad fact is, we can’t turn back
    the hands of time. Things are never going to be the way they used to be.
    Those days are gone and over. However, in the wake of this gross and
    unbridled sin are the destroyed lives of real people who bought the sweet
    lies of sin and are now paying the price for their rebellion to God. This is
    a new opportunity for the church and for God’s people to be the true hope
    and answer for those who are still breathing, whose lives have been
    devastated by sin, and who yearn for the peace and joy that can only come
    from having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

    A byproduct of all this sin is the coming wrath of God and great persecution
    on the church and God’s people. This is the time when all of the ways we
    have figured out to divide ourselves will no longer be important, when those
    who serve the Lord for mammon will fall away since it will no longer be
    profitable, and those who aren’t serious about their faith will run from it.
    Left will be a faithful remnant whose citizenship is not of this world and
    whose goals are not earthly but Heavenly. It is this faithful group who will
    help bring in a great harvest of souls as the final moments of human history
    unfold.

    My prayer for you today is that you become more bold in your witness for
    Christ. Don’t emulate some of these so-called leaders who have been
    programmed by their business handlers to never even utter the name of Jesus
    so people aren’t offended and book sales aren’t hurt. It is at the name of
    JESUS that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess Him Lord! The Bible
    proclaims that there is only ONE NAME by which men are saved, the name of
    JESUS! If we are ashamed of Jesus, He will be ashamed of us.

    Take your stand for Jesus my friend, just like Oklahoma State Rep. Sally
    Kern has. In a nation and world that has rejected our Lord and His Truth,
    now more than ever He needs each one of his true followers to stand for Him.
    Yes, this nation is no longer a Christian nation, and yes the war to stop
    the sin of homosexuality from becoming mainstream has been lost, but when
    this world as we know it comes to an end, sin will be defeated and the TRUTH
    will prevail!

    In His love and service,
    Your friend and brother in Christ,
    Bill Keller bkeller@liveprayer.com

    ***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY? The fact is you will
    die one day. At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or
    be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your creator.
    To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.cfm

    ***I am excited to let you know that the Liveprayer Daily Devotional is now
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    (C) Copyright 2008, Bill Keller Ministries. All rights reserved.

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    Risky Sex Returns Syphilis To Europe

    Posted by Job on December 22, 2007

    Original link here. Risky Sex Returns Syphilis to Europe By MARIA CHENG

    LONDON (AP) — Syphilis is back: The sexually transmitted disease long associated with 19th Century bohemian life is making an alarming resurgence in Europe.

    “Syphilis used to be a very rare disease,” said Dr. Marita van de Laar, an expert in sexually transmitted diseases at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. “I’m not sure we can say that anymore.”

    Most cases of syphilis are in men, and experts point to more risky sex among gay men as the chief cause for the resurgence. But more cases are being seen among heterosexuals, both men and women, too.

    Syphilis was the sexual scourge of the 19th Century, and is believed to have killed artists like poet Charles Baudelaire, composer Robert Schumann, and painter Paul Gauguin. But the widespread use of penicillin in the 1950s all but wiped it out in the Western world.

    In the last decade, however, syphilis has unexpectedly returned, driven by risky sexual behavior and outbreaks in major cities across Europe, including London, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.

    _ In Britain, syphilis cases have leapt more than tenfold for men and women in the past decade to 3,702 in 2006, according to the Health Protection Agency. Among men in England, the syphilis rate jumped from one per 100,000 in 1997 to nine per 100,000 last year.

    _ In Germany, the rate among men was fewer than two per 100,000 in 1991; by 2003, it was six per 100,000.

    _ In France, there were 428 cases in 2003 — almost 16 times the number just three years earlier.

    _ In the Netherlands, cases doubled from 2000 to 2004. In Amsterdam, up to 31 men per 100,000 were infected, while the rate was much lower in other regions.

    Similar trends have been seen in the United States.

    In 2000, syphilis infection rates were so low that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention embarked on a plan to eliminate the disease. But about 9,800 cases were reported in 2006.

    In Europe, Van de Laar said syphilis’ reappearance was so surprising that many doctors initially had trouble diagnosing it.

    Though these days it mainly affects urban gay men, experts worry that the disease could also rebound in the general population if stronger efforts to fight it are not taken soon.

    In 2005, British authorities reported that syphilis was spreading across the entire country, and that more heterosexual men and women were being infected.

    “These increases may lead to increases in diagnoses of congenital syphilis over the coming years,” said Kate Swan, a spokeswoman for the Health Protection Agency.

    Pregnant women with syphilis can pass it on to their babies. Nearly half of all babies infected with syphilis while they are in the womb die shortly before or after birth.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease causing symptoms that include ulcers, sores and rashes. In extreme cases, it can result in dementia or fatally damage the heart, respiratory and central nervous systems. Syphilis is treatable with antibiotics if caught early.

    Once there are more than just a few isolated cases, containing the disease is difficult.

    Advances made in treating AIDS may have inadvertently boosted syphilis’ spread.

    “The evidence points to an increase in unsafe sexual behavior since anti-retrovirals for AIDS came along in 1996,” said van de Laar.

    After decades of being instructed to use condoms and to limit the number of sexual partners, some people are probably suffering from “safe sex fatigue,” van de Laar said. The Internet has also allowed people to find sexual partners more easily than before, and some experts link the rise of dating Web sites to the jump in syphilis cases.

    For some men, the Internet connections can be especially dangerous.

    “Networks of HIV-positive men to find other positive men have sprung up on the Internet,” said Jonathan Elford, an AIDS epidemiologist at London’s City University.

    Some men who have the AIDS virus are seeking condom-free sex with other men who are also HIV-infected. However, they aren’t protected against syphilis and other sexually spread diseases. Among gay men who have syphilis in Britain, nearly half have HIV, Elford said.

    Amid this resurgence, some officials are now attacking the epidemic online.

    Every day, health workers at the Terrence Higgins Trust, Europe’s largest AIDS charity, log into chatrooms on a popular British gay dating Web site to spread safe sex messages and answer questions.

    “We know that men are arranging hook-ups for sex online,” said Mark Thompson, the charity’s deputy head of health promotion. “So we decided to tap into cyberspace to try reaching them before unsafe sex might happen.”

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