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AP: Evangelicals Venture Into AIDS Activism


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Now this is more of what we should be seeing from our religious leaders in this country.

This article is brought to you by the good folks of the Associated Press.

Associated Press Writer
Nov 30 10:55 PM US/Eastern

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - After years of ministering to AIDS patients overseas, evangelical Christians are turning attention to the disease in their own back yard _ and one of the nation's largest and best-known megachurches is leading the way. Nearly 2,000 pastors have traveled to Orange County's Saddleback Church for a national conference that coincides with World AIDS Day on Thursday. On the agenda: How to start local AIDS ministries and free HIV testing in churches.

The "Disturbing Voices" initiative, led by best-selling author and megachurch pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay Warren, represents a shift among evangelicals. Many sidestepped the U.S. health crisis because of its association with homosexuality even as they made AIDS part of their missions in Africa and other places where the disease disproportionately affects women and children.

"The evangelical church has pretty much had fingers in our ears, hands over our eyes and mouths shut completely," said Kay Warren, whose interest in HIV/AIDS led her husband to sponsor the conference. "We're not comfortable talking about sex in general and certainly not comfortable about talking about homosexuality _ and you can't talk about HIV without talking about both of those things."

Saddleback, with 22,000-members . . . .

Nuh-uh, uh-uh, no more for you. :doh

Here's the link so you can read the rest of this good artcle.

(And all is well in the forum kingdom once the boy learned what he could and could not post.):(
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It's refreshing to read something like that instead of stuff about people like Pat Robertson condemning entire communities and making religious people look bad.
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