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Homosexuality and religion in the classroom

(On Top Magazine) The American Civil Liberties Union, a civil rights group, is accusing a professor at Fresno City College in California of teaching anti-gay views as science. The group alleges Bradley Lopez taught that being gay is a "biological misapplication of human sexuality." It also says he presented gay men and lesbians as a threat to society by using passages from the Bible as empirical evidence. Two students who complained to the union said the administration dismissed their complaints about the professor. The ACLU wrote a detailed letter to Dr. Cynthia E. Azari, president of the college, urging the college to analyze the situation.

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The union calling Lopez out

The American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-profit organization that defends individual constitutional rights and liberties, and is published by the union and the SCLU foundation. The website offers insight, cases, news, legal documents and multimedia on an array of issues including capital punishment, free speech, human rights and immigrants’ rights.

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Changing your sexual orientation?

The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality
The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality is a controversial non-profit organization that offers conversion therapy and other regimens intended to change the sexual preference of individuals who experience unwanted sexual attraction to members of the same sex. The site "debunks" theory's on homosexuality, including whether or not you are born gay. The site also posts scientific biological studies and offers resources to change your sexual orientation.

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Seeking a community in the Toronto area?

Community One Foundation
Community One Foundation, formerly the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal Foundation, is a non-profit foundation based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This colorful website provides information on grants and scholarships for homosexual and lesbians, and advocates the development of the LGBTTIQQ2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgendered, Intersexual, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited) community. The website allows you to interactively donate to the foundation, as well as view slideshows from pride events.

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Blogging about the issues

Gay Rights Watch
This is a blog run by Thurston/Harding Media based out of Portland, Oregon. Editor Bryan Boyd blogs daily about various issues surrounding gay rights, and web users are encouraged to comment on his entries. The blogs an array of genres, including news, queer arts and entertainment, and opinion.

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Homosexuality and religion

ReligiousFacts
This site was created with Dreamweaver, and web hosting by Blue Host. The website states its purpose is to provide "just the facts" on the world's religions and topics of religious interest, and claims to be impartial, and have no mission or agenda. The website is a database of religious information, and has an extensive section concerning homosexuality and religion. It cites the Jewish, Christian, Sikh and Muslim cultures as generally perceived homosexual behaviour as sinful, and the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans as generally accepting of homosexual behavior. The information is clearly laid out, but discretion should be advised, as the accreditation of the information is not entirely clear.

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