Author: Denele Campbell

Is LGBT New?

  By Denele Campbell Is LGBT new? Is it the craven abandon of our modern godless age that foments such perversion, as social conservatives believe? Briefly, no. The Greek island of Lesbos, currently under pressure in the route of refugees seeking safe harbor from war in Syria and Iraq, gave its name to the practice of female-female sexuality. That was 2500 years ago. Male-male relations aren’t new nor is bisexuality. Greek and Roman men routinely married and produced children with their wives while finding pleasure with other males. Among the indigenous peoples of the Americas prior to European colonization, a...

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Have a Sexy Easter, Y’all.

  By Denele Campbell   This morning my Facebook newsfeed included an image of a bloody thorn-crowned Christ on the cross. I’ve never understood why death is enshrined in our culture, especially at a time we’re seeing the natural world revive from winter. This is spring. Why worship death? In reality, spring equinox and the celebration of Easter are simply new names for one of the oldest observances of mankind—the renewal of life. For millennia, sex has animated the celebration. Without sex, life would stop in its tracks. So why has our celebration of spring has been stripped of...

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Opioid Dependent Babies: Targeting Mothers.

  By Denele Campbell In 2003, the federal government began requiring states to develop strategies to deal with drug-dependent newborns. This came in response to an increasing number of babies born with opioid dependence. “The number of prescriptions for opioids (hydrocodone and oxycodone products) have escalated from around 76 million in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013, with the United States their biggest consumer globally, accounting for almost 100 percent of the world total for hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin) and 81 percent for oxycodone (e.g., Percocet).” [1] Most recently, tightening availability of prescription opioids has shifted abusers to heroin, an early pharmaceutical derived from the opium poppy and...

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Christmas By Any Name.

  By Denele Campbell   Seems like every year about this time we hear the same outcry from certain sectors of the Christian community. And every year the same responses arise, that Christians do not ‘own’ the midwinter holidays. Rebirth of the sun on the year’s shortest day—not any particular religion—lies at the heart of midwinter celebrations around the world. The modern Christian custom of marking December 25 as the birth date of Jesus Christ was established by church fathers sometime in the 4th century in their effort to override pagan beliefs. [1] Yet modern holiday traditions surrounding Christmas...

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If We Want the Violence to Stop: Thoughts on ISIS.

  By Denele Campbell   Some Facebook posts circulating since the Paris tragedy voice outrage that the U.S. and its allies failed to stop ISIS at its inception. To those I ask what, pray tell, was the beginning? Was it during the 300 years of Crusades when Western European Christians invaded the Middle East to drive out Islam? Was it after WWI when the Western powers reorganized the colonized Middle East, shifting borders to suit the desires of various Western nations regardless of existing ethnic, tribal, or religious boundaries? Was it after WWII when Western powers again reorganized Arab lands,...

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