Faith at Altitude

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Coming to AIDS?

Compassion International, Colorado Springs' largest Christian non-profit, says that some Americans aren't all that compassionate to HIV/AIDS victims.

According to the Compassion-sponsored study, 39 percent of Americans say they have less sympathy for AIDS victims than for those with cancer, because they feel AIDS victims "got the disease as a result of their decisions or lifestyles." Respondents felt that cancer and clean drinking water were both higher priorities than AIDS, though more would rather combat AIDS than global warming.

Compassion, which feeds, clothes and educates children with funding from donors, recently launched its own initiative to combat HIV and AIDS -- one of a growing number of Christian organizations focusing on the disease.


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