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December 01 2016 By dvirtue Can You Be Arrested for Praying Just Because of Where You Do It?

"The combination of seeing abortion victims sorted through for parts and my wife being pregnant destroyed me," he said. "She organized a protest and I've been in front of the clinic every Friday since."

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November 29 2016 By dvirtue Against the charge of Homophobia

However, in recent years the accusation of 'homophobia' has been levelled not just at these unkind attitudes towards gay people, but also reasoned biblical convictions about problems associated with homosexual practice, and any expression of concern about the power and intolerance of pressure groups. We are told that no matter how compassionate a person is towards gay people, if we do not fully embrace the goodness of the gay identity and lifestyle we are homophobes.

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November 29 2016 By dvirtue Why We Should Have Seen The Transgender Craze Coming

Terrified parents are beside themselves as they try to understand why their beautiful young daughter has suddenly declared she's really a boy, or why their once-masculine son has not only started wearing dresses and makeup, but also wants them to buy him bras. Parents of young female athletes are waking up to find biological men trouncing the females and snatching their trophies and scholarships.

Not As Sudden As It Seems

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November 24 2016 By dvirtue No, We Can't 'Agree to Disagree' on Marriage

Many of them have said that even if we don't agree, we shouldn't make it a big deal. We can "agree to disagree," they say. Typically, they offer one of three reasons.

First, this issue, they say, is like the mode of baptism, or worship styles, or wine versus grape juice in the Lord's Supper. In other words, homosexuality is a matter of preference, an area where believers can respect one another's differences.

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November 23 2016 By dvirtue The most divisive element in American church life is no longer racism; it's homosexuality

Christians are locked in conflicts over basic questions. Is homosexuality a moral choice or a biological identity? Can LGBTQ people be received into church membership? Can they be certified, licensed or ordained for positions of ministerial leadership in the church? Can they marry same-sex partners and have their marriages recognized by the church?

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November 17 2016 By dvirtue How Will We Live Now? Francis Schaeffer's "How Should We Then Live" After 40 Years

Still, some saw it coming. I turned 17 years old in 1976, facing my last year of high school and trying to figure out the world around me. An apologetic crisis had troubled me for a couple of years by then, and I needed help. I was already facing some of the issues and questions that would explode onto the American scene in coming decades.

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November 15 2016 By dvirtue The painfully obvious reason Christians voted for Trump (that liberals just don't understand)

Many of my non-Christian and liberal friends find it bewildering that both evangelicals and Catholics voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, a thrice-married casino operator infamous for his vulgar trash talk. I want to take a moment to explain to them directly why most Christians voted for him anyways. It's simple, really: Christians voted for Donald Trump because they felt that the threat a de facto third Obama term posed to Christian communities was an existential one.

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November 14 2016 By dvirtue 'They are not just victims': new film on the resilience of persecuted Christians

The film, 'Under Caesar's Sword', produced jointly by the US University of Notre Dame and the Religious Freedom Institute takes an in-depth look at how persecuted communities respond to repression.

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November 14 2016 By dvirtue Mr President: A healthy marriage culture is vital to America's success

That's because a healthy marriage culture is associated with greater economic mobility, safer communities, and the ability to form and maintain healthy marriages in adulthood. In general, the presence of more married-parent families brings a host of social and economic benefits to individuals and society that should not be ignored.

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November 08 2016 By dvirtue Attacks On Catholic Church Require People Of All Faiths To Say 'We Are Catholics Now'

Where in the Constitution does the national government receive power to rule the local school district, designating who disrobes or showers in the presence of whom? Why isn't this a matter for our school district trustees, or the Legislature of Montana? Why, under the Ninth Amendment, isn't this matter in the power of parents?

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