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March 08 2017 By dvirtue Does Being Conservative On Gay Sex Help Church Growth?

David Goodhew, editor of the research, said the shift must be reflected in the Church's theology and practice.

'One doesn't just do theology by weight of numbers but it would be simply unjust to ignore the fact that the bulk of the Anglican Communion is now outside the Western world and also to ignore the gifts there,' he said in an interview with Christian Today.

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March 07 2017 By dvirtue Social conservatives applaud, LGBTQ lobby condemns SCOTUS rejection of transgender school case

"This is happening because Trump removed protections that were already in place. I'm mad as hell & you should be too," tweeted self-styled "queer writer" James Michael Nichols, using the #GavinGrimm hashtag. Nichols is "Queer Voices" deputy editor at the liberal Huffington Post.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), had quite a different take.

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March 02 2017 By dvirtue Conference hears of 'better alternative' to abortion

Professor John Finnis explained the slippery slope in Britain where protection against abortion up to the time of birth on the grounds of disability were removed in 1990. At that time he wrote to MPs that the new law would allow late abortions for harelip and cleft palate which are reversible conditions. Though ridiculed, his warnings have proved accurate. Late abortions are now justified on the grounds that some tests can only be made at 23 weeks.

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March 01 2017 By dvirtue As Theresa May preaches freedom to proclaim faith in Christ, street preachers are convicted of a public order offence

Well, not quite all of us (screeches the National Secular Society), but it would indeed do a lot of people a lot of good if the Prime Minister could find some way of putting her words into action, which politicians tend not to do when the going gets tough.

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February 27 2017 By dvirtue Christian Student 'Wasn't Allowed to Ask Critical Question About Islam' During Oxford University Lecture

The lecturer is Minlib Dallh, is a research fellow at Regent's Park College in Oxford.

Ashrafkhorasani, a master's student in applied theology at Wycliffe Hall, claims the lecturer refused to let him ask critical questions about his description of Islam as a religion of peace and love after Dallh discovered in a mid-seminar coffee break that he was a convert from Islam who had been persecuted in Iran.

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February 23 2017 By dvirtue More misleading statistics about gay youth suicides

"Permitting same-sex marriage reduces structural stigma associated with sexual orientation," said study leader Julia Raifman, of Johns Hopkins University. There may be something about having equal rights - even if they have no immediate plans to take advantage of them - that makes students feel less stigmatized and more hopeful for the future."

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February 21 2017 By dvirtue Norma McCorvey's death highlights Jane Roe's conversion to life

Norma McCorvey was the woman named Jane Roe in a 1969 Texas court case challenging that state's abortion law, a case that went to the Supreme Court as the vehicle to overturn all US state laws in 1973 and ensconce abortion as a right. But McCorvey wasn't all that involved in the case as even this New York Times article admits.

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February 17 2017 By dvirtue LGBTQ Advocates Offer Glitter Ash For Lent

The group explains that it seeks to "create a world where gender or sexual identity are not barriers to living the whole, full lives that we are called to by God."

Christians in liturgical traditions apply ashes made from palm branches blessed on Palm Sunday, placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return".

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February 14 2017 By dvirtue Gender-affirming bathroom policies are 'quackery'

"The Department of Justice and, indeed, the entire Obama administration want you to know that we see you, we stand with you, and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward. And please know that history is on your side."

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February 13 2017 By dvirtue Evangelical Leaders from All 50 States Urge President Trump to Reconsider Reduction in Refugee Resettlement

Various other evangelical denominational leaders, authors, seminary presidents, and ministry leaders—among them National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson, New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin, and Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry—also affirmed the letter. The full text of the letter, with the list of its signatories, is available at worldrelief.org/refugee-letter.

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