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June 28 2016 By dvirtue The transgender agenda: forcing us to lie

The ACLU complained that the school district challenged their "client's identity as a girl," which is true because their client is not a girl, but a boy. According to the ACLU, all "she wants to be accepted for who she is." The problem is that he wants to be accepted for who he is not.

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June 28 2016 By dvirtue UK: Bishop Alan Wilson on Jesus' 'Queering Project'

Wilson offered a keynote address on "Same-sex marriage and the queering project of Jesus" at the seventh Queering Paradigms Conference held in the Cayman Islands June 11-12 at the auditorium of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored and hosted by the "Queering Paradigms Network" of Canterbury Christ Church University, UK., the conference challenged restrictions on homosexual practice in several Caribbean island nations.

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June 25 2016 By dvirtue What would J.R.R. Tolkien say about Brexit?

A lot of Men, ruffians mostly, came with great wagons, some to carry off the goods south-away, and others to stay. And more came. And before we knew where we were they were planted here and there all over the Shire, and were felling trees and digging and building themselves sheds and houses just as they liked. soon they began lording it around and taking what they wanted.

... Everything except Rules got shorter and shorter

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June 24 2016 By dvirtue The First Church of Secularism and Its Sexual Sacraments

For more than half a century, at least since the invention of the birth-control pill, secularists and progressives collectively, if not always consciously, have been assembling a new, quasi-religious orthodoxy. In place of the Judeo-Christianity of yesterday, and mimicking its outlines to an uncanny degree, this new body of belief has by now a well-developed secular catechism.

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June 23 2016 By dvirtue How Did Trump's Speech to Evangelicals Go on Tuesday? Not Great

Notice all those formers? The board is actually quite a ragtag bunch for a Republican in a general election--"a B-list of second-tier religious right figures along with a handful of peaked-long-ago relics," as blogger Fred Clark put it. And the irony of these Moral Majority types prostrating themselves before Trump was laid beautifully bare in a photo Falwell proudly tweeted on Tuesday:

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June 22 2016 By dvirtue "Inclusive" (Excluding the Masculine Words) Nicene Creed Experimented With in an Episcopal Diocese of the Left Coast

We believe in three divine persons in one God:
We believe in the Creator, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

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June 19 2016 By dvirtue CDC Stats reveal single-largest threat to homosexual life comes from: other homosexuals

Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) of all races and ethnicities remain the population most profoundly affected by HIV.

In 2010, the estimated number of new HIV infections among MSM was 29,800, a significant 12% increase from the 26,700 new infections among MSM in 2008.

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June 14 2016 By dvirtue WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL: Alan Chambers: Unlock "Prison of Legalistic Religion"

Chambers formerly led an umbrella group of Christian ministries addressing human sexuality and gender. Exodus International in 2013 dissolved a ministry among LGBT persons (some former Exodus affiliates, including United Methodist Transforming Congregations, initiated a new organization, Restored Hope Network, which continues today).

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June 11 2016 By dvirtue Mennonite Church coming apart over sexuality issues

Meanwhile, two other conferences have gone in the other direction by welcoming LGBT people. The Central Conference last summer granted ministerial credentials to a gay man, while the Western Conference declared that its ministers could officiate same-sex weddings without fear of censure.

Officially, the Mennonite Church USA upholds that marriage is between one man and one woman. But the denominational rules limit its ability to discipline regional bodies.

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June 10 2016 By dvirtue Muhammad Ali: The Greatest... Tragic Hero?

"He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 12:48

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary interprets it to mean,

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