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September 09 2019 By virtueonline Media Put Positive Spin on 'Gay Gene' Study

Instead of reporting the limitations of this new study up front, the media deployed misleading headlines, knowing that few people read beyond them.

The New York Times headline was: "Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, not a single 'gay gene.'"

The Washington Post entry was: "Study: No 'gay gene,' but genetics linked to same-sex behavior."

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September 09 2019 By virtueonline A Church Without Theology? A Parable of What Happens When Politics Replaces Christianity

What would be the story? Well, the headline would be, "A Congregation That Is United By Cause If Not Faith." Well, let's just think about that for a moment. Now in the headline, we're being told of a congregation that is united in political cause rather than in any kind of theological conviction. The story looks interesting. I guarantee you it is interesting.

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August 30 2019 By virtueonline No single gene associated with being gay

Advocacy group GLAAD said the study confirmed "no conclusive degree to which nature or nurture influenced how a gay or lesbian person behaves."

The researchers scanned the genomes - the entire genetic make-up - of 409,000 people signed up to the UK Biobank project, and 68,500 registered with the genetics company 23andMe.

Participants were also asked whether they had same-sex partners exclusively, or as well as opposite-sex partners.

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August 26 2019 By virtueonline Could Trump Drive Young White Evangelicals Away From The GOP?

If you drill to the center of Trump's political base, a big chunk of those voters are white evangelical Christians. Evangelical leaders are among the first to defend him from criticism and the most ready to forgive his personal behavior. Roughly seven in 10 white evangelical Christians approve of the job Trump is doing as president, and many have been delighted by Trump's first term.

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August 23 2019 By virtueonline Is Drag Queen Story Hour A Cultural Crisis or Not? The Massive Restructuring of the Entire Moral Universe in America

The article in the New York times is presented as if there is a normal America where drag queen story hour makes sense and then there is that other America where there is some kind of cultural or moral backlash. The headline to the story made that clear, "Drag queen story time continues its reign at libraries despite backlash."

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August 21 2019 By virtueonline The Rise of the Nones

Less Religion, or a New Religion?

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August 15 2019 By virtueonline Buttigieg Names Unitarian Universalist Shawna Foster as Faith Outreach Coordinator

Foster was until recently pastor of Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist, a small congregation in Carbondale, Colorado. The congregation describes itself as "on the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer inclusion for more than 40 years, we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities."

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August 01 2019 By virtueonline The Yaniv outrage has left Canada, rightly, the laughing stock of the world

As I wrote last week, these are all women, some immigrants, and on the economic and cultural margins -- 16 in total, according to most accounts. At least one, originally from Brazil, has had to close her small business. All have been under intense duress, and the vexatious complainant is notably hostile to immigrants (social media posts by Yaniv, then identifying as Jonathan, are remarkably insulting to newcomers to Canada).

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July 31 2019 By virtueonline Pete Buttigieg: Wrong about Christianity, abortion, and homosexuality

Pete is said to be a "devoted" Episcopalian. I'm not sure if that means he goes to church three times a week, tithes, and says grace at every meal. Professor Gary Dorrien of Union Theological Seminary said, "In our time, the Episcopal Church is a generally progressive denomination that ordains gay and lesbian bishops, makes room for liberation theology." The denomination wandered far into left field many years ago, as almost all groups do.

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July 29 2019 By virtueonline Josh Harris Apostatizes

Harris is best known as the author of the 1997 book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, a classic text of Evangelical purity culture. Last year, he disowned the book, and withdrawn it from publication.

Earlier this year, Harris gave an interview to Sandi Villareal at Sojourners,the progressive Christian magazine, in which he talked about sexuality. Some interesting stuff there. Excerpts:

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