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August 25 2021 By dvirtue The Cancel Culture Paradox

But as I wrote the piece I was keenly aware of a paradox. First, it's clear that a large number of Americans are afraid to share their views, and for good reason. A recent CATO Institute survey found that 62 percent of Americans agree that "the political climate these days prevents me from saying things I believe because others might find them offensive."

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August 05 2021 By dvirtue How Big Tech Targets Faith Groups for Censorship

All told, our survey looks at 25 major companies and subsidiaries. We found that 21 have user agreements that could easily and inappropriately be used against religious groups. While the language differs and is typically vague (which is a big part of the problem) the reality is largely the same: most tech companies claim unilateral power to ban religious groups for advocating constitutionally-protected viewpoints not shared by the company.

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July 27 2021 By dvirtue America's new religion: Fake Christianity

"This counterfeit religion is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism," stated Ms. Bratton, "a worldview that has quickly gained prominence and given many Americans a theology that looks nothing like historical Christianity, despite what they may claim." She then goes on to cite the recent work of George Barna, whose February survey showed that Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD), or -- watered-down, feel-good, fake Christianity -- is the most popular worldview in the United States today.

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July 26 2021 By dvirtue On "Critical Race Theory"

The basic idea was to show that racism and inequalities produced by racism or associated with it were obscured by conventional ("formalistic") legal analysis and "liberal" ideology that purported, at least, to prescind from racial or other identitarian forms of categorization.

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July 23 2021 By dvirtue Homosexuals do not need a cure, but accompaniment and discernment

The bishops are asked "not to support, participate [in] or recommend treatments" implemented by Truth and Freedom or other Catholic groups offering healing to homosexuals because "the methodology and the objectives followed are wrong."

"We also invite those who consider themselves damaged to file a civil complaint, since, from the canonical point of view, we cannot intervene in what they do," the instruction urges.

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July 20 2021 By dvirtue Survivors Summit lays out strategies to drive back the evils of the totalitarian sexual revolution

Roback Morse explained that much of that force has come from professionals in education, medicine and therapy, law, journalism, library science, and even research science who have become agents of the sexual revolution, aiding in the undermining of the family, marriage, and the complementarity of man and woman.     

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July 08 2021 By dvirtue Marriage, an errant anthropology, and a war on reality

But how and why have the terms "gender" and "sexual orientation" become primary markers of identity? Carl Trueman in his book "The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self" charts the recent intellectual history of the west and shows how there has been a total transformation in how society understands 'the self'.

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June 27 2021 By dvirtue What Would Jesus Say About Gay Pride?

Who were the high priests running this inquisition? Leaders in corporate America. The education establishment. The media. Professional and amateur sports. Silicon Valley. Wall Street. And of course, politicians.

What did Jesus believe, and teach, if anything, about homosexuality and transgenderism?

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June 17 2021 By dvirtue Supreme Court Rules 9-0 for Catholic Social Services, Can't Be Forced to Violate Their Faith

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, "The refusal of Philadelphia to contract with CSS for the provision of foster care services unless it agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents cannot survive strict scrutiny, and violates the First Amendment."

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June 11 2021 By dvirtue PITIFUL PRIDE

Pride month, and its commercial sponsors, is an appropriate key to understanding the priorities of the modern West. It celebrates hedonistic self-assertion. It mocks the values of the past. It uses the language of inclusion to exclude anybody who will not wholeheartedly affirm its ambitions. It strikes a posture of iconoclastic rebellion and liberation while actually being an imperious assertion of conformity to the social elite's moral order.

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