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January 10 2019 By dvirtue Abortion Was the Leading Cause of Death Worldwide in 2018, Killing 42 Million People

Breitbart contrasted the abortion numbers to other causes of death, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, traffic accidents and suicide, and found that abortions far outnumbered every other cause.

Here's more from the report:

As of December 31, 2018, there have been some 41.9 million abortions performed in the course of the year, Worldometers revealed. By contrast, 8.2 million people died from cancer in 2018, 5 million from smoking, and 1.7 million died of HIV/AIDS. ...

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January 10 2019 By dvirtue Federal Court Rules Masterpiece Cakeshop Baker Can Sue Colorado for 'Anti-Religious Bias'

In a ruling last week, U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel said Phillips can continue to fight the state over claims of bias.

"The same agency that the Supreme Court rebuked as hostile to Jack Phillips has remained committed to treating him unequally and forcing him to express messages that violate his religious beliefs," Campbell said.

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January 09 2019 By dvirtue Sack Roman Catholic professor for 'criticising homosexuality', students say in a petition to Oxford University

Students are demanding Oxford University sacks a Roman Catholic professor for allegedly criticising homosexuality.

They claim essays published by John Finnis, 77, emeritus professor of law and legal philosophy, attack same-sex relations and are 'discriminatory'.

However, Oxford has supported his right to academic freedom.

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January 09 2019 By dvirtue UNAIDS: behind schedule and behind the eight-ball

And they are still dying. In 2017, according to UN statistics, 940,000 died of AIDS-related illnesses and 1.8 million people became infected. AIDS is now the leading cause of death among adolescents (aged 10--19) in Africa and the second most common cause of death among adolescents around the world.

Is it going to succeed?

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December 18 2018 By dvirtue Compromising religious freedom

This is a fool's errand.

First, it is legally and politically untenable to pretend you can grant minority status to any group of people and then maintain for yourself an "exemption" to deny these people the minority protections you just granted them.

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December 17 2018 By dvirtue Reasons that I Disagree with the Use of Baptism Liturgy (and Reaffirmation of Baptism) within the CoE to Recognise Transition of Gender

3. It calls for us to deny basic human biology; the nature of male and female; the fact that every single cell in a person's body is male or female (XX or XY)

4. It denies the teaching of Jesus that God made us male and female

5. It distances the CoE from the worldwide, catholic, Church and the teaching throughout all times and in all places -- until this modern, western, phenomena of gender politics

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December 13 2018 By dvirtue 'Baptism and the Transgendered in the C of E:'

That's a shame. Because James Caspian was a well qualified and well respected psychotherapist who had spent some considerable period of his life helping people who suffered from gender dysphoria, transition from one gender to another. He too was an activist. But he had discovered that the unfettered support of the trans project may be doing more harm than good.

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November 28 2018 By dvirtue The Audacity of Gender-Reveal Parties: Another Step Towards Cultural Insanity

"A close relation is pregnant with her first child and is having a gender-reveal party. She is overjoyed with the addition to our family, as am I. However, I am adamantly opposed to attending the gender-reveal party because it violates my moral code. I have worked in activism for my entire professional life and, though I am cisgender, I have strong feelings about gender politics and equality.

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November 28 2018 By dvirtue America's Epidemic of Empty Churches

The 19th-century building was once known as St. Vincent De Paul Church and housed a vibrant congregation for more than a century. But attendance dwindled and coffers ran dry by the early 2000s. Rain leaked through holes left by missing shingles, a tree sprouted in the bell tower, and the Brooklyn diocese decided to sell the building to developers. Today, the Spire Lofts boasts 40 luxury apartments, with one-bedroom units renting for as much as $4,812 per month.

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November 18 2018 By dvirtue The New Politics of Sex

Much more is involved in the new sexual politics than simply sexual license. Ubiquitous demands for "power" and "empowerment" reveal that what has emerged is a true ideology, reminiscent of the older ideologies of Communism and Fascism (and even, more recently, Islamism). Unlike its predecessors, however, this ideology uses sexual leverage as its main political instrument and weapon.

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