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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 Last year, he disowned the book, and withdrawn it from publication.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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July 27 2019 By virtueonline Liberal churches' religious freedom is safe because they 'surrendered' to the culture, says Al Mohler

Speaking at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, earlier this month, Mohler talked about the threats to religious freedom in the United States.

During his remarks, Mohler stated that he believed that "the great challenge to religious liberty in our times" is "not any threat to liberal religion."

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Likewise the current US Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guidelines from 2017 state that the term 'biological sex' is 'imprecise and should be avoided', citing the existence of intersex conditions and eliding them with transgenderism. The guidelines endorse the controversial notion that sex is 'assigned' not recognised at birth, and argue that 'compelling studies' show that biology contributes to 'gender identity and its expression'.

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July 18 2019 By virtueonline The Eclipse of God, the Subversion of Truth, and the Assault upon Religious Liberty

I believe that conservatives in the United States have vastly underestimated the reality and comprehensiveness of the challenge we face. All of us see parts, but it takes concentrated attention, a devotion to history, and a serious reckoning with ideas to see the whole--the vastness of our crisis.

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June 29 2019 By virtueonline Fifty years after the Stonewall riots, what the LGBTQI+ movement needs is less pride and more humility

I had been raised to believe that a person's future flows from facing their present reality. My reality was that I fancied men, and only men.

Accepting during puberty that I was erotically attracted to my own sex was an excruciatingly painful revelation, and not without suicidal undertones. By accepting my reality I found a new inner strength, purpose -- and yes, pride.

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June 29 2019 By virtueonline Making LGBT a Protected Class Will Kill Religious Liberty

Earlier this month, Michigan State Senator Jeremy Moss introduced legislation to amend the state's civil rights law to add sexual orientation and sexual identity as protected classes. One of the main objections to changing the law before now has been the harm it must do to conscience protections and the free exercise of religion.

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June 26 2019 By virtueonline New Study Shows Decline in LGBTQ Acceptance Among Young Americans

However, among non-LGBTQ adults, percentages remained stable with 49% reporting being "very" or "somewhat" comfortable with LGBTQ people. The study also found, for the fourth consecutive year, that eight out of 10 people support equal rights for members of the LGBTQ community.

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June 11 2019 By virtueonline Vatican issues guidance questioning modern gender identity

It speaks of an "educational crisis" and says the current debate can "annihilate the concept of nature" and destabilise the family institution.

The document, released during Pride month, has drawn immediate criticism from LGBT groups.

It was issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education as teaching instruction to those who work with children.

It is not signed by Pope Francis himself, but quotes him and scripture within its reasoning.

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May 28 2019 By dvirtue The Equality Act Will Harm Religious Freedom

The Act, which was introduced in Congress earlier this year and is scheduled for a vote on the House floor Friday, would add sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) to classes protected under the Civil Rights Act, such as race and sex. Proponents assert a faulty analogy between SOGI and race. Race is an immutable characteristic unconnected to distinctive behaviors or expressions. By contrast, behaviors and expressions are part of SOGI identities.

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May 27 2019 By dvirtue Christian rightwing figures warn abortion fight could lead to civil war

Republican lawmakers such as Ohio's Candice Keller have openly speculated that the divide over abortion rights might lead to civil war. Last month, Keller drew explicit comparisons with the antebellum situation over slavery, telling the Guardian: "Whether this ever leads to a tragedy, like it did before with our civil war, I can't say."

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