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March 12 2019 By dvirtue Looked at internationally, what's the status of church policies on gays?

You may have read that in late February the 12.6-million-member United Methodist Church held a special General Conference in St. Louis, seeking to settle its painful conflict over the gay-and-lesbian issue and avert a split. The delegates decided by 53 percent to support and strengthen the denomination's longstanding ban against same-sex marriages and clergy living in such relationships.

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March 10 2019 By dvirtue Christophobia: Met Police arrest street preacher and confiscate his Bible

What is interesting here is not only the arresting officers' ignorance of the law (unless the street preacher is using "threatening or abusive" language [Public Order Act 1986, Section 5], it is entirely lawful), but the rudeness and unreasonableness of their response. They didn't de-escalate; they provoked and worsened the situation.

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March 03 2019 By dvirtue Save our children from the sex and gender activists who are using them as tools of their fundamentalist ideology

One of the oddest things about the project is that a Conservative government has been captured by progressive campaigners and is using the law to deprive parents of their freedom of thought and conscience.

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February 28 2019 By dvirtue Activists will target churches who counsel LGBT people, therapist warns 'God's Voice' conference

David Pickup, a licensed therapist who is a board member at the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and a practitioner of sexual orientation change efforts therapy, spoke at the God's Voice conference last weekend.

During his remarks, Pickup warned his audience that for the state legislators trying to ban SOCE therapy, "the next step is to come after you."

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February 28 2019 By dvirtue FEMINIST COGNITIVE DISSONANCE 101


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February 25 2019 By dvirtue Faith, sexuality and conversion therapy: how not to do research

Well, sorry, but they don't.

They show some people's feelings and opinions. That's not actual evidence of harm unless a lot more detail is gathered. LGBT+ people deserve better! And so do conservative traditionalists.

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February 20 2019 By dvirtue Catholic cardinals urge end of 'homosexual agenda'

They also openly criticise the Pope.

Stories of sexual abuse of minors have emerged across the world and the Church has been accused of covering up crimes committed by priests.

Their letter comes on the eve of an extraordinary summit of bishops in Rome called by Pope Francis as an effort to deal with the scandals rocking the Church.

What are the cardinals saying about sex abuse?

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February 16 2019 By dvirtue A Review of Trans Life Survivors. By Walt Heyer

One person who knows all about this is Walt Heyer. He was born male, transitioned to female at age 42, and lived that way for eight years. He then detransitioned, and has since been helping others in this area. He has already penned a number of important books on this issue, including his 2013 volume, Gender, Lies and Suicide.

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February 14 2019 By dvirtue National Poll: Most "Pro-Choice" Americans Oppose Infanticide and Abortion Up to Birth

Today, non-partisan polling firm YouGov, in partnership with Americans United for Life (AUL), released findings from a national survey of 1,145 American adults involving attitudes toward abortion. The survey took place on February 6 and 7, two weeks after New York passed and enacted the Reproductive Health Act, which allows doctors and other healthcare professionals to perform abortions up to the point of birth, and one week after Virginia Gov.

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February 13 2019 By dvirtue Knowing Where we Stand: Washington Post Columnist Says Anyone Who Holds to Biblical Morality Is A Bigot--Calls for VP Pence to Resign

So we are told in advance that the article will condemn bigotry. The headline itself carries a weighty context--the background of the article flows from the charges levied against the governor of Virginia after embarrassing photographs surfaced that indicate a repetitive pattern of racism. Understandably, the Democratic Party has decided that Northam should resign. But Richard Cohen says that by the same logic, if Governor Northam must go, Vice President Mike Pence must go too. Why?

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