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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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November 16 2018 By dvirtue Holy Sexuality and the Gospel

Does attraction mean temptation? Does attraction mean desire? Does attraction mean lust? Or is it a combination of these? This is where confusion arises. If we can't even define attraction, how can we assert whether it's sinful or not? Sin is a word found throughout the Bible. However, the word attraction is not. Instead, the biblical writers use other similar terms like temptation, desire, covet and lust.

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November 16 2018 By dvirtue Conservatives AWOL On Pornification Of America

The photo sparked a frenzy. Nothing, it seemed, could so neatly encapsulate the religious right's backsliding as Falwell Jr. giving a thumbs-up in front of the very magazine his father had singled out as symbolic of America's moral decay--while standing shoulder to shoulder with a man who had appeared in a softcore porno flick and who reportedly, as Jimmy Carter might have put it, screwed a bunch of women outside of marriage, including a Playboy model and hardcore adult-film actress.

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November 13 2018 By dvirtue Why is there no room for Asia Bibi in Britain's Intersectional Inn?

Your value as a human being depends on how many victim groups you belong to. Consequently, a one-eyed, black, lesbian, Palestinian, Muslim woman gets the Olympic gold medal, while, a heterosexual, black, woman, is awarded silver, and a white, homosexual, American male is at the bottom with a bronze medal.

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