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February 25 2018 By dvirtue Churches for People Who Dislike God

For two thousand years, real Christians have turned to the Bible as the authoritative word of God, no matter how uncomfortable the consequences. Odd though this may seem to the secular mind, belief in the Bible's authority is an entirely coherent belief. We believe that God exists and that He spoke by the prophets and the apostles, creating an authoritative written text. The unstated "doctrine" of liberal churches is far less coherent.

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February 24 2018 By dvirtue THIS GROTESQUE GENERATION

The creation mandate is being mauled over by a sinister perversion that violates the image of God in the divinely ordained duo of Man and Woman in affectionate and dutiful wedlock.

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February 21 2018 By dvirtue A senior Catholic cleric blessing abortion? Who'd bet on that?

Until last week I'd have gambled my loot on a morality contest between a politician and a priest. If Paddy Power were taking bets whether a politician or a senior Roman Catholic cleric would oppose abortion, I'd have plonked my bitcoins on the bookie's counter in favour of the Catholic horse.

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February 20 2018 By dvirtue Modern Culture Is Not Just Revealing Transgenders, ‘It Is Creating Them’

Western societies such as the UK, Sweden, Australia, and the USA have seen a spectacular rise in the number of persons, especially young people, seeking treatment for gender identity issues, paralleling the attention given to gender theory in communications, medicine, and the entertainment media.
In the U.S., the percentage of adults who currently identify as transgender is double what is was in 2011, according to the best estimates.

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February 17 2018 By dvirtue No, There's No Evidence of a Murder Wave Targeting Gay Americans

If your response was to wonder first whether such murders are in fact skyrocketing, yours is the right instinct.

With the FBI reporting 11,821 male homicide victims in the U.S. in 2016, even a conservative estimate of how many are gay or bisexual yields a number of annual victims well into the hundreds, and perhaps significantly above that.

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February 15 2018 By dvirtue When Does the Right to Die Become the Duty to Die?

Mercy killing in the Netherlands for psychiatric reasons is increasingly popular. It is a supposedly neat and tidy end for untidy lives and is promoted as strictly voluntary -- a jewel in the crown of individual freedom and self-determination. For the mentally ill, however, the siren call of individual freedom dovetails too nicely with society's proven intolerance of the troubling behavior of people with mental disorders.

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February 09 2018 By dvirtue Living shorter lives in the USA

The life expectancy of a nation's people is the average number of years that a person is expected to live when they are born. Thus, for example, a Japanese person is expected to live on average nearly 84 years, while someone born in Sierra Leone can be expected to live only 50 years. It is considered an important indicator of the general well-being and health of a nation.

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February 09 2018 By dvirtue More Than 1,000 Evangelical Leaders Challenge Trump on Immigration

It was organized by World Relief, a ministry that partners with churches to serve vulnerable people across the globe, which placed the letter in a full-page ad in The Washington Post.

The group is united against the president's DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) deadline and is advocating for a more welcoming immigration and refugee policy.

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February 08 2018 By dvirtue Judge David Lampe rules for Tastries Bakery, owner Cathy Miller can continue to refuse to make same-sex wedding cakes

Lampe's ruling relied heavily on the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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February 02 2018 By dvirtue Provincial Synod of Southeast Asia declares State of Impaired Communion with Scottish Episcopal Church

Recalling that as a consequence of the then Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA) proceeding with the consecration of Gene Robinson as a Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003, in contravention of Resolution 1.10 of the Lambeth Conference 1998, the Province of the Anglican Church in South East Asia declared in 2003 that it was in a state of impaired communion with ECUSA (now known as The Episcopal Church)

Now it is hereby resolved,

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