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September 21 2023 By dvirtue Survey: Mainline clergy are more liberal than their congregants

In this sense, they are the inverse of evangelical clergy, whom surveys find to be overwhelmingly conservative and vote Republican.

Mainline clergy are also more liberal than their congregants, who tend to be divided among Republicans (36%), independents (35%) and Democrats (24%).

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September 15 2023 By dvirtue Mainline Protestant pastors are often more liberal than church members. Does it fuel conflict?

Church leaders are also more likely to identify as Democrats. Nearly half of mainline Protestant clergy members (49%) describe themselves as a Democrat, and just 14% say they're Republican.

Among churchgoers, the balance between the two parties is more equal: 30% of mainline Protestant worshippers identify as Democrats, while 34% identify as Republican.

Political Conflict in Churches

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September 09 2023 By dvirtue Liberals Have Won the Culture War

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Once Bush locked up the nomination, he did the traditional party building gesture of inviting his opponent to speak at the Republican National Convention. On August 17th, 1992, he delivered a speech that will be remembered for decades. Buchanan stated,

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September 03 2023 By dvirtue Woke mantra: peace through conformity. Americans aren't buying it (literally)

Today's woke apostles have a mantra of their own, albeit an unspoken one: Peace through Conformity.

The citizen is offered the veneer of harmony, but solely on the condition that he accept as true the vapid ideology being foisted upon him.

Bake the cake ... or else.

Chant "Black Lives Matter"... or else.

Put your pronouns on Twitter (X) ... or else.

This is how the totalitarian mind works.

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August 09 2023 By dvirtue THE TRANS MOVEMENT IS BECOMING MORE VIOLENT

Regular spiked readers may not be astonished to learn that the star turn on Thursday is actually a prominent gender-critical feminist. In this instance, it's SNP MP Joanna Cherry. Nor will you be surprised to learn that the threat of violence comes from her opponents in the trans-activist movement.

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August 08 2023 By dvirtue The lies of "born this way"

Of course, the point is that the sudden exponential increase in self-proclaimed rainbow identities shows that the mantra of "born this way" is a lie. It is now obvious that LGBTQ identities are being spread by social contagion, which means they are not all innate, immutable, and essential aspects of a person's authentic self.

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July 27 2023 By dvirtue AFTER THE NONES, THERE'S NO BIGGER RELIGION-BEAT STORY THESE DAYS THAN ALL THOSE NONS

That little anecdote is indicative of a much bigger trend happening in American Christianity. The First United Methodist Church is out, Elevation is in. There are very few new Southern Baptist Church buildings springing up across the United States, but there are at a ton of Journey/Lift/Resolution churches being planted every week across the country.

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July 19 2023 By dvirtue How Many People Leave Their Childhood Religion?

But what about the person who was raised Southern Baptist and used to go twice a week as a kid, but now hasn't darkened the church door in a few years? Are they still a Southern Baptist or are they a none? I mean, it's up to them to decide, not anyone else. And, my basic premise in social science is simply this: When people tell you who they are, you have to believe them.

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July 17 2023 By dvirtue NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH

At a nearby retail park shoppers at M&S Food have to walk by a noticeboard which announces, "We'll double your donation to celebrate Pride", the reference being to an LGBT charity. The presumption behind this notice is that the customers at M&S will of course wish to celebrate Pride. This presumption, however, is totally dismissive of those who adhere to a Christian worldview.

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