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April 30 2019 By dvirtue Peers crush parents forcing schools to indoctrinate children in LGBT dogma

Downgrading the right of withdrawal breaches Article 2 of Protocol 1 of the Human Rights Act 1998, which requires the State to ensure education is in conformity with the 'religious and philosophical convictions' of parents.

The government had initially committed to keeping the right of withdrawal as it was. But now, they claim that 'an absolute parental right up to 18 years old is no longer compatible with English case law and the European Convention on Human Rights.'

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April 22 2019 By dvirtue Lloyd-Jones on Heresy

It comes from his 8-volume collection of sermons on the book of Ephesians. In his volume The Christian Warfare he expounds upon Eph. 6:10-13. And this quote comes from chapter 8, "Heresies," (found on pp. 108-120). In it he is commenting on a portion of Eph. 6:11: "Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

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April 18 2019 By dvirtue A Message to Mayor Pete from a Latina Mama: "Don't Force Your Sexual Ideology on Me and My Children"

Mayor Pete, it cuts both ways. As a Latina mama in touch with a number of other Latinas with traditional family values, I can tell you we are faced every day with people who are "polite to us in person" but who advance and execute policies that assault our values, harm our families, and hurt our children.

Enough Is Enough

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April 12 2019 By dvirtue Playing with fire: Our mishandling of sex may send society backwards

Judaism and Christianity offered a clear moral code for sex. However much fun it may be, it is best contained within marriage and for making children. Outside marriage, uncontained, it has the capacity of a forest fire to burn out of control and lay waste.

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April 10 2019 By dvirtue Pete Buttigieg, Erick Erickson, and Trending #Episcopalians

ERICK ERICKSON @EWErickson: I mean if Buttigieg thinks evangelicals should be supporting him instead of Trump, he fundamentally does not understand the roots of Christianity. But then he is an Episcopalian, so he might not actually understand Christianity more than superficially.

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April 06 2019 By dvirtue When a Former Homosexual Says That They have Been Healed or Changed; What do They Mean?

Ask yourself, "Would a good God really create someone with an orientation to act in ways that He condemns and that does harm to his partners? Would a good God really create someone with an orientation that results in domestic violence rates, substance abuse rates, gay-related disease rates, and promiscuity rates that are off the charts in comparison to heterosexuals? The questions answer themselves.

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April 03 2019 By dvirtue Sowing Confusion on The Christian College Campus: A Troubling Sign from The West Coast

The use of the word "again" or "flip-flops" in the headline chronicles the topsy-turvy tale of Azusa Pacific's policy regarding same-sex relationships. Until last fall, APU had on the books a student behavior policy that upheld a biblical understanding of gender and sexuality. Late in September, the school announced a change in its policies. The new policy would, for example, allow for openly-LGBTQ romanticized relationships among students.

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April 02 2019 By dvirtue Tolerance vs. Acceptance

Full Definition of TOLERANCE
1: capacity to endure pain or hardship : endurance, fortitude, stamina
2a : sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own b : the act of allowing something: toleration
3: the allowable deviation from a standard; especially: the range of variation permitted in maintaining a specified dimension in machining a piece

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March 22 2019 By dvirtue Why banning "conversion therapy" is more dangerous than you think

You might think it's fair enough to ban people from offering 'therapy' to try to 'cure' people from being gay, especially if you take sexual orientation to be basically fixed and attempts to alter it as psychologically harmful. Certainly there are many horror stories, particularly from early 20th century psychiatric practice -- lobotomies, electric shock therapy and the like.

The Church of England's General Synod has voted and called on the government to ban 'conversion therapy'.

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March 22 2019 By dvirtue Evangelicals Show No Decline, Despite Trump and Nones

As Tobin Grant, editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, pointed out: "Changes in religion are slow. No group gains or loses quickly." (The "nones," a popular term for the religiously unaffiliated, being an exception--gaining faster than other affiliations tend to because they pull from multiple faith groups.)

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