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June 30 2020 By dvirtue The New Religion Of The Woke Left Is A Faith Without Atonement

Humans are different. We aren't all direct siblings with whom we need to cooperate and co-exist, yet we collaborate at a scale like no other species on earth. This is accomplished by a collective recognition of something as "sacred," be it a rock, an ancestor, an idea, or even a god. Then, we organize around that shared sacred artifact. We become brothers and sisters in religion, almost as if we were created to do just that.

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June 22 2020 By dvirtue SC Court on Remand Vindicates Bishop Lawrence and His Parishes

Judge Dickson does an excellent job of laying out these conclusions at the close of his Order:

The neutral principles of property, corporate, and trust law [in South Carolina] have been consistent for years. Lawyers and judges understand those principles and are competent to decide issue[s] based upon them. Additionally, neutral principles of law avoid[] all religious discussion, including which party is "true" to their denomination.

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June 15 2020 By dvirtue What has Marx to do with Minneapolis?

Any situation is usually more complex and messy than appears at first sight and we must be careful not to simplify what has been happening in a reductionist way.

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June 14 2020 By dvirtue TURKEY MOVES TO RECLAIM BASILICA AS MOSQUE

On July 2, Turkey's Council of State will decide whether to restore Muslim worship to the site by annulling Atatürk's decree that turned the basilica from a mosque into a museum.

"Al-Fath surah will be recited and [Islamic] prayers will be prayed at Hagia Sophia as part of the conquest festival," President Erdoğan announced Thursday night on Turkish television.

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June 12 2020 By dvirtue RACE AND REDEMPTION

There are empirical reasons to question the mainstream media's account. For instance, see reports on police bias by black Harvard economist Roland Fryer and by Heather MacDonald. In addition, for the last half-century, affirmative action policies have advanced people of color in education, corporations, the military, government, the courts, media and entertainment, and most American denominations.

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June 12 2020 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury Grovels Over White Privilege

"I come back to the fact that, in the New Testament, Jesus says be angry about injustice, repent of injustice -- that means go the other way, take action against injustice," Welby said, beginning his brief apology by reflecting on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

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June 11 2020 By dvirtue Christian Courage and Conviction amidst Chaos

On an early walk through the damaged city following the riot I recall being surprised by the make-up of those out surveying the damage. I was struck by the mix of ethnicities, ages, and genders united by shared looks of sadness. My liberal friends might have marveled at the almost poster-like mix of inclusiveness.

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June 10 2020 By dvirtue THE ENDURING PROBLEM

I now find myself sifting through varying views held by fellow believers. In the growing divisions about the current unrest in our culture, I've seen people on both sides have difficulty in engaging others without sliding into that same kind of name-calling and division. I've had issues with the different responses to the coronavirus pandemic and now to the murder of George Floyd and the resulting riots.

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June 10 2020 By dvirtue Archbishop Viganò: DC archbishop who criticized Trump's visit to Catholic shrine is 'false shepherd'

Archbishops of Washington immediately preceding Gregory were Cardinal Donald William Wuerl (implicated in sex abuse cover-ups) and ex-cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (credibly accused of abusing seminarians and accused of serial sex abuse). It is suspected that Wuerl had some hand in securing his successor. Gregory is known for his support for homosexuality and other unorthodox positions.

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June 08 2020 By dvirtue A Nation on Fire Needs the Flames of the Spirit

Some will assume that I'm bringing politics into the church. They'll wonder why I'm not upset about black-on-black crime, or the breakdown of the black family, or abortion, or looting, or whatever topic that helps us avoid looking at the thing itself. That "thing" is the 400-year history of racial trauma and oppression still plaguing blacks in this country.

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