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Muhammad was the "first person in human history to declare, in no uncertain terms, that no person is above another by virtue of race or ethnicity," claims Considine in a video for the pro-Islamic Emir-Stein Center, named after Algeria's Muslim founder Emir Abdelkader al-Jazairi and St. Edith Stein -- Jewish convert, nun and martyr.

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July 28 2020 By dvirtue Is America's history systemically racist?

Lincoln appealed to the Declaration in opposing slavery; Martin Luther King appealed to it in opposing segregation; and the country has worked hard over the years to convert its principle from an aspiration to a lived reality. This purpose met strong resistance, right up to a civil war, but the line of development is clear.

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It has come to the attention of the present writer that a truly remarkable, scholarly study about what really works in youth ministry has been written: Growing Young: Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church, written by three nationally-known youth work experts, Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin.

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July 25 2020 By dvirtue The Bible on Race

Nations (tà ethnē) in the biblical world were composed of people with different skin colors. A nation was united by its culture, which was formed by its cultus or religion. Israel was a nation united by the Jewish religion. Its people were a "mixed multitude" with different colors from Exodus day and had often assimilated people from other nations like Ruth and Rahab who were probably of slightly different colors.

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July 24 2020 By dvirtue WHY IS THERE SO MUCH EVIL TODAY?

But of course, when God created angels and humans who were free, he took a risk--that these creatures would abuse their freedom. They might rebel against him and go their own way in pride and selfishness.

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July 19 2020 By dvirtue Why N.T. Wright Misfires on American Church Racism

Now it says some very good things that must be said by any minister of the gospel and especially by theologians. First and most importantly, that we should bring a gospel perspective to bear on this turmoil and not repeat the secular nostrums of various groups. And that at the center of a gospel perspective is Paul's vision of a differentiated unity in the Body of Christ that transcends old creation boundaries.

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July 18 2020 By dvirtue Evil Evangelicals?

Sutton approvingly quotes one author asserting that Evangelical Christian nationalism "includes assumptions of nativism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and heteronormativity, along with divine sanction for authoritarian control and militarism. It is as ethnic and political as it is religious." They want to "create boundaries of group membership around race and the right of white Americans to segregate themselves from minorities."

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July 16 2020 By dvirtue There is no justification for turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque

When the armies of Islam swept through the Middle East, sharia law permitted the conquered peoples, Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians, to retain their places of worship, provided they sought permission from Muslim rulers to repair them. They could not display any signs of their faith outside the buildings, nor could they ring bells to call their people to worship. They were not allowed to build new places of worship.

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July 15 2020 By dvirtue Harper's letter against 'cancel culture' is welcome and overdue

The next step must be to go beyond the concern for the "cancel culture," and call for a thorough examination of all the major differences between the ideals of the American experiment and the claims and demands of the progressive left. In essence, America's choice is between the ideas and ideals of 1776 and the American Revolution versus those that have come down from 1789 and the French Revolution.

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