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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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February 01 2018 By dvirtue UK: How dare Ofsted chief compare Christianity to violent Islamic extremism

For Ms Spielman to elide violent extremism which threatens actual physical harm with normal orthodox biblical and Christian teaching of the Anglican faith about marriage and sex demonstrates the religious illiteracy of those charged with supervising the education of our children and grandchildren. The Christian Institute is a well-respected research and campaigning organisation which carries out the role of Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?, or speaking truth to power.

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January 26 2018 By dvirtue Gender Insanity vs Gender Reality

In Orwell's prescient novel 1984 the Big Brother torturer could manage to get the hero to say that four fingers being held up were actually five. Today we do not even need the torture. The activists have come so far that our clueless leaders have hopped on board without even putting up a fight. Every moronic and anti-reality bit of nonsense the militants throw our way, the authorities and politicians cheerily acquiesce to.

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January 23 2018 By dvirtue New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Growing Stronger

Religious faith in America is going the way of the Yellow Pages and travel maps, we keep hearing. It's just a matter of time until Christianity's total and happy extinction, chortle our cultural elites. Is this true? Is churchgoing and religious adherence really in "widespread decline" so much so that conservative believers should suffer "growing anxiety"?

Two words: Absolutely not.

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January 22 2018 By dvirtue Smoking is evil; murdering babies is fine

The images are hideous, revolting, grotesque and almost entirely fraudulent. 'There is not the slightest proof that either the plain packaging or the concealed displays have reduced smoking in this country, still less the hilarious photographs of very ill and unhappy people which now, by law, must adorn every packet,' writes Rod Liddle in the Spectator.

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January 16 2018 By dvirtue Islam in the Public Square

In his groundbreaking 1984 book, The Naked Public Square, Richard John Neuhaus argued that the public square can never be naked for long. In other words, it cannot be neutral about values: "If it is not clothed with the 'meanings' borne by religion, new 'meanings' will be imposed by virtue of the ambitions of the modern state."

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January 16 2018 By dvirtue The Religious Conflict at the Heart of Our Culture Wars

Griffith picks up the story in the aftermath of the conflict over the 19th Amendment. With women's suffrage enshrined in the Constitution, the nation had hardly caught its breath before it was embroiled in a series of political conflicts over sexuality. Suffrage was followed by a series of what we would now call "culture wars" over birth control laws, censorship of pornography, marriage across ethnic lines, Alfred Kinsey's sex research, and sex education in schools.

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