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January 06 2018 By dvirtue New Year's Resolution: Forgive

Sometime after the war, she was visited by a family friend, the former Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. He saw the shell-torn trunk of the oak tree and asked about it. She replied that the tree was where her family was killed by Union cannons. She kept the tree's remains as a testimony to her grief and anger. She would never forgive them for what they did.

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January 04 2018 By dvirtue How the Queen -- the 'last Christian monarch' -- has made faith her message

A survey of the broadcasts made during her 65-year reign reveals that for most of the time the Queen has spoken only in passing of the religious significance of Christmas. There have been references to presents linking contemporary Christmas to the three wise men, for instance, alongside trips to Commonwealth countries, family events such as weddings and funerals, and there were observations about contemporary society.

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January 01 2018 By dvirtue Magician Mullally and the English rope trick

Shiphrah and Puah lived in Egypt and worked for Raamses Health Service (RHS). Sarah lived in England and worked for the National Health Service (NHS). Shiprah and Puah were called to take risks and so did not reveal their full names. Sarah was called to create safe spaces and ensure safeguarding and so she told everyone her full name -- Sarah Elisabeth Mullally.

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December 28 2017 By dvirtue Britain's Constitutional Crisis and the Politics of Sex

How was this allowed to happen? Two decisions in particular demonstrate just how irregularly British government has operated during and since the referendum.

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December 22 2017 By dvirtue Can biblical faith flourish in an intolerant secular society?

Farron is a fascinating anomaly for the governing classes who dominate the establishment and the media. He is politically left-leaning and philosophically liberal; passionately anti-Brexit, in favour of more government spending on public services and benefits for the disadvantaged; critical of conservatism. Yet he is an evangelical Christian, whose faith, as he says, is more than just cultural -- he is a true believer.

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December 21 2017 By dvirtue A letter of congratulations to the new appointee to the See of Canterbury from a leading Evangelical (1860)

Whilst I understand, and would tacitly support my brother's zeal to enrich the liturgical tradition of our Mother Church, I would ask that he would allow mutual flourishing to take place, at least allowing a place for Evangelicals like myself. We too feel we have a contribution to make.

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December 21 2017 By dvirtue The year is 2067, and long-dead archbishop Justin Welby is accused of child abuse...

And the boy -- known as 'Nick' to protect his identity -- described those stairs so accurately: five or six of them, cold and grey, then a left turn up to what seemed like an ante-room, with dark panelled walls and a stone fireplace which had a desk in front of it. A small ink-sketched portrait hung above that desk; random antique chairs scattered around.

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December 19 2017 By dvirtue Welby was wrong to leave a stain on Bishop Bell's memory

The review, though intricate, was also damning. Its author, Lord Carlile of Berriew, found that the investigation of the allegation made against Bell had been "inappropriate and impermissable" and resulted in a financial settlement which was "indefensibly wrong".

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December 17 2017 By dvirtue Sorry's not enough for Church's betrayal of a hero falsely accused

The CofE condemned Bishop George Bell exclusively on the basis of a single entirely uncorroborated witness decades after the alleged sexual abuse was said to have occurred.

It violated the sanctity of one of the most hallowed tenets of jurisprudence dating back to the sixth century Digest of Justinian and held sacred in Canon law, Islamic law and English common law. This is the presumption of innocence -- that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty.

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December 17 2017 By dvirtue Britain's feminists march to the drumbeat of Islamic fundamentalism

In both countries, you are guilty until proven innocent, and you may never be proven innocent. So steer clear of Mo (Mohammed) in Pakistan, or Mo (Maureen) in England!

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