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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:57 pm 
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Jeff Sessions speech interrupted by Methodist, Baptist clergy - Religion News



American Baptist Churches USA, and the United Methodist Church are mainline protestants but are out of the "Evangelical" tradition, by the way.

Actually, I would say that the gentlemen were exercising their freedom of speech. But in a way that Sessions probably didn’t like. This is the danger that the religious right refuses to recognize. They want religion in the public square? They’re going to get hammered by religion in the public square. Actually they don’t really want religion in the public square. They want their religious views enshrined as law by the state. Actually having religion in the public square might result in discussions over contradictions in scripture as well as flaws in creeds. That, they definitely do not want.

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Actually, I would say that the gentlemen were exercising their freedom of speech. But in a way that Sessions probably didn’t like. This is the danger that the religious right refuses to recognize. They want religion in the public square? They’re going to get hammered by religion in the public square. Actually they don’t really want religion in the public square. They want their religious views enshrined as law by the state.Actually having religion in the public square might result in discussions over contradictions in scripture as well as flaws in creeds. That, they definitely do not want.


Yes. Sessions is also a United Methodist. UMCs like him don't want "religious liberty" for other Christians of their same denomination, let alone anybody else.

They don't want it for Jews that don't smile big, toothy grins at rightwing racist millenarians; they definitely don't want it for Sikhs (unless they're converts to conservative Christianity), Buddhists (unless they're converts to conservative Christianity), Hindus (unless they're converts to conservative Christianity), Muslims (unless they're converts to conservative Christianity), they don't want it for Black Evangelicals (unless they're lateral transfers to conservative Christian voting patterns), they don't want it for Roman Catholics or Orthodox (except for that antigay and antiabortion vote), the list goes on.

I really hope the Church of Satan and other Satanists will keep challenging them. They need to be forced to admit in public that all they're after is special rights and special exemptions for their narrow, professed theologies.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:43 am 
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Nashville pastor condemns gay conversion therapy on CBS - Tennessean

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Like many other religious leaders, the Rev. Stan Mitchell once believed in conversion therapy for gay Christians. Years ago, before his views on homosexuality evolved, Mitchell would send parishioners to so-called therapy, hoping to turn them straight with the threat of eternal damnation.

“I was a pastor in a megachurch, and I was party to destroying these people," Mitchell said during an interview on CBS News on Sunday morning.

"Do you have any idea of how many young people you had recommended go through conversion therapy?” asked CBS correspondent Erin Moriarty.

"I've tried to forget. I've tried to forget," Mitchell replied.

Mitchell, the founding pastor of Nashville’s GracePoint Church, a progressive interdenominational Christian congregation, spoke out against the highly controversial practice of anti-gay conversion therapy during an 12-minute segment on the practice on CBS News on Sunday morning. During the news segment, Mitchell says the therapy, which does lasting damage, is still used to attempt to convert children as young as 10.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:38 am 
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........This Friday and Saturday, preachers from out of town are coming to Dallas with a prophetic challenge to toxic evangelicalism......


A distorted brand of evangelical Christianity created our political crisis, and it's time for revival

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America is in the throes of a political and social crisis at the heart of which is a powerful but distorted brand of evangelical Christianity.

The crisis is personified, of course, in a patently unwholesome president who, according to a Washington Post fact checker, has told 6,420 lies since he was inaugurated. The most dangerous lies are those President Donald Trump tells against immigrants and refugees. Having launched his political career with a birther conspiracy and campaigned with attacks on immigrants, Trump is using nativism to consolidate his political base of support.

How else do we interpret his.........

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This Friday and Saturday, preachers from out of town are coming to Dallas with a prophetic challenge to toxic evangelicalism. The Revs. William Barber, Jacqui Lewis, Tony Campolo and more than a dozen other preachers from the Red Letter Christians movement will join the Rev. Freddy Haynes at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas for a revival. Red Letter Christianity seeks to restore the words and way of Jesus to the heart of our evangelical witness.


In case nobody is familiar, Tony Campolo is an ex-conservative Evangelical. I really like Red Letter Christians.

https://www.redletterchristians.org/author/tony/

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The Episcopalians are doing something called Advent at the Border.

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Bend the Arc has a new campaign out directed at the new House, called #RejectWhiteNationalism

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We are asking every Representative and Senator in the incoming Congress to sign this declaration or share this message in their own words:

“I unequivocally reject white nationalism and recognize it is a threat to individuals, communities, and American democracy itself.”

White nationalism is a dangerous political ideology that seeks to build a country for white people only — and to rid our country of everyone else. More and more, this toxic worldview has moved from the margins of society to the mainstream.

We’ve seen the impacts of the white nationalist movement and we demand Congress take action. We’ve seen violence and murder across the country, in Charlottesville, Portland, Kansas City, Louisville, and Pittsburgh. We’ve seen the scapegoating of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We’ve seen antisemitic conspiracy theories and racist ideas spread in our politics.

We will not be divided. We will build a country where all of us belong — where every single person can live, love, and thrive.


White nationalism is a national security risk.

#RejectWhiteNationalism

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:24 pm 
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this ones a pretty good read

Evangelicals have hired their own Goliath

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............In an era of strange political alliances and events, this one remains notable. Headed into a possible impeachment battle, the most ethically challenged president of modern times — prone to cruelty, bigotry, vanity, adultery and serial deception — is depending on religiously conservative voters for his political survival. And, so far, it is not a bad bet.

Trump has understood something about evangelical Christians that many are unable to articulate themselves. White, theologically conservative Protestants were once — not that long ago — a culturally predominant force. Many of their convictions — on matters such as sexuality and public religiosity — were also the default settings of the broader society. But that changed in a series of cultural tidal waves — the Darwinist account of human origins, the application of higher criticism to the text of the Bible, the sexual revolution — which swept away old certainties.

When conservative Christianity became re-politicized in the 1970s and ’80s, the secular world — the world of federal judges, public schools, major universities and liberal politicians — was viewed as an aggressive threat to Christian ideals, institutions and identity. Over time, that struggle has taken on apocalyptic proportions in the minds of many believers. For some, it is nothing less than the end-times conflict of good and evil, which somehow culminated in fights against the Obama administration.

In this struggle, many evangelicals believe they have found a champion in Trump. He is the enemy of their enemies. He is willing to use the hardball tactics of the secular world to defend their sacred interests. In their battle with the Philistines, evangelicals have essentially hired their own Goliath — brutal, pagan, but on their side.

It doesn’t take much biblical research to discover that this isn’t quite how God accomplished things in the original story. He actually employed a scrawny Jewish boy, using unconventional tactics, to demonstrate that His favor mattered more than worldly measures of strength. From a purely political perspective, however, the hiring of a Goliath is what interest groups generally do.............

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Duke joins other Methodist-affiliated colleges in calling for LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the church- Duke Chronicle

I know some people at or from Duke, including Duke Divinity. This is a big deal throughout the United Methodist Church.

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Earlier this month, Duke joined 92 other United Methodist affiliated colleges and universities to sign a statement urging the denomination to fully include LGBTQ+ Christians.

The statement was unanimously approved by all schools attending the conference. Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, said the statement “is consistent with Duke’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

"Historically, the Church has witnessed a profound commitment to the sacred worth of all persons and to social justice, such as the Church’s position on civil rights, women’s rights, and the rights of different ethnic communities," the statement said.

The General Conference of the United Methodist Church will meet February in St. Louis, Mo., to discuss the statement and decide the denomination’s official stance. Currently, the Book of Discipline bars “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from being ordained as ministers and forbids pastors from marrying them.

L. Gregory Jones, dean of the Divinity School, said he was not involved in the conference, but he explained that the school is working to strengthen its commitments to diversity and inclusion, including to the LGBTQ+ community, and that it will continue to do so regardless of what the conference in February decides.

The Divinity school has recently faced criticism for claims about its treatment of African-American and LGBTQ+ students. Students and allies interrupted then-Dean Elaine Heath's State of the School speech in March 2018, protesting how they said the Divinity School treated students with different gender identities and sexual orientations.

Duke's relationship to the Methodist Church has changed as the higher education institution has grown, according to a University Archives account. The name became Trinity College in 1859 following a formal agreement with the church, and the school was a Methodist institution when Washington Duke began to give money to it.

Other prominent Methodist-affiliated institutions include Syracuse University, Boston University and Emory University.


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