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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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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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........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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