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Anthony Levatino is an OB/GYN who works for the Pro-Life Action League, an activist anti-abortion group based in Chicago.

Dr. Levatino used to do abortions. He estimates that he terminated around 1,200 pregnancies during the fetus-killing phase of his career. He stopped doing these procedures when his own child … Continue reading

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Gloom, Despair . . .

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Minnie Pearl – 1965

I’m old enough to remember hearing this  Buck Owens/Roy Clark song on the TV show “Hee Haw” in the 1970s:

Gloom, despair, and agony on me

Deep dark depression, excessive misery

If I had no bad luck, I’d have no luck at all

Gloom, despair, and agony on me!

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What does “Christian First” even mean? Let me tell you . . .

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For years, Mike Pence has described himself thusly: “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican–in that order.” There is unending material in those few words, and one could, if one was so inclined, do an entire series of articles on them. For now, however, just a short post.

Christian First

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When you prioritize something above everything else, when you bow down to something or someone to the exclusion of everything and everyone else, that is worship. If that worship isn’t direct to God, it’s idolatry.

What began in the 1970s with the “Moral Majority” as a marketing campaign has become nothing more and nothing less than idol worship.

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Selling Your Soul

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One Minute Video Introduction


In the first three posts in this series about Mike Pence’s masterfully crafted political advertisement to sell a morally indefensible Donald Trump to American church-goers1 we covered these broad themes:

  • Racism was pervasive in a significant number of America’s white churches, especially, but not exclusively, in the South of the 1800s and 1900s.
  • The
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One Minute Video Introduction

On November 6, two days before the election, Mike Pence, in this recorded message, addressed the churches of America.

It is not known how many pastors played this message for their congregations, nor how many churchgoing Americans heard this message, nor how many looked down at their hands in embarrassment that their pastor would play such … Continue reading

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