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Self-Defense or Self-Denial? Part 3

In the previous two posts, we've looked at David French's argument for a God-given right to self-defense. Taking the same approach as 19th-century supporters of slavery, French gathered a set of proof texts that appeared to support his case.

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Self-Defense or Self-Denial? part 2

In the previous post I looked at some of David French's arguments for a biblical right to self defense. French has combed the Bible and marshalled a handful of isolated verses that he believes give him the right to use deadly force. When examined in context, his first three verses failed to make the case.

French next turns to the book of Esther. For the first time, French finds two verses in the same Bible book.

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Self-Defense or Self-Denial? part 1

Journalist and blogger David French believes passionately that the constitutional "right to bear arms" is rooted in a more ancient God-given right. "It is quite clear," says French, "that God has not merely sanctioned the right of self defense but has explicitly approved even the use of deadly force to protect human life."

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A Look at Two Mass Killings

It's been almost a year since Dylann Roof murdered nine people during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It's been less than two days since Omar Mateen murdered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

What do the two incidents have in common, other than being horrific acts committed by mentally disturbed individuals with extreme ideologies?

If you read World Net Daily (WND), the answer is clear: They are President Obama's fault.

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Trumponomics

Joe Romm of Climate Progress has some concerns about Donald Trump's economic plans.

In particular, when Fox News’ Chris Wallace pressed Trump in March on how he’d cut the federal budget, Trump answered “Department of Environmental Protection [sic]. We are going to get rid of it in almost every form.”

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Partisanship Aside

This is how politics ought to work.

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What's the Matter with Liberals?

Columnists Emmett Rensin of Vox and Kevin Drum of Mother Jones have a disagreement. Rensin thinks liberals are too smug, while Drum thinks they are too condescending.

They're both trying to explain the paradox of why white working-class voters favor Republicans. Rensin notes:

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A Christian Nation

This Easter video from British Prime Minister David Cameron has been circulating on Facebook this month, although it appears to have been recorded a year ago. The video has also been promoted on a couple of websites, the Conservative Tribune and the 

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American Genocide

The way his supporters saw it, his lack of political experience was a benefit. His brashness and his crude demeanor merely served to set him apart from his career politician opponents. Those opponents saw him as reckless, emotional, unfit to govern—but his supporters saw him as a breath of fresh air. He was the type of guy whose supporters would stay loyal even if he shot someone in the street. He would never have been able to win a majority of votes, but with so many candidates running, he didn't need to.

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Wrong about Trump

When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President last summer by claiming most immigrants were drug dealers and rapists, few political experts thought he would be relevant when voting began. The New York Daily News called him a clown.

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