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What is the Christian response to a gunman entering a school? Turn the other cheek? Would it have been Christian for one of those teachers to stop the killer with a gun?
Where in the Bible do you read about a police force? Is there an individual responsibility to help keep order and oppose evil actions?
John the Baptist did not tell soldiers to get out of the army, but to be good honest soldiers. Can Christians be in the army today and use a firearm in his duties?
Is there any point in asking your priests and ministers about these questions? Would they all give the same answers?
"The gunfire lasted for up to 20 minutes, according to some eyewitnesses."
Can you imagine that? Or being in Luigi's in Fayetteville's shooting? Or being in the Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center when Stewart killed 8 people? The people in all of these places felt perfectly safe and secure. You can not justify armed security guards at normal places like these.
All Pinehurst parks will have all the same safety assurances as these people had. "We don't expect any trouble." And most of them will not have any trouble.
Most concealed weapons are never drawn, because serious trouble is rare. But for that one time in a lifetime that a weapon would save the lives of your family, at that one time when some madman or thug without a conscience could not be deterred by any other means, that weapon would be worth a billion dollars. Pray for peace and healing.
Don't argue with a pig. You just get dirty and the pig gets mad.
Don't post on the Pilot comments. Same reason.
It was fun to try, but I bid another PERMANENT FAREWELL to the Pilot comment section.
I think we just proved that government shcools are doing the job that the government wants. UNC will finish the job on this young man, and he will join the big push to change the best country in the world into something more ideal. Like Cuba.
If we don't start teaching Bible, civics and history, the wave of ignorance will ovewhelm the American way of life. Sometimes I read something like this and think it already has.
Yukonjohn--You touch an issue that I think has become muddled. You named the protected places where nothing short of a court order or absolute probable cause is allowed to intrude. When we go out into the community and do business, I don't see a strong case at all for the law to bind that retailer to be bound with keeping that transaction private. All manners of ethics, business sense, and other considerations should keep most transactions confidential.
Making abortion legal because of privacy seem a little like making counterfeiting legal because we deserve privacy. What does privacy have to do with making the act itself legal.
Mr. Heim, we don't expect you to understand the definition of marriage as a bond between one MAN and one WOMAN. You have to open the Bible to see where God made that definition. I have officiated at the joining of untold numbers of such couples, and thourougly enjoyed my own for 47 years.
We don't expect that you have opened the pages of the Old Testament to see numerous examples of the people rejecting God, adopting Baal's adulterous and homosexual behaviors and being taken into captivity until they repent.
If you come back and say you are a regular attender at some religious gathering we can rest assured that they are either Wiccan Withces or "Christians" using "modern theology." (Also called "Higher Criticism.") These brillliant Marxist era scholars are the ones who concluded that Matthew did not write the Gospel of Matthew and Luke did not write the Gospel of Luke. That same dilligent attention to Biblical matters can also dismiss the Bible warnings against adultery, homosexuality and bestality. (If your preacher wants to defend his reputation in that he thinks that the Bible prohibits adultery, tell him to call me and show me the verse that says one is wrong but the others are permissible.)
But excuse us if we resist the Marxist banning of God from our society. Step back a momemt and think about what the Federal judge declared for Winston-Salem. First, realize that most of the population of that area calls themselves Christians. Then ponder that a Hindu could open the meeting and say anything he wants. Same for the Muslim, Wiccan Witch or Baal worshiper. The only name prohibited by his order is Jesus Christ, the one that most of the population would pray in the name of.
You can drag up the name of any minority that you like, but excuse us if we no longer worry about the rights of all those minoritues, but want to get the rights of the majority restored. And avoid God's wrath which will come on the fans of Sodom and Gomorah. (Check Jeremiah chapter 23 for a picture of why the present religious world is in such a mess. (And Second Peter chapter 2.)
Great job at a tough task. I have noticed that losing 50 pounds changes everything in the way people look at you. I wish more could do it.
Let me get this straight... "too many of poor and even middle-class students would be left behind, educated in substandard, failing schools."
You take some students out of a class room, and the rest are left in "substandard, failing schools." I can't figure out what those departed students did to make a bad school into a good one.
Are kids coming out of Government schools totally ignorant and leaning left because something is going wrong, or because something is going exactly as planned?
We couldn't have made such a mess from a standing start. The ravages of progressivem (socialism) started in the Theodore Roosevelt / Wilson years took time to come to fruition. Doubling down on socialism hasn't helped either.
If the American voter could arguably be called either ill-informed, mis-informed or stupid, they why did they want them to select senators? To repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments needs to be a priority, and then see if Washington might down-size a little.
Public employee pension funds should not be the largest in the country. It is the perfect opening for crony capitalism as government officials invest that kind of money. Smaller government is needed at all levels.
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