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February 6th, 2013

that Obama assassination paper

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

The internet, or at least my FB page, is buzzing over a leaked white paper written by the DO setting out the reasoning on when the president can legally order an assassination. Searching for “Obama assassination white paper” will bring up lots of opinion and news pieces on this, but here’s the one I read, if you’d like an overview.

I honestly want to be as upset about this as many of my friends evidently are. It makes me feel like a bad citizen that I wouldn’t be outraged over the killing of Americans. And I am upset, not so much over the killing-of-Americans bit as much as the killing, full stop. And to be clear up front, this is an area where Obama is absolutely horrible, not much better (if better at all) than a Republican would be. He’s basically bought into the Bush idea that we are always and everywhere at war so the normal legal protections must be suspended to save us from the terrorists. I’m not going to sit here and defend that in any way.

But at the same time, when I look at the outrage over this, it feels more than a little… convenient, I guess.

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on guns, privilege, and true liberty

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

Over at Inside Higher Education, Tyro Tracts blogged about the prospect of legislators allowing guns on campuses in his state. I highly recommend it.

I started reading it because of the gun angle, but it’s not really about that. Rather, he’s using the gun debate to talk about some important topics, like freedom and self-possession and the things we can and can’t accept than about gun policy. He claims to be pretty comfortable with guns in general and the piece is actually framed around a walk through the woods hunting grouse. And I believe him. Just because you’re okay with guns in some contexts doesn’t mean you can’t recognize the inappropriateness of guns in certain contexts.

I feel the same way about guns in churches, actually, and in Greensboro I had to quit going to a church that allowed open-carrying. (I never was clear on whether that was actually legal…) I also think that guns on campuses are in general a bad idea because students are usually young, stressed and (quite often) inebriated, making them IMO a high-risk group when it comes to gun ownership. I never felt that schools were a sanctuary, perhaps because they’re also the homes of large groups of people, not just a place you go. I can appreciate, though, how invasive it would feel to have to deal with this prospect in an area you did think of as holy.

What most struck me about this piece, though, was the way Dr. Tracts talks about the good life. He writes,

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