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Why you need witness protection

A Secret Service agent offstage watches as President Barack Obama speaks during a Las Vegas fundraiser for Sen. Harry Reid at Caesars Palace on May 26, 2009 (Credit: Official White House photo by Pete Souza) Anthony Weiner and Christopher Lee were both forced to resign from Congress after posting sexually suggestive pictures of themselves on social media.  Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson sent tweets demeaning his coach, and was released by his team.  Aflac fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of their duck after he tweeted jokes about the Japanese tsunami.

Some 58 percent of America's adults use Facebook; 47 percent say Facebook has the greatest impact on their purchasing behavior; 45 percent of Facebook's users check their account several times a day.  Nearly half of all employers use social networking sites to research job candidates.  What we post, and how long we spend on social media, is now vital to our employability.

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South Carolina shooting: is the Civil War over?

Ku Klux Klan member during a demonstration in Huntsville, Texas on June 22, 2000 (Credit: Reuters/Adrees Latif)150 years ago this Sunday, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his troops to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.  However, David Blight's remarkable essay in The Atlantic claims that the Civil War is not over.

The decades after the war saw the rise of the KKK and the persecution of African-Americans in towns across the South.  Blight documents wholesale massacres of black people by white mobs.  For instance, in April 1873, a white mob in Louisiana murdered as many as 100 blacks.  In South Carolina, between fall 1870 and April 1871, 38 blacks were massacred and hundreds were whipped and tortured.  In a riot in Meridian, Mississippi, at least 30 blacks were killed by mobs.  According to one study, between the years 1877 and 1950, nearly 4,000 African-Americans were lynched by whites in the South.

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2 ways to think about the South Carolina shooting

North Charleston police officer Michael Slager is seen standing over 50-year-old Walter Scott after allegedly shooting him in the back as he ran away, in this still image from video in North Charleston, South Carolina taken April 4, 2015. (Credit: Reuters) A car driven by a black man named Walter Scott was stopped by a white policeman named Michael Slager last Saturday in North Charleston, S.C.  According to a cellphone video made by a bystander, Mr. Scott ran from the officer, who fired eight times at him.  Mr. Scott fell to the ground and was later pronounced dead.  Officer Slager later said he feared for his life.  After the video surfaced, Officer Slager was charged with murder and has now been fired.

I want to respond to this tragedy today, but am conflicted.  On one hand, we are to "be subject to the governing authorities" (Romans 13:1), and we live in a nation that views its citizens as innocent until proven guilty.  I do not want to judge Officer Slager before all the facts come out.

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The faith of Rand Paul

Rand Paul announces his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination at the Galt House hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, April 7, 2015 (Credit: Rand Paul via Youtube)Senator Randal Howard "Rand" Paul announced his campaign for president yesterday.  The Kentucky Republican's conservative views have made headlines over the years.  One topic that has been discussed less is his faith.

A recent Time magazine article on the faith of the candidates devoted 11 paragraphs to Jeb Bush's religious beliefs, two sentences to Paul's.  We know that Paul was baptized as an Episcopalian.  He attended Baylor University, a Baptist school, then earned his M.D. at Duke, which was founded by Methodists and Quakers.  He now attends a Presbyterian church, where his wife is a deacon.  Last summer, he joined a medical mission to Guatemala, where he treated patients with eye and vision problems.

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Strategy to defeat Indiana law brewing for months

In Indianapolis, a crowd protests the new Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence last week (Credit: Reuters/Nathan Chute)Duke and its fans are celebrating this morning after winning last night's NCAA men's basketball championship game.  But the larger story is the venue.  The Final Four was played in Indianapolis, Indiana, the epicenter of the earthquake that is the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) debate.

Coaches at the University of Connecticut, winners of last year's championship, protested the law by refusing to attend the game.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is said to be "furious" about the law.  Miley Cyrus says supporters of the law "are dinosaurs, and they are dying off."  The lead promoter for Indianapolis tourism says he has been in "full crisis mode" since furor erupted over the law late last month.  Tens of millions of dollars in conventions and other tourist events are in jeopardy.

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