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Racism at Trump Rally? Golden Rule or Golden Advice

A protestor leads a chant against a group of supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after a rally Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in Louisville Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)Earlier this week at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville, video captured a black woman aggressively pushed around by men. Reports indicate that she was protesting loudly. In characteristic fashion, Trump from the stage declared, "Get her out of here, get her out." What followed is what one observer described a "modern day lynch mob," with white men pushing her to the exits and screaming derogatory words her way.

Watching this video is like putting a pot of water over a fire—it will cause boiling. And if you watch long enough, you will boil over. But as mothers around the world have always said, you can't trust everything you see on TV. Are appearances deceiving or is what you see what you get?

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The Trump campaign is affecting marriages

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a South Carolina Republican primary night event, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 in Spartanburg, S.C. Trump is the winner in the South Carolina Republican primary. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)"There's something about Mr. Trump that makes it hard for people who love him, and people who hate him, to love each other." So states The Wall Street Journal, reporting on marital rifts being created by Donald Trump's presidential candidacy.

One couple has set its rules: When Mr. Trump appears on the evening news, one or the other must leave the room, or they must flip to the National Geographic channel. And they never discuss him in the bedroom.

Politics are getting more divisive by the day, it seems. In last night's Republican presidential debate, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz repeatedly attacked Mr. Trump, who responded in kind. And Bernie Sanders is sharpening his criticisms of Hillary Clinton on the eve of the South Carolina Democratic primary.

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What is the Christian perspective on the death penalty?

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives to hold his Weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis dedicated his General Audience on Wednesday to the theme of proper disposition expected by Christian faith toward the goods of the world, saying that they serve the common good if used in accordance with the demands of justice, charity and mercy, though they become a source of corruption and death if used selfishly and arrogantly. (Photo by Giuseppe Ciccia / Pacific Press) Pope Francis called on Catholic political leaders to put a moratorium on using the death penalty during the Church's Jubilee of Mercy. On Saturday in St. Peter's Square, the Pope said, "I appeal to the conscience of the rulers, so that we achieve an international consensus for the abolition of the death penalty." Speaking before thousands, Pope Francis built upon the Ten Commandments in his argument, noting, "The commandment 'You shall not kill' has absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty."

Though this is not a new position for this Pope, it is one he wants to emphasize during this special year. This jubilee (year) of mercy started on December 8th and runs through November 20, 2016. Jubilees occur normally every twenty-five years, inviting individuals to experience God through emulating God. This particular year, Pope Francis chose to emphasize mercy. And in doing so, he has now called on Catholic political leaders to extend mercy to those incarcerated and on death row.

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Why evangelicals are supporting Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a campaign rally in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Donald Trump's success in his bid to be the Republican presidential nominee has far exceeded what anyone (other than him) could have predicted last June. But while that success has been surprising, the reason for it is even harder for many pundits to fathom. You see, one of the main reasons that he has distanced himself from the other candidates is the support of evangelical voters. Roughly one-third of evangelical Republican voters in South Carolina cast a ballot for Trump, and he has received similar support in the other states so far.

While Trump says that he has a good relationship with God, his crude language, belief that he doesn't need to ask God for forgiveness, and his stance on Muslims and Mexicans hardly depict someone evangelicals would typically support. So why is it that so many have bought into his message and want to see him become America's 45th president? The Washington Post's Joseph Loconte offers a suggestion.

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'Too Dumb To Fail': a review of Matt Lewis’s latest

Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots)Billy Graham often remarked that he was not for the left wing or the right wing but the whole bird. The pastor to the presidents sought to stay above the fray and offer spiritual guidance to the leaders of the free world. While most welcomed his guidance, some used him for the optics. During the latter part of Graham's ministry, a burgeoning voting bloc known as evangelicals transitioned on the political spectrum. This born again group of people have always been a force to be reckoned with, but increasingly they were directing some of their collective power to the voting box—primarily towards conservative Republican candidates.

The point of this review is not to further associate or insinuate that all Christians are conservatives. Nor is it to lambast the current predicament of conservativism within the American context. Rather it is to offer a summarizing, thoughtful review of Matt Lewis's latest book.

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