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...ideal, of course, if we lived in a world where not even self-defense was necessary; unfortunately, until that kingdom of heaven is realized in full, we won't have such luxury. Violence in defense of our nation and principles should never be craved and should only be a last resort, after a long train of other efforts are exhausted and abuses suffered (like Jefferson detailed in the Declaration).

Just out of curiosity, what particular branch of the faith do you currently call home? I'm in the middle of studying church history/denominations. Are you perchance from a Friends congregation? Mennonite? (If you don't mind my asking...don't mean to be too nosy. :) )