Is Disobedience Rebellion?

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Once again our nation is in extreme crisis.  The same questions our Founding Fathers faced more than two centuries ago are before us again:  Must we obey people in authority who are commanding what is evil or persecuting those who are doing good?  Both obedience to lawful authority and resistance to tyranny were at the heart of the American Revolution, and resulted in the birth of a free nation.  On 29 May 1776, a few weeks before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Rev. Samuel West declared:  “the same principles which oblige us to submit to government do equally oblige us to resist tyranny; or that tyranny and magistracy are so opposed to each other that where the one begins the other ends” (quoted in Fire At The Founding, p. 78-79,   

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