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Some of the strongest supporters of the war declare that we are a Christian nation, yet use their religious beliefs to justify the war. They claim it is our Christian duty to remake the Middle East and attack the Muslim infidels. Evidently I have been reading from a different Bible. I remember something about “Blessed are the peacemakers.” My beliefs aside, Christian teaching of nearly a thousand years reinforces the concept of “The Just war theory.” This Christian theory emphasizes six criteria needed to justify Christian participation in war… The war in Iraq fails to meet almost all of these requirements. This discrepancy has generated anger and division within the Christian community. Some are angry because the war is being fought out of Christian duty, yet does not have uniform support from all Christians. Others are angry because they see Christianity as a religion as peace and forgiveness, not war and annihilation of enemies.”
  —Ron Paul
 Why Are Americans So Angry?, June 29, 2006

Dougherty siblings ordered to stand trial

reuters logo Dougherty siblings ordered to stand trial

By Keith Coffman

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado judge on Tuesday ordered three Florida siblings accused in a four-state crime spree to stand trial on attempted murder charges over accusations they fired at police during a high-speed chase.

Huerfano County District Court Judge Claude Appel ruled after a day-long hearing that there was enough evidence to try Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, and her brothers, Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, and Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, for attempted second-degree murder.

The judge also ordered the trio tried on first-degree assault and auto theft charges.

According to testimony at the preliminary hearing, the Doughertys admitted to investigators robbing a bank in Georgia and firing at a Florida police officer while on the run.

After those two incidents, the siblings fled to Colorado where they were captured after a high-speed police pursuit on August 10.

The judge heard testimony from two police officers who said they were fired on by the fleeing fugitives as they raced down a Colorado interstate at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour in a stolen car.

No officers were injured in the shootout, but investigators testified that they found an array of weapons in the vehicle, including two AK-47s, a shotgun, and other handguns. Police said they also recovered 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

The fugitives were arrested after they crashed the vehicle.

Lee Dougherty was shot in the leg by an officer after she leveled a handgun at him after a brief foot chase. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, she admitted to pointing a machine pistol at the officer and said she “deserved to get shot.”

The former exotic dancer also said her brother was firing at pursuing police not to hit them, but to get them “to back off,” the affidavit said.

According to prosecutors, Ryan Dougherty was behind the wheel of the stolen car while Dylan Dougherty Stanley fired on pursuing officers with an AK-47.

(Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Cynthia Johnston)

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