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Father Of Killer Of Toulouse Sues France For Murder



PARIS – Three months after the Toulouse shootings, the father of the slain killer Mohamed Merah is suing France for murder. Mohamed Benalel Merah lodged a complaint on Monday in Paris, accusing senior French police officials of murder with aggravating circumstances.

Merah's son killed seven people around the French southern city of Toulouse last March – including three children in a Jewish school. He was killed several days later, following a 32-hour siege of the police forces in front of his apartment.

"When there are 300-400 heavily-armed people in front of a man locked up on his own in his apartment, it raises questions," Zahia Mokhtari, Benalel Merah's lawyer, explained to French newspaper Libération.

The paper also reveals that the Algerian lawyer says he has evidence of Merah's "liquidation": two videos, probably recorded by Merah himself, that could prove it was indeed a murder.

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Should Christians Be Scared Of Horror Movies?

Horror films have a complicated and rich history with christian themes and influences, but how healthy is it for audiences watching?

Should Christians Be Scared Of Horror Movies?

"The Nun II" was released on Sept. 2023.

Joseph Holmes

“The Nun II” has little to show for itself except for its repetitive jump scares — but could it also be a danger to your soul?

Christians have a complicated relationship with the horror genre. On the one hand, horror movies are one of the few types of Hollywood films that unapologetically treat Christianity (particularly Catholicism) as good.

“The Exorcist” remains one of the most successful and acclaimed movies of all time. More recently, “The Conjuring” franchise — about a wholesome husband and wife duo who fight demons for the Catholic Church in the 1970s and related spinoffs about the monsters they’ve fought — has more reverent references to Jesus than almost any movie I can think of in recent memory (even more than many faith-based films).

The Catholic film critic Deacon Steven Greydanus once mentioned that one of the few places where you can find substantial positive Catholic representation was inhorror films.

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