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Jesus and 'Just War?' Time to Focus on Just Peace and Gospel Nonviolence

Eli S. McCarthy | Posted 10.10.2016 | Religion
Eli S. McCarthy

With the ongoing issues of violence and conflict in our own country as well as the continuing attacks abroad in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Mexico, we write to share about an emerging discussion in the Catholic Church for a new approach to transforming conflict.

To Whomever Is In Charge Of Waging War: A Pastoral Letter

Ben Daniel | Posted 08.31.2016 | Religion
Ben Daniel

If displacement, murder and destruction would never be justified in your family or in your community, then they cannot be justified in the families and in the communities of other people, even if they live in far-off places and speak unfamiliar languages.

Shifting The Lens: Just Peace And Nonviolence

Eli S. McCarthy | Posted 08.02.2016 | World
Eli S. McCarthy

Drawing on the recent Vatican conference I humbly suggest that the Catholic Church should embody Gospel nonviolence by articulating an explicit Just Peace approach with specific criteria, virtues, and practices to be more faithful to Jesus and better build just peace.

Is The Quran One Solution to Terror?

Kabir Helminski | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Certain historical and political factors have led to an increase in extremism and violence in the Muslim world and elsewhere, particularly in recent decades. Let us acknowledge that there are two sides to the coin of terror.

More to Just War Than Just War

Logan (Mehl-Laituri) Isaac | Posted 04.10.2016 | Religion
 Logan (Mehl-Laituri) Isaac

Casting JWT from Catholic social teaching is to throw the baby out with the bathwater, it is to take away what little the Church has offered her wounded warriors.

The ISIS Question

Anna Peterson | Posted 12.20.2016 | Religion
Anna Peterson

Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Marxists used the phrase "really existing socialism" to distinguish their ideals from abuses committed in the name...

War: Thinking The Unthinkable

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.18.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What holds us back? Why have we been so stinting in assisting our Kurdish allies? What is it about this war that the America of Barack Obama, at least for the moment, seems not to really want to win?

Make Love Not War: A Basic Intro to Just War, Pacifism and Just Peacemaking

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 08.31.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

In the broad scope of understanding how we as humans in general, and Christians specifically, are called to live in a world with violence, there are a few big ideas. The first is Just War, the second is Pacifism, and the third is Just Peacemaking.

The Pope, ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy

Gerard Powers | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
Gerard Powers

While limited military intervention also seems necessary, we must be brutally realistic about what that might achieve. For most of the past 12 years in Iraq, the United States has bombed, deployed boots on the ground, and trained and armed the security forces.

The Crusades: Who, What, When, Where

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Crusades "in general" refer to what are called "holy wars" or "just wars"--military campaigns for the purpose of halting the spread of non-Christian religions, of retaking holy places, or of conquering pagan areas.

"Just" Because: Augustine's Just War and the Ethics of Torture

Russ Pierson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Russ Pierson

As Yale law professor Stephen Carter pointed out in an interview on an NPR broadcast Dec. 13, "It strikes me that you can have a program that is immoral and also occasionally produces good information."

Religious Community Skeptical of Lethal Drones

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Currently, the CIA is engaged in the military operations of drone warfare as well as collecting intelligence about how they might be used. An upcoming conference will consider if the CIA should only collect intelligence and not actually be involved in carrying out drone warfare.

ISIS Is Evil, Evil, Evil... So?

Pierre Whalon | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Pierre Whalon

We have justifiable pride in our democracy, but without better understanding of the world today, including our own country, we will decline.

Stumbling Toward a Just Peace

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Without question, the complexities we face now are even more difficult to navigate from what those seeking peace during the Cold War encountered. Can "Just Peace" be a model for addressing the messy conflict in Syria and Iraq, which involves the terrorist group ISIS?

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?

On Gaza: If You Wrong Us, Shall We Not Revenge?

Tobias Winright | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Tobias Winright

When Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in response to cross-border terrorist rocket-fire, European and U.S. leaders endorsed their claim to have just cause. But were they right to do so? Do the on-going attacks conform to just war criteria?

'But They Use Human Shields!'

Gary M. Burge | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Gary M. Burge

The argument "But they use human shields!" has now become a hollow justification for innocent casualties and atrocities in warfare (instead of an explanation), and while many of us suspect that Hamas may be guilty of this, Israel's massive bombardments have now crossed some ethical line.

Iraq: Why Unjust Wars Don't End

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

The idea that Iraq is "ours," as conservatives seem to believe, exposes the fundamental moral flaw in the decision to attack a country that had not attacked us. The rest of the world is not ours to do with as we wish.

Why Pacifism Was Modified: Vladimir Putin

Charles Redfern | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Strict pacifism's weaknesses glare when we review a bygone era that ran on different assumptions: The fascist threat rendered the political Left less dovish in the 1930s.

Chemical War at an Inhuman Remove

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leah Anthony Libresco

Any defense of violence, even in the context of just war, must respect the dignity of human persons, both victim and aggressor. If it's necessary to kill in self-defense, we should not use means that divorce us from the soul we are extinguishing.

Is a Military Strike Against Syria Compatible With Just War Morality?

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

From a moral point of view perhaps the best that can be said about the case of Syria is that it has the potential to make us rethink the limitations of traditional just war theory. Alternatives to that theory, however, are not going to be simple, easy, or without moral complexity themselves.

Is There a Moral Argument for Just War in Syria?

Jeff McMahan | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Jeff McMahan

There are many versions of the theory of the just war but all of them agree that even limited belligerent action, such as the "surgical strikes" that the Obama administration is contemplating, must have a "just cause" -- that is, an aim that is not merely good or desirable but actually just.

Just War in Syria?

Maryann Cusimano Love, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Maryann Cusimano Love, Ph.D.

Syria's deliberate targeting of noncombatants violates international law, as well as ancient moral codes about the use of force, known as Just War tradition. But would U.S. military strikes on Syria, as President Obama is considering, constitute a just response?

Religious Leaders Join Forces to Denounce U.S. Drone Policy

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

During this time of rebirth and renewal, these religious leaders remind us that we must strongly consider how our government conducts itself on behalf of our nation at home and abroad.

10 Years After The Iraq Invasion, We Are Still Morally Responsible For War

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

Unfortunately the Iraq War isn't over. Not only is the Iraqi insurgency still going strong and wreaking havoc, but the American veterans returned home from duty are still dying, still suffering, still looking to God for answers.