As news headlines around the world are filled with reports of violent conflict, it's important that people keep fighting for peace. Peace is something that must be actively worked for, as we consciously decide to move away from war. Speaking up is just one way to do that.
Here are some of the most powerful anti-war statements from people of faith.
"War never again! Never again war!"
"Great is peace, as the whole Torah was given in order to promote peace in the world, as it is stated, 'Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace.'"
"War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering."
-The Dalai Lama
"The truth is that killing innocent people is always wrong — and no argument or excuse, no matter how deeply believed, can ever make it right. No religion on earth condones the killing of innocent people, no faith tradition tolerates the random killing of our brothers and sisters on this earth. "
-Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
"Dwell in peace in the home of your own being, and the Messenger of Death will not be able to touch you."
"A man who says that no patriot should attack the [war] until it is over is not worth answering intelligently; he is saying that no good son should warn his mother off a cliff until she has fallen over it. "
"Lovers see this world as full of love, and haters as full of hatred; fighters see nothing but strife, and the peaceful nothing but peace."
"It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
"My religion is based on truth and nonviolence."
"Working for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment."
-Thich Nhat Hanh
"Islam condemns all violence and terrorism plaguing the world today. Muslims should demonstrate a love for peace and unity."
-Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh
"Nothing is more barbarous than war. Nothing is more cruel... Nothing is more pitiful than a nation being swept along by fools."
“To save the world from annihilation we must practice the Jain principles of ahimsa (non-violence) and understanding. Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer and Martin Luther King had demonstrated the spiritual power of non-violent action to bring about significant social changes. Indeed there is nothing in the world so powerful as non-violence.”