War and Terrorism

 It is written: “COME NEAR, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it! The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is upon their armies. He will totally destroy them; he will give them over to slaughter.” -Isaiah 32:1-2 

The first world war…of hatred. “Clergymen were unable, and for the most part unwilling, to place Christian faith before nationality,” observes A History of Christianity. ‘Most took the easy way out and equated Christianity with patriotism. Christian soldiers of all denominations were exhorted to kill each other in the name of their Saviour.’ But reality soon dawned on the soldiers in the trenches. They discovered that their statesmen had failed them, their clergy had deceived them, and their generals had betrayed them. How so?” -Jehovah’s Witnesses, The War That Changed the World, Watchtower 2-1-2014

I prefer to lose my life than ‘killing someone’ under a fit of enthusiasm or imaginary loyalty. (Rupport G.G. Remnant of Israel, May 1917. As quoted in The Remnant of Israel. Richard Nickels’ Reprint 1993).

“Western Democracy, as it functions today, is diluted Nazism or Fascism. At best it is merely a cloak to hide the Nazi and Fascist tendencies of imperialism.” -Mohandas K. Gandi, 1940

“Never are the consequences of military action discussed, alluded to or acknowledged in the mainstream media, even though the wreckage of our wars is all around us. … While the USA has always been a warrior culture, built on a foundation of conquest and exploitation, that’s only been part of the picture.  … Militarism, in increasingly juvenile intensity, has been getting, it seems, free rein. … ‘Barbara Ehrenreich puts it in her book Blood Rites: ‘Meanwhile, war has dug itself into economic systems, where it offers a livelihood to millions, rather than to just a handful of craftsmen and professional soldiers. It has lodged in our souls as a kind of religion, a quick tonic for political malaise and a bracing antidote to the moral torpor of consumerist, market-driven cultures.'” … The primary requirement of war is an ‘enemy.’ And the first ting we do when we’re at war is dehumanize that enemy. And as long as we’re at war, that enemy must stay dehumanized…” –Robert Koehler www.commonwonders.com

Would Jesus Vote?

True Religion  It is written: Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.” -Romans 12:17

“Imperialism refers to the practice of forming and maintaining as empire through military, political, or economic conquest. … Although our nation was founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the story of how Native Americans were relentlessly forced to abandoned their homes and lands and move into Indian territories to make room for American states is a story of arrogance, greed, and raw military power. … We have violated over three hundred treaties which we signed protecting the rights of American Indians.” Secession, Thomas H. Naylor  www.vermontrepublic.org

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