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Today, Brave New Foundation released a short video documenting religious leaders coming out against the use of Just War Theory to defend President Obama’s drone policy.

Franciscan Friar Joe Nangle said it well:

"How can we hold our heads high when remote-controlled, killer aircraft like drones are raining death and destruction on populations half a world away from our borders, on women, men and children who pose no threat to our safety and well-being."
Rev. Dr. Paul F.M. Zahl said "The use of remote-controlled drones to assassinate targeted persons without charge, trial, or even at least the chance to surrender is about as un-Christian a maneuver as I can imagine."

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Rev. Graylan, Bishop Gumbleton, Franciscan Friar Joe Nangle, Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, and Rev. Dr. Paul F. M. Zahl come together to explain that Just War Theory cannot be used to justify the use of drones.

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary said:

"There are too many questions concerning the continuing authority for a 'War on Terror,' to the protection of civilians, to the lack of transparency about the program, to call this Just War.  Drones are particularly dangerous as they tempt us, as well as other nations, to consider war 'easy' and 'cheap.' The age of drones, unless checked, will be an age of permanent war."
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.  

Originally posted to RobertGreenwald on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets .

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  •  Just wondering if they're sincere about (1+ / 0-)
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    this or just using this issue Rand Paul -like to bash Obama.

    •  I'll give them the benefit of the doubt (2+ / 0-)
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      Roadbed Guy, aliasalias

      It doesn't sound like a politically conservative group - a female rabbi, a UCC minister/professor. In fact, if you search Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, one of the links is a page from NewsBusters mocking a column she wrote.

      "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - J.R.R. Tolkien

      by SchuyH on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:56:52 AM PDT

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    •  Must we refrain from condemning certain behavior (2+ / 0-)
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      SchuyH, aliasalias

      just because "our guy" is doing it?

      If Obama wasn't using drones for assassination(assassination itself being illegal beforehand) He wouldn't be getting called on it.

      You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment.-- Francis Urqhart

      by Johnny Q on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:26:28 PM PDT

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    •  I think if you watch the video you'll have an (2+ / 0-)
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      answer, it is about a policy which is not good or bad due to what Party is engaged in it, or upon whatever person is the sitting  in the White House. Considering their vocation it's no surprise they talk about the moral issues but there is more to it than that.

      What isn't mentioned in that short video is that according to a report issued by the Pentagon (over a year ago) the number one recruiting tool for terrorist organizations are the Drone strikes and that should surprise no one.

       Many people in Pakistan (Somalia, Yemen, etc.) had the hardship of their daily lives occupying their time and could care less about that country on the other side of the world, one that is always waging war somewhere, but with Drone strikes that have targeted weddings, funerals, social gatherings and first responders (Double Tap strike) the ranks of terrorist organizations have grown a lot larger.

      Reverse the situation and say Pakistan had Drones making those kind of strikes in this country, I think even the yahoos that had no idea where Pakistan (or Yemen or Somalia) was on the globe would be anxious to strike back if they had friends or family blown to bits at a wedding, or funeral or when trying to render aid to victims of a bombing.
      I also don't think they'd give a hoot about who was the Leader or which was the guilty political Party in Pakistan, their focus would be their losses and their anger at those acting as judge jury and executioner.

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:34:51 PM PDT

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