Archive: war and peace
Dancing on the grave of the enemy--a human impulse, perhaps, but not one that we want to encourage if our spirituality is rooted in interconnection and compassion. Death is one aspect of the Goddess, but death in service of the regeneration of life.
By Starhawk | May 4, 2011; 06:59 PM ET | Comments (1)
Pumping our fists in victory or celebrating in the streets is probably not the best Christian response to anyone's death, even the death of a dangerous and violent enemy. The world can be relieved that a leader as evil as bin Laden can no longer plot the death of innocents. We can be grateful that his cynical manipulation and distortion of Islam into a message of division and hate is finally ended. Even if we sharply dissented from the moral logic or wisdom of the failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan of the last decade, we can be glad that a mass murderer has been stopped and brought to justice. And we can be hopeful that the face of the Arab world might now become the young non-violent activists for democracy rather than a self-righteous smirk of a self-promoting video character who tells us he is going to kill our children if we don't submit to his hateful agenda.
By Jim Wallis | May 3, 2011; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (0)
Can we now say, "Enough, enough!" -- refuse to drink the intoxicating triumphalist wine of celebration, and turn our attention and commitment to end these wars that take on a deadly "life" of their own?
By Arthur Waskow | May 2, 2011; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (0)
Radical and political Islam will be debated on the 2012 campaign trail.
By Jordan Sekulow | February 24, 2011; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (10)
Time to light our nonviolent sparks.
By Arthur Waskow | January 30, 2011; 03:26 PM ET | Comments (9)
Labor, the historic party that dominated Israel's first three decades and set up its democratic institutions and socialist vision, has been dealt a serious blow by the resignation of Ehud Barak. What does this mean for the "peace process"?
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | January 20, 2011; 01:04 PM ET | Comments (2)
The fact that the idea of American exceptionalism is alive and well among the general public is not so surprising given its longstanding presence in American cultural DNA. But the current dominance of the exceptionalism-as-divine-hall-pass should concern those who hold in high esteem Winthrop's conception, which made divine exceptionalism dependent upon the moral behavior of the nation rather than the other way around.
By Robert P. Jones | December 3, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (6)
Inasmuch as the fight over "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is part of the so-called "culture wars," two hunkered down demographic groups (white evangelicals and Republicans) may be waging what could be called "culture's last stand"--a fight manned by an outnumbered coalition cut off from most other groups in the country in their beliefs on this issue.
By Robert P. Jones | November 30, 2010; 11:07 PM ET | Comments (0)
I fear that the proponents of American exceptionalism will create a shortcut for American pride.
By Sid Schwarz | November 29, 2010; 03:01 PM ET | Comments (2)
While we're on the subject of politics and prayer, allow me to state the obvious: It works both ways. Prayer hasn't always been the province of the political oppressor. It hasn't always been used to protect the interests of the wealthier-than-thou.
By Clark Strand | October 4, 2010; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (1)
"We intend to live the wisdom that God revealed to the Prophet, peace be upon him: That God created the human race as one family, through a single couple, to become many cultures and communities -- not so that we would hate and despise one another but so that we would come to know and understand each other. (Quran 49:13)"
By Arthur Waskow | August 23, 2010; 03:29 PM ET | Comments (0)
What does the name "terrorist" tell us about ourselves? Like most good questions, this one is extremely hard to arrive at, for the simple reason that the resistance to asking it is so great. Nevertheless, once we get at it, the answer isn't hard to find.
By Clark Strand | July 14, 2010; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (4)
It is not surprising that -- given the majority ethos in American culture, identifying Christianity and perhaps Judaism with good and Islam with evil, alien -- American usage has allowed the description of some terrorists as "Muslim terrorists," but has failed to call IRA killers or those who have killed abortion providers "Christian terrorists."
By Arthur Waskow | July 12, 2010; 09:03 PM ET | Comments (3)
Military occupation is no way to win hearts and minds. The Karzai government is corrupt, and our support for it undermines trust. There is no moral justification for occupation, nor is it strategic: our continued presence inflames hatred and creates a climate that furthers violence.
By Starhawk | June 30, 2010; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (4)