Tuesday, September 10, 2013

People of Faith Respond to Threats of a Military Strike on Syria

From the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

On "Monday, September 9, several folks visited the offices of every member of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate and hand-delivered a letter written by Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International. The letter said in part:

A chorus of voices in our Catholic community worldwide – from Pope Francis to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to leadership of religious communities and organizations – has called on Congress to reject the request of the President to attack Syria. We are deeply troubled that President Obama would undercut the legitimate authority of the United Nations.

 The Obama administration has created a false choice between military action and inaction. We insist that effective, nonviolent, legal steps remain that must be taken to reduce the horrific violence, protect the Syrian people and hold perpetrators of the chemical attack to account. These do not include U.S. military action in Syria. They do include the following:"  READ MORE

1 comment:

  1. Recently in our class book Engage, I have learned about exploring nonviolent living. It is a great thing that so many people are standing up to President Obama and declaring this issue to stop. Many people don't see this is an issue, because they cope with nonviolence in different ways. Some of these ways our book explains are "Get used to violence. We conclude, "That's just the way it is. Just accept it." or think, "I can't change the system. There is nothing I can do."" (Engage, 55). People react like this thinking they can not stop an issue, but here we see that many people are trying to help stop put an end to this violence.