Renegade Priest Denounces United States, Pentagon

The tone for this year’s Ecumenical Advocacy Days, the annual gathering of liberal Christian activists in the Washington, D.C. area, was set fairly early on. As I detailed previously, the theme of this year’s gathering was “Jesus Weeps – Resisting Violence, Building Peace” and focused on ending violence in all forms. In practice, that amounted […]

Religious Left Lobbies Congress on Gun Control, Pacifism

by (@HashtagGriswold) March 28, 2014

There’s a scene in Miss Congeniality, the 2000 romantic comedy about an undercover FBI agent pretending to be beauty pageant contestant, where the contestants are asked the most important thing our society needs. One by one, the ditzy supermodels come up to the microphone and say the same thing, “World peace!” But when the FBI agent […]

Syria War, Churches, Methodists, Franco, Spanish Civil War & Providence

by (@markdtooley) September 9, 2013

In contrast with the United Methodist Board of Church and Society’s usual pacifist platitudes, two United Methodist bishops have made relatively thoughtful, careful statements on the Syria War. Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Greater Northwest Conference urged joining Pope Francis’s call for fasting and prayer. And Hagiya avoided making a specific political recommendation. Instead, he […]

Drone policy can be moral policy

by (@markdtooley) August 16, 2013

In a recent contribution for On Faith, former Chicago Theological Seminary President Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite denounced U.S. drone warfare for failing to “conform to Just War theory as developed over centuries of conventional wars.”

Earlier this year, Baptist ethicist David Gushee, in his piece for On Faith, opined against drones as exemplifying a “disturbing combination of American arrogance and self-righteousness.”

‘Peace Discernment’ study points toward pacifism

by (@TheIRD) July 16, 2013

A study process under way in the Presbyterian Church (USA) asks church members to “[s]eek clarity as to God’s call to the church to embrace nonviolence as its fundamental response to the challenges of violence, terror, and war.”

Liberty University, Sojourners and Drones

by (@markdtooley) June 19, 2013

By Mark Tooley @markdtooley Jim Wallis’ Sojourners magazine has a cover story on “Drones for Christ:  How the world’s largest Christian university became an evangelist for drone warfare.” It targets Liberty University in Virginia, founded by Jerry Falwell, so it offers Sojo’s liberal readers lots of opportunity to relish how Christian “fundamentalists” are stereotypically militarizing […]

Press Release: Religious Left Charges U.S. Drone Policy on Autopilot

by (@JeffreyHWalton) May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013 Contact: Jeff Walton 202-682-4131 “The pacifist Religious Left is again denouncing drone strikes against terrorists without offering plausible alternatives.” -IRD President Mark Tooley Washington, DC—A letter to President Obama from United Methodist, United Church of Christ, Quaker, Brethren, and Christian Reformed officials, plus the head of “Nuns on the Bus,” is expressing […]

Wheaton Theology Conference Showcases Appeal, Limits of Hauerwasianism

by (@JohnLomperis) April 24, 2013

By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) Duke Divinity School theological ethicist Stanley Hauerwas promoted his somewhat distinctive, Anabaptistic worldview at Wheaton’s annual theology conference earlier this month. This year’s conference theme was “Christian Political Witness.” The passionate pacifist stressed that Christians must live radically different lives from those around them, in a way that would be “unintelligible […]

Putting a Civilian Face to the Iraq War

by (@TheIRD) March 21, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) On Tuesday night, hundreds gathered at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War. Shane Claiborne, Greg Barrett, author of The Gospel of Rutba, and Jeremy Courtney, CEO of Preemptive Love Coalition, discussed the beautiful possibility of wartime friendships in an event […]

Shaking Hands with the Devil: The Intersection of Terrorism and Theology

by (@markdtooley) March 14, 2013

by Mark Tooley (@markdtooley) Shaking Hands with the Devil: The Intersection of Terrorism and Theology By William Abraham (Highland Loch Press, 200 pages, $34.95) One of United Methodism’s most distinguished theologians has written a powerful new book on terrorism that challenges the unthinking pacifism dominant among many Protestant and evangelical elites. “If terrorists come knocking […]