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Conscientious Objection

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Editor's Coment

There is only one way to overcome the mental & emotional stress due to the Iraq & Afganistan War. That is to counsel such soldiers to join the pro-peace movement. In this way the wrongs that they did are taken up in the transcendent cause of peace. Unconscionable Acts  & unforgetable & unforgivable experiences that haunt such soldiers become the leven for a new purpose for living & giving

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TRUTH COMMISSION ON CONSCIENCE IN WAR

Public Hearing: Sunday, March 21, 2010 4 - 8pm

The Riverside Church

490 Riverside Dr. New York, NY 10027

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Donate today to support the Truth Commission: http://bit.ly/DonateTCCW

The Truth Commission on Conscience in War is supported by your tax-deductible donations and led by a growing list

of organizational and educational co-sponsors. See bottom for current list of co-sponsors.

Join us Sunday, March 21st in New York City to hear the voices of service members and

veterans wrestling with profound questions about the morality of the wars they are called

upon to fight.
The Truth Commission on Conscience in War will bring people together to hear from

recent veterans, military chaplains, religious leaders, and legal experts about the issues of moral and

religious conscience facing our nation's service members.

The Commission will:

(1) Honor and protect freedom of conscience for service members,

(2) Bring together Just War, Just Peace, and pacifist traditions in conversation, and

(3) Address the moral and spiritual injuries of war.

Over 70 Commissioners from pacifist, Just War, Just Peace, and other traditions will attend the Public

Hearing to receive personal testimony from veterans and expert witnesses about:

(1) Moral and religious questions facing soldiers both before and during combat,

(2) Moral and religious criteria of just war,

(3) International agreements governing the justification and conduct of war, and

(4) Limits of current military regulations on Conscientious Objection.

Commissioners and testifiers will meet in Private Session on Monday, March 22, to discuss the Public

Hearing testimony and identify strategies for pursuing the goals of the Commission.

On behalf of the Commission’s nearly 50 organizational sponsors and co-sponsors, we hope you will

join us for the March 21 Public Hearing at The Riverside Church. Together we will launch a major

nationwide conversation about just war, international law, and freedom of conscience for members of

our nation's armed forces. We owe this to our service members and their families, to our faith

communities, and to our nation.

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www.ConscienceInWar.org

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For press inquiries, please contact Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock (510) 459-5123 or Ian Slattery (510) 526-9500.

---- SPEAKERS ----

Commission Chair: Rev. Dr. Kaia Stern
, Director of the Pathways Home Project at the Charles Hamilton Houston

Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.

Commission Host: Rev. Herman Keizer, Jr., US Army Chaplain (Colonel), retired; Former Director of Chaplaincy

Ministries for the Christian Reformed Church in North America; Former Chair, National Conference on Ministry to the

Armed Forces America.

Testifiers and Expert Witnesses: Joshua Casteel, US Army veteran and conscientious objector, former Army

Interrogator at Abu Ghraib; Jacob C. Diliberto, Fuller Theological Seminary M.Div., OEF and OIF US Marine Veteran,Founder of Veterans For Rethinking Afghanistan;

Logan Laituri, US Army veteran with service in OIF II, Co-founder of

Centurion's Guild; Camilo Mejia, US Army veteran and conscientious objector, author of Road from Ar Ramadi; ChrisHedges

, Pulitzer Prize winning former war correspondent for The New York Times and author of War Is a Force That

Gives Us Meaning; Dr. Camillo “Mac” Bica, Professor of Philosophy, School of Visual Arts, former Marine CorpsOfficer and Vietnam veteran;

Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, Associate Vice President, Garrett Evangelical Theological

Seminary, US Army veteran; J. E. McNeil, Executive Director, Center on Conscience & War; Rabbi Douglas E. Krantz,

Congregation B'nai Yisrael and Executive Board Member of Jewish Peace Fellowship.

---- SPONSORS AND CO-SPONSORS ----

Organizing Committee:
Faith Voices for the Common Good; Mission & Social Justice Commission of The Riverside

Church; Soldiers of Conscience; Starr King School for the Ministry; Union Theological Seminary.

Co-Sponsoring Schools and Organizations: American Friends Service Committee, New York Metro Region Associated

Mennonite Biblical Seminary Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America Buddhist Peace Fellowship Catholic PeaceFellowship

Center on Conscience & War Centurion's Guild Chicago Theological Seminary Christian Reformed

Church in North America Christian Peace Witness Courage to Resist Disciples Justice Action Network DrewTheological School

Fellowship of Reconciliation Friends for a Non-Violent World Global Justice Ministry,

Metropolitan Community Churches Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, CA) Healing of the Nations Foundation

Institute to Honor Freedom of Conscience International Veterans Fellowship of Reconciliation Iraq Veterans Against

the War Ithaca Veterans Peace Coalition Jewish Peace Fellowship Judson Memorial Church Justice & WitnessMinistries, United Church of Christ

Mennonite Central Committee U.S. New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious

Society of Friends Orthodox Peace Fellowship Park Avenue Christian Church Pax Christi USA Peace MajorityReport

Progressive Christians Uniting Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Society of Jesus, NY Province The Shalom

Center United Methodist Church - General Board of Church and Society Witness Against Torture Women in Islam

World Christian Student Federation of North America Yale Divinity School and the list continues to grow!

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LEARN HOW TO PREVENT SUICIDE—TRAINING FOR EVERYBODY
SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone
will beoffered Tuesday January 19, from 9:30 – 12:30 
at First Presbyterian Church, 175 East Main Street, Smithtown, It will be led by Dr. Max. Banilivy, Ph.D., Director of Family Wellness Center, Administrator, Pederson-Krag Center. The cost is only $10 (which pays for the materials you will receive). A flyer is included at the end of this message.

 

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Tyler Zabel on how he became a Conscientious Objector

"Basic training wasn't all what I had thought it would be, as I callously screamed out brutal chants about slaughtering kids in schoolyards and laughing about the way napalm would stick to their skin. We must've screamed, "Kill!" hundreds and hundreds of times to get into our heads that this was our purpose as soldiers. But I played along, acting the part of the good soldier, nodding my head and doing what I was told, though the feeling in my gut told me something was wrong..."

FREE THE SHMINISTIM – ISRAEL'S YOUNG CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS. The Shministim are Israeli high school students who have been imprisoned for refusing to serve in an army that occupies the Palestinian Territories.

Google www.DECEMBER18TH.ORG to learn about these young war resisters and to sign a letter to the Israeli Minister of Defense. Israeli peace activists will hand-deliver your message on December 18th, the Shministim Day of Action. 9,000 LETTERS AND COUNTING!

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Soldier Suicide Rate Hits Record High
Boston Globe
Army soldiers committed suicide in 2007 at the highest rate on record, and the toll is climbing ever higher this year as long war deployments stretch on. At least 115 soldiers killed themselves last year, up from 102 the previous year, the Army said yesterday. "We see a lot of things that are going on in the war which do contribute - mainly the longtime and multiple deployments away from home, exposure to really terrifying and horrifying things, the easy availability of loaded weapons, and a force that's very, very busy right now," said Colonel Elspeth Ritchie, psychiatric consultant to the Army surgeon general

Conscientious Objection

For two thousand years, some people who identify themselves as Christians have refused to participate in war and the taking of other human lives. They have given themselves to the service of life, not the work of death. Today, people of the Christian faith as well as many other belief systems continue this tradition. They are often called conscientious objectors: those who hold sincere convictions, motivated by conscience, which forbid their participation in war.

Conscientious Objection: Information and Resources
Prepared Especially for Catholics by Pax Christi USA


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Lesson Plan On Conscirntious Objection

Franz Jagerstatter _ Beatification

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On my knees I beg you to turn away from the paths of violence. . . .I say to you, with all the love I have for you, with all the trust I have in young people: do not listen to voices which speak the language of hatred, revenge, retaliation. Do not follow any leaders who train you in the way of inflicting death. . . .Give yourself to the service of life, not the work of death. Violence is the enemy of justice. Only peace can lead the way to true justice.” - Pope John Paul II, September 29, 1979

The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service—Albert Einstein
 
SUPPORT OUR VETERANS WHO HAVE THE COURAGE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST WAR!

 "War destroys. And we must cry out for peace.
Peace sometimes gives the idea of stillness, but it is never stillness.
It is always an active peace.
I think that everyone must be committed in the matter of peace,
to do everything that they can,
what I can do from here.
Peace is the language we must speak."
Pope Francis

 

 

 
                                            ~Pope FRANCIS