Faith-based organizations continue to express outrage at the Administration’s continued use of lethal drones, with a new letter addressed to President Obama being issued this week. This wave of faith-based mobilization was spearheaded by the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and the detailed letter raises several important moral and ethical issues related to the use of killer drones, including: 1) A threshold question: Is the U.S. at war? 2) If the U.S. is not at war, then other principles of human and civil rights must govern U.S. actions. 3) Targeted killings do not address the root causes of conflicts and thus will not end violence against the U.S. 4) The natural checks on lethal violence must be maintained. Read the letter here.
CODEPINK worked with a large coalition of faith-based communities to oppose the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director. Around the same time, the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, issued a scathing statement about Obama’s drone policy, calling it “evil,” “monstrous” and “immoral.” The group’s president, Rev. Anthony Evans, exhorted other black leaders to speak out, saying, “If the church does not speak against this immoral policy we will lose our moral voice, our soul, and our right to represent and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.”