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The recent agreement with Iran relating to its nuclear program is totally in keeping with the requirement of Just War Doctrine that the military use of force be considered only as a court of last resort. Despite the fears of the naysayers, pressing ahead with nonviolent options as the Western powers are currently doing is absolutely the right thing to do.

Obama has personally ordered drone strikes. Keith Tarrier and spirit of america

As we seek faithful ways to engage governments with the spirit of Jesus's love and reconciliation, it is vitally important for us to reject our country's capitulation to violence and refuse to let it be the norm.

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Within five years, the Bush administration's misguided invasion of Iraq has transformed under the Obama administration into preemptive assassinations halfway around the world. Dirty Wars author Jeremy Scahill sat down with Sojourners to discuss his book, documentary, and the moral implications of drone warfare.

Newtown prayer vigil in April. Photo by Brandon Hook / Sojourners

Yesterday, as the culmination of its No More Names bus tour, which reached 25 states in 100 days, Mayors Against Illegal Guns rallied at the Capitol to urge Congress to pass a bill enforcing mandatory background checks for potential gun owners.

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I will never forget walking onto the National Mall in early April, 2013. I was overcome by the sight of more than 3,300 crosses and other religious symbols rising from the heart of our capital city, representing the graves of all who have died by gunfire since the shooting massacre at Newtown, Conn. 

About Sojourners Peace & Nonviolence

In a world marred by violence and destruction, we must remember the words of Jesus: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9).

Our world faces a major challenge of how to resolve conflicts, reduce violence, and defeat terrorism without preemptive war. War has too often become the first choice instead of the last resort. In a world with terrorists, terrorist states, unilateralist superpowers, and weapons of mass destruction, alternatives to an endless cycle of violence are needed. As an organization, we articulate the prophetic call to peace and help Christians engage their political leaders to seek alternatives to war.

Sojourners has an historic commitment to confronting violence and being a consistent witness to the Biblical call for peacemaking. Founded in the 1970s, at the height of the Vietnam War, our initial mission was to bring the call to end that war into the evangelical church. In the years since, we have played a leading role in the movement for nuclear disarmament, opposing the first Gulf War, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and threats of attack against Iran.  

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Many people of faith who are not pacifists adhere to the “Just War” tradition as enshrined in international law, which assumes that war is always an evil, but that sometimes there is a greater evil that requires military force.
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The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report detailing the CIA’s brutal post-9/11 torture program is a watershed moment for the values of our nation.
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