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Religious Wars

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Religious Wars

Religious Wars


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James R. Kelly is a professor emeritus of sociology at Fordham University in New York City and a member of University Faculty for Life. When I heard him speak at the Dorothy Day House with the Catholic Worker Movement at Washington, DC. it changed how I viewed nonviolence movements. His talk focused on the "Just War Theory" that dates back to the early period of Catholicism. This radio show,, as the first in the Religious Wars series, necessarily expands on what it means to engage in a religious war in the 21st century. According to Kelly, the "Just War Theory" explains the violence that is done through abortions, the death penalty, assisted death, torture of prisoners, and of course armed conflict. It doesn't take too much imagination to realize that fundamentalist Christians are also prepared to use "Just War Theory" to deny equality to gays and lesbians, and to diminish the office of the President of the United States and every so-called "progressive" politician. It is done by simply establishing and "us" vs. "them" oppositional relationship, and then by simply claiming "authority from God" to preserve "conservativsm," any and all action is thereby justified.