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Unjust War? She Wrote: Susan Thistlethwaite on the ISIL Strategy

On the Sunday political talk shows, it was all about “Air Strikes!” vs. “Boots On The Ground!” Missing from the debate – not unlike back in 2001 – was any serious discussion of military action vs. another kind of intervention. Perhaps the adage really is true – “when you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” And so on Monday evening, the US launched air strikes inside Syria against ISIL.

The Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite called for a wider discussion this past weekend on State of Belief Radio, relying on Just War Theory (which demands both an imminent threat, and the likelihood of success before resorting to violence.)

Dr. Thistlethwaite identified two specific tactics that have worked in the past against foreign terrorists: fostering political opposition, and “getting their money.”

Speaking of money, she’s suspicious that the profit motive plays a role in the decision to launch a military attack.

The fact is, the morality of deadly force is explicitly addressed by Just War Theory – and Dr. Thistlethwaite’s area of specialty, Just Peace Theory.

Dr. Thistlethwaite published a strongly-worded commentary on this crisis at OnFaith. Read it here.

Here’s the extended interview from the September 20th, 2014 edition of State of Belief Radio.

Unjust War? She Wrote: Susan Thistlethwaite on the ISIL Strategy

No Just War On ISIL; SCOTUS and Marriage; Quiverfull Patriarchy; an IKAR Rosh Hashanah – Next State of Belief!

circleonlyHere’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

Dominant fathers, submissive mothers, and the maximum number of children. It’s not a 60’s TV show, it’s a growing fundamentalist philosophy called “quiverfull” – and we’ll talk with Vyckie Garrison, who fled this world, and today helps other women to do the same. Vyckie also chronicles her work at Patheos.com

Also, theologian the Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite says the Obama strategy to combat ISIL doesn’t meet the standard of Just War Theory. She’ll explain. You can get an in-depth look at her arguments in her OnFaith.com column, Obama’s ISIL Strategy: Just More Endless War, Why President Obama’s planned military strikes on ISIS do not fit the criteria for a Just War.

Many pro- and anti-marriage equality forces finally have something in common: both want the Supreme Court to take on the issue.  With the Justices due to reveal their intentions on September 29th, Chantale Fiebig of the American Foundation for Equal Rights will be with us to examine where things stand.

And Rabbi Sharon Brous will discuss the importance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which starts Wednesday evening. Rabbi Brous is the founding rabbi at the IKAR community in Los Angeles, dedicated to reanimating Jewish life through imaginative engagement with ritual and spiritual practice and a deep commitment to social justice. 

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9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows; Air Force: Swear to God or Get Out; TIA Election Guides; and the Nuns on the Bus Ride Again – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

The Nuns on the Bus ride again! This year’s tour begins in Des Moines, Iowa on September 17th.  Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, will explain why big-money political campaigns have got the sisters back on the road to encourage “We, the people” to organize and vote.

Also, this year’s anniversary of the 9/11 attacks saw some of the surviving families organizing around fighting Islamophobia and religious intolerance. We’ll get the moving story from the Rev. Myrna Bethke of the organization September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

With the political campaign season in full swing, elections attorney John Pomeranz, who collaborates with Interfaith Alliance on our election-year guides for candidates and houses of worship, will highlight some religious interference in politics to watch out for. John is an attorney with Harmon, Curran, Spielberg + Eisenberg, LLP.

And a religious test for re-enlistment in the Air Force? That poses a bit of a problem for Atheist airmen and women! American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt will bring us the story.

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