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"I resign because I refuse to support U.S. armed drone policy," Antal wrote. "The Executive Branch continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials. I refuse to support this policy of unaccountable killing."
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
“Dear Mr. President:
“I hereby resign my commission as an Officer in the United States Army.
“I resign because I refuse to support U.S. armed drone policy. The Executive Branch continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials. I refuse to support this policy of unaccountable killing.
“I resign because I refuse to support U.S. nuclear weapons policy. The Executive Branch continues to invest billions of dollars into nuclear weapons, which threaten the existence of humankind and the earth. I refuse to support this policy of terror and mutually assured destruction.
“I resign because I refuse to support U.S. policy of preventive war, permanent military supremacy and global power projection. The Executive Branch continues to claim extra-constitutional authority and impunity from international law. I refuse to support this policy of imperial overstretch.
“I resign because I refuse to serve as an empire chaplain.
I cannot reconcile these policies with either my sworn duty to protect and defend America and our constitutional democracy or my covenantal commitment to the core principles of my religion faith.
These principles include: justice, equity and compassion in human relations, a free and responsible search for truth, a commitment to the democratic process, and the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
"Christopher John Antal"
In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.
Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.
Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to embrace diverse teachings from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.
Unitarian Universalists believe more than one thing. We think for ourselves, and reflect together, about important questions:
The existence of a Higher Power
Life and Death
Inspiration and Guidance
Army Chaplain. Not a "Christian" - a real follower of the message of peace, love, and kindness.
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
a reply to: Bluntone22
Predictably callous response.
You got anything else?
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
a reply to: Nikola014
I am partially responding to the Orlando incident and some of the comments coming from ATS regarding this atrocity...
lots and lots of Christians are haters. Fact.
This is a message of what a true Christ-follower would do. They would not carpet bomb entire continents. I am tired of politicans who claim to be "Christian" and then proceed to butcher others.
originally posted by: odzeandennz
I was on board a certain DDG, off the coast of east Africa. Subsequently going up and down the Med.
And while performing a joint op with a seal team, we were equipped with weaponized drones... while on watch i asked one of my chiefs while at flight quarters... "who's forheads are we dropping warheads on" i asked in tongue and cheek, but pejoratively; she knew my stance on civilian casualties (hospitals, elderly, children, women etc, vice a 2-6 'possible' terrorists in a cell)
She replied to me : " '**2, go take your next [expletive] round. You signed up for this [expletive] [expletive]."
2 years later, i decided not to reenlist. I got out. ***snip***.
I guess we could give american soldiers flowers instead of bullets, that should stop all the killing around the world.
For what it's worth, I want all US troops to come home and let the rest of the world take care of it's own problems.