The Peace Action Education Fund of CFPA is facilitating the Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare at the Princeton Theological Seminary beginning Friday, January 23 through Sunday, January 25, 2015.
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You are invited to an interfaith conference on lethal drones organized by national denominations and faith groups.
Religious Community Skeptical of Lethal Drones
By Rev. Richard L. Kilmer, Project Director, Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare October 23, 2014 HUFFPOST RELIGION
Since 2004, the United States, through the CIA, has conducted an estimated 400 or more drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Four of those strikes occurred just last month. Thousands of people have been killed, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, including hundreds of civilians and at least four U.S. citizens. These are targeted killings with collateral consequences conducted remotely in countries against which we have not declared war. The religious community is asking whether the use of such drone warfare is legal or moral.
For more than a year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace studied the use of drones and targeted killings. In May 2013, Bishop Richard Pates, chair of the International Justice and Peace Committee, wrote to National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, raising moral questions about the use of drones for targeted killings. He asked that the U.S. be more transparent in its policies and exercise leadership in advancing international agreements on their use. (to read full article Click Here)
U.S. drone strikes continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. On the weekend of January 23-25, people of faith from across the nation, many representing denominations, faith groups and religious organizations, will come to Princeton Theological Seminary to address the issue of drone warfare. Those attending will do three tasks:
1. Clarify the nature of lethal drones. Policy recommendations will be made by the conference to the U.S. government. Speakers with expertise in military strategy, international law, U.S. law, and national security will make presentations followed by discussion by all participants.
2. Apply our various traditions to our understanding of drone warfare to more fully understand this issue. People of all faiths are invited to participate.
Complete list of Speakers Here, including the following:
The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates- Catholic Bishop of Des Moines, and Immediate Past Chair, International Justice & Peace Committee, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Jeremy Waldron- University Professor, New York University School of Law
Dr. Hassan Abbas- Professor & Chair of the Department of Regional & Analytical Studies, CISA National Defense University, Washington DC
Rob Eshman- Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Jewish Journal
Antti Pentikainen- Finn Church Aid’s Executive Director & Chair for the Civil Society Advisory Committee for United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Marjorie Cohn- Professor of Law J.D Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Dr. George Hunsinger-Princeton Theological Seminary’s Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology
The Rev. Dr. Susuan Thistlethwaite-Professor of Theology, Chicago Thelogical Seminary
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