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War and Dissent: A Prophetic Tradition

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Publication Date: April 2002

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): David Kraemer

Series: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Culture and civilization)
Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Government; Political Behavior; Values

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The author responds to those who question the patriotism of criticizing political and military leaders in a time of war. He argues that, along with the Greek tradition of democracy, the United States has inherited a Biblical tradition of prophecy, of protest and complaint, for justice and mercy, even in the midst of war. Suppressing that voice means suppressing the ethical soul of the nation, and we should praise those who question the rightness of our policies, whether in war or peace.