Is serving in the U.S. Armed Forces an honorable and glorious activity for a human being to engage in? What happens to our soliders who are asked to engage in immoral activities by our U.S. government? Can the soliders themselves, asked to engage in destructive, immoral activities able to live with themselves?
In 2009, 442 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan while 334 U.S. soldiers committed suicide.
War is not an honorable and glorious thing and the people caught up in this activity cannot live with themselves. Isn't it time that Unitarian Universalism became an enlightened witness in the world and became a peace church? Isn't it time for Unitarian Universalism to offer an alternative vision to a broken and suffering world?
Militarism is not the answer to our world's problems. We UUs, better than anyone else, know this. Let's take a clear stand and position against militarism and what President Dwight D. Eisenhower called the "military-industrial complex."