War and Dissent: A Prophetic Tradition

By David Kraemer

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, April 19, 2002

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.

Topic: Political Behavior, Politics, Values, Government

Name of Publication: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kraemer, David. War and Dissent: A Prophetic Tradition. CLAL Politics and Policy Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 19 April 2002: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2553


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