JOHN DEAR – â€œI believe we are at an important and hopeful turning point in human history,â€ Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire said after a Rome conference in April, â€œa turning from violence to nonviolence, war to peace.â€ I hope Christians and Church people everywhere will study our statement, urge their local church leaders to teach Gospel nonviolence, and pray for and call for such an encyclical so that we can get Catholics and Christians out of the big business of war and start the world down a new path–toward a new world of peace.
MAIREAD MAGUIRE – How can we explain that in the 21st century we are still training millions of men and women in our armed forces and sending them to war? There are more choices than war or peace, there are multi-optional choices and a civilian-based non-military diplomatic-political policy has more chance of succeeding in solving a violent conflict.
ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU – â€œStars Earn Stripesâ€ is not just another reality show. Hosted by retired four-star general Wesley Clark, the program pairs minor celebrities with US military personnel and puts them through simulated military training, including some live fire drills and helicopter drops. The official NBC website for the show touts â€œthe fast-paced competitionâ€ as â€œpay[ing] homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and our first-responder services.â€