Busted Are the Peacemakers
The Christian bible says, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."
A nonprofit organization called the
Two groups it has had contact with, the
But the court's majority ruled that even humanitarian groups seeking nothing more than to teach conflict resolution and promote nonviolence meet the criteria for federal prosecution.
Most Americans understand the necessity of the federal law forbidding material support to terrorists. You can't donate money to any of the 45 groups on the government's terrorist list, supply them with arms or help them blow up buildings. This provision of the Patriot Act has resulted in about 75 convictions. No doubt, America is safer for it.
But here we are, less than a decade after the
I would not suggest that
In many parts of the world wracked by civil and ethnic strife, it's not so easy to disentangle terrorists from everybody else, which is one of the conundrums faced by the
So what does this decision say to a group that somehow crosses a line and is accused of associating too closely with the woman whose son turns to violence on behalf of a group labeled one of terror?
I'm hardly a pacifist. War, in all of its horror, is sometimes necessary. Gutting our enemy's ability to harm the U.S., by battle and legal measure, is part of that reality. But so are peacekeeping efforts. The danger of this ruling will be if it stifles even the pursuit of such work. Surely, the world still needs peacemakers.
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