Pacifism And Nonviorism

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The most effective way to respond to extremest terrorist groups such as ISIS has been at the front of every new station and political conversation for the past decade. Is it the American duty to eliminate the threat by matching violence with violence, and ensure its reputation for being the toughest country in the world? Or, is a nonviolent response possible? Dorothy Day, a key figure in the Catholic Worker Movement maintained her pacifist stance even in times of extreme violence, because she believed it was her Christian priority. Martin Luther King, who was a huge proponent of change, also relied nonviolent tactics to bring about change. Their experience of remaining nonviolent in times of extreme danger can be used as inspiration for contemporary responses to ISIS. Day was alive during WWI, WWII, and the Cold War. Pacifism is the belief that any violence, including war, is unjustifiable under any circumstances, and that all disputes should be settled by peaceful means. The current threat to America and countries all around the world is ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq. …show more content…
Her involvement with the catholic worker movement about views on pacifism were widely known. Society was so impressed with her acts of good works, that some called her a saint. Dorothy Day advocated for remaining true to the words of Christ, and focused on keeping the Sermon on the Mount at the front of her beliefs. “We are still pacifists. Our manifesto is the Sermon on the Mount, which means that we will try to be peacemakers. Speaking for many of our conscientious objectors, we will not participate in armed warfare or in making munitions, or by buying government bonds to prosecute the war, or in urging others to these efforts”. She refused to participate in acts of war and in all ways that helped the war

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