ok, here is my reply to Bob Jone’s query (see post below)…

1. Why am I a conscientious objector?

Because I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and as such try (not very successfully because I’m human and a sinner) to live like he did. He lived a life of non-violence. (The closest thing you’ll find to him using violence is when he threw out the money changers from the temple, and even then he didn’t use lethal force.) Here are a two quotes of Jesus that articulate what I believe to be his philosophy concerning violence…

Matthew 5:9 – “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Matthew 5:38-42 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.”

2. Do I think terrorism is wrong?

I think my response to question one should answer that.

3. What besides waging war with terrorists do you think will work to keep people save around the world and to stop acts of terror against innocent lives?

Several things. First, we need to disengage from situations where we are contributing directly to the development of terrorism. We need to quit training terrorists and giving them weapons.

Secondly, we need to pursue true justice on those responsible. Osama bin Laden (assuming the evidence shows him to be responsible) and any who have assisted him in terrorism needs to be captured and brought to stand trial in the USA for what they has done.

Three, we need to combat the poverty and ignorance that is the breeding ground of terrorism.

Last of all, we as Americans must continue to be a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world. We must rebuild the WTC but this time taller than it was before. The artists need to paint, the writers need to write, the carpenters need to build, the mothers and fathers raise their children. We must carry on, and carry on to live lives of love.

Bob, I hope I answered you sufficiently. If not, please email me back or post to the guest book again. I appreciate you contacting me and forcing me to articulate what I believe.