Co-authored by Kate Chandley
Illegal U.S. drone strikes continue (the Long War Journal says there have been eight drones strikes in Yemen so far this year), but efforts to curb the use of killer drones have made remarkable headway this year.
While the faith-based community has taken far too long to address the moral issues posed by remote-controlled killing, on Feb. 13 the World Council of Churches — the largest coalition of Christian churches — came out in opposition to the use of armed drones. The Council said that the use of armed drones poses a “serious threat to humanity” and condemned, in particular, U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. This is a breakthrough in the religious community and should make it easier for individual denominations to make similar pronouncements, as the Church of the Brethren has.
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