One thing is for sure: It’s impossible to argue for nonviolence using the violent logic of Empire. Those of us who are committed to the nonviolent way of Jesus simply can’t explain our conviction in terms that the mainstream culture will find satisfying.
Tennessee, perhaps you should rethink your state book proposal. Because the ancient text you’ve selected doesn’t have incredibly favorable things to say about government officials who leverage religion for personal, financial, and political gain.
If you’re outspoken on the issue of race, chances are, at one point or another, you’ve had a conversation with a so-called “pacifist” who has cited Martin Luther King. King was nonviolent, they say, so would-be revolutionaries should be patient and think about how they’re pursuing racial justice.
This summer, I marched with McDonald’s workers from three dozen cities to the company’s corporate headquarters outside of Chicago.