"You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally." -
Martin Luther King, Jr. ;
The Trumpet of Conscience
"If the great nations can shed the fear of destruction, if they disarm themselves, they will automatically help the rest to regain their sanity. But then these great powers will have to give up their imperialistic ambitions and their exploitation of the so-called uncivilized or semi-civilized nations of the earth and revise their mode of life. It means a complete revolution."
Mohandas Gandhi ;
Gandhi on Nonviolence, edited by Thomas Merton
"Living justly in this world requires people to name evil and sin accurately. Since the tenth century, Christian theology has often obfuscated violence, calling torment redemptive, sanctioning war as holy, deeming invasion to be liberation, and invoking self-annihilation as love. Precise recognition of that which harms life is a prerequisite for living in this world as paradise." -
Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ;
Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 399
"If you really wish to defend human rights . . . guarantee that your government will not intervene directly or indirectly, by military, economic, diplomatic, or other pressures, in determining the destiny of the Salvadoran people. It would be unjust and deplorable for foreign powers to intervene and frustrate the Salvadoran people, to repress them and keep them from deciding autonomously the economic and political course that our nation should follow."
Archbishop Romero ;
Quoted by Brockman in The Word Remains: A Life of Oscar