Author Archives: mdbwell

About mdbwell

Pres., Project for the Beloved Community B.A.--Wesleyan University M.Div.--Yale University Ph.D.--Boston University Summer Study--Harvard University Advocate for the poor

Felonious Violence or Not?

I do not want representatives of our democracy to become so out of control that they attack reporters physically—regardless of how politicians or candidates might dislike their questioning.  The body slamming of Ben Jacobs of The Guardian by Greg Gianforte … Continue reading

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AUTHORIZATION

Generally speaking, as I have expressed herein numerous times, I am opposed to the use of force to deal with international conflict.  I have roundly criticized the use of drones, which has markedly increased since I last wrote.  Also, I … Continue reading

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America, Wake Up!

In the last section of the final chapter of his June 1967 book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, Martin Luther King, Jr., focuses on the evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism. Analyzing and assessing the … Continue reading

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Original Intent of the Second Amendment

It is very clear to me that the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was not a provision for the individual citizen to own and carry arms. Rather, it was obviously a collective right to defend the … Continue reading

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Nonviolent Approach to Terrorism?

When we do not try to discover and put to use these nonviolent means, we increase the possibilities of new and different sorts of killing in the world. Continue reading

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EXTENSION OF MILITARY PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN

The extension of U.S. troops in Afghanistan comes as no surprise, for the Taliban and al-Qaeda have ramped up their terrorist efforts in that war-torn country. The governmental troops have had some recent success, but they are still ill equipped … Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS ON THE DEATH PENALTY

Without exception, I am opposed to the death penalty.  Regardless of the heinousness of the crime, I do not believe state-sponsored killing is appropriate.  I am a nonviolence practitioner and hold to the pacifist faith; hence, my firm disagreement over … Continue reading

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OBAMA AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST

All the negative hoopla about President Barack Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 5, 2015, should stop. First of all, it was a brief reference to the Crusades and the Inquisition, to which Obama alluded in … Continue reading

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A KING’S VILLANELLE

I think with King most folks get the rhyme wrong: He’s left so many signs that tell his mind. What joy it is to sing his simple song! His care for those who ached all the day long Engrossed him … Continue reading

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THE REAL KING

During the last three years of his life, Martin Luther King, Jr., was making some changes in his approach to realizing his vision of the beloved community. After having received the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1964 and witnessing the … Continue reading

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