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A historic research of the how numerous American non secular teams spoke back to the Vietnam struggle, either in aid and in competition.

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And all other nations—his way of describing the exceptionalism of civil religion. That belief, he thought, would prove disastrous if unchecked. Niebuhr wrote, "Nations, as individuals, who are completely innocent in their own esteem, are insufferable in their human contacts. . S. 7° Niebuhr concluded by pointing out the dangers to national life: Our moral perils are not those of conscious malice or the explicit lust for power. , 35-36. S. , Manifest Destiny), but one doubts that Native Americans, or the people of Mexico, or the Philippines experienced such power as covert.

48On the relationship of the civil rights movement to the development of religious opposition to the Vietnam War, see Mark Oppenheimer, Knocking on Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2003), 213-215; DeBenedetti and Chatfield, An American Ordeal, 92; and Gill, "Peace is not the Absence of War," 82. 49As indicated above, the Catholic Worker and FOR both strenuously and actively refused to cooperate with civil defense because they 30 would accompany a nuclear exchange—especially given the policy of mutually assured destruction—gave rise to the fear that any conflict might escalate into a nuclear war or that a nuclear weapon might be launched by accident or through some miscalculation.

R. P. Boehnier files, 1967-1967—Field Work, Inter-office memos. , Nonviolence in America: A Documentary History, rev. ed. : Orbis Press, 1995), 317-24. SOMichael B. D. dissertation, Yale University, 1975), 10-12. 31 groups such as the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE) and FOR argued against nuclear arms on this basis (pacifist bodies such as the FOR believed all war was wrong, of course). Some journals, such as Commonweal (a lay Catholic journal with no official standing in the church), consistently favored not only test bans and controls on escalation of weapons, but actual steps toward disarmament.

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