Space-“the next battlefield”?

It is profoundly sad and disturbing to hear that the current Republican administration would like to expand militarism into outer space. Those of us who believe in peace have the opportunity to vigorously speak out against this new threat to peace. We have this chance to work to not only prevent this new branch of the armed forced from being created, but to continue to challenge the idea that war is the answer. That war on land, sea, air, or outer space, is immoral, and does not make us safer.

The ideas of force and dominance have no place in our desire to build a better world, to create Beloved communities for our children’s sake. We are still suffering from the consequences of the idea of dominance that resulted in enslavement, genocide, and wars both in our history and the present day.

Vice President Pence says “we must have American dominance in space”.

“The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation,” Mr. Pence told an audience at the Pentagon. He called for Congress to allocate an additional $8 billion for space security systems over the next five years.

Fortunately many are resisting this idea. Retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, who began piloting space shuttle missions in 2001 said:

“Some of the resistance stems from the fact that the United States already has a Space Command. It’s part of the Air Force, and it reports to both the secretary of the Air Force and to U.S. Strategic Command, or STRATCOM, the military’s joint structure overseeing the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

“You know, the Air Force Space Command already does this. It’s at Peterson Air Force base in Colorado,” Kelly said.

“They do this with about 20,000 people,” he said, adding: “It doesn’t make sense to build a whole other level of bureaucracy.””


Let us have the courage to listen, and then act on what God is calling us to do now.

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