|The Pikes Peak
Justice and Peace Commission remains firmly committed to helping our community
work together for a just and non-violent response to the recent attacks and to
future threats of terrorism against the United States, and in the world beyond
our borders. We believe that these issues cannot be resolved by the United
States’ government’s present use of the rhetoric and weapons of “war.”
To do so will inevitably lead to an escalation of violence and terrorism, with
many innocent casualties.
We believe that justice for those guilty of global terrorist acts can only
come through enforcement of international law, with due process. The
Commission is also concerned that the United States not react to the threat of
terrorism with measures which reduce or ignore the civil rights of our own
diverse citizenry and others entitled to the protection of our constitution.
The threat of terrorism cannot justify government actions which discriminate
against individuals or groups on the basis of their race, ethnic background,
An ultimate resolution of the problem of terrorism within our borders and
abroad can only come through non-violent means, growing out of a greater
understanding of the root causes of hatred and the transforming power of
global relationship, reconciliation, and community. The Pikes Peak Justice and
Peace Commission pledges to continue to work for such a resolution.