WASHINGTON (AP) — A petition signed by dozens of religious activists and scholars calls for military destruction of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
The online petition says "none of us glorifies war," but warns that nothing less can stop the Islamic militants' "campaign of genocide" against religious minorities and "unconscionable acts of barbarism" against defenseless women and children.
Signers of the petition include the Rev. Russell Moore, the Southern Baptists' public policy chief; Robert George of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Notre Dame law professor Gerard Bradley; Dr. Ben Carson; and author Eric Metaxas.
They say "no options that are consistent with the principles of just war doctrine should be off the table." They also urge the United States to expand air strikes and fully arm Kurdish troops and others who can help destroy Islamic State forces. Such military action, they say, is what "justice as well as compassion demands."