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January 29, 2014

War mentality dishonors King's dream

The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate recently passed the 2014 National Defense Authorization Bill. President Obama signed it.

This measure includes $80-90 billion to continue the war in Afghanistan on top of a $550-$600 billion base budget for the Pentagon.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Jean Schmidt

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