Friday, July 5, 2013


Tell me what you’re fighting for.

Why must there be so much war?

You fight against your brothers every day

The price of war you'll surely have to pay.

You must be warrior  

Or a warmonger.  

You must be warrior  

Or a warmonger.

You'll soon find out

If you are warrior.

Everyday there’s always so much fighting.

There must be someone to be always backbiting.

When I see people fight, I sidestep it.

Follow my footsteps and you won’t ever regret it.

You must be warrior 

Or a warmonger. 

Soon find out if you are warrior.

From A Declaration to Charles II, 1660.  

The following includes what is considered the seminal statement of the Quaker peace witness:

We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end or under any pretence whatsoever. And this is our testimony to the whole world. The spirit of Christ, by which we are guided, is not changeable, so as once to command us from a thing as evil and again to move unto it; and we do certainly know, and so testify to the world, that the spirit of Christ, which leads us into all Truth, will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor for the kingdoms of this world.  

Given forth under our names, and in behalf of the whole body of the Elect People of God who are called Quakers.

George Fox, Gerald Roberts, Henry Fell, Richard Hubberthorn, John Boulton, John Hinde, John Stubbs, Leonard Fell, John Furley, Jnr., Francis Howgill, Samuel Fisher, Thomas Moore


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