A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
Our country’s security is now tied more closely than ever to the security of the other nations. Threats to shared security come from transnational organizations, diseases, scarcity or climate as often as from sovereign nations. In this context, the countries of the world need to work together.
The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed after the attacks of 11 September 2001, and provides the legal cornerstone for the so-called U.S. "war on terror."
Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament are essential to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. Continued reductions of the arsenal, along with the protection of key non-proliferation programs, will lead to a safer and more peaceful world.
When crises break out in the Middle East, the U.S. too often turns to violence first. FCNL lobbies for nonviolent engagement in the Middle East to prevent, de-escalate and resolve longstanding conflicts. Political grievances contribute to instability and violence, so lasting peace in the region will require engagement with all stakeholders.
We are changing U.S. foreign policy from one that is overly militarized to one that prevents, mitigates, and transforms violent conflict. We focus on peacefully preventing and ending violent conflict and reforming U.S. counterterrorism policy. By building support in Congress and the administration, we are increasing civilian capacities through the State Department and USAID to address violent conflict and extremism.
FCNL holds that civil liberties and human rights do not need to be sacrificed to achieve national security. Rather, advancement of civil liberties and human rights at home and abroad is essential to building national and global security. Laws existing before September 11, 2001, if properly implemented and enforced, were sufficient to protect national security without sacrificing civil liberties.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
Friends have long found inspiration in George Fox’s invitation to live “in the virtue of that life and power that [takes] away the occasion of all wars.” We believe that peace throughout the world is God’s will and is attainable. True security results from a culture of peace, including a healthy environment, a fair and sustainable economic life, democratic participation, an educated population, personal well-being and healthy families. Peace and security can be achieved only by peaceful means.