The Taser's Edge

Soldiers of Conscience

Apparently this PBS documentary, “Soldiers of Conscience”, came out a couple years ago.  I never heard about it until today, when the Ekklesia Project blog pointed me to America magazine’s set of excerpted interviews.  Those excerpts are well worth watching, and I’m working on tracking down the film itself, as the DVD is dang expensive.

From the official website:

Soldiers of Conscience is a dramatic window on the dilemma of individual U.S. soldiers in the current Iraq War – when their finger is on the trigger and another human being is in their gun-sight. Made with cooperation from the U.S. Army and narrated by Peter Coyote, the film profiles eight American soldiers, including four who decide not to kill, and become conscientious objectors; and four who believe in their duty to kill if necessary. The film reveals all of them wrestling with the morality of killing in war, not as a philosophical problem, but as soldiers experience it – a split-second decision in combat that can never be forgotten or undone.

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dear friend;
as the director of the film, let me make it easy for you to track down:
as to the DVD being dang expensive, gee i am sorry to read that!
if we could give it away for free, we would (and we have many times) but please keep in mind – 5 people worked full time for 3 years making a film and then there was traveling and paying others and renting equipment …
One of the ways we all make change in the world is how we spend our money. Buying a DVD whose message of acceptance, respect and peace is profoundly moving to you – is a real act of ownership of that message on your part.
We are what we believe.
but we also are what we spend.



Comment by Gary Weimberg


Thanks so much for the reply. I don’t know if you had a chance to look at the blog, but I am an ordained Christian minister, with friends, family, and others whom I have served who themselves serve and have served in the military. The questions that your documentary raises are ones that I think that the American church needs to be raising more often. At the same time, your film’s refusal to think through important issues in abstraction, and its focus on people’s lives is exactly the way that real dialogue needs to happen.

As to “you are what/how you spend”, I totally agree.

Again, many thanks,

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