An overview on the roots of Pacifism and it's history in recent times.

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PacifismThe wise ways of pacifism were brought about with the assistance of religious beliefs and strong people such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Henry David Thoreau. In the times of today, pacifism has been proven to be a very effective way of protest, and it should always end without any casualties for its cause.

The roots of pacifism in modern times are traced back to religion with groups such as the Quakers. From 1681 to 1756, the Quaker controlled colonial Pennsylvania had no military force, was completely unarmed, and had a pacifist public policy. During this time, for the most part everything was peaceful, with very few problems. Quakers follow pacifism because they believe that Jesus Christ was a pacifist which, according to the Bible, is true. They believe that Christ taught pacifism and that his followers must practice it as well. Quakers also believe that violence shouldn’t be used under any circumstances.

Even if one is confronted with violence, they should practice nonviolence. It is also in their beliefs that violence for their country or government is unacceptable. In the Bible, Jesus Christ never fought back when he was arrested by the temple guards in the Garden of Eden. When an apostle used a sword to cut off the ear of a temple guard, Jesus immediately healed the guard and said, "All they that take the sword shall perish by the sword" (Matthew 26:52). Without a doubt, religion and Jesus Christ played a very large role in the popularity of pacifism in history and in today’s world.

Martin Luther King Jr. who played a primary role in equal rights for all races was a strict pacifist and asked that everyone who fought with him follow pacifism as well. Religion played a part on his pacifist...