George Lopez: Peacemaking and Aid to Terrorists

Watch University of Notre Dame peace studies and political science professor George Lopez, currently a senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace, comment on the consequences of the Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding a federal law that makes it a crime to provide “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations, even if the help takes the form of training for peacefully resolving conflicts. Interview by Julie Mashack, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly associate producer for news.


  • Billy

    Naive? Not at all! Ignorant? You bet you! The US Constitution only legally applies to US citizens. I would love to see Mr. Lopez go to any middle-east country and talk peace with the Hardcore terrorist. …

  • Bishop Craig Bergland

    The notion that training people in peaceful conflict resolution constitutes material aid is so patently absurd that the only place it can possibly have originated is among those with a vested interest in prolonging war and actually causing violent conflict. In our day we can no longer afford to continue with that kind of tribal nonsense. We must rather put all our efforts into peaceful conflict resolution. The wholesale acceptance of American propaganda that creates these fictitious notions of a “hardcorre terrorist” is a principal contributer to the problem we now face. Terrorists continue to attack because we continue to attack and fail to offer peaceful resolutions to conflict. Shame on the Supreme Court!