Trump's Killing of Iranian General Soleimani Was Biblically Justified, Says Family Research Council

On Thursday's episode of Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, Family Research Center (FRC) president Perkins interviewed the FRC's director of Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview David Closson about the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani by an American drone strike.

The FRC is a conservative Christian organization "dedicated to articulating and advancing a family-centered philosophy of public life," according to its website.

Soleimani's termination led to military action from both the U.S. and Iran, with the U.S. deploying over 3,000 additional troops to the region. Iran launched a missile attack against two Iraqi military installations that housed U.S. soldiers on Tuesday. No American nor Iraqi casualties were reported.

Closson said that while many people believe that the "default position of Christianity is pacifism," the scriptures teach a different concept.

"The scripture talks a lot about war but the scripture also lets us see that all war itself is not intrinsically evil," Closson said. "As believers, we are at war with sin. We are at war with evil. You go through the Bible and the Old Testament actually sanctions war. [In] the New Testament, governments having a responsibility towards their citizens and are answerable to God for that."

"And so sometimes," Closson continued, "there are compelling reasons for going to war. All killing is tragic but sometimes it's necessary."

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On the Thursday edition of his radio show, "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins," Family Research Council president Perkins discussed the idea that the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was justified by the Christian scriptures. Alex Wong/Getty

Closson and Perkins described the theory of "just war," which Perkins described as "principles that are extracted from scripture that have guided nations for centuries."

"In fact," Perkins said, "even in our own military academies until the Obama administration actually taught the 'just war' theory."

Newsweek reached out to the FRC for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

"There's about five or six principles," Closson said. "One of them is just cause. You only go to war for defense of innocent life, maintaining or restoring justice, self-defense; those are all reasons that you could go to war justly. 'Just Intention' is another principle. You don't go to humiliate your enemy but you go for just causes."

"War should be a last resort," Closson continued. "All reasonable attempts should be made at a peaceful resolution. A legitimate authority, that's another principle. The mayor of Washington D.C. can't declare war, but the President of the United States has that authority."

Probability of success and having a proportional objective were the two final principles of 'just war' that Closson described.

"General Qassem Soleimani was a general there in Iran who was doing a lot of things at the behest of the Iranian government so a lot of these principles for 'just war' still apply," Closson added.

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