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  • Sunday, February 26, 2006

    U.S. Christians say sorry about war and government

    From IPS Via Common Dreams:

    Christian leaders from the United States lamented the war in Iraq and apologized for their government's current foreign policy during the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which ended Thursday.

    "We lament with special anguish the war in Iraq, launched in deception and violating global norms of justice and human rights," the Very Rev. Leonid Kishkovsky, the moderator of the U.S. Conference for the WCC, told fellow delegates from around the world.


    "We are citizens of a nation that has done much in these years to endanger the human family and to abuse the creation," says the statement endorsed by the most prominent Protestant Christian churches on the Council.

    "Our leaders turned a deaf ear to the voices of church leaders throughout our nation and the world, entering into imperial projects that seek to dominate and control for the sake of our own national interests. Nations have been demonized and God has been enlisted in national agendas that are nothing short of idolatrous."

    The message, written like a prayer of repentance and backed by the 34 Christian churches that belong to the WCC, mourns those who have died or been injured in the Iraq war and says, "We confess that we have failed to raise a prophetic voice loud enough and persistent enough to deter our leaders from this path of preemptive war."


    The U.S. Conference of the WCC also criticized the government's position on global warming. "The rivers, oceans, lakes, rainforests, and wetlands that sustain us, even the air we breathe continue to be violated... Yet our own country refuses to acknowledge its complicity and rejects multilateral agreements aimed at reversing disastrous trends," reads the message.

    The U.S. Conference of the WCC message also said, "Starvation, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the treatable diseases that go untreated indict us, revealing the grim features of global economic injustice we have too often failed to acknowledge or confront."

    "Hurricane Katrina," it continues, "revealed to the world those left behind in our own nation by the rupture of our social contract. As a nation we have refused to confront the racism that infects our policies around the world."


    At 2/26/2006 02:34:00 pm, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    In my humble opinion, djeb, it's about time that "Christian" leaders spoke out.

    How many times have we heard the rabid right saying that Muslims should speak out on terrorism? (ignoring the fact of course that many of those spoke out almost immediately)

    We must remember, it has taken "Christian leaders" over 4 years to speak out following the launch of the so called "war on terror", and 3 years since Bush and Blair's attack on Iraq.

    At 2/26/2006 02:36:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    It is high time. However, the religious right weighs in at 12.6% of the population - the same amount as the religious left.

    At 2/26/2006 02:47:00 pm, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    Yes, you are right on that djeb, I have to say though, the loudest calls have in the past seemed to be from the so called "religious right."

    Perhaps it's more noticeable given their influence?


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