Tuesday, February 21, 2006

U.S. Church Alliance Denounces Iraq War

This is encouraging, but where were they before now?
A coalition of American churches sharply denounced the U.S.-led war in Iraq on Saturday, accusing Washington of "raining down terror" and apologizing to other nations for "the violence, degradation and poverty our nation has sown."

The statement, issued at the largest gathering of Christian churches in nearly a decade, also warned the United States was pushing the world toward environmental catastrophe with a "culture of consumption" and its refusal to back international accords seeking to battle global warming.

"We lament with special anguish the war in Iraq, launched in deception and violating global norms of justice and human rights," said the statement from representatives of the 34 U.S. members of World Council of Churches. "We mourn all who have died or been injured in this war. We acknowledge with shame abuses carried out in our name." (...)

On Friday, the U.S. National Council of Churches - which includes many WCC members - released a letter appealing to Washington to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and saying reports of alleged torture violated "the fundamental Christian belief in the dignity of the human person." (...)

"Our country responded (to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks) by seeking to reclaim a privileged and secure place in the world, raining down terror on the truly vulnerable among our global neighbors ... entering into imperial projects that seek to dominate and control for the sake of national interests," said the statement. "Nations have been demonized and God has been enlisted in national agendas that are nothing short of idolatrous."
Something like this would have been nice, say, before the war, or at least before the 2004 elections. This now is just a little too little too late.

Whatever happened to practice what you preach? Instead, the bible belters came out in full force for Bush, and in doing so they failed to live up to their principles. When I see them join us in the next march on the capital, and I mean busloads of churchgoers from sea to shining sea, then I'll believe their denouncation. Otherwise, they're just sheep, and this, pffft, it's just words.


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