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Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Call for an Immediate Ceasefire!

I’m supposed to be working on my second book and other projects. I’m supposed to post on this blog only weekly. And having worked on a series of liberty of conscience posts, I wanted to start on some other Leveller themes updated for today: beginning with economic justice for the poor.

But the chaos in Lebanon keeps intruding. Here is a message from Kevin Martin of Peace Action. Please act now. Don’t worry about blame. The innocents in Lebanon want the killing to stop more than they want to assign blame. If silence implies consent, then ours would be a guilty silence. Speak out!

If you are one of the conservative Christians who read this blog in order to find out what crazy “liberal” Christians like me think (and even to argue with me, which is fine), PLEASE call both your Congressperson and the White House. Remind them that Lebanon is home to more Christians than any other part of the Middle East and they are caught in the middle between Israel and Hezbollah. The president’s belief that an immediate ceasefire is a bad idea is gambling with the lives of innocents–Muslims, Jews, AND Christians. What will you do when your grandchildren ask, “What did you do when the Lebanese civilians cried out for help and all the U.S. president did was talk about how it was all Hezbollah’s fault?” (Not that Hezbollah doesn’t have blood on its hands. It does. But how does punishing hundreds of thousands of Lebanese stop Hezbollah–which now has more support than ever?)

Here’s Kevin Martin:
Today, Tuesday, July 25, several national organizations, including Peace Action, are organizing a national call-in day to Congress to support H.Con.Res.450, introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), which calls upon the United States to pursue an “immediate cessation of violence” and “multi-party negotiations with no preconditions”. Your representative has not yet signed onto this resolution, therefore it’s critical that you call today (or as soon as possible) to let him/her know that you support the call for an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East.
You can find phone numbers for Congress by clicking here, or contact their office by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. When you reach your Rep’s office you can let them know:
“As one of your constituents and a member of Peace Action, I am calling to ask you to support H. CON. RES. 450, a resolution seeking an immediate cessation of violence in the Middle East and multi-party negotiations with no preconditions.”
We are gravely dissapointed that last week, both the House and Senate passed resolutions supporting Israel’s bombardment of Lebanon — despite the fact that the Israeli attacks, supposedly against Hezbollah guerillas, have also been directed at the civilian infrastructure and population of Lebanon, with hundreds of innocent civilans already killed and hundreds of thousands more displaced from their homes and villages in Southern Lebanon, many of which are being systematically destroyed.
But this is all the more reason to get more co-sponsors on the Kucinich ceasefire resolution, and many members of Congress who voted for the previous resolution are now signing on to the Kucinich resolution. The more pressure we can put on Congress to support a call for an immediate cease-fire, the more pressure will be on the President to inact such a measure. Please contact your Representative to urge them to sign on to the ceasefire resolution – and if you can’t call or get through today, call tomorrow. Enough civilians have been killed. Click here for the phone number of your Representative, or you can connect to their office by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.You can learn more about the ongoing crisis at Peace Action and the Peace Blog. After you place a call to your Representative, click here to tell a friend about today’s call-in.

July 25, 2006 - Posted by | peacemaking

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