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

Christian Peace Witness for Iraq

DON’T FORGET: On 16 March ’07, one week from today, the 4th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Christians will gather all over the U.S., but especially in the National Cathedral in D.C. as part of the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq. There will be opportunities for civil disobedience (for those so led) and also for petitioning members of Congress to do everything in their power to end the war quickly.

I had planned to be in D.C., but my transportation arrangements never materialized. So, I will be part of the local efforts in Louisville.  There will also be interfaith and “secular” efforts that could certainly use Christian presence as witness. But given that the U.S. president is fond of constantly mentioning his Christian faith, and even of implying that God “told him” to invade Iraq, and given that this has caused many Muslims around the world to perceive the war as a Christian crusade against Islam, it is imperative (and long overdue) that Christians have an even where as Christians we declare that we do NOT support this war.

March 10, 2007 - Posted by | Christianity, just peacemaking, pacifism, peace, sexism


  1. Every time I see our president try to wrap his war in Christian clothes, I seeth a little bit more.

    As a Methodist, this hurts me doubly, because he and I are both members of a denomination that has declared this war to be unjust and immoral. A group of United Methodist bishops tried to meet with him in the days leading up to the invasion of Iraq, to discuss his own church’s opposition to such a move. He refused to recieve them.

    Anyone who refuses for any reason to recieve their own bishop should no longer pretend to be a part of a connectional church.

    Comment by Sandalstraps | March 10, 2007

  2. I’ll be at the National Cathedral, and would be interested in hearing if any other members of the Christian Peace Bloggers will be there. I’d like to meet any of you in person. I’m also working on organizing a local service, modeled after the service in the National Cathedral, which will be at First UMC in downtown Salisbury, NC.

    Comment by Jonathan Marlowe | March 10, 2007

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