Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: US Christian Soldiers March Against Born Again Bush : Albeit A Bit Belatedly ...

17 March 2007

US Christian Soldiers March Against Born Again Bush : Albeit A Bit Belatedly ...



As self confessed, long time agnostics we've never thumped a bible in our lives.

But that doesn't mean we never read one.

And here is, in our own humble opinion, the best bit we ever found in the 'good old book'.

Though it does seem that somewhere along the line, billions of Bible's must have been bollixed up time after time, after time -- by a succession of seriously stupid publishers and/or printers.

Whether omitted by accident or by deliberate design, it's long been pretty obvious to us that countless Christians can't ever have cast their eyes on what - in our estimation - is THE single most important message - and surely the most easily understood - re: doing unto others as one would have them do unto us.

In other words, we should treat everyone else exactly as well as we would wish them to treat us.

Not exactly brain surgery or rocket science is it?

And come to think of it, surely the same could be said about the bit about wolves in sheep's clothing.

Anyway, while wading through today's US news headlines we happened upon this one.

Christians gather for anti-war protest

By Sarah Karush -- Associated Press Writer

Take a look at this taster.

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Christians prayed for peace at an anti-war service Friday night at the Washington National Cathedral, kicking off a weekend of protests around the country to mark the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq.

Afterward, participants marched with battery-operated faux candles through snow and wind toward the White House, where police began arresting protesters shortly before midnight. Protest guidelines require demonstrators to continue moving while on the White House sidewalk.

"We gave them three warnings, and they broke the guidelines," said Lt. Scott Fear.

So, it's the same old 'three strikes and you're out' system, eh, Scott? Same for peaceful Christians as for common criminals, eh?

Still, things could have been a lot worse we suppose.

At least nobody's been thrown to any lions. Well, at the time of writing, not to our knowledge.

Okay, here's the last teaser taken from today's report.

"A lot of the rhetoric that we hear coming from Christians has been dominated by the religious right and has been strong advocacy for the war," Pattison said. "That's just not the way I read my Gospel."

The ecumenical coalition that organized the event, Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, distributed 3,200 tickets for the service in the cathedral, with two smaller churches hosting overflow crowds. The cathedral appeared to be packed, although sleet and snow prevented some from attending.

"This war, from a Christian point of view, is morally wrong — and was from the beginning," the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, one of the event's sponsors, said toward the end of the service to cheers and applause. "This war is ... an offense against God."

In his speech, the Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, lashed out at Congress for being "too morally inept to intervene" to stop the war, but even more harshly against President Bush' name.

"Mr. Bush, my Christian brother, we do need a surge in troops. We need a surge in the nonviolent army of the Lord," he said. "We need a surge in conscience and a surge in activism and a surge in truth-telling."

Hmm. Good going guys.

We wonder what took you so long?

Read the rest re; the revolt.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drip, drip, drip. One by one the people are finally waking up - and some are even growing balls - many, for the first time in their lives.

4:38 pm  
Blogger Naj said...

Personally, I find it disingenuous of the "peace-lovers" popping up now that they are facing such a disaterious defeat in Iraq. Had they been truly triumphant, these peace-lovers had already raised their glasses, cheering the nuclear campaign of shock and awe on Iran as well.

Where were they when they were fed phony evidence of Iraq's WMD. Even better, and far before that, where were they when their Democratic Madeline Albright was declaring the death of 500,000 malnurished, mal-medicated IRaqi children a "reasonable price to pay". oh and let's go before, did they protest for peace during teh bush senior's rape of Iraq? Or during joint rumsfeld-Saddam invasion of Iran?

What is motivating the love for peace nowadays is again the FEAR of loss (losing more)! And until America is governed by FEAR, the world will remain a shitty place ...

6:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They weren't the only ones protesting today.
Seen this?

Good pics there too.

8:51 pm  
Anonymous phil said...

Looks like there were protests all over the globe today.

10:07 pm  
Anonymous phil said...

**Including Iraq itself.**

Anti-US base protest in Sadr City

Sadr City is a stronghold of Shia cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr[AFP]

More than a thousand unarmed protesters demanded the removal of a US military base in Baghdad's Sadr City on Friday in the first sign of Shia opposition to a new security plan.

A large crowd of Shia-led worshippers unfurled banners demanding the base be abandoned while chanting: "No, no to America. No, no to Israel. No, no to Satan."


Here's the link.

10:13 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

In defence of Jim Wallis, he has been protesting since the very beginning.

However, I have to agree with Naj. Where were the leaders of the major demoninations after Albrights monstrous and revealing comment?

Does anyone doubt that if the collective leadership of, say, the Catholic Church, waged a campaign against these US wars that they would put an end to them?

Does anyone doubt that had the Catholic Church denounced Hitler and his policies during the Thirties that WW11 and all it's atrocities would have been avoided? Germany had a huge Catholic population.

The leadership of the major Christian denominations are not Christian. That's the simple truth and that is the simple problem, And that is what needs to be acknowledged and trumpted from the rooftops.

5:50 pm  
Anonymous Tazmanian said...

These Christofundies are not protesting against the war they're simply grieving the loss of Amerikan lives. As in it really hurts when it hits close to home.
Where were they 3, 2, or even 1 year ago?

8:36 pm  
Blogger landsker said...

One wonders how the americans would react if the Iraquis started bombing churches and schools in the states.
Hospitals and water plants maybe, weddings, children on the way to school.
This is very little, and very late.

7:58 am  

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