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.
So, it's the same old 'three strikes and you're out' system, eh, Scott? Same for peaceful Christians as for common criminals, eh?
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.
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.
Hmm. Good going guys.
"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."
We wonder what took you so long?
Read the rest re; the revolt.