Category: War

Church Leaders’ Anti-War Message Fails in the Pews

Newhouse News Service, Apr. 9, 2003 BY MARK O’KEEFE It has been called organized religion’s most unified anti-war stance since the latter days of the Vietnam conflict. But public opinion polls show the spiritual movement opposing war in Iraq has had little impact on churchgoers, much less on the American public, both of which overwhelmingly support both the U.S.-led invasion and President Bush. When former President Jimmy Carter, a born-again Baptist, wrote in early March that religious leaders had “an almost universal conviction” that an invasion would be unjust, the statement seemed self-evident. Leaders of mainline Protestant denominations, including

How faiths view the war

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mar. 22, 2003 John Blake and Gayle White – Staff As the war against Iraq gets under way, the conflict within America’s religious communities is escalating as well. In churches, mosques and synagogues, people of faith remain divided — even within themselves — about whether the U.S. attack was justified. “People are both for and against,” said Rabbi Hillel Norry of the Shearith Israel synagogue in Virginia-Highland. “They don’t know what’s the right thing to do.” Norry said he doesn’t think the war is justified. “I am really torn because I know that he’s a

Statements on war by religious institutions and leaders

The following are statements on war with Iraq from a variety of religious viewpoints. Some are denominational or agency statements; some are by individuals with leadership roles in a particular faith. Most of these statements were released in the weeks leading up to the war. This compilation is from the Religion News Service. Atlanta Journal_Constitution, Mar. 22, 2003 African Methodist Episcopal Church: Bishop Adam J. Richardson, president of the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, said in a March 12 interview that he was troubled by the support of possible war by some in Christianity’s conservative

Churches divided on meaning of Gulf War

Some say it’s a fulfilment of prophesy; not so, say others The Jamaica Observer, Mar. 23, 2003 PAT ROXBOROUGH-WRIGHT, Observer writer Churchmen like Pastor Rohan Edwards say the United States’ war against Iraq is a very significant milestone in the fulfilment of Biblical prophesy. Those like Calvin Simpson, a representative of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, say it’s not a significant milestone, rather a part of a composite sign that the end is near. On the other end of the religious spectrum, others like Archbishop Edgerton Clarke say they’d rather not use the scriptures that way. “I know that there are

Pope Calls for Day of Peace on March

Reuters, Feb. 23, 2003 VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope John Paul, concerned that the world is being held hostage by the “logic of war,” called for a day of peace on March 5. “The future of humanity should never be tied down by terrorism and the logic of war,” he said during his regular Sunday address. “Never, never, never!” he reiterated forcefully from his window overlooking pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. The 82-year-old pontiff called for a special day of peace and prayer on March 5, Ash Wednesday, to appeal to all sides to try to “resolve with

Christian Leaders Prominent in Anti-War Movement

Reuters, Feb. 8, 2003 By Alan Elsner, National Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Christian church leaders and lay people are taking an usually prominent role in the U.S. anti-war movement, arguing that an attack against Iraq would not fit the theological definition of a “just war.” Leading Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran clergy have for months been issuing statements and writing petitions against the war and urging their followers to join anti-war demonstrations. A leading Methodist bishop even recently appeared on a television commercial against the war. “The churches are very intensely involved in all aspects of the peace movement.

Could this be a ‘just’ war?

BBC, Feb. 10, 2003 Can war with Iraq be justified? The historic “just war” theory states that war is never good but it can be a lesser evil to doing nothing. So, how does it apply to the current crisis? Originally devised by Greek and Roman philosophers, the “just war theory” was developed by Christian theologians. With some variations, it is widely cited and applied by various religions today. Here we outline the six steps to a just war and square them with the issues at stake. 1. The war must be for a just cause eg. A pre-emptive

Catholic theologian says Iraq ‘just war’

BBC, Feb. 10, 2003 By David Willey A leading American Catholic theologian has justified a US war against Iraq as a just war according to Catholic doctrine, at a lecture in Rome sponsored by the US embassy to the Vatican. Professor Michael Novak argued that the US was already engaged in what he called an “asymmetric war” against the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, in the sense that the first Gulf War had never come to a proper end. He quoted the Catholic catechism as to what constitutes a just war in modern times and claimed that US President George