Blogs on the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq

March 20, 2007, 1:44 pm | Posted by

In addition to the hundreds of MSM hits, there are over 270 blog hits for the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq.

Here’s a sample from the people who went:

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist shot this footage.

From at the crossroads‘ Karissa, an EMU student:

I went to a war protest this weekend.

I know, I know. Me? I was surprised too. But don’t worry. I didn’t hold any angry signs or yell obscenities. All I had was a small electric candle, symbolizing the light of Christ and his call for peace. And all I said, aside from conversations with my friends and strangers along the 4-mile walk from the National Cathedral to the White House, was “Peace,” which we chanted at the White House. . . .At any rate, it was a beautiful, worthwhile event, and I am glad I went. Even though I never thought I would go to a protest:

From the Back Pew writes, “Even the name — the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq — is a revolutionary act.”

On his MySpace blog, 28-year-old Hammer of Truth writes, “I felt the need to help sound the trumpet myself.”

Don’t Eat Alone notes: “A significant part of the protest was the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, the combined conspiracy of most everyone from Adventists to Catholics and Pentecostals to the UCC.” And the restaurateur adds,

“One of the reasons it is significant to me that this particular protest was explicitly Christian is the justification of the war in Iraq often carries religious overtones, as if the war is Christian vs. Muslim. Bush intimates, often without much subtlety, that God is on our side because we are fighting for freedom and God is for freedom. I’m proud of the people who conspired to say God is for peace and so are many American Christians.”

Speaking of eating, An Old Curmudgeon writes:

“We would need to be at the Cathedral at about 5:00pm and were not sure when we would have another opportunity to eat. When feeding times are not certain, the only logical thing to do is eat big when the opportunity presents itself. We sat down to a fantastic lunch at the Old Ebbitts Grill. After cups of seafood gumbo and a crab cake, we again considered the uncertainty of supper and decided it would only be prudent to have some pie and ice cream. In these uncertain times, one cannot be too careful.”

Hoosier Daddy takes issue with the MSM coverage, noting the tendency for the media to lump the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq with the regular “anti” protests. He writes:

“However, this event Friday was in a whole different category of its own. It attracted no counterdemonstrators whatsoever. It was rooted and grounded in worship which filled the National Cathedral and in “divine obedience” in the middle of the night at the gates to the White House. It was definitely FOR something – for important and constructive goals that honor people, preserve life and work towards justice.”

“President Bush is going to win this war come hell or high water. Maybe he’s willing to forfeit his soul for his noble cause. He’s not dragging me down with him,” writes Les Enragés.

Here’s an audio recording of Jim Wallis’ speech.

Unexpectedly for herself, Margaret feels patriotic: “It’s a pretty incredible country that will allow several thousand Christians to process down Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC carrying electric candles and various banners.”

Texas-based Brains and Eggs notes that Bush has “lost the Christians.”

From the buckle of the bible belt, Presbyterian minister Shuck and Jive simply notes: “they need to know that we want it ended.”

On LiveJournal, thatjugglerguy writes: “It was an amazing experience to see people connected like that, taking a stand for what they believe.”

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A soldier’s confession

March 19, 2007, 2:02 am | Posted by

The words of Joshua Casteel, an Iraq War veteran and conscientious objector, who served as an interrogator at Abu Ghraib. Footage from the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq service at the National Cathedral.

When I traveled outside the prison walls on convoys, terror surged through

my heart. I was not afraid of being killed. If you live by the sword, by the sword

shall you die. If I died with a loaded rifle, I could not be angry with God. The

terror that filled me … was the possibility of becoming one who kills. Once while

driving outside, I pointed my rifle as I always did, out the window of our armored

humvee. Through the sites of my rifle I saw the faces of three young shepherd

boys — probably eight years old, each. I realized in that moment that I had just

pointed a loaded weapon at three eight year old boys.

How was I, an ambassador of the love of Jesus Christ, supposed to recall that


How can I talk of the freedom of Christ, while playing the role of captor?

How can I talk of faith when I only move from place to place by means of guns

pointed in all directions – even at eight year old shepherd boys?

(source: Joshua Casteel, Catholic Peace Fellowship, West Coast Tour, 2005)

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What’s new in the neighborhood?

March 16, 2007, 3:20 pm | Posted by

Lots of bloggers posted Faith in Public Life’s action alert about the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq at the National Cathedral.

JSpot notes Sen. Obama’s gay problem. And Sen. Clinton’s stutter step.

Noting these candidates’ slow stand against Gen. Pace’s bigotry, the Rev. Chuck Currie shares some reader responses.

Boy in the Bands titles his take, “Not Pace, but a Sword.”

At the Shalom Center, Rabbi Waskow and his posse are putting full-page adds in The Forward & The Nation. Why? Because though 77% of American Jews oppose the Iraq war, ‘”official Jewish organizations are silent.”

Faithful Progressive says: get thee to a protest in order to support the troops.

If you’re in California on Earth Day, Interfaith Power & Light has lots of information on events.

The Beatitudes Society is sending seminary students to the Gulf Coast on a service learning trip.

Who would Jesus deport? Faith leaders from CLUE, Sojourners, and the National Hispanic Leadership Conference held a panel discussion on immigration reform at the Center for American Progress.

“We in the religious community have a tradition of being the voice for people who have no voice,” said Rev. Alexis Salvatierra, Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. “There are congregations across the country that see this as a moral issue.”

Johnny’s Cache introduces 15-year-old abolitionist Zach Hunter, he’s “freeing slaves and changing the world.”

Baptized Pagan writes about liberation theologian Jon Sobrino.

America’s Young Theologian, on sickness and death, reads back issues of Poetry Magazine.

Faithfully Liberal explores “Literal and Figurative Neighbors.”

Over at Street Prophets, waitingforvizzini takes down “Prosperity Theology Down One Verse at a Time.” And also at SP, its simple IF you ignore the complexity offers a mediation on science and religion. And Pastor Dan adds analysis to an interesting poll on character and presidential elections.

Mainstream Baptist covers the coverage of Mohler’s “gay baby” remarks.

Quaker blogger Gathering in Light explores “Transitioning in A Global Information Age: Questions For Church Traditions.”

And finally, Islamicate takes on an interesting idea: “My God Hates More Than Your God.”

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VIDEO: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend on Churches Failing America’s Faithful

March 13, 2007, 6:05 am | Posted by

“Two-term Maryland lieutenant governor Townsend makes a valid point: in America, faith is no longer about community. She longs for the Catholic Church of her youth, that ‘dealt with issues at the core of the Gospel–suffering, injustice, sickness, and poverty’ rather than a Christianity influenced by a crop of preachers who seem to believe that ‘Jesus healed the sick, fed the hungry and cared for the poor just so we don’t have to.’ Addressing a broad range of issues including women, the religious right (and left), the GOP and her own political party, the Democrats, Townsend hopes to appeal to a wide audience, not just a Christian one.”

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American Islam: The Struggle For The Soul of a Religion

March 12, 2007, 6:18 am | Posted by

Who represents Islam in the United States, a country with 6 million Muslims? Is it the radical imam, the webmaster, the mystic, the feminist? Barrett traveled the country to discover what life is like for American Muslims in different regions of the nation. He finds that Muslims, like the rest of the population, are varied and diverse in look, thought, belief and behavior.

Paul Barrett is the Director of the Investigative Reporting Team for BusinessWeek and the author of American Islam.

I found this to be very provocative and worth my time. If you want to skip around, click on the FORA Tools icon and click through the channels. Update: I read this article, “The The Halal Melting Pot: Why Dearborn isn’t Paris” in the current issue of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and it also adds to the mosaic picture of American Islam.

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