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BTL: Religious Leaders Propose 11th Hour Religious Peace Initiative to... (english)
16 Mar 2003
...Avert U.S. Iraq War. Interview with Rev. Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Religious Leaders Propose 11th Hour Religious Peace Initiative to Avert U.S. Iraq War

Interview with Rev. Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine, conducted by Scott Harris

Across the globe, religious leaders are speaking out against the Bush administration's plan for a U.S. war with Iraq. The Pope, an outspoken opponent of this war, has sent emissaries to meet with heads of state including President Bush in an effort to avoid war. Representatives of major U.S. Christian denominations recently traveled to London where they met for nearly an hour with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in an attempt to avert what they believe will be an unjustified and unpredictable second Persian Gulf war. Thus far, the same group of religious leaders has been turned down by the White House for a requested meeting with President Bush.

Rev. Jim Wallis, the editor of Sojourners Magazine, was among the American clergy who met with Prime Minister Blair, and who have since drafted an 11th hour initiative that they hope can prevent war. The 6-point plan titled, "An Alternative to War for Defeating Saddam Hussein, A Religious Initiative," proposes intensified weapons inspections, the indictment of Saddam Hussein for war crimes, revival of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and humanitarian aid for the Iraqi people.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Rev. Wallis who summarizes the peace initiative he calls a "third way between war and ineffectual responses," and discusses why he believes a pre-emptive war against Iraq will unnecessarily cause widespread bloodshed and fuel terrorism.

Contact Sojourners by calling (202) 328-8842. Read the religious peace initiative online at:

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