Thursday, July 27, 2006

AJC Op-Ed: Clergy too quiet about Bush, war

Kenneth C. Daniel asks some very good questions in his op-ed piece in today's AJC: "A few years ago, there was a popular bumper sticker and bracelet. It was the essence of simplicity; four letters, followed by a question mark --- WWJD? What Would Jesus Do? Most of the stickers have either faded into oblivion or have been replaced by other causes, such as Support Our Troops or God Bless America.

As the WWJD bumper stickers disappeared, did the message vanish as well? The idea began to haunt me. The more I mulled it over, the darker and more foreboding the tempest swirled, until a single question emerged from this maelstrom of thoughts and emotions: Where is the voice of our spiritual leaders? Where are the sentinels of our souls, raising their voices, asking the tough questions, protesting injustice, condemning corruption?

So, I ask you, clergy, where is your voice?

> WWJD about a war initiated on deception in which, every day, men and women --- American, Iraqi, Afghani and others --- are dying?

> WWJD about so many of our leaders who loudly proclaim their Christian faith and devotion to God to gain our vote, then, once elected, lie and cheat and deceive?

> WWJD about a government that places more importance on corporate profit than on the environment or the welfare of its citizens?"

There's more at the link.


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