Magazine article The Christian Century

UCC Hits War on Terror, U.S. Threats to Iraq. (News)

Magazine article The Christian Century

UCC Hits War on Terror, U.S. Threats to Iraq. (News)

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Noting that it "has a history of critiquing the `conventional wisdom' of the day," the United Church of Christ has renewed its strong opposition to President Bush's war on terrorism and decried the U.S. threats of military action against Iraq.

Four agencies that conduct most of the church's work approved a joint statement at their meeting April 21 in St. Louis. Their boards of directors, totaling nearly 230 laypersons and clergy, last issued a collective statement in October when the U.S. began bombing targets in Afghanistan. The new statement--which officials said speaks to, "and not for," its nearly 6,000 congregations--was also supported by UCC president John Thomas.

The agency boards said they question "whether war can truly eradicate the root causes of terrorism" and criticized a recent Pentagon plan to place nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert. The USA Patriot Act, signed into law in October, "gives virtually unchecked power to the executive branch of our government," which authorizes without judicial approval "surveillance of political activists and organizations deemed to oppose U. …

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