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[casi] War Is Not The Answer say Church leaders


Following Congressional votes authorizing the unilateral use
of force against Iraq, church leaders from the United States and Great
Britain met this morning to make a fresh plea today
to President Bush and Prime Minister Blair to pull back from their
nations' spiral toward war.

More than 60 church leaders signed a statement initiated by
Jim Wallis, executive director of Sojourners, and Church of England
Bishop Peter Price declaring that pre-emptive war with Iraq would be
"illegal, unwise, and immoral."

"We want to send President Bush a strong message that if he starts a
pre-emptive war against Iraq, it will not be with the support of the
churches," said Wallis.  "Despite the claims of the White House, many
church leaders are now making
it publicly clear that America does not speak with one voice
on going to war."

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