Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Dec. 2002

December 19, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

On December 19, 2002 the Religion News Service reported that "about a dozen religious leaders met with Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on Wednesday (Dec. 18) for a briefing on the war against terrorism... Clergy participants described the two-hour gathering as a 'good exchange' during which Pentagon officials updated them on their efforts in Afghanistan and beyond and took questions from faith leaders about the religious and moral implications of the military efforts... When religious leaders asked Rumsfeld if poverty might be a factor in continuing terrorism, Haberman said the defense secretary acknowledged the impoverished populations of the world but noted that the Sept. 11 terrorists came from affluent families."