Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Feb. 2003

February 18, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On February 18, 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "two hundred solemn faces -- some seasoned with age, others fresh with youth -- packed the pews at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday night as leaders from various faiths took to the pulpit to pray for peace... The choice of venue for the Interfaith Prayer Meeting for Peace was deliberate, organizers said. Just as the church's most famous pastor, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was pilloried for speaking out against the Vietnam War, the leaders gathered Monday night knew they were swimming against the popular tide in opposing war against Iraq... Those in attendance lit candles and sang hymns of peace as a parade of leaders from metro Atlanta's Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish faiths delivered anti-war entreaties."