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

November 16, 2002

Source: National Council of Churches

On November 16, 2002 the National Council of Churches reported that "the National Council of Churches General Assembly today (Nov. 16) unanimously urged President Bush and the U.S. Congress... to 'Do all possible, without going to war,' to resolve the Iraq crisis... the delegates from the NCC’s 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican member communions, which comprise 50 million U.S. Christians, also called for a redoubling of effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a tandem resolution, adopted overwhelmingly, the General Assembly noted that its member churches; many state, regional and local ecumenical bodies; the NCC’s Executive Board, and, most recently (Nov. 13), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued statements expressing concern about proposed unilateral military action by the United States against Iraq."