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In a series of nationwide protests, a number of religious leaders have risked arrest by partaking in acts of civil disobedience in an effort to inspire a mass mobilization of people of faith against the Iraq war. Among those arrested in September protests in front of the White House was James Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodists’ General Board of Church and Society. According to Winkler, people of faith have not done enough to publicly oppose the war. He said that the faith community, remembering the terrorist attacks of September 11 and succumbing to “old human instincts of fear and revenge,” wanted to believe that going to war with Iraq was right and consequently failed to speak out in the early stages of the war. The protests were organized by the Declaration of Peace, an initiative of more than 400 antiwar and religious groups.


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