Bahai News -- Swindon News 12 - Voices raised in protest
Voices raised in protest
RELIGIOUS leaders, politicians and peace campaigners from Swindon are set to speak at a public meeting to discuss the war on Iraq.
Outspoken Labour MP George Galloway, who has been touring the country to voice his opposition to the war, will deliver a speech at the Pilgrim
Centre in Regent Street, Swindon tonight at 7.30pm.
The event is organised by the Swindon Stop the War Coalition and other speakers include Dr Ibrihim Hewitt of the charity Interpal which raises
money for Palestinian relief, and the Rev Sidney Hinks from Malmesbury.
Meanwhile more than 100 churches across Swindon have issued an open statement saying that they do not believe a case has yet been made for war
The Swindon Churches Forum say their words are aimed at President Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Swindon's MPs, Saddam Hussein and the world's
Their statement says: "We believe that the case for war has yet to be made and express strongly our deep concern at the readiness for war
shown in the build up of military forces by the US and UK governments."
The seven-point statement which has the full support of the Rt Rev Michael Doe, the Bishop of Swindon, urges all the town's churches to continue
their prayers for peace.
It says: "We deplore not only the human rights atrocities and violence against all sections of society, and neighbouring states, committed
by the regime in Iraq, but also the US and UK government actions that are bringing armed conflict closer with severe implications for more
suffering by innocent victims."
The Swindon churches say they want governments to recognise global injustice and fragile community relations.
"These factors will inevitably worsen if an armed response is pursued.
"In the gap between rich and poor nations and peoples, human dignity, freedom and stability cannot be secured. This is a major cause of
terrorism and support for violent change. An armed response to Iraq will exacerbate rather than mitigate this underlying crisis."
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