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Peace & Life Connections #22 - August 13, 2010

 

CL Endorsers Prominent at “Peace Among the Peoples” Conference
 

        Peace activists from across the ecumenical spectrum of Christianity convened in Elkhart, Indiana for the Peace Among the Peoples conference July 28th-31st, 2010.   This was a preparatory gathering leading up to the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation which will be held in Kingston, Jamaica in May of next year under the auspices of the World Council of Churches, the culmination of the WCC's “Decade to Overcome Violence.”  CL Board Member Rob Arner was active there, and wrote a detailed account.

 endorsers

Photos from left to right: Mary Jo Leddy (from web), Glen Stassen, Brian McLaren, and Stanley Hauerwas (from photos taken by Rob Arner at the conference).

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U.S. Public Opinion Mounts against Money for Violence

        While some states differ, it’s so well established at the federal level that people don’t want taxpayer funds for abortion that even legislators who most want it know public opinion is against them. The fear of “death panels” in the recent health care reform debate, met with angry denials by reform supporters, shows that funds for euthanasia are also unpopular.

        Now we have an intriguing new poll on ways to cut the deficit.  America Speaks, a nonpartisan group which brings together diverse groups for informed discussion on various issues, focused on the federal budget.  They held 19 full-day sessions around the country on June 26, and have issued an Interim Report to Congress. Participants voted on various budget-cutting options, and a whopping 85% wanted to cut “defense” spending – 51% wanted to cut it by 15%, which was the largest option offered. 

        Meanwhile, the extra-heavy cost of executions strains state budgets in a time of tightening belts. A 2009 poll of U.S. Police Chiefs found the death penalty was considered the least efficient use of taxpayer’s money to actually protect public safety.

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 Quotation of the Week

Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner from Kenya

December 7, 2004, press interviewMaathai

        “When we allow abortion, we are punishing the women—who must abort their children because their men have run away—and we are punishing the children whose lives are terminated . . . I want us to step back a little bit and say: Why is this woman and this child threatened? Why is this woman threatening to terminate this life? What do we need to do as a society? What are we not doing right now as a society? A part of that answer lies in this House [pointing at the Kenyan Parliament building].” 



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