Saturday, March 17, 2007

Christians Protest Wars

WASHINGTON — Thousands of Christians prayed for peace at an anti-war service Friday night at the Washington National Cathedral, kicking off a weekend of protests around the country to mark the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq.

Afterward, participants marched with battery-operated faux candles through snow and wind toward the White House, where police began arresting protesters shortly before midnight. Protest guidelines require demonstrators to continue moving while on the White House sidewalk.

"We gave them three warnings, and they broke the guidelines," said Lt. Scott Fear. "There's an area on the White House sidewalk where you have to keep moving."

Fear said 222 people had been arrested by Saturday morning. The first 100 were charged with disobeying a lawful order, and the others with crossing a police line. All of them were fined $100.

Thousands at Pentagon: 'US Out of Iraq Now'

Anti-war Christians gather for protest in D.C. (this one has a video)

Bless all those who speak out against war especially the war in Iraq and Afganistan. As the Dahli Lama has said, "war is obsolete." Our evolution towards greater things is temporarily postponed yet not halted. Maybe we can learn the lessons that history would have taught us but some refuse to learn. It's amazing that those who choose war are the least negatively affected by it, some even profit financially from it. When will that be a crime? Karmically it is, I'm sure.

May you come to know that peace beyond understanding. Putting peace first and foremost in all things starting within yourself and extending to all. That means everything, all the time, everywhere.


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