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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

 Bush's church calls him a criminal

This day is starting off on a weird note. First Kerry's excommunication, now this Letter of Complaint Against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
We, the undersigned, do hold that George W. Bush, a member of Park Hill United Methodist Church (UMC) in Dallas, Texas, and Dick Cheney (local membership unknown) are undeniably guilty of at least four chargeable offenses for lay members as listed in 2702.3 of the 2000 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. These offenses are: crime, immorality, disobedience to the Order and Discipline of The UMC, and dissemination of doctrine contrary to the established standards of doctrine of The UMC.
The "Chargeable Offenses" include (1) Leading the United States into an illegal war against the sovereign nation of Iraq; and (2) Immorality, in actively and intentionally deceiving the American public by stressing a non-existent connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, by asserting Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, and by claiming Iraq was building a nuclear weapons program; among others.

The statement's conclusion is unambiguous:
[W]e feel that most of [Bush's] actions as president have directly contradicted the philosophy of Jesus. Jesus said to feed, clothe, and shelter the "least of these", not to starve, strip, and bomb them.

We are also concerned that the respondents seem completely ignorant of their denomination's stances on many weighty moral issues and have consistently ignored the advice and pleadings of their own Council of Bishops.... Now is the time to hold them accountable, or to be judged ourselves by God for not doing so.
The church is calling for an immediate and public act of repentance by the Bush and Cheney. If they fail to sincerely and publicly repent for their crimes, their church membership will be revoked.


Blogger Sean Robertson said...

We need top be very carefull about the context of this. It is not originating from the leadership of the denomination. It is merely an online petition that appears to have been started by some Democratic methodists. I think it's fabulous, but it IS NOT a condemnation by the church and we must be carefully to avoid characterising it as such.

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