Bishops call for reasoned debate on Iraq

Over 100 Episcopal bishops, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and two former presiding bishops, the Rt. Revs. Frank Griswold and Edmond Browning have addressed a letter to Congress:

As Congress and the Administration consider the future of Iraq, we urge a careful and reasoned debate that avoids the partisan and harsh rhetoric that would diminish the important issues before our nation….[W]e encourage full and open discussion that acknowledges our mistakes as well as our responsibilities. …

We believe it imperative that the United States now:

  • Map out a strategy for a responsible transition to Iraqi governance, making clear that we do not have long term interests in occupying Iraq
  • Join those in the region, including Syria and Iran, in seeking security and economic recovery for Iraq
  • Provide the women and men of our military and their families with the sustained and responsive care they need
  • Work for religious freedom and protection of religious minorities in Iraq
  • Serve the needs of Iraqi refugees wherever they may be
  • Seek peace in the region, including a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians
  • The letter is available here at Episcopal Line Online.

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