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JFK Invites Nuclear Sanity with USSR

What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children -- not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women -- not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

"When a man's ways please the Lord," the Scriptures tell us, "he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights -- the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation -- the right to breathe air as nature provided it -- the right of future generations to a healthy existence?

Aug 19, 2006, 00:00

Senator Robert Byrd: "Today I Weep for my Country."
Today I weep for my country. I have watched the events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image of America has changed. Around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our intentions are questioned.

Instead of reasoning with those with whom we disagree, we demand obedience or threaten recrimination. Instead of isolating Saddam Hussein, we seem to have isolated ourselves. We proclaim a new doctrine of preemption which is understood by few and feared by many.

Aug 19, 2006, 00:00

"The Attending" - a poem of hope: Fred Chappell

And doing calmly what we ought to do,

As they did then, a world ago.

Aug 8, 2006, 00:00

Gorbachev says U.S. is sowing world 'disorder' --- Ex-Soviet premier blasts Bush as helping create 'very dangerous' situation

MOSCOW - Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev criticized the United States, and President Bush in particular, on Friday (July 27, 2007) for sowing disorder across the world by seeking to build an empire.

Jul 27, 2007, 00:00

Our Faith Today - a sermon by Dr. Judith E. Meyer
Joseph Hough, president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, 
has given memorable interviews recently (January 2002) on National Public 
Radio and in The New York Times, sounding a provocative and timely 
call to come to grips with the reality of religious pluralism in our world.

Jul 27, 2007, 00:00

"Why a First Strike Will Surely Backfire" - William Galston (June 16, 2002)

Don't say: "How could we have known?"  William Galston told us so.  Just two weeks following President George W. Bush's pronouncement of his new preemption strategy, The Washington Post published Galston's fateful opinion "Why a First Strike Will Surely Backfire." 

Contrary to the profound advice of Galston and others, the Bush administration and much of the American public and our leadership rushed headlong into a unilaterial war of choice against Iraq, thinking "cakewalk" and "liberation," and expecting "bouquets of flowers" and the grateful appreciation of the Iraqi people.  We were confident - "America knows best!"

Dec 16, 2006, 00:00

"Who's to blame for Iraq?" by David H. Jones

It's not just Bush - the Democrats complied, and citizens failed to care.

The Democratic Party failed in the only task that an opposition party has, which is to oppose; not for the sake of obstinacy, but for the sake of making the governing party prove its case. During the rush to war, the Democrats asked few hard questions. They rarely said "show me." Instead, they held the door open so the bulls could run around inside the china shop. They were afraid the Train of Trumped Up Patriotism would leave them at the station of Electoral Defeat, so they bought first-class tickets and jumped aboard.

Nov 23, 2006, 00:00

"The End Times and the Times of Ending" - a sermon: Joseph C. Hough, Jr.

There are Christians, using the book of Revelation as their guide, who have seized on fear generated by the bombing of the twin towers, the continued killing in Israel and Palestine, the war in Afghanistan, the Iraqi war, and the continuing threat of terrorism to intensify speculation that these events are foretold in the Book of Revelation.  That in turn means that God is acting to bring the world to the End Times


Second, there is another way of reading the book of Revelation that sees God acting quite differently to sustain our faith and hope in these days, days which for many of us are not the beginning of the end. 

Aug 19, 2006, 00:00