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Where did we acquire the notion that Iraqi men, women and children are less important to God than the men, women and children in New York or Washington, D.C. or any other city in our nation? Yet our policies have made the nation of Iraq a Death Camp.

As of July, 2006, according to the most reliable studies, the war in Iraq had taken the lives of 655,000 Iraqis who would not have died had there been no invasion or occupation. That ghastly figure represents our great cities of Boston or Baltimore.

It may be time for another American Revolution, not a violent one, but one which states loud and clear that the policies of war, the policies that allow the rich to become richer at the expense of the poor are unacceptable and they will no longer be tolerated. My friends, there is indeed a class warfare being conducted in this nation-it is a war waged by the wealthiest and the most powerful citizens against the poor and the middle class.

Walter Rauschenbusch, that great Baptist prophet from another Gilded Age said it best, “there can be no hope of political equality unless there is also an approximate economic equality.”

And I would remind the faith communities of our nation that:

  • Piosity without Peacemaking is meaningless.
  • Promoting family values without pursuing justice for all is hypocrisy.
  • Orthodoxy without orthopraxis is dead-it is faith without works.
  • Worship without working for justice is tantamount to blasphemy.
  • To pray to God, to speak of God, to sing to God while failing to get out to change the world for God is to use God’s name in vain.
  • To be a witness does not just mean talking to someone about Jesus, it means giving witness to one’s faith in the social, political, and economic spheres of our own time.”