Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 2, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On November 2, 2002 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "as general secretary for the National Council of Churches, [Robert] Edgar is a leader in the increasingly broad religious opposition to war on Iraq. Some are calling the movement the biggest show of solidarity against war since Vietnam. Some faiths have been silent on the war. Jewish organizations have remained mostly mum on the issue. Some of them fear that support for the war would be interpreted as pro-Israeli or anti-Palestinian. Imam Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida in Orlando, said his group has not protested openly to avoid a confusing message. He supports the removal of Saddam Hussein, but does not think this is the time for war with Iraq, he said. Amal Kurdi was among a group of students at the University of South Florida last week who carried signs in the rain against the war. The Muslim student was encouraged by the stream of honking horns in support of their effort."