12/08/2006

We Anglicans must be doing something right.

First it was The Archbishop of York camping out for peace. Then it was the Scots: They rallied against the arms trade and nuclear arms in particular. Then it was the Archbishop of Canterbury, speaking on the need for England to look again at the Trident Submarine program.Now the news comes that the Bishop of California, Bishop Marc Andrus has gotten himself arrested for opposing the War in Iraq. (See Fr. Jake's fine take on this HERE. We have leaders who are doing some leading.

It’s all linked. Selling arms to a fractious world is a nasty business, owning weapons whose sole use is mass destruction (no matter their strategic purpose as deterrent) is a risky gamble, and for sure preemptive war is a morally dangerous affair. So it seems to me that the Church has every business calling this business of military / industrial / business and legislative complexes just what it is: idolatry. It is not just worshiping but sleeping with the Golden Calf.

Peace, in the camp and on the mountain, among the people and in the presence of God, is the answer. Thank God there are those who are getting on with it.

Thank you York, Primus, Canterbury, and thank you Bishop Andrus.

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