U.S. Rainbow Sash Movement (RSM) joins the growing voices of religious
organizations that believe the Bush administration should publicly state
a clear and measurable plan for the timely, responsible and sustainable
withdrawal of U.S. and coalition forces from Iraq. The mounting deaths
and casualties of U.S. and coalition service men and women, Iraqis, and
U.S. and international civilians in Iraq, both straight and LGBT call
out for justice and for an end to this violence.
As Catholic LGBT citizens we are motivated both by our deep faith and abiding
commitment to the Church’s teachings on peace, of our church and
our love of this nation. It is clear to us that the best course for us
to serve both God and country is to proclaim our opposition to this administration’s
war and publicly encourage you and all people of faith and conscience to
do the same.
We agree with the summation of Archbishop Hamao when he suggested that
Saddam’s use of poison gas against Kurdish civilians was not all
that different from the United States dropping the atomic bomb on Japan
to end World War II. Who than claims the moral high ground? Everyone knows
the way it turned out. War doesn’t resolve problems. Besides being
bloody, it’s useless.
The RSM criticizes President George W. Bush for failing in 2003 to listen
to the late pope’s warnings about the war in Iraq, and says that
Bush unleashed the very forces of death, destruction and dislocation that
Pope John Paul II worked relentlessly to avoid.
Three years of U.S. occupation have left more than 1,600 U.S. soldiers
dead and more than 10,000 seriously wounded. Tens of thousands of Iraqis
have died and countless numbers have been wounded. The Iraqi resistance
to the occupation has grown in numbers and sophistication, waging daily
attacks on both U.S. forces and the Iraqi government. Reports from Iraq
indicate that a full-scale civil war is now possible.
We must pray, and than we must walk the journey of peace. There can be
no moral muteness in a time of war for LGBT Catholics. Therefore the Rainbow
Sash Movement is endorsing the “March on Washington” to end
the War on Iraq Sept. 24 – 26 and calls on all LGBT Catholics and
others to support this peace march.