Posted by: morgan1965 | November 18, 2009

Urging a Pullout from Afghanistan

I recently joined with 76 colleague bishops in calling for President Obama to remove the US troops from Afghanistan. In a letter sent to President Obama on November 10, 2009 we stated: “We believe that there is no path to military victory in Afghanistan.”

We bishops are well aware that President Obama is considering a new military strategy for Afghanistan. We are also aware of the fact that our men and women are being killed in this never ending war. Afghanistan’s civilian population has been suffering from the ravages of continuing war.

I join with my colleague bishops in remembering an honoring those persons who have died or have been wounded in the war.

When I was born, World War II was raging. It was soon followed by the Korean War. At a later time the Vietnam War raged during my college days. During my life time, the US has been involved in numerous wars.

In a statement labeled “Military Service,” the United Methodist Church has declared:

We deplore war and urge the peaceful settlement of all disputes among nations. From the beginning, the Christian conscience has struggled with the harsh realities of violence and war, for these evils clearly frustrate God’s loving purposes for humankind. We yearn for the day when there will be no more war and people will live together in peace and justice. Some of us believe that war, and other acts of violence, are never acceptable to Christians. We also acknowledge that many Christians believe that, when peaceful alternatives have failed, the force of arms may regretfully be preferable to unchecked aggression, tyranny and genocide. We honor the witness of pacifists who will not allow us to become complacent about war and violence. We also respect those who support the use of force, but only in extreme situations and only when the need is clear beyond reasonable doubt, and through appropriate international organizations. We urge the establishment of the rule of law in international affairs as a means of elimination of war, violence, and coercion in these affairs.[“The United Methodist Book of Discipline, 2008]

Is there not a more peaceful solution in our quest to protect the US?

I will continue to hold President Obama in my prayers as he makes a decision about the war in Afghanistan.


  1. I applaud your visionary insight and courageous leadership – characteristics expected of United Methodist bishops, but sometimes forgotten by active bishops. May your leadership continue to be a blessing to West Virginia Methodists!

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