Warnock called on Americans to repent for Iraq War: ‘America may well lose its soul

Warnock called on Americans to repent for Iraq War: 'America may well lose its soul'

佐治亚州 参议院候选人Rev. 拉斐尔·沃诺克 spoke at events organized by a religious group that called on Christians to repent for military action in 伊拉克 between at least 2007 和 2009.

沃诺克, the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, was part of a group called theChristian Peace Witness for Iraq,” seeking tofoster a serious nationwide discussion on following Jesus in matters of conscience and duty, violence and nonviolence, war and peacethrough itsConscience in Warproject.

Warnock spoke at a March 2007 Christian Peace Witness 事件 at the National Cathedral in Washington, 直流电, according to multiple reports. One video from Fox 5 直流. showed Warnock (time stamp: 2:05) speaking at the altar of the cathedral during the event.

一个 invitation to the event read: “As followers of Jesus Christ….our faith compels us to make our voice heard — to repent of our complicity with the invasion and occupation of Iraq and to renew our commitment to peacemaking.

We need a surge in troops in the nonviolent army of the Lord,” 沃诺克 说过 during the event, 根据一个 2007 episode of NPR’sWeekend Editioncovering Christian-led protests against the U.S. invasion of Iraq. “The danger confronting America is not that we may lose the war. The real danger is that America may well lose its soul.

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Warnock did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Fox News.

At the same event, the reverend said Congress hadproven to be totally morally inept to intervene and too politically compromised to act with real conviction,” 根据 a March 2007 report from the National Council of Churches, USA (NCC) News Service.

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Our soul’s in danger,” Warnock said, also referencing the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster, as NCC News reported. “When you have the money to bomb and rebuild Baghdad but no money to rebuild New Orleans, soul’s in danger.

Warnock’s speech echoed similar statements made by Martin Luther King Jr., who had said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

拉斐尔·沃诺克, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. 参议院, speaks during a campaign rally in Marietta, 嘎. Warnock and U.S. 它的. Kelly Loeffler are in a runoff election for the Senate seat. (美联社照片/布林·安德森, 文件)

拉斐尔·沃诺克, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. 参议院, speaks during a campaign rally in Marietta, 嘎. Warnock and U.S. 它的. Kelly Loeffler are in a runoff election for the Senate seat. (美联社照片/布林·安德森, 文件)

2007 was the deadliest year for U.S. soldiers in Iraq with as many as 899 我们. military members killed that year, according to multiple 报告 当时.

Warnock also spoke 在 2009 “White House worship and witnessevent with Christian Peace Witness, where one faith group called on the Obama administration to repent for the Iraq war.

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship executive director Rick Ufford-Chase, who attended the 2009 事件, said the fellowship washopefulthat President Obamaor a spokespersonwould join the groupfor worship or to receive the bread,” which represented repentance for the war, according to a press release from the Presbyterian Church USA.

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在 2009, 至少 11 在......之外 148 American troops killed in Iraq were from Georgia, VOA News 已报告.

沃诺克 came under fire in November after a 2011 sermon resurfaced during which he said nobody could serveGod and the military.

“美国, nobody can serve God and the military,” Warnock said during the sermon titledWhen Truth Meets Power.” “You can’t serve God and money. You cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. 美国, choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose ye this day.

Warnock has defended the reference, 告诉福克斯新闻, “This sermon is based on a biblical verse that reads, ‘No man can serve two masters…Ye cannot serve God and mammon,’ a biblical term for wealth.

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Reverend Warnock was speaking about the need to commit to moral life before pursuing other priorities,” Warnock’s communications director, Terrence Clark, 在一个 声明. “As the video of the congregation’s response makes clear, this is another blatant effort by [Georgia Sen.] Kelly Loeffler to take Reverend Warnock’s words completely out of context. Given her own decision to spend her first days in the U.S. Senate profiting off the pandemic, perhaps she should watch the sermon more closely.

Loeffler slammed Warnock’s reference asdespicable, disgusting and wrongin a Nov. 18 tweet after footage from Warnock’s 2011 sermon resurfaced. The Georgia Republican did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Fox News regarding Warnock’s Christian Peace Witness speeches.

福克斯新闻’ Caitlin McFall对此报告做出了贡献.

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