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The United Methodist Church’s controversial General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) hosted a three-day “Peace on the Korean Peninsula” forum last week in Washington, D.C. One particular panel discussion was titled “How People of Faith Can Advocate for Peace” and featured several religious leaders addressing what the church has the potential to do in order to restore peace between the U.S. and its adversaries.
Legislative Associate for International Affairs of the Mennonites Central Committee, Charissa Zehr, surely unified listeners in what is a core Christian principle: serving God’s people. Zehr centered her argument on the insistence that not only Christians but all people of faith should be aware of the humanitarian efforts that are being made in North Korea but more importantly the desperate need for them to be continued.
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In addition to Zehr’s perspective, Anthony Wier (Legislative Secretary for the Friends Committee on National Legislation) addressed essential views about the role of the U.S. government in the current situation with North Korea. Wier spoke on his observation that the U.S. Congress is stuck between political forces.
One force is the belief that “it is really bad politics to let a country, particularly a small country like North Korea, somehow acquire the capability to fundamentally threaten Seoul or Tokyo or Los Angeles or New York.” The other force Wier acknowledges is the conviction in Congress that Americans are essentially against the idea of the U.S. getting involved with North Korea in a manner that would not be easily swept out of sight and out of mind.
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Wier explains that because Congress remains torn between these two dilemmas, they have refrained from providing a solid answer on the North Korea situation. As he put it, “the sound of silence of Congress on matters of war and peace is very loud, and this is no...
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