Howard Zinn’s radio broadcasts’ call to echo Martin Luther King's sermon, Beyond Vietnam, a Time to Break Silence.
King Condemned US Wars & Unjust Overseas Predatory Investmentshttp://kingcondemneduswars.blogspot.com/2011/07/print-out-for-use-in-any-congregation.html
Petition to All Pastors
In the name of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we ask that you forthrightly and unequivocally condemn this blowing apart of our brothers and sisters and their children all around the world just as King condemned it.
We ask further that you condemn, as King did, the lies used to justify the murder and maiming of families in their own homes and villages, and the subversion, destabilization and destruction of their homelands in the interests of predatory investments,
Finally, just as Dr. King, in his sermon Beyond Vietnam - a Time to Break Silence, recounted to us the history of the lies, from 1945 onward, used to trick Americans into supporting the Vietnam war, we ask you to expose the lies that have concealed secret arrangements for CIA covert crimes against humanity in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere in the world since 1953, - arrangements that always originate within a dominant financial element that rules our society through ownership and manipulation of 98% of all electronic and print media sources of information.
Reverend, please repeat Martin Luther King’s public denunciation of American homicide abroad, currently being heartlessly practiced in six Muslim nations. King cried out, “The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World Today is My Own Government,” “Every man of humane convictions must protest, we must all protest.” King warned us, “Silence is betrayal” "The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those, who in times of moral crisis, maintain neutrality."
King was silenced so the imperialist wars he condemned could go on. We are no longer silent. May our clergy lead us in prosecuting those promoting war.
(100+ of the Congregation at Riverside Church signed, Sunday, July 10, 2011