Interfaith Leaders Urge President Obama: 'No War with Iran'

April 05, 2012

Christian, Jewish, Muslim organizations support diplomacy efforts to resolve issue of Iran's nuclear program and tensions among Iran, Israel and U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A letter to President Obama from 13 national interfaith organizations asks him not to go to war with Iran. The letter's endorsers include Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations that affirm that "peace is at the center" of their religious traditions.
The letter supports the Obama administration's efforts to employ diplomacy to resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program and resulting tensions among Iran, Israel, and the United States.
Among endorsers of the letter are the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society, Sojourners, Islamic Society of North America, Tikkun/Network of Spiritual Progressives, and Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington office are also among the letters signers. (The complete list is at the bottom of the letter. See link below.)
The letter says war would be "a disaster of global proportions." It also cautions that an attack would give Iran the greatest incentive to develop a nuclear weapon, not deter it from doing so.
According to public reports, the Obama administration has held only three official meetings with Iran, totaling approximately an hour of one-on-one talks. The faith groups believe this is insufficient to alleviate the tensions surrounding Iran's nuclear program.
Read interfaith letter in its entirety here.