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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Update on Moral Maze
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. They worked. This morning they called me up to say they didn't need me anymore because they'd got Bruce Kent (right), veteran disarmament campaigner, friend of Norman Kember and elder statesman of the peace movement. I've gotten to know Bruce fairly well over the last few months as we've worked together to plan vigils and actions towards the release of Norman and co. So I was delighted to have him speaking on behalf of Norman and CPT on this wickedly difficult talk show. This afternoon I called him up and briefed him on some of the talking points about CPT I'd put together.

So how did he do? Judge for yourself. The 45 minute show focused entirely on the question of the morality and effectiveness of Norman Kember's mission and Christian Peacemaker Teams vision. The debate was raucous and challenging and toward the end, way way more abstract and intellectual than anything you'll ever hear on American radio, even NPR. I had to stop the playback twice and rewind it just to follow the arguments going on. These British folks are serious about their moral ponderings. Favorite quote: "Jesus is an awkward figure for people like me" from Allan Billings, a Christian professor of ethics who wholeheartedly supporter the Iraq War. But the trumper is this: when the producer mentioned him to me she said, "he's unusual among clergy in that he supported the war". If only some day back home. If only...

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