Christians arrested during Washington protest over Sudan - news from ekklesia

By staff writers
August 3, 2004

Christians arrested during Washington protest over Sudan

-3/8/04

The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington DC arrested Rev Bob Turner and another pastor for "Unlawful Assembly," after they climbed up the steps of the Sudanese Embassy, knelt and prayed.

Rev. Robert S. Turner, Coordinator of Government Relations and Special Projects for Chrirstian human rights group Jubilee Campaign USA, joins a long list of citizens who are demanding an end to the genocide in Sudan.

Last week Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Rabbi David Saperstein and Zach Rosenberg of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism were also arrested in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. and taken into custody.

"My act of civil disobedience is a small gesture, a tiny sacrifice compared to what the people of Darfur are enduring everyday," Turner shared from his heart before he mounted the steps of the Sudanese Embassy.

"But I undertake it because I believe in a God who honors small acts of faithfulness. I undertake it as a symbolic gesture to point up the injustices the people of Darfur and so many others throughout the world suffer every day, and to declare that God ordains their freedom. I undertake it because, as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who suffered unjustly and died to bring salvation, peace and liberation to all God's children, I cannot do otherwise."

Jubilee Campaign's newest staff member solemnly climbed the narrow steps of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC, and knelt in prayer with another minister, thereby trespassing as an act of protest to decry the genocide in Sudan.

"As a follower of Jesus Christ, who epitomized the struggle for justice on behalf of the marginalized poor, I am deeply distressed by the events unfolding in the Darfur region of Sudan," said Turner.

"I applaud Congress for having the courage to call what is happening there by its rightful name-genocide-and I urge President Bush, Secretary of State Powell, and the rest of the present administration to follow Congress's lead. With the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians hanging in the balance, it is no time for quibbling about semantics. I, and many others like me across the US, call on the administration to use all the tools at its disposal, short of violent military action, to bring about a peaceful resolution to this conflict and to expedite the delivery of humanitarian aid to the victims of the crisis in Sudan and Chad."

Members of the campaign say that sanctions against Sudan are not enough, and want the White House and United Nations to declare the horrors in Sudan genocide which would should prompt more immediate action to protect the people of Darfur.

Christians arrested during Washington protest over Sudan

-3/8/04

The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington DC arrested Rev Bob Turner and another pastor for "Unlawful Assembly," after they climbed up the steps of the Sudanese Embassy, knelt and prayed.

Rev. Robert S. Turner, Coordinator of Government Relations and Special Projects for Chrirstian human rights group Jubilee Campaign USA, joins a long list of citizens who are demanding an end to the genocide in Sudan.

Last week Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Rabbi David Saperstein and Zach Rosenberg of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism were also arrested in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. and taken into custody.

"My act of civil disobedience is a small gesture, a tiny sacrifice compared to what the people of Darfur are enduring everyday," Turner shared from his heart before he mounted the steps of the Sudanese Embassy.

"But I undertake it because I believe in a God who honors small acts of faithfulness. I undertake it as a symbolic gesture to point up the injustices the people of Darfur and so many others throughout the world suffer every day, and to declare that God ordains their freedom. I undertake it because, as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who suffered unjustly and died to bring salvation, peace and liberation to all God's children, I cannot do otherwise."

Jubilee Campaign's newest staff member solemnly climbed the narrow steps of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC, and knelt in prayer with another minister, thereby trespassing as an act of protest to decry the genocide in Sudan.

"As a follower of Jesus Christ, who epitomized the struggle for justice on behalf of the marginalized poor, I am deeply distressed by the events unfolding in the Darfur region of Sudan," said Turner.

"I applaud Congress for having the courage to call what is happening there by its rightful name-genocide-and I urge President Bush, Secretary of State Powell, and the rest of the present administration to follow Congress's lead. With the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians hanging in the balance, it is no time for quibbling about semantics. I, and many others like me across the US, call on the administration to use all the tools at its disposal, short of violent military action, to bring about a peaceful resolution to this conflict and to expedite the delivery of humanitarian aid to the victims of the crisis in Sudan and Chad."

Members of the campaign say that sanctions against Sudan are not enough, and want the White House and United Nations to declare the horrors in Sudan genocide which would should prompt more immediate action to protect the people of Darfur.

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