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Anti-war UM Leaders Linked With Communist Party In US, UM Women House Communist Office

March 28, 2003 9:10 a.m.
Tennessee’s Commies
Red in the antiwar movement.

Peace can make for interesting bedfellows, as citizens of Nashville and environs have recently discovered. Indeed, the state's most revered and self-congratulatory peace activists have been exposed, by talk radio, as being deeply in bed with the Communist party.

No ifs, ands, or buts about it.


Many of the members were hardly a surprise. The center is affiliated with clergy and laity concerned about war, so one would expect to find religious organizations on the roster. There are, including the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, Church Women United, the Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Congregation, the Interfaith Alliance of Middle Tennessee, and the Social Concerns Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Church.

What caught Valentine's eye, however, was the acronym CPUSA — the Communist party. Holy cow. What are the commies doing there? After all, about the only peace they've provided is the peace of the grave. Valentine's antennae were twitching as he went to the CPUSA's main website, scrolled down to the "contact the CPUSA" section, and found the listing for the Middle Tennessee Chapter.


Valentine's listeners won't let the story drop. "I try to talk about the war, but most of them want to talk about the Peace and Justice center. I'm finding out something new about the center every day. One listener pointed out that the Methodist Women, who are part of the peace coalition, own the building in which the CPUSA/Nashville Peace and Justice offices are. I've gotten tons of e-mails and phone calls from lay Methodists who are outraged that their tithes are going to this."

Dave Shiflett is a member of the White House Writers Group.

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