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UM Bishop Sprague Leads Anti-Bush Rally Saying President Won't Listen to UM Leaders Because They Aren't "right-wing and fundamentalistic"

Excerpts from Chicago Tribune, March 17, 2003

It was Chicago's contribution in a worldwide weekend of anti-war rallies and, if the protest did not match the size of those in foreign countries, organizers said it was this city's largest so far.

"We have only just begun to tell the truth about this unjust, immoral and unnecessary war," said Bishop C. Joseph Sprague of the United Methodist Church's Northern Illinois Conference. "We have only just begun to tell the truth about an administration that turns either a deaf ear or a closed door to the religious community, unless that religious community is right-wing and fundamentalistic."

Sprague joined leaders from other faiths and from politics, labor and community groups at the three-hour demonstration, which police Cmdr. John Risley said went off without incident and attracted a crowd estimated by police at 5,000.

At the Daley Plaza demonstration, a diverse crowd including suburban parents, unionized workers, clerics and seasoned activists spent three hours hearing speeches by Sprague, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), author Studs Terkel and Timothy Leahy, secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor, among others.

Copyright 2003, Chicago Tribune



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