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Sunday, June 5, 2005

Son's death in Iraq brings father to anti-war pulpit.

The Boston Globe reports today:

Two years ago, Brian T. Hart, an avid supporter of the American military mission in Iraq, wrote to the Board of Selectmen in Bedford to complain about a 20-foot banner strung from the front of the First Parish church that read, "Speak Out For Peace."

Today, Hart, now a blistering critic of the campaign in Iraq, plans to return to the [Unitarian Universalist] church on the town green to speak out for peace at the pulpit.

The reason for his transformation: His son, Private First Class John D. Hart was killed outside Kirkuk, Iraq, in October 2003 when insurgents firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades attacked his unarmored Humvee.

Representative Martin T. Meehan, with whom Hart has worked to secure $700 million in funding for Humvee armor and who has offered a proposal for gradually withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, will also speak at the church today. ("Former Supporter Joins Foes Over War," Michael Levenson, Boston Globe 6.5.05, reg req'd)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 5 June 2005 at 9:31 AM

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3 comments:

Doug Muder:

June 5, 2005 10:15 PM | Permalink for this comment

Ah, Chris, you're making me feel guilty. I should have stayed for this and reported on it, but one church event per Sunday is about all I have the stamina for.

roger:

June 6, 2005 07:03 PM | Permalink for this comment

anyone who votes yes for a war should be required to have at least one child fighting in it, or go themselves.

Alex:

June 12, 2005 10:30 AM | Permalink for this comment

The war in Iraq was worth fighting when other people's children were dying, now that it's claimed his son it has become a bad idea? I hope he explained his conversion as something more than simplistic self-interest.



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