from the Winston-Salem, NC, Journal –
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The National Coalition of American Nuns is impelled by conscience to call you to act promptly to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for … high crimes and misdemeanors,Ã¢â‚¬Â the group wrote in a letter written on behalf of its board members.
The letter says that impeachment is warranted for their Ã¢â‚¬Å“deceiving the public under the false pretense that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destructionÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“destroyingÃ¢â‚¬Â the reputation of the United States and the good will of other nations.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The time for impeachment is now Ã¢â‚¬â€ before the example of George W. BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s regime is set in stone,Ã¢â‚¬Â they wrote. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Future generations will thank you for preserving the freedom of our nation and its relation to the entire human community.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The coalition was founded in 1969 for individual nuns dedicated to issues of social justice and human rights.
The letter was approved during a mid-August meeting of the board, held in Chicago. During that same meeting, the board unanimously adopted statements opposing all war and affirming peacemaking efforts. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rather than continuing support of a just-war theory, a more compassionate church would oppose all war and teach peacemaking skills for all levels of government and interpersonal conflict resolution,Ã¢â‚¬Â the statement reads.
The board also adopted statements pledging to work to Ã¢â‚¬Å“moderate the impact we make on planet Earth,Ã¢â‚¬Â and supporting nuclear disarmament and relief efforts for the poor in Africa.