Century Marks

Church discipline or politics? Two United Methodists from Iowa are trying to get fellow Methodists George Bush and Dick Cheney kicked out of church for their part in the war in Iraq. And a Catholic in California is seeking to have John Kerry excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church because of his position on abortion. The Methodists have created a Web site (www.theymustrepent.com) to solicit signatures on a petition to subject the president and vice president to Methodist church discipline. Although they admit that their gambit is politically motivated, they said they decided to take such action because the president claims his decision to go to war was guided by prayer. The anti-Kerry Catholic activist in California claims he is not trying to determine the outcome of the election, but he felt compelled to defend the faith (Des Moines Register, October 26).


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