Methodists pray for Bush, Cheney but criticize missile defense plan

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2001

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The bishops of the United Methodist Church offered special prayers for two of their best-known members, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, but issued a resolution opposing their national missile defense system.

The bishops said at a meeting that the missile plan was ''illusory, unnecessary and wasteful'' and urged their 8.4 million members to oppose it.

The bishops also called on the United States to take the following actions: Use all available measures -- including a funding cutoff to Israel -- to stop human rights violations and new Jewish settlements on the West Bank; halt all military exercises in the Puerto Rican island of Vieques; and, help unify the two Koreas.

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