Protesters Ask Former Baptist Minister, â€œWho Would Jesus Bomb?â€
by Mike Ferner
by Mike Ferner
With 40 percent of Iowaâ€™s Republican caucus voters expected to come from the ranks of conservative Christians, peace activists occupied Mike Huckabeeâ€™s campaign headquarters in Iowaâ€™s capital city today with signs asking the former Baptist minister, â€œWho Would Jesus Bomb?â€
Eight members of the Iowa Occupation Project and Voices for Creative Nonviolence arrived at Huckabeeâ€™s Locust St. campaign office early Monday afternoon, waiting for the former Arkansas governorâ€™s reply to a letter delivered two months ago that sought his pledge to completely withdraw from Iraq within 100 days of assuming office; halt all military actions against Iraq and Iran; fund the rebuilding of Iraq as well as health, education and infrastructure needs in the U.S.; and â€œâ€¦the highest quality health care, education and jobs training benefits for veterans of our countryâ€™s Armed Services.â€
PEACE ACTIVISTS OCCUPY HUCKABEEâ€™S IOWA CAMPAIGN OFFICE
Des Moines â€“ Brian Terrell, director of the Catholic Peace Ministry in Des Moines, said approximately 35 reporters, including a number of international journalists, were at Huckabeeâ€™s office during the protest.
Terrell said in addition to the â€œWho Would Jesus Bomb?â€ banner, the eight protesters held signs that read, â€œEnd Iraq Warâ€ and â€œNo War with Iran,â€ sang the refrain from â€œAuld Lang Syne,â€ chanted â€˜Who Would Jesus Bomb?â€™ and then read names of Iraqis and U.S. soldiers killed in the war.
Kathy Kelly, Mona Shaw and Robert Braam occupying Mike Huckabee's Des Moines campaign office
Sgt. Vincent Valdez of the Des Moines Police Department said officers responded to an early afternoon complaint from the Huckabee Campaign office and arrested Robert Braam, Mona Shaw and Kathy Kelly, on charges of trespassing. He said the three were among a group â€œholding signs, singing and reading aloud, basically making a disturbance.â€ Valdez said the officers had no trouble making the arrests and the three were taken to the Polk County jail.
In a news release issued earlier by the Des Moines Catholic Worker, Kelly, co-director of VCNV, was quoted as saying, â€œWeâ€™re very respectful of the Iowa caucus process and the long history behind it but we feel quite strongly that the issues of this war must be inserted into the process of narrowing down the candidates for the presidential election.â€
Huckabee spokesperson, Eric Woolson, could not be reached for comment after several attempts.