Encourage your Members of Congress to support diplomacy with Iran and to oppose actions that would undermine diplomatic efforts.
Background: Periodic talks continue between Iran and the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., Russia, France, China, Germany). Having all of the parties come to the table is a welcome step, as diplomacy is essential if the differences between the U.S. and Iranian governments are ever to be resolved.
Congress’ actions can either undermine or support diplomatic talks. It is critical that they hear constituent support for diplomacy.
In the House, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) has introduced a bipartisan bill in favor of diplomacy. The bill would eliminate the "no contact" policy that currently prohibits U.S. diplomats from any direct communication with Iranian diplomats without advance approval. While the bill does not rule out military action altogether, it would make it more difficult to carry out military action against Iran.
In the meantime, the Senate could take up a new sanctions package against Iran.
Faith Reflection: Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3)
As historic peace churches, Anabaptists believe that no country should have nuclear weapons. We support diplomatic efforts to dissuade Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. But we also continue to call on the U.S. government to reduce its stockpile of 5,000 nuclear weapons.
Action: Encourage your Members of Congress to support diplomacy with Iran and to oppose actions that would undermine diplomatic efforts.
Then, think about ways to multiply these efforts - encourage friends, family, congregation members and others to also contact Congress. If you would like someone to speak in your congregation on Iran, contact the MCC Washington Office.
Alert updated July 3, 2012 by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, Director, email@example.com.