Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Tom Fox lived for peace but died a violent death, shot multiple times, his body dumped in a trash-strewn Baghdad neighbourhood after he was kidnapped. Yet colleagues of the Virginia peace activist suggested absolution for his killers at a memorial service that celebrated his life. Titled Reflections on Compassion and Forgiveness, the service featured a black banner in Fox's memory: "To those who held Tom we declare: God has forgiven you." It was the message of Christian Peacemaker Teams, the Toronto- and Chicago-based peace group that Fox served in Iraq after he quit his job running a grocery store in Springfield. The Rev Carol Rose, the organization's co-director, told more than 200 of Fox's friends and colleagues that the banner was hung in Baghdad after his body was discovered last month. [From the Washington Post, USA. More here]

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