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Religious Anti-War Movement Update

Sider called the United States the most powerful and dominant force in the world since the Roman Empire. "Do we use that power for shorter-term self-interest or do we take the lead and create a different kind of world that is genuinely free and democratic?" he asked.

Jim Wallis of the Washington-based Sojourners community said, however, that it won't be enough for U.S. faith groups to merely oppose or protest what is increasingly being called the "Bush Doctrine" in foreign policy; it will be necessary to develop concrete, specific alternatives to U.S. policy

"Churches have to say more than `no,"' Wallis said. "Having an alternative (policy) is better."