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‘Anti-war mom’ will be in Glenwood

Cindy Sheehan, right, hugs Susan House, whose son U.S. Navy medic John Daniel House, was killed in a January helicopter crash in Iraq, as John's widow, Melanie House, 27, left, holds her son James, 8 months, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, in Crawford, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Barbara Davidson)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Give peace a chance.Like the John Lennon song, that’s the message Jim Chenoweth hopes will resonate during Cindy Sheehan’s visit to Glenwood Springs on Sept. 16.”We’ve been trying to get more respectful conversation between people who have different views,” said Chenoweth, of the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition. “We are trying to be for peaceful resolution of conflict, instead of war.”Sheehan, whose son, Army Specialist Casey A. Sheehan, was killed in Iraq on April 4, has camped outside of President Bush’s Texas ranch in Crawford most of August.

As a founding member of Gold Star Families for Peace, Sheehan has called for soldiers to be pulled out of Iraq. She also wants to discuss the matter of her son’s death one-on-one with Bush.”This is quite amazing,” said Glenwood Springs resident Dean Moffatt, the organizer of Sheehan’s appearance, which will take place at the First United Methodist Church. “She’s on the international radar screen and she’s coming to Glenwood Springs.”To some, an anti-war protester appearing at a church may be inappropriate. Chenoweth said it’s the right fit. “I like the idea of having her at the church. War is a moral issue and a spiritual issue,” Chenoweth said. “Having her at the church makes sense. Isn’t there something in the Ten Commandments about ‘though shalt not kill?’

“I would rather have a church packed with people open to talking about faith than have it at an high school auditorium,” he said. “It’s so sad that this country is so polarized. It reminds me a lot of Vietnam. I’m hoping we can have more conversation about war.”A First United Methodist congregation member, Moffatt also defended the church’s decision to host the event.”The Methodist Church has a motto: Open minds, open hearts, open doors,” he said. “We are a venue for important issues of our times and our country. We strive to be a venue for responsible and cutting-edge issues.””If President Bush was in town and wanted to meet with people at our church we would welcome him,” he said. “We see Cindy as patriotic and a symbol for a part of the country that wants very much for the war to end and our soldiers to come home.”

Along with Glenwood Springs, Sheehan will appear in Grand Junction on Sept. 15 and Paonia on Sept. 17.Chenoweth will drive Sheehan to Paonia after the radio interview, an opportunity is excited about, he said. “Being a psychotherapist, I plan to ask her, ‘How can I support you during this time?'” he said. “I see a grieving mother – someone incensed and angry about the war. I want her to know we can help her get through this.”Vail, Colorado

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