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Religious leaders call for U.S. talks with Iran

Date: September 30, 2006

Religious Leaders Call For U.S. Talks With Iran

Citing deep concern about the direction the U.S. government has taken in the Middle East, religious leaders are urging "the media and Congress to take a stand now" and prevent a possible preemptive attack on Iran.

Evangelical Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders held a telephone conference with reporters Tuesday to highlight their appeal for the United States to engage in direct negotiations with Iran.

Organizers also released a statement on their Web site ( signed by more than 100 religious leaders and clerics urging diplomacy with Iran.

"We take the threat of nuclear weapons very seriously," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, a social justice group in Washington. But "we don't believe there is a military solution."

-- Religion News Service