What kind of conventions or conferences we do need?
January 11, 2002

It is important that we work our goals before any conference.

What we want to accomplish?
And what we want to give to people to know and act?
What we want people to do and immediately?
How we can stay in contact with the activists and continue our work for justice, and TRUTH?
How we want the media and the White House know about our concerns?

I have been to conferences ... as you have been ... we spoke, we spoke ... we listened ... we felt taken by the speakers, we applauded and we stood for then and thanked them with great enthusiasm ... then we went back home, and little was done.
We had sometimes congressmen, senators, we made some lobbying in the White House, we wrote letters and worked statements ...

The most important is not the CONFERENCE, it is what we want to accomplish DURING, AND AFTER.

Every year we have MORE THAN 10 conferences here and there, I CAN NAME THEM ALL... and they all speak about or around the same subjects or themes (adding some dots, full stops, or comma here and there!!!), and for years now ...
 

What we need to try to do is, I think:
A conference that can bring the MAJOR KNOWN RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND LAY PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY THE USA .
They should find out that they should BE THE CONSCIENCE OF THE NATION when the administration looses to sell it policy of double standard and its foreign policy that make from us as Americans the most hated people in the world.
A RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND LAY PEOPLE CONFERENCE that want to have as a GLOBAL DECISION FOR ALL after the CONFERENCE TO DARE TO SPEAK OUT in every single THEIR churchES, templES, synagoguES the SAME LANGUAGE and READ THE SAME STATEMENT that SHOULD bring back to our nation its constitution and its CONSCIENCE over HUMAN RIGHTS, FREEDOM, EQUALITY AND LOVE ... CAN BE A CONFERENCE THAT CAN SAVE THE USA AND THE WORLD.
AND DARE TO POINT OUT THE FINGER ON WHY WE BECAME THIS KIND OF PEOPLE.
ENOUGH SAYING IT IN LOW VOICES HERE AND THERE ...WE SHOULD START TO SAY IT OPENLY AND SHOW OUR LOVE TO OUR REAL NATION THAT WAS CREATED TO BRING JUSTICE, PEACE, EQUALITY, LOVE, LIBERTY, DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM TO ITSELF AND TO THE WORLD

RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND LAY PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A MISSION, AND NOW AND IMMEDIATELY THEY ARE ALL CALLED TO THIS SAME MISSION: A WORLD BASED ON JUSTICE, PEACE AND TRUTH AND NOT ON SELF INTERESTS AND ECONOMY.

I hope for such a conference.

Please see my work on this at:
http://www.al-bushra.org/Religious/Oreligious.html

Fr. Labib Kobti
San Francisco