Peace rallies draw dozens


Huma Chaudhry, 15, of Hagerstown, was one of about 30 people rallying for peace in the Middle East on the square in Waynesboro Saturday afternoon.

"I am Muslim, and Islam preaches peace," Huma said. She attended the rally with her mother and her mother's friend. She also participated in a Palestinian peace rally at George Washington University.

Most of the protesters carried signs such as, "Stop the War Now," "Honk if You're for Peace," and "As the waters remain peaceful, so shall we."

Father Steve Harris of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Waynesboro stood on the sunny square talking with other marchers. He delineated his reasons for attending the vigil.


"The concept of a just war ... I don't see preemption as a portion of that. I believe in the force of world opinion. It's important that the UN be involved.

"We need to allow the (weapons) inspectors to do their job and continue the pressure of inspection to create a better environment in the Middle East. And I think this is an opportunity to look at our own stockpiling of weapons of mass destruction."

Harris, who twice marched for peace in Washington, D.C., and made vigils in Chambersburg, Pa., and Gettysburg, Pa., said that in most places the response of passersby is mixed.

Greencastle, Pa., resident Rev. Doug Hodges of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches agreed.

He rallied with 70 to 80 people on Chambersburg's square earlier in the day. He said the marchers were mostly well-received, and some drivers blew their horns, "we assumed in support (of our cause)."

Some, he said, yelled, "Communist." His sign read, "Inspections, not Invasions."

A prayer vigil for peace at Zion United Church of Christ in Chambersburg that morning drew about 20 people, Hodges said. Another rally was scheduled on the Shippensburg square in the afternoon.

Also attending the Waynesboro vigil was a spitz mix dog named Chewi, whose sign read, "Bones, not Bombs." Accompanying Chewi to her first such event were her owners, Stanley and Ruth Davis of Waynesboro.

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