Anti-war protesters take cause to churches

Since October 2007, a small group of demonstrators has visited 20 Westchester churches during Sunday morning services, silently unfurled banners of protest against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and waited for a reaction.

They have received scattered applause in a few churches and have been invited to stay for coffee in several.

But they have been thrown out of other churches – often with anger and sometimes with a touch of force – and have been called communists, narcissists, morons, pinkos, wackos, fools and words that can’t be printed.

Some church pastors support the group’s anti-war stance, if not their methods of protest, while others condemn the unannounced visits as tactless intrusions on worship.

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