WASHINGTON (AP) - A magazine of the United Methodist Church,
President Bush's denomination, features an article advocating "decolonization
and total independence" for the state of Hawaii.
The article in Christian Social Action, published by the
Methodists' General Board of Church and Society, is by the Rev. Kaleo
Patterson, executive director of the Hawaii Ecumenical Coalition.
Patterson contends Hawaii's status as one of the 50 states has been
"emptied of any legal or political legitimacy," and accuses
the United States of separating "a friendly nation from its
history, cultural roots, land, language and destiny. Hawaii today is
literally a kidnapped nation."
The magazine's issue, on the theme of colonialism, includes other
articles criticizing the "lack of political autonomy and
freedom" for Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth, and advocating
self-determination for Guam, a U.S. territory.
In response, a conservative Methodist critic, Mark Tooley of the
Institute on Religion and Democracy, said Christian Social Action and
its sponsoring board "are an embarrassment to the United
Methodist Church and should be put out of business."
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