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Additional reporting by Phoebe St. John, Joanna Khenkine and Mosi Secret.

Mainline Christian churches are strongly opposed to the Iraq war. Some 50 leaders of 13 denominations and five organizations told Bush (himself a Methodist) that they were opposed. Only the Southern Baptist Convention is for the war. "Finally," said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, "we come to a moment of last resort, and the United States is now leading a coalition of more than 40 nations from around the world that have not only perceived the danger but also have the courage of their convictions to act upon them and disarm Saddam Hussein and liberate the Iraqi people."TV images of downcast, frightened American soldiers have brought furious denunciations of the Iraqi military by U.S. leaders for violating the Geneva Conventions.
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