Bush 43 Library to be Protested by Ministers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Some ministers will use a PR campaign to try to stop George W. Bush's presidential library from being built at Southern Methodist University.

Opponents have hired a Maine public relations firm to design ads for Methodist publications.

The Reverend Andrew Weaver of Brooklyn, New York, says the goal is informing people about the center's partisan think tank.

Weaver says some Methodists believe Bush policies -- like the war with Iraq and torturing foreign prisoners - conflict with church teachings.

Critics are launching the campaign before July's meeting of the United Methodist Church's South Central Jurisdiction, which owns the land for the Bush complex.

Last year a smaller church council authorized SMU to lease land to the Bush Foundation for the spread. SMU officials say that's all the approval needed.

Bush has said his center will be a place to promote freedom.

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