A hot story today, at least in the blogosphere hothouse, is the reaction of Christian Peacemaker Teams to the happy news that three of its associates were freed from captivity in Iraq.
As most of the world knows, this rescue was accomplished by coalition forces. But in its release, expressing happiness (which all share) about the three workers' release, CPT didn't find time to say two words to the rescuers: "Thank you."
Here's my letter to CPT today:
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Box 6508Chicago, IL 60680-6508
Dear Madam or Sir*:
When I read in news reports that in your press release, you failed to mention those who had risked their lives to rescue your coworkers, I figured that had to be wrong.
Then I went to your website, and read your statement, on your own website.
Not one word, in your public statement, of gratitude, or even acknowledgement, of those who acted to save your friends’ lives.
I notice you did find time and space to criticize the multi-national forces. Twice.
This leaves me amazed. You profess to be Christian. But the Christianity I practice and profess includes gratitude as a fundamental virtue.
I am trying to explain, to myself, why you would behave this way. If it is merely an omission, it is a very telling one. If it was deliberate, please explain to me how you can justify that.
Father Martin Fox
In a hand-written P.S., I told CPT I'd post this letter--and any reply--on this site. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, you can go to CPT's site and read its release for yourself. If you find any words of gratitude, expressed to the rescuers, let me know.
*I did try to find a contact name on the website; I was unsuccessful.