OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD, SECRETARY HENRY KISSINGER AND AMBASSADOR JOHN SCALI
by Arnold R. Mickelson, Lutheran Council in the United States of America, Robert J. Marshall, Lutheran Church in America, Milton Carpenter, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, George S. Schultz, The American Lutheran Church, David W. Preus, J.A.O. Preus, Edward Lindell, Herbert Mueller, George F. Harkins
New York, New York, United States
November 20, 1974
Lutheran Council in the United States of America
Copy of an open letter to President Gerald R. Ford, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and Ambassador John Scali from the Executive Committee of the Lutheran Council in the United States of America. The letter says the Executive Committee, consisting of chief officials and representatives of three Lutheran church bodies comprising 8,259,294 members in the U.S., is appreciative of several positive actions taken by the United States in recent years to support a peaceful liberation of the people of Namibia. It points out that Lutherans have special concern for the Namibian people because over half the people of that land are Lutherans and their leaders have called upon Lutherans to support them in their peaceful quest for freedom. The letter urges generous funding for the Namibia Institute which will provide Namibians with education and training, concurrence with the principles of the Decree passed by the U.N. Council for Namibia to protect the natural wealth and resources of that country, denial of U.S. protection to those who violate its provisions, positive consideration for joining the U.N. Council for Namibia, and strong support for Congressional legislation governing American corporations that operate in Namibia. The letter also mentions the American Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the 1971 opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Security Council, discouragement of American investment in Namibia, repressive measures, mass arrest, American universities, scholarship, travel grants, the U.N. Fund for Namibia, the Fourth Committee of the United Nations Organization, transnational corporations, taxes, the Word Court, and economic injustice.
Used by permission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root