Two Iraq war veterans bringing their message of peace to KC

Two Iraq war veterans have been biking and walking across the country, protesting the war and visiting charities on what they call the “Contagious Love Experiment.”

They will stop in Kansas City on Wednesday.

The two will be at Bishop Ward High School from 8 a.m. to noon; at Avila College from 2 to 3:15 p.m., and at the American Friends Services Committee office at 6 p.m.

Josh Stieber, 21, of Maryland, and Conor Curran, 25, of Ohio, said they have been traveling cross-country to promote peace, understanding and an active dialogue, instead of war.

Stieber said he originally joined the military to fulfill a promise to God that he would fight against those who “wanted to destroy my country and hated my religion,” he wrote in their blog.

But Steiber said that after he was deployed in Iraq, he began to believe love could conquer hate and fear.

“In a country where war is preached from the churches, I want to do a little to remember the man who those churches are built for, the man who visited the orphans, served the poor, clothed the naked, fed the hungry and loved,” he wrote.

Stieber said he started his cross-country trip in May and was joined in August by Curran, who said he also grew up in a Christian home and served in Iraq.