Can the Religious Left Take Down Nuclear Weapons? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Can the Religious Left Take Down Nuclear Weapons?

In her testimony, Plowshares defendant Clare Grady of the Ithaca, New York Catholic Worker community tried to explain to the jury the motivation and urgency of the group: US government is using nuclear weapons daily as a gun pointed at the head of the planet. But even as she spoke, she had a series of legal guns pointed at her own head. She and her fellow defendants had been threatened with contempt if they disobeyed Wood’s edict not to cite evidence or legal arguments that might result in acquittal. As law professor Francis Boyle warned before the trial: “This is a kangaroo court with a rubber stamp and a railroad all put together.”

So, Grady and the six others – the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 – pleaded with the jury to look to their conscience. The activists were following the biblical edict to turn swords into plowshares, after all. But the jury seemingly didn’t crack open either Ellsberg’s book or their hearts, deciding on guilty verdicts on all four counts, including conspiracy, destruction of property and depredation, against all seven defendants in under two hours late last month.

Defendant Elizabeth McAlister, the 79-year-old widow of Phil Berrigan from Jonah House in Baltimore, who donated her own blood for the action said: “The government has set up a religion of nuclearism. It is terrifying and dead, dead wrong. It is a form of idolatry in this culture.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These people will be in my prayers, and I consider all of them, to be very courageous in expressing the courage of their spiritual convictions by what they have done.

Were their actions the only potential things they could have done?!?

No; but I think they decided on their actions to create some awareness about the horrific dangers of nuclear weapons for those who were unawakened, as to just how destructive these weapons can be.

I would like to hope that what they may well have started, is a quiet, intelligent dialogue among people who understand, that the whole notion of mutually assured destruction, is, in and of itself, totally insane.

And please remember; the US government is the only government on the face of this planet to have used nuclear weapons...twice.

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