Thursday, March 03, 2005

Henry David Thoreau Lives! 

The Associated Press notes that some religious folk take their peace and justice roles seriously:

A nun who spent the past 18 months in prison for defacing a missile site in a peace protest is scheduled to be released Friday, but she may face another confrontation with prosecutors for refusing to pay $3,000 in restitution.

Jackie Marie Hudson, 70, was convicted in April 2003 of obstructing national defense and damaging government property. She and two other nuns had poured blood on a Minuteman III silo in northern Colorado in October 2002, hit nearby railroad tracks with a hammer and then sat down to await arrest.

In a letter posted on a Web site devoted to nonviolence and religious activism, Hudson wrote that she refuses "to pay money to this morally bereft government which presently spends over one billion dollars a day to slaughter or in planning the slaughter of millions of innocent persons."

And she’s 70. I guess we can’t claim inaction because of advancing age any more. Of course, she doesn’t have family to support, job to go to, and so forth, but still… a fine role model.

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