The critique that what they do is ineffective and irrelevant—not only that their tactics are unproductive but that the nuclear issue is no longer a pressing one—comes at Plowshares activists from all directions—even, sometimes, from people who support the idea of religious resistance.
But in the Plowshares’ worldview, faithfulness to a Biblical ideal of nonviolent witness is the orienting value. Plowshares activists approach nuclear weapons as both a symbolic and a real threat, and they employ trespass, blood, and hammers as both symbolic and real means to disarm them.
On the one hand, Plowshares actions are willfully symbolic because nonviolence depends on it. On the other hand, activists do want to disable the equipment in a “real” way. They want to be destructive, but, as I discuss in the book, there are theological and social risks bound up with being too destructive, and there are no clear demarcations telling activists how much is too much.
Kristen Tobey, in an interview with Religion Dispatches about her new book, Plowshares: Protest, Performance and Religious Identity in the Nuclear Age.
We’ve never been able to use the necessity defense because the government has argued that we cannot prove nuclear war is imminent. We explain that nuclear war could happen at any time as long as the government is designing, building, and deploying nuclear weapons; that the government has poisoned our air, water, and food supply with radioactive isotopes; and that atomic testing has already killed millions of people worldwide.
Philip Berrigan, in a 2002 interview published posthumously in The Sun’s July 2003 issue.
Right now we live on lies. We subsist on lies, but it’s not really living. 9/11 was an inside job. Bush, Cheney, Rice, Powell, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden.They all know that.
What we need in America is a Truth Commission like they had in South Africa to heal their broken country. We need to put certain people on the stand and we need to be allowed to ask questions. Our country is surely broken as well.
The troops are not protecting us. That is someone’s spin on the day’s news, somebody’s advertising slogan, someone else’s sermon. The troops serve the empire… They kill and plunder for the empire. American bases overseas serve nobody but the empire. The heroes in our country are the protesters, the ones who go face to face with the empire, those in the Plowshares Movement, for one example.
You have to know that Barack Obama knows the whole truth about the 9/11 attacks. He is complicit. He has lied. He has continued the wars everywhere based on a lie. And he knows he is lying. He lied right to our faces on national television when he said that Osama bin Laden had been killed, and buried at sea.
Remember the anthrax letters, which said “Are You Afraid?” Those were not written with a rock and chisel like Fred Flintstone from the recesses of some cave in Afghanistan. Those letters came from persons within our own government. Like a horror movie - and the killer is in the same house with us. These killers are right here, with us and “they” want us to be afraid. We cannot be afraid.
- Jim Fetzer and Mike Palecek - Nobody Died at Sandy Hook - It was a FEMA Drill to Promote Gun Control