Fr. Carl Kabat’s August 6 Plowshares Action

Courtesy of Jonah House

Fr. Carl Kabat, OMI prepares for disarming a Minuteman III missile in Colorado, August 6, 2009


Fr. Carl Kabat

Plowshares Witness at N-8

We Are Fools and Clowns
For The Holy One and Humanity’s Sake

Carl Kabat at N-8 Minuteman III missile silo.
I, Fr. Carl Kabat O.M.I., come to this evil place today as a Roman Catholic priest, of fifty years, to show what insanity is in the ground here and at other silos in our beautiful country.
Carl Kabat hangs banner outside N-8 Minuteman Missile silo in Colorado. August 6, 2009
President Barack Obama has stated, “As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act…So today I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment and desire to seek the peace and serenity of a world without nuclear weapons.”
Nuclear weapons are a crime against humanity. Carl Kabat puts clown and sign on N-8 Minuteman III missile silo, August 8, 2009
The Roman Catholic Church, of which I am a priest, at the close of its Vatican Council II in 1965 condemned nuclear bombs as a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, and are to be condemned unreservedly.
The world Council of Churches has proclaimed that, “the manufacture, deployment, or use of nuclear bombs is a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.”
Carl Kabat about to enter the Minuteman III missile silo area. August 6, 2009
I support President Barack Obama’s desires and attempted to do my little bit in this effort.
The nuclear bomb that is in the ground here is more than 20 times more powerful than the atomic bombs we dropped on the Japanese. Each of those bombs killed more than 100,000 people. At least 20 times that number totals more than 2 million people.
Carl Kabat, "The Bible says in the words of Isaiah, "They shall beat their swords into plowshares."
The Bible says in the words of Isaiah, “They shall beat their spears into pruning hooks and their swords into plowshares.”
May The Holy One have mercy on us for not doing so.
Published in: on August 21, 2009 at 1:48 am  Leave a Comment  

August 6-9 Faith and Resistance Retreat

Courtesy of  Jonah House

Pentagon Witness
Liz McAlister, George Veasey arrested holding banner.

Early in the morning on August 6, we processed to the Pentagon wearing death masks and black robes. We walked from Army Navy Blvd. to the pedestrian tunnel, across the parking lot and onto the grassy area in front of the metro entrance to the Pentagon. Buddhist Nun, Sister Itchi led the procession with her drumming and chanting.
Because the Pentagon police knew we were coming, there was an extra ID check point and people ended up standing in a slow moving line right in front of us. We stood in silence for about an hour holding two banners: HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI. ‘…a butchery of untold magnitude.” (Pope Paul VI) and the retreat theme banner: “Remember the Pain, Repent the Sin, Reclaim the Future.”

Liz McAlister walks with mourners to the Pentagon on August 6, 2009.
Pope Paul VI called America’s use of the atomic bomb “a butchery of untold magnitude.” Pope John Paul II called it “a self-destruction of mankind” and named Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Auschwitz as places marked by human injustice that should now be places of pilgrimage.
George Veasey, Liz McAlister hold banner they will hold while standing in front of the Pentagon entrance.
George Veasey and Liz McAlister hold banner: Remember the Pain, Repent the Sin, Reclaim the Future. Here, they are preparing to walk to the Pentagon. At the end of the walk, both George and Liz were arrested in front of a Pentagon entrance as they held this banner so that people going to work could see it. They are charged with disobeying a lawful order, and have a court date in the Alexandria Federal Court on October 23.

August 6, 2009. At the Japanese Embassy delivering apology for our country's use of atomic weapons on the people of Japan, and resoloution to disarm nuclear weapons in our country..

August 6, 2009. At the Japanese Embassy delivering apology for our country’s use of atomic weapons on the people of Japan, and resoloution to disarm nuclear weapons in our country..

Published in: on August 21, 2009 at 1:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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