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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-11-07 06:02 PM
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Be Not Silent. Sister Joan Chittister Speaks Out On War, Feminism and
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The Catholic Church in "The Sun" - Click here to read the article as an HTML file or Click here to go to "The Sun" website and download the PDF

I heard about her on an Air America show this weekend - "Clout" - and read the article at the library yesterday. This Sister pulls no punches and I will be looking forward to reading more from her in future. She also has a regular column - "From Where I Stand" - here are snippets from one article:

Justice is done: Why doesn't it feel like it?
Posted on Jan 4, 2007

As the world prepared to celebrate World Peace Day, Saddam Hussein walked to the gallows in Baghdad. "The Americans," commentators pronounced solemnly, "had handed him over to the Iraqis."

The phrase carried with it eerie echoes of another moment in time when another ruler also maneuvered to avoid responsibility for the death of another prisoner. And just as surely as Pilate is remembered for the death of Jesus, so will the United States be remembered for the death of Hussein, however intently we argue that the execution was "the work of the young democracy" in Iraq.

But that is only the beginning of the inanity of such hollow justice. The ironies and questions raised by such an event are legion. The very process of the hanging brings such hangings into question:

First, for his trip to the gibbet, Hussein wore a dark suit and hat, overcoat and leather shoes. No derelict this one. Instead, we have here a head of state, once supported in his ruthlessness by the very ones who "handed him over" to his death. Then, he was the U.S. bulwark against an ambitious and increasingly Islamicized Iran. Now, he is the hero of those who would defy the United States and its own self-righteous religious or chauvinistic tendencies. Just as he went to the gallows, Quran in hand, praising God, expecting glory, so did we go to war, Bible in hand, proclaiming the justice of God.

<snip>

The event was, in other words, totally surreal. Except for one thing: the questions it raises, if we will only face them, are profoundly important ones for us as a nation and for a world in transition to a village.

But the ultimate irony, perhaps, lies in the fact that now political pundits are saying what philosophers, theologians, mystics and holy ones have been saying ever since Jesus said, "Peter, put away your sword." They are all clear: "No," they tell their interviewers across cyberspace, "No, this will not change anything in Iraq -- except, perhaps, make it worse."

Violence begets violence the saints have told us over and over again.

We have seen it with our own eyes. We invaded Iraq and started a war. We justified the invasion on false grounds and now carry on our own backs the onus of injustice: There were no weapons of mass destruction. The Iraqis did not lie to us. They had nothing to do with Al Quaeda. They had not been breeding terrorists. They did not support the attack on the Twin Towers.

<snip>

From where I stand, it seems to me that we need to look this execution in the eye, unmasked, and demand that our politicians do more about peace than more violence.

I have an idea that if we begin to do something about the violence we do as a nation in the name of justice, we will all begin to think differently about all kinds of life always.

Justice is done. Why doesn't it feel like it? http://ncrcafe.org/node/799


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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-12-07 07:32 AM
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1. I find myself in tears
reading this part:

I have an idea that if we begin to do something about the violence we do as a nation in the name of justice, we will all begin to think differently about all kinds of life always.


I can imagine a world driven by peace as a guiding principle, rather than fear. I think that all violence, greed, and efforts to establish social, economic, and political status and power are sourced in fear.

I hope many will visit the peacemaking forum and find this gem.
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-12-07 01:39 PM
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2. Sister Joan is brilliant.
I've read some of her columns before and found her to be always addressing exactly what needs attention most.
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-12-07 01:48 PM
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3. I am sorry to say that I am just now meeting her -
She clearly has a following.

It was Ashley Judd who mentioned her in the interview on Air America -- she caused me to look her up.

:hi:
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