Once again, I am reminded of the good old days of Vatican II and liberal Catholic activism in America.
What does my heart good is that the woman at the center of the story is probably a veteran of those hopeful moments in an otherwise bleak century of reactionary Catholicism.
Sister Meghan Rice, 84-years young, just got herself arrested and sentenced to 35 months in the clink for engaging in a peaceful but highly illegal protest at a defense storage facility in Tennessee!
Acting as Transform Now Plowshares, Sister Rice and her two companions, both seasoned activists, have brought down the sledgehammer of Tennesse justice for singing, offering food to a facility guard, and inflicting what supposedly amounts to $1,000. in property damage.
Fellow peace activists Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were sentenced to 62 months in prison. The three were convicted of cutting fences and entering the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in July 2012, embarrassing U.S. officials and prompting security changes.
Weapons grade uranium is stored at the facility, and we know how sensitive are breaches of nuclear security these days. I’ll just bet those unnamed officials were “embarrassed!”
One has to wonder why the justice system persists in handing out such completely inappropriate sentences along the lines of “zero tolerance,” assuming that the draconian measures act as a deterrent to hardened criminals and terrorists. What a load of baloney!
Anyway, the story and the smiling photo that accompanied it completely made my day.
This gal is twenty years my senior, has the hierarchy of a recently conservative church on her shoulders, yet still manages to kick some butt for peace.
…And just look at all the graybeards surrounding the three detainees.
They do not go gentle into that goodnight.