Daily Archives: November 5, 2008

Nuns and Guns (VIAL)

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Here’s a trailer of a documentary about Ardeth Platte, Jackie Hudson and Carol Gilbert– three nuns who broke into a military base and symbolically “disarmed” a Minuteman III missile. These weapons of mass destruction “have three 335-kiloton nuclear warheads — carrying a total of over one million tons of TNT. Taken together, one missile has 80.4 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb. Since that bomb initially killed 140,000 people, one Minuteman III system can potentially kill 11,256,000 people. The U.S. still keeps about 500 of these Minuteman III missiles on alert in the Great Plains.” (see http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2002/Minuteman-Disarmament-Specialists6nov02.htm)

There is a long tradition in the US of disobedience to “man’s law” in favor of “higher law”– a position taken by people such as Anne Hutchinson and John Brown among many others. The grounding for this disorderly behavior comes out of an antinomian sensibility (in the secondary sense of that word).

Friday we’ll talk about Civil Disobedience and Economy. Likely there will be a quiz.