Nun was actually a hero.

Yesterday I wrote a post about an 83 year-old nun trying to steal uranium that I got pretty much entirely wrong.  The nun is actually a hero.  She’s part of a group called the Plowshares Movement which does non-violent protests against nuclear arms.

1. absolutely nonviolent to people, 2. each actor claimed personal responsibility for her or his actions, never fleeing the scene but rather standing accountable, 3. making some effort, big or small, real or symbolic, to turn swords into plowshares.

I’m not a complete pacifist, since I think violence can, on rare occasion, be necessary (only because other people are being violent though, so if we could ditch all violence…).  For instance, I believe military opposition to Adolph Hitler was the right thing to do.

But for the most part violence sucks, and we could definitely do with fewer nuclear weapons.  The woman made a sacrifice to make a point and she should be lauded for it.  Mea culpa.  You go, nun!

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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