Jesuit priest John Dear, for those who are not aware, has been at the forefront of the Catholic peace movement for years. He’s been arrested over 75 times for his nonviolent protest of war and nuclear weapons. He was harassed by the u.s. military who chanted “Kill, kill, kill” in the front yard of his rectory in New Mexico. His response was to go outside and to command, in the name of God, that they not go to Iraq and that they leave the military. His opposition to the Iraq War got him kicked out of a middle-upper class parish of military families in New Mexico. His latest book is his autobiography, A Persistent Peace. In today’s interview with Democracy Now!, Dear discusses President Obama’s recent statement that, as the only nation to use a nuclear bomb, the united states has a responsibility to lead the way toward a nuclear-free world, as well as key points in his life of following the nonviolent Jesus.
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