Intervention: What a Red Rose Rescue Reminds Us About Civil Disobedience in the Consistent Life Movement

Posted on August 31, 2021 By

by Sonja Morin Susan B. Anthony being arrested for voting when female suffrage was not yet attained. Henry David Thoreau refusing to pay taxes to support unjust war. Abolitionists flaunting the attempts of slave catchers to arrest escaping Black families. The sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and marches of the civil rights movement of the last century….

People Standing against Tanks: The Civil Resistance of August 1991 and Its Ambiguous Legacy

Posted on August 24, 2021 By

by John Whitehead Nonviolent civil resistance helped change history 30 years ago this month. When a group of hardline communists within the Soviet Union attempted a coup in August 1991, they were met with significant resistance from other Soviet citizens, including both ordinary people and elites. The civil resisters ultimately prevailed over the coup plotters….

Hollywood Movie Insights II

Posted on August 17, 2021 By

by Rachel MacNair See our previous Hollywood Movie Insights post, offering comments on several movies.   Never Look Away An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and winner of other awards, the story spans the life of an artist as a boy in Nazi Germany and a man in East Germany. He flees to…

No Combat Experience, No Opinion: Parallels in Pro-bombing and Pro-choice Rhetoric

Posted on August 10, 2021 By

by John Whitehead Paul Fussell, a literary critic and World War II veteran, wrote an essay in the 1980s with the arresting title “Thank God for the Atom Bomb.” A passionate defense of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Fussell’s essay is still sometimes invoked today by bombing supporters. However, Fussell’s argument is…

My Christian CLE Perspective: Absolute Nonviolence Across the Issues

Posted on August 3, 2021 By

by Julia Smucker Editor’s Note: There are of course a wide variety of Christian perspectives, and we had a different one last week. We also welcome perspectives from a variety of religions, as listed at the bottom, and invite people to share theirs with us. I am a baptized Mennonite and confirmed Catholic, and my…