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Prophets Without Honor free pdf This is a story of political protest grounded in historical necessity. It is the story of a group of American men who happen to be priests - who happen to have served decades in American prisons. It is a story about America- a story told before only in bits and pieces, hints and nods. Darrell Rupiper was in the national spotlight during the Iran hostage crisis. He travelled to Iran as part of team of clerics hoping to gain the release of the hostages. Larry Rosebaugh now lives with the poor in El Salvador- he was a member of the Milwaukee 14, a group that burned draft records following the example set by the Berrigan brothers at Catonsville, Maryland in 1968. Carl Kabat has served over twelve years in United States federal and state prisons since 1980 as a result of his anti-military actions. Frank Cordaro has served half a dozen federal prison terms for his anti-nuclear activities. He has also given sanctuary to a manure spreader to save it from a foreclosure. During the Carter presidency, Cordaro found himself on the front page of the Washington Post after he stood in front of Carter during a press conference to tell the world the truth about the SALT Treaty. Roy Bourgeois, from the deep South and a former military officer who served in Vietnam, recently made his own front-page news as leader of the massive protests at Fort Benning, Georgia calling for the closing of the School of the Americas. Bourgeois and Rosebaugh also served prison terms in the 1980s, when they sneaked into Fort Benning, climbed a tree outside the Salvadoran soldiers barracks and played a tape of the last sermon given by slain archbishop Oscar Romero. Ex-chaplain Charlie Liteky gave up his Congressional Medal of Honor to join the Fort Benning protests. With the exception of Cordaro, all of these men began their clerical careers as missionaries in Brazil, the Philippines, and Bolivia, and discovered America in the process. They discovered that the trail of the poor leads directly back to the United States. It leads directly to Rupiper s home in Carroll, Iowa- to Rosebaugh and Kabat s roots in rural Illinois- to Cordaro s Des Moines Italian household. They also discovered that the America they grew up in never existed. They read history and learned about America s militarism, its attempts at global hegemony - and they felt they must resist. They wanted with all their hearts for their childhood America to be made real - a just and loving America - even if that meant they must spend years behind prison walls. In the Cold War Soviet Union, few people knew about Solzhenitsyn. For many reasons, few in America know about these priests, despite the sporadic news coverage. Just this past year, 73 year-old Philip Berrigan was put into prison again, for damaging a U.S. fighter plane used in the bombing of Yugoslavia. And yet the American public is largely unaware. Strabala and Palecek want the world to know about these priests. They feel it is imperative that the United States populace becomes aware of their existence. Not because these priests desire an audience, but because if America is to become the America it can be, that it should be - we need to know the whole story, not just the official story that is dribbled out to us as someone sees fit. Existing books about protest talk about the 60s - safe dialogue, now that it is ancient history. And Billy Graham has a book entitled Prophet With Honor. We propose that Rupiper et al. practice a very different type of Christianity than Rev. Graham, and thus the differing responses they have received from the American public. But governmental deceit, protest, responsibility and truth are not 1960s things. They are now things. Strabala and Palecek are natural coauthors: both ex-seminarians, both ex-newspapermen, both friends of the heroes of this book, both peace activists from Midwestern America."

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Author : William Strabala
Publisher : Algora Publishing
Data Published : 10 January 2010
ISBN : 1280655623
EAN : 9781280655623
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 363 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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