Rev. John Dear

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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Accompanying the Hibakusha to Los Alamos
Last week, I returned to Los Alamos, New Mexico, seen of our greatest crime, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, where preparations continue for bigger and better nuclear weapons. Even as the government is shut down and New Mexico has just been ranked worst in the nation for the well being of children, plutonium bomb making carries on at Los Alamos.
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Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Remembering Hiroshima at Los Alamos, New Mexico
In 1981, while traveling in Europe, some friends and I visited Dachau, the Nazi concentration camp outside of Munich. Most of it was razed to the ground, but the original fences and barbed wire remained, along with a few buildings. That was enough to send chills down the spine. It was too much for me to take in. It’s still too much for me to take in.
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Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Why the Churches Should Support Bradley Manning
As the long trial of Bradley Manning gets underway this week, I want to add my voice to the millions who stand with him and the thousands who protested his imprisonment over the weekend, and thank him for his brave act, and urge that all charges against him be dropped. Releasing information on war crimes, as the saying goes, is not a war crime. He should be released immediately.
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Hungering for Justice at Guantanamo
On Saturday, U.S. military prison guards at Guantanamo fired rubber bullets at prisoners to try and stop their ongoing hunger strike. The prison reaction only exacerbates the situation. Reports indicate that many of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo have been on hunger strike since February 6th. (Although the U.S. military acknowledges 43, lawyers say the number is well above 100.) At least 13 are so thin and weak that they are being painfully force fed.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Norway Calls the World to Ban Nuclear Weapons
Last week, an extraordinary, historic event occurred. The government of Norway invited all the nations of the world to a two day conference to discuss the humanitarian effects of nuclear war and to begin the process to ban all nuclear weapons. Over 130 nations showed up. The gathering was full of hope and energy, and at the end, Mexico announced that it will host a follow-up international gathering.
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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
'Love at Long Distance': A Man in Prison for Protesting US Drones
This week, the president nominated the head of the U.S. drones program, responsible for killing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of innocent women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to be his new head of the CIA That is appropriate, because the CIA runs the U.S. torture, rendition, assassination and mass murder program in conjunction with the Pentagon. Of course, all of this pure evil goes contrary to everything the nonviolent Jesus taught. What do we do? We protest the ongoing killings by these evil U.S.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Why I’m Going to Afghanistan
Peacemaking, to paraphrase Dostoyevsky, is “a harsh and dreadful thing.”
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Friday, October 05, 2012
On the Killing of 8 Afghan Women
If you looked carefully at the news over the past two weeks, you might have heard a report from Afghanistan about how the U.S./NATO forces bombed and killed eight Afghan women who were out walking in the mountains early in the morning before dawn to collect wood. Eight other women were seriously injured.
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Friday, August 31, 2012
Remembering Sr. Anne Montgomery
One of the legends in the U.S. peace movement, Sister Anne Montgomery, died this week in California. A member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, she spent over three years in prison for many civil disobedience actions against war, including seven plowshares anti-nuclear disarmament actions; many years teaching in Harlem, and many years living with the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron, Palestine-Israel.
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Monday, July 23, 2012
Turning Towards Nonviolence and Away from 'Dark Knights'
As we grieve for the dead and injured in last week’s movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, and join with others to demand handgun reform, we are reminded once again of a greater, more fundamental change that needs to take place among all of us. This horrific violence, and the daily violence we read about, summons us to make a fundamental turn from violence to nonviolence. Every one of us, and every sector of society, needs to make that turn. Without our conversion to nonviolence, we will be forever stuck in the ancient mindlessness and downward spiral of violence.
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