Guest Post: Kings Bay Plowshares on “Democracy Now” April 5, 2019

Democracy Now will devote a segment of their broadcast coverage tomorrow (4/5/2019) morning to the Kings Bay Plowshares defendants. They have video interviews in their studio of the four bonded out defendants from last month and tape from the Fordham University speaking event on Feb 17.
Democracy Now airs at 8 am eastern time on many radio stations and some public access TV. It can also be accessed at  DemocracyNow.org live or at any later time.
If you would like to see more extensive coverage of the Fordham event it’s available at Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Forum  on Youtube.
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Bill Quigley, the lead attorney, prepared the following summary of the legal case and the RFRA arguments for the one year anniversary of the action today:
The Plowshares defendants are all life-long Catholic Workers.  They took these actions to symbolically disarm the nuclear weapons at Kings Bay Naval base because their faith says these weapons, which are designed to exterminate life, are immoral and evil according to the Catholic faith.  The Religious Freedom Restoration Act prohibits the government from burdening a person’s sincere exercise of their religious beliefs.  The only way the government can interfere with the free exercise of these religious beliefs is if the government both proves that it is necessary to further a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.  Burwell v Hobby Lobby, 134 S. Ct 2751, 2767 (2014).  Thus, the Plowshares argue, the three felony charges lodged against them by the government for exercising their religious beliefs should be dismissed, or at a minimum reduced to the ban and bar letters or misdemeanor trespass.
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If you haven’t seen it, we also urge you to read Mark Colville’s letter from the Glynn County Detention Center about the oppressive conditions there particularly for the poor, minority detainees held for many months before trial and then pressured into plea deals and a revolving cycle of probation and incarceration. It is on the KBP7 website at jail reflections.
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One comment on “Guest Post: Kings Bay Plowshares on “Democracy Now” April 5, 2019
  1. “From 1946 to 1958, 67 separate nuclear weapons were exploded in the Marshall Islands. The largest test, code named Bravo and part of Operation Castle, was a surface detonation of a hydrogen bomb that was over 1,000 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.”

    From Civil Beat’s excellent series on Micronesia and the macro damage that was wreaked on it by US bombs. https://www.civilbeat.org/2015/10/a-journey-that-has-no-ending/

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