Shifting from the Adam Smithian Paradigm of 'The World is here for me,' to the Eleanor Rooseveltian 'I am here for Thee;' from Fascist-GOP Authoritarian to Lincoln-Obama Authoritative. From Pleasure to Joy. From Lusting to Loving. From Head and Flesh to Heart. "Blest are the Peace Makers." Truly,...
Anti-nuclear weapons activist Sister Mary Dennis Lentsch gets a hug Friday from supporter Todd Shelton during a recess in a motions hearing at the Howard H. Baker Jr. United States Courthouse. Lentsch and 12 others are charged with trespassing at Y-12.
The signs said to stop, but Sister Mary Dennis Lentsch's heart told her to go.
"The only obligation I felt was the obligation to be faithful to my conscience," she testified Friday in U.S. District Court. "It was a call in my heart that I had to answer. I must honor and trespass boundaries as love and justice demand."
Lentsch, a 74-year-old Catholic nun from Washburn, and a dozen other anti-nuclear protesters argue that call and international law trump federal trespassing statutes at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton will decide later this year whether they can argue that defense at their trial.
The 13 protesters admit they willingly crossed the blue line onto federal property at Y-12 during a protest July 5. They face federal misdemeanor charges of trespassing, with a trial set for May.
Their lawyers want to put U.S. nuclear policy on trial instead, arguing weapons production at Y-12 violates international humanitarian standards. Charles Moxley, a professor at Fordham School of Law in New York, took the stand at Friday's hearing to back up their argument.
The International Court of Justice in Europe has called the use of nuclear weapons a violation of the age-old laws of war because of the weapons' indiscriminate destructive power and the uncontrollable nature of resulting radiation, Moxley said.
"The policy of (nuclear) deterrence in the U.S. is that we have these weapons, and we have the right to use them," Moxley testified. "If it's unlawful to do something, it's unlawful to threaten to do something."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Theodore called those claims irrelevant. He said the case deals only with whether the protesters knowingly crossed the federal boundary.
"Did you really think you could stop nuclear production by your trespassing?" he asked Lentsch.
"I don't think you live in hope," the nun said. "I live in hope."
Guyton took the case under advisement and said he'll issue a written ruling later.
"Tom Peters: "Without a Maniacally Committed Champion(s) Nothing Important EVER Happens." [paraphrase of Tom] ABSOLUTELY TRUE. I DEVOTE EVERY WAKING SECOND TO INSPIRING, BEING AMONG, AND SUPPORTING THESE FEW." SL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Peters
"So after searching for a while, I finally found you. I told you I'd add you and so I kept my word. Met you yesterday at about 8:00 p.m with my 8th grade class from Miami, FL. You said "Hello friends!" as soon as you saw us and it showed you're such a positive and friendly person. You're. without a doubt the bravest person I've ever met. You're truely inspiring and I'm sure me and my class will never forget meeting you, atleast I won't. Keep doing what you do, it taught us all to fight for what we believe in, so thank you so much. We will definitely "start loving". ♥" Gabriella
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"Peaceful Coexistence is always a possibility; not so 'community,' 'getting along,' 'enjoying one another....' What frequencies the crystal resonates to was decided in its creation, after which, the choice is already made." SL
Quite the eccentric was buzzing the vigil much of the night, and some issues of tectonic proportions wracking my Soul, Mind and body right now keeping me up too long anyway at work near round the clock recent days.
Soooooooo, please be patient with me right now; what might have been pretty fast replies on my part till recently, may be delayed by days.
Gotta go find some bench where I can rest after a few more minuets of urgent, desperately important work.
"Start, 'you love Justice more than anyone I've ever known,' the Pastor said. 'No. I Hate Violence, the violation of what's Right for people, with every molecule of my being; but yes, I Adore, Crave, Lust for, Die for... what IS Right for people, with every molecule, too,' I replied in this conversation about a dozen years ago. And, it's still true." SL