Events

FAST FOOD (2017)

Only he can talk about an 'armed peace' who does not believe that Christ's commands are right and will triumph. A forced peace built on planned murder and destruction, on robbery and subjugation, produces only hate among the conquered people and calls forth the desire for revenge by those on whom such a peace has been forced. One merely needs to be the stronger to achieve this 'peace of pretense.' Therefore, we have the relentless arms race. But where the peace of Christ reigns there can be no war, not even if the stronger attacks a disciple of Christ to subdue him, because whoever follows His example does not return violence for violence. The mission of the leaders in the Church of Christ, as well as of the faithful in their care, is to prepare the peace. This means that they should teach nonviolence and train their faithful to boycott war, which is the embodiment of the most brutal use of violence. They should also endorse conscientious objection as a duty of love. If only the leaders of the Churches finally would come to understand this and have the courage to outlaw war in the name of Christ!  But they remain silent.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude
(Catholic priest,
holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology,
26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,
imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

*Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

*A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.

Wars are repeatedly proposed and induced by a few ambitious men. Even the most inveterate supporter of war and the most dimwitted citizen by now has to realize how wars are made and who benefits from them. The laboring population has to sacrifice body, life, and possessions on command from above; and at the conclusion of the war the people inherit misery while the capitalists, victorious autocrats, and elites enjoy the gigantic returns of their profitable, bloody business.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude
(Catholic priest,
holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology,
26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,
imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

The institutional Church does its very best to help the capitalists, autocrats and the elites hide this truth from its members and to fosters the myth that a nation makes war and not a few men driven by the lust for power and/or wealth. Of course such capitalists, autocrats and elites are now and always have been the financial backbone of the "just war" institutional Church. So while Church leaders, the bishops, squash the truth not only of the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies, but also, of the cause and the realities of war, Christian sons and daughters of Christian mothers and fathers perish in the muck and mire of battlefields by the millions, while attempting to kill other human being. And what of the sons and daughters of the capitalists, the autocrats and the elites? They simply continue to sun bathe on Gibraltar, attend the finest universities in the U.S. and Europe or party away the night at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. When asked in a New York Times interview after World War II, how the cliental of the Hotel de Paris differed during the war from what it was before the war and is after the war, the maître d' said, "Not much."

Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

*Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

*A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.

What is this glorified “heroism” of war really like? Outdoors in the dirt, in the slaughter fields, plowed up by exploding bullets, are mountains of dismembered bodies of the fallen “heroes.” Millions bled to death and breathed their last in excruciating pain, lonely and abandoned, torn to pieces, covered with rubble, mutilated, gassed. Some were “fortunate” enough to be thrown together into mass graves and covered with dirt, as is done with carrion. The bodies of other hundreds of thousands of these “heroes” are decomposing unburied, their odor polluting the air. Hundreds of thousands of others of these “heroes” ended up on the bottom of the ocean or became food for fish while others died of hunger, froze to death, or died in prison camps, far from their homeland and their loved ones. In the hinterland, fathers and mothers, women and children are grieving inconsolably for all of these “heroes” who lost their lives so wretchedly for “nation and fatherland,” and whose deaths, for “Führer and fatherland are announced in the newspapers “in proud sorrow.”

Still other millions of these glorified “heroes” returned as wretched cripples, without a hand or a foot, many blind, others with jaws shot to pieces, all sick or disabled for the rest of their lives. They are living witnesses to a “glorious victory” or an “unfortunate defeat.”

What glorious “heroism” in which death, agony, crime, rape, murder, destruction, horror and brutalities of every kind play the leading role! And such heroism is celebrated and decorated. Oh, you poor, abused and deluded war “heroes!”

However, since we are discussing heroism, we have to call those conscientious objectors heroes, who, convinced that it is never permitted to kill, even on the highest command, were shot as “traitors” of the fatherland. By their example, they demonstrate that human beings have free will and that under no circumstances, not even on the highest command, may one do what is immoral, regardless of the consequences. God has to be obeyed more than man. Therefore, no soldier may excuse the atrocities he committed by saying that he was commanded to do so.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude
(Catholic priest,
holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology,
26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,
imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

*Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

*A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.