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FAST FOOD (2017)

Christ wants to heal, not to rip wounds open.

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.

The armaments firms fan the politics of war and persuade their own countries to pursue war politics and to increase their armaments. At home and abroad the armaments industries spread false information about the army and navy programs of various countries in order to drive up military expenditures. By controlling their own as well as foreign newspapers the armaments firms influence public opinion. They organize international rings, which fostered an armaments competition by playing off one country against another. All of today’s wars are, first of all, calculated, systematically organized business ventures of the international, collaborating capital of the whole world. The exploitative capitalistic economy which has given rise to unspeakable crimes and brutalities such as the world has never before experienced to this extent is a main cause of wars and a constant danger to peace.

Because of the capitalistic economy, humanity is divided into two large camps, into two classes, the exploited and the exploiters, regardless of whether the exploiters are private persons, privately owned companies, or states. Therefore, on one side we have economic deprivation, great misery and inhumane conditions because of lack of means necessary for a dignified life; and, on the other side, we have an accumulation of huge riches which are used to further exploit the laborers. The capitalistic economy is nothing but an economy based on interest. Capital extorts interest, which is usury—profit without work—that the capitalist takes from the people. However, he who is exploiting another may not at the same time insist that he is seeking peace or is following Christ.

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.

The facts prove that times of war are times of the worst immorality and extensive infection with sexual and other diseases which are extremely harmful to human beings and have long term consequences. During war prostitution thrives. But even in peacetime, military life is a constant source and opportunity for young people, both officers and enlisted men, to stray morally in various ways, and it is a school for perversities. This nadir is being fostered especially by brothels and prostitutes, who are carefully looked after and regulated by the state.

The two women prostitutes who make up the entire personnel of a public house (Gasthausstr 2) explained that they are unable to satisfy the great number of military visitors who swamp the house. The women explained that, they are unable to grant the military more than 20 visits a day (ten for each regiment). This establishment, however, strictly observes Sunday rest.

The documents show that the measures taken by military authorities during war were “shamelessly promoting whoring on a large scale.” It cannot be called anything else.

Hawaii Soldiers line up

This is a photo of U.S. soldiers, sailors and marines lining up for sex with prostitutes at a brothel on Hotel Street, Honolulu, a short distance from Pearl Harbor. The Hotel Street houses of prostitution or “three-minute bull pens” as they were called in 1941 could handle up to 1500 men per hour. The Honolulu Police Commission, which was composed solely of the leading white citizens of Honolulu called the prostitutes “Peacekeepers,” because they “kept the predominantly lower-class white soldiers and sailors, and the dark skinned, away from seducing and raping the island's respectable women.” For most of the war Hawaii was under martial law and ruled by a military governor, Lt. General Delos Carleton Emmons. He believed, that while prostitution was always illegal in Hawaii, maintaining a don’t-ask, don’t-tell attitude towards Hotel Street “was important to military morale and maintaining a manly spirit among the boys.”

This is not solely the problem of Germany and the U.S. It has been well known that large scale prostitution and war have gone hand in hand ever since the details of war have been presented in recorded history. Tens of thousands of French prostitutes were called the “hidden army” during World War I. In fact, the French military directly and legally operated hundreds of brothels around military encampments in foreign lands and in France beginning in 1915. The last brothel operated by the French military shut down in 1995! The government of South Korea is presently being sued by women, who when young girls, were indoctrinated/brainwashed into believing it was their patriotic duty to serve their country by serving as prostitutes to American soldiers who were fighting for their country. Pick the war, pick the side, pick the country, pick the military and the story is the same.

The early Church bishops and writers consistently gave the enticement to sexual debauchery, which Christians were exposed to in the military, as one of the reasons Christians could not enter the military. Today it is difficult to find a bishop or Christian writer who cares about the issue, let alone publicly addresses it. In our Catholic schools in the U.S. we teach the realities, the lies and the myths about Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941. If as the Church holds, the “Supreme law of the Church is the salvation of souls,” why do we say nothing about Hotel Street on Saturday, December 6, 1941? Could it be that in the institutional Church the salvation of immortal souls de facto takes second place operationally to the earthly economic and political salvation of the institutional Church?

Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

*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.