Teach Your Children Well?

Beth Brockman, Kristin Saddler, Susan Crane and Steve Baggarly hold signs on the wings of a B-52 bomber: "We shalt not kill" and "Weapons of Mass Destruction. Nothing to Celebrate."  (Sept. 20, 2008, Oceana Naval Base, Virginia)
Beth Brockman, Kristin Saddler, Susan Crane and Steve Baggarly hold signs on the wings of a B-52 bomber.

Air shows are public liturgies venerating our gods of metal,” writes Steve Baggarly in his article Air Shows and Resistance. “They glorify our wars and they indoctrinate our children. Go to airshowbuzz.com and find the air show nearest you. Then grab some friends, some signs, literature, puppets or a bullhorn, and, as Dan Berrigan said, ‘Don’t just do something, stand there!'”

In the photos above Catholic Workers hold a public “teach in” in the midst of the secular worship at the Oceana Naval base’s Airshow. The banner’s say “We Shalt Not Kill” and “Weapons of Mass Destruction. Nothing to Celebrate.” They are watched by a cadre of members of the military AND the many children present on base for the day’s festivities. Below a young girl learns how it feels to stare down the sights of a sniper rifle. Lower right, Susan Crane is arrested. The 4 “banner bearers” were detained by military police along with eight “acolyte” observers.

Who do we want teaching our children? Do we want them to grow up enthralled with the gods of war and proficient in handling their utensils? Or are we raising our children to be full human beings bearing the image of the One Living God and to have no other gods before God?.

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