Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

SOA Vigil

The annual vigil to close the School of the Americas, Ft. Benning, GA, the U.S.’ own tax-supported school for state-supported terrorists and human rights abusers, is going on right now.  You can see pictures and keep up with developments here.  Several people, including many of the older youth, at my church are there this year.  Friends from the BPFNA and FOR will be there. My prayers are with them and my prayer for all the people of Central and South America are that this horrendous school will soon be closed. Far too many peasants, priests, nuns, and human rights workers have been killed in Central and South America by graduates of the SOA.  It’s time to padlock this “School of Assassins” forever.

November 17, 2007 - Posted by | human rights., terrorism prevention, U.S. politics

1 Comment

  1. For a faith-based writer, you sure have an easy way with violating the 9th commandment and for libeling your fellow man. The SOA closed seven years ago, with not one person who went there ever found to have used what he learned there to commit a crime. You are welcome at any time to come see for yourself who we are and what we do. Just last week, before the protests, I welcomed three reporters (one from Le Monde, in Paris) and our chaplain hosted about 10 members of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Opposing the institute on the grounds that we should not be working with our neighbors is one thing; accusing people here of teaching illegal, immoral, unethical things with no evidence is unworthy of a principled person.
    Lee A. Rials
    Public Affairs Officer
    Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation

    Comment by Lee A. Rials | November 19, 2007

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