Wednesday, December 24, 1997 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | PREVIOUS: British Hawk

A Clown, a Hammer, a Bomb, and God

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

On Good Friday 1994, an Oblate priest named Carl Kabat dressed as a clown. He then went out to a Minuteman missile site in North Dakota, where he used a hammer to bend the guide rail that allows the missile silo to open. Kabat, a longtime peace activist, was sentenced to prison for this action.

Father Kabat is part of a movement called the Plowshares. The Plowshares are a group of pacifists who take literally the Biblical prophecy of Isaiah to beat swords into plowshares. Since 1980, there have been over 56 Plowshares protests that have resulted in the arrests of over 150 peace activists.

Father Kabat’s action was the inspiration for a new play entitled, ??A Clown, A Hammer, A Bomb and God by playwright Dan Kinch. The play is now on tour. Today, actor Ben Roberts will enact a short passage from the play. In the passage, the play’s main character, Father Ben, explains the destructive capability of the weapon he has targeted for disarming, and his justification for taking action to disable the missile.


  • Actor, Ben Roberts reads passages from ??A Clown, A Hammer, A Bomb and God by playwright Dan Kinch.


Recent Shows More

Full News Hour


    "A Slaughter of Innocents": Henry Siegman, a Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace, on Gaza
    Today, a special with Henry Siegman, the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Henry Siegman was born in 1930 in Frankfurt, Germany. Three years later, the Nazis came to power. After fleeing Nazi troops in Belgium, his family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement, pushing for the creation of a Jewish state. In...


    There are no headlines for this date.

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.