Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. In this US election year, Democracy Now! is more important than ever. For 20 years, we’ve put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power. We lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. A generous funder will match your donation dollar for dollar if you donate right now. That means when you give $10, your donation will be worth $20. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you every day.

Your Donation: $

A Clown, a Hammer, a Bomb, and God

December 24, 1997
Story
WATCH FULL SHOW

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.

Tape:

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

??
??
.??
??
.??
??
.??
??


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 democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.