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Peace & Life Connections #274
August 21, 2015

New Book on Historical Nonviolence
AA RN-REAP        A new book has just come out from Praeger Publishers by CL Vice President Rachel MacNair, entitled Religions and Nonviolence: The Rise of Effective Advocacy for Peace. Its first part covers all major and some minor religions one by one, going over their nonviolence traditions – they all have robust ones. It also addresses how they’ve dealt with issues of violence: blood sacrifice, slavery, war, the death penalty, infanticide and feticide (historically especially aimed at females), meat, poverty, violence in scriptures, and treatment of “heretics.” The second part looks at religious insights into nonviolent traditions – sins, virtues, coping, conflict transformation, etc.
        Since this book is freshly out from a prestigious publisher, libraries may be particularly interested in the hardcover, so we encourage you to bring it to their attention. There is some hope of talking the publisher into a more reasonably-priced paperback, but this requires professors who say they’re likely to use it in their classes. If you or anyone you know is such a professor, please communicate directly with Rachel at for details.


On the Web
∞ The videos of the recent Campaign Nonviolence rallies and conference are now up on the web.
∞ Celia Wolf-Devine has posted her op-ed originally published in the Providence Journal entitled “It’s Progressive to be Pro-Life.”
∞ Several CL Endorsers are on the list of signers to a letter to Pope Francis, asking that he speak out against war and environmental destruction on his upcoming visit to the United States.

∞ Our friends at Metta Center are doing a documentary on nonviolence and did a lengthy interview with Rachel MacNair while both were at the Campaign Nonviolence conference, which covered both the consistent life ethic and peace psychology concepts. See a clip from the interview here; the “PITS” she refers to is Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress, the trauma that comes from the act of killing. 
∞ The sixth video in the series of undercover videos on Planned Parenthood on the topic of baby corpse parts is not an undercover video at all, but a straightforward interview with a former technician, Holly O’Donnell. Her description of a particular abortion doctor will be familiar to those who understand people who are entrenched in lethal institutions. 
274 PP 
Quotation of the Week
Blase Cupich, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago
Op-­Ed: Planned Parenthood and the Muted Humanity of the Unborn Child 
Chicago Tribune, August 3, 2015
        The release of videos of Planned Parenthood physicians discussing the market for tissue harvested in abortions has produced varied and strong reactions, and has, ironically, given us a reason for hope and an opportunity as a nation. The tapes have generated a visceral reaction . . . the widespread revulsion over the tapes arose because they unmasked the fact that . . .  we have so muted the humanity of the unborn child that some consider it quite acceptable to speak freely of crushing a child's skull to preserve valuable body parts and to have that discussion over lunch. 
        This newest evidence about the disregard for the value of human life also offers the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment as a nation to a consistent ethic of life . . . The nation's children, families, poor, workers and senior citizens deserve more than lip service. They deserve more than outrage. They deserve real support, protection and solid action. And so do we, to be true to what is best in us.
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