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God Still Speaks to the Quakers

The December 23, 2016 Nativity scene set up outside Hancock Air Field in protest of the drone assassination program. The banner read: “If Herod had drones, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph would have been incinerated!” On Friday, December 23, 2016, our Nativity tableau stood at the entrance to Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Mattydale, New York, near Syracuse. Soon my three friends and I🔒

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John Amidon is a longtime attender of Albany (N.Y.) Meeting. A video of this action may be seen at: fdsj.nl/HancockAFB-video and fdsj.nl/nativity-protest.


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One Response to God Still Speaks to the Quakers

  1. Paul and Fran Sheldon October 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    City & State
    Media, PA
    Peaceful civil disobedience for conscience in response to war and war preparation is a hallmark of early Quakerism. We seem in danger of losing this powerful testimony when I read that “those willing to risk arrest ranged from a youthful 68 to a young 79.” That roughly reflects the age range for those of us of Brandywine Peace Community who are regularly arrested for attempting to carry a message of peace to Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer and nuclear weapons contractor. I notice that all the authors of the four major articles in the October ‘Conscience’ issue are by no means young. It appears that government has been effective in collecting taxes (except from a few, mostly older, war tax resisters who redirect to constructive and peaceful purposes) and using that money to hire a professional standing army and mercenaries to do the nation’s dirty work. On a more positive note, conscience and civil disobedience in the area of environmental activism is attracting a new generation of activists.

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