We’re very privileged to have Chris Hedges with us today. He’s a weekly columnist for Truth Dig, and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. He spent nearly two decades as a correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with 15 years at the New York Times. He’s the author of numerous best-selling books, including Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (with Joe Sacco). We’re awfully happy to have you here today, Chris, and to be able to discuss your new book which we’re waiting to hear about. It sounds absolutely amazing – Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt. Welcome Chris.
Chris: Thank you, Blase.
Blase: Well, Chris, suppose we have a little sermonette that might start that revolt. It would take about 30 seconds, and I would recommend that it be stated by every religious and political leader in the world. I think you’ll recognize it. Here’s the little sermonette that might lead the way.
“Brothers, you came from our own people. You’re killing your own brothers. Any human ordered to kill must be subordinate to the law of God, which says thou shalt not kill. No solider is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God. No one has to obey an immoral law. It’s high time you obeyed your consciences, rather than your sinful orders. The Church cannot remain silent before such an abomination. In the name of God, in the name of his suffering people whose cry rises to heaven more loudly each day, I implore you, I beg you, I order you – stop the repression! “
Now, why don’t all our bishops say the same thing to our troops? Is there something that limits ethics by boundaries or something?
Chris: Because of the price you pay when you say that.
Blase: Yeah, well, why don’t they pay it?
Chris: Because they’re more interested in perpetuating and elevating an institution than standing up for the radical message of the Gospel. Read More