CRANE PRUNING HOOK
Fr. Carl Kabat entered the construction site of the new nuclear bomb factory in Kansas City, Missouri at approximately 10:00 p.m. on July 3. At dawn on July 4 he had broken the cab windows of a couple of large pieces of construction equipment present there, and hung a small hand-made sign declaring “Nuclear Weapons are a Crime Against God and Humanity”. After looking about the empty construction site for someone to “make confession to,” Kabat crawled under a fence near the gate and approached a security shack outside the gate. Guards noticed him and Kabat was taken into custody and police were summoned to the site. Kabat was arrested and taken to the downtown Kansas City, Missouri jail. He was charged with trespass and released at 4 a.m. on July 5, then took a bus home to St. Louis. He is due in court again August 16. Carl’s statement is below.
I, Fr. Carl Kabat, omi, have been pondering an appropriate way to celebrate the fourth of July, commonly called Independence Day. Today it would be more appropriate to call it Interdependence Day since all of us live on this small planet Earth. To show my patriotism and love for my country and the good of my country, I have decided on a pruning hook action in Kansas City, Missouri.
The opinion of the 1995 World Court is that weapons of mass destruction are a crime against humanity.
Christian churches have said that it is a sin to build a nuclear weapon. Churches have declared that nuclear weapons are a crime against The Holy One and humanity and are to be condemned unreservedly!
Some have further stated that the manufacturing, deployment or use of nuclear must be condemned unreservedly.
The Nazis during WWII killed and burned 6 million of our Jewish sisters and brothers and 5 million sisters and brothers (who were communists, priests, Gypsies, enemy combatants, homosexuals, people with disabilities, etc). Now 4 of our Minuteman IIIs could, in 30 minutes, go half way around the world and kill 12 million of our sisters and brothers. We have become very sophisticated and efficient in our killing and burning.
We have more nuclear weapons than all the rest of the world combined and at one time could kill everyone on this planet fifteen times over.
Eighty five percent (85%) of the parts for nuclear bombs are made by the people of Kansas City.
May The Holy One have mercy on us all!
By my action I wish to en-flesh the reversal of our insane actions and hope that we will start to celebrate an interdependence and rid ourselves of nuclear weapons.
Fr. Carl Kabat, omi