Nun gets severe sentence in protest against nukes
02/19/2014 12:10 PM
02/19/2014 6:16 PM
Locking up an 84-year-old nun for three years for breaking into a nuclear weapons complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., is like authorities taking Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny on a perp walk in front of a preschool.
Sister Megan Rice broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak on July 28, 2012, with two other people. Federal District Judge Amul Thapar sentenced Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli each to 62 months in prison, The Christian Science Monitor reports.
Rice received 35 months in prison. The protesters spray-painted biblical phrases inside the complex and poured human blood on the wall of the facility.
Peace activists worldwide — including Kansas City — have been engaged in similar protests against nuclear weapons plants and other facilities. The prison sentences against Rice and the others seem severe. Hopefully this isn’t the start of a new get-tough trend.
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