Very Classy Sister Act

Kudos to Ardeth Platte, Carol Gilbert and Jackie Hudson, 3 Dominican nuns who attempted to pay $3,082 in restitution with cans of food as part of the terms of their sentencing for damaging government property and obstructing the national defense in 2003. The Carol Gilbert explained,

“This is a grace-filled holy action,” said Gilbert. “Our conscience doesn’t allow us to participate in war by providing any money for bombs or violence.”

Instead, the sisters offered food for indigent soldiers’ families. The offering came with a message,

“Hudson brought pork and beans to represent the pork-barrel nature of the military-industrial complex, and a can of corn “because this case has been so corny from the beginning.”

Platte delivered canned clams – saying the American people have “clammed up long enough. It’s time to speak truth to power” – and a tin of beef stew. “With the massive numbers of people who have been killed in this war, I don’t want to stew over this any longer.”

Gilbert selected sweet peas – “To give peas a chance” – and cream of mushroom soup, representing the radiation cloud from a nuclear bomb, a weapon that has been used by only one country in the world, she said – the U.S.”

U.S. Attorney Robert Brown refused the good sisters’ offering and insisted that restitution be paid in cash. He also refused an earlier offer of

hundreds of hours of community service as well as $600,000 raised in their names for literacy programs, soup kitchens and victims of disasters.”

To which one can only say, Bah Humbug Mr. Brown.


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