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Pine Gap Appeal

Just heard that the Christians Against All Terrorism have had papers served on them for an appeal.

The government is not happy with the fines handed down against the activists and is appealing, presumably to try and get prison sentences.

Follow their progress on their blog and get the word out to support them.
From their report of the initial sentencing:

Pine Gap Trial – SENTENCE Fri June 15th 2007

NO JAIL FOR PINE GAP FOUR

Four Christian pacifists are celebrating after being spared prison sentences in the Northern Territory Supreme Court today.

The Pine Gap Four, found guilty of breaching the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952, have been handed minor fines.

The public gallery erupted into song, applause, cheers and hugs and the feeling of victory and vindication was in the air.

Justice Sally Thomas noted their good behaviour and co-operation in the sentencing decision.

“All four were very genuine in the cause they sought to espouse,” said Justice Thomas, “however their actions – no matter for what cause – cannot justify the breaking of the law.”

Jim Dowling has been fined $1250, Bryan Law fined $1000, Donna Mulhearn fined $450 and Adele Goldie fined $550. They have also been asked to contribute $2500 each towards cost of fence repair.

Talisman Sabre Reports

Twenty-one people were arrested at the recent Talisman Sabre Military Exercises in Queensland and across the top of Australia.

Among those arrested were a group of five Christians, mainly from Melbourne, who walked onto the base and up to a runway, where they looked for soldiers to talk with.

Here are writings from three of them:

Simon Moyle was interviewed by RTR fm (Perth Community Radio) (3.5 mb) and Sonshine fm (Perth Christian Radio station (6 mb).

They will be having a fund raiser soon as they will need to travel back up to Rockhampton for court.

Others Actions

Activists were arrested for crossing the line and others stayed several days inside the base. I’m not sure if they were arrested. (Can anyone give me an update?)

Two people who locked on to a military vehicle will have mentions (a pretrial hearing) in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on 13th July (in two days time). The rest will have mentions on 13th August.

For some background on Talisman Sabre have a look at this this overview by Dave Andrews where he also discusses what else the $130 million could have been be used for.

Ciaron O’Reilly in Melbourne

Ciaron O’Reilly could come to Melbourne for a week some time in the first three weeks of August if there is enough interest.

In his last three trips to Melbourne he’s spoken to every group I could find and now I’m out of ideas. So if you would like him to speak at your group, or know somewhere he could speak, contact me by leaving a comment.

Ciaron O’Reilly is a Catholic Worker who was part of the Pitstop Ploughshares who were recently acquitted for disarming a US War Plane in Ireland en route to Iraq on the eve of the War.

UPDATE: I’ve already had one positive response. A few more and he’ll be able to come down from Brisbane.

UPDATE 2: He’ll be in Melbourne late August.

Stopping War

Ciaron O’Reilly writes about those maintaining a vigil outside the Enoggera Military Base in Brisbane.

…We feel if everybody in Australia who seriously oppose this war made their opposition visible by holding vigil for an hour each week – at a military base, outside a government building, on their campus or in their community – this would have quite an impact on waking our society from its slumber. A society that is largely sleeping through this war as these young men and women at Enoggera are being prepared for deployment.

Here are some pictures of the vigil.

Contextualisation

In my journey through blogs of acquaintances, and blogs of friends of acquaintances there was the occasional post that stood out. Some I liked and some were infuriating.

Let’s start with one of the good ones:

Blair Cameron at Bacchus Marsh Uniting writes of the congregations taking Luke’s gospel story of the woman anointing Jesus’ feet and replacing the characters with contemporary figures. With more than one congregation, there was more than one set of substitutions.

This can be a powerful way of relating the bible text to today, making bizarre biblical behaviour understandable.

It raises the question: along which lines do you draw the parallels from Jesus’ time to today? For example is a Pharisee the political leader (as one congregation would have it), the business tycoon (according to the other one) or someone else?