JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters

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Sunday February 8, 2009 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
James W. Douglass has been a pilgrim for nonviolence in some of the most violent sites of the late twentieth century.  He has prayed at bunkers containing nuclear warheads, visited Sarajevo repeatedly during the siege, spent time in prison for resisting the Vietnam War, and carried humanitarian aid into Iraq , violating the deadly U.S./U.N. sanctions that killed thousands of children.  Why would a person like James W. Douglass write a book about John Kennedy’s assassination?  Douglass examines the assassination from a spiritual perspective, using monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton’s concept of “the Unspeakable,” evil so huge it goes beyond words to describe it.  Jim shows that before he was killed, Kennedy was working to pull the world back from the brink of nuclear holocaust, and that this turning from being a traditional Cold Warrior made him an enemy to elements in his own government.  His book is a profound and fascinating analysis of structural evil and individual courage in the United States .   

       Douglass will speak on the assassination and JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, at the February Pax Christi Tampa Bay meeting at 3:30 on Sunday, February 8 at St. Mary’s Church in St. Petersburg.  Books are available locally at a publisher’s price of $20.00 from Anne Richter, arichter58@msn.com or  (727) 573-2935. 

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