March 29th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

Priests, nun sentenced to prison for nuclear weapons protest

From CNN Seattle affiliate KOMO

Two Jesuit priests, a nun, a retired teacher and a social worker who cut through fences at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor over a year ago to protest nuclear weapons were each sentenced to prison Monday.

Jesuit priest Stephen Kelly, 61, of Oakland, Calif. and retired teacher Susan Crane, 67, of Baltimore, were given 15-month sentences, while social worker Lynne Greenwald, 61, of Tacoma, was given a 6-month prison sentence.

The judge gave lighter sentences to the two protesters who were over 80 years old. Jesuit priest Bill Bichsel, 82, of Tacoma, was sentenced to three months in prison and three months of home monitoring, while sister Anne Montgomery, 84, of Redwood City, Calif, was sentenced to two months in prison and four months home electronic monitoring.

Read the full story about the sentencing of the Washington State protesters at KOMOnews.com
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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Tim

    Maybe they should of broke into the Vatican to protest all the child molesters. "Remove the beam from your own eye..."

    March 30, 2011 at 3:02 am |
  2. Mr. Sniffles

    You can send them to prison for protesting, but you can't send them to prison for child molestation or criminal conspiracy to hide molestors. Weird.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • Hmmm

      Not so weird if you know how people work. Sick would be a better word, I think.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Mr. Sniffles, did you ever get to the conclusion that these phony priests are wolves in sheep's clothing? Christians have.


      March 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  3. HS Friend


    It is sad you guys keep attacking me because I am ga y, overweight and a Christian.

    Sorry, This person is IMPERSONATING Heaven Scent.

    March 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  4. Artist

    They went about protesting the wrong way and rightfully should serve time.

    March 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  5. Ron

    Why am I not surprised here? Well, considering the GOP and conservative Christianity... GOD, GUTS AND GUNS. These people are pro-war, do not really respect the lives of others. I really think our country, with the help of the GOP and conservative Christianity, are pushing to create a society that is essentially Facist.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  6. HeavenSent

    It is sad you guys keep attacking me because I am ga y, overweight and a Christian.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • chief

      so am i.... but your a phony ...

      March 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Artist

      From what I observe you bring your sadness on. You need to live in reality.

      March 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Of course the phony Heavensent is Gay. That's why they stole my handle and write their ridiculous stuff. The real Heavensent wouldn't need to check out the same equipment. The phony heavensent needs to check out the same equipment because of their lack of.


      March 31, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  7. Quip

    If God was radioactive, would you pray to St. Geiger?

    March 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  8. ScottK

    I see our hard earned tax dollars are going to good use here... Keeping a group of old people locked up for daring to protest our idiotic addiction to weapons of mass destruction. We invaded a country and killed 10's if not 100's of thousands of people because we thought they might be getting close to having 1 nuke, but throw the peaceful protesters in jail because they are pointing out that we have thousands.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Daniel

      Oh, I agree the weapons need to go, and a prison sentence is probably not really in the interests of society either, but let's be plain. When conscience moves us to civil disobedience, and we believe it is better to stand for our convictions than to be silent, and choose to break the law to make our opinion heard, we do so in full understanding that the laws we are breaking exist and that they will be enforced, and that we will be held accountable for our actions.

      That is, these people knew what they were doing, intended to do it, and did it voluntarily. They broke laws. The principle upon which jurisprudence in this nation is based is that the law is the same for all, and all are judged equally. The priests and nun will now have an opportunity to bring their compassion to a place where it is needed. Perhaps the teachers can help other convicts educate themselves.

      Yes, they are going to prison. But if they have the courage to go, I think that they can make prison a better place.

      March 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  9. GSA

    Seems we have tried Christian/Catholic/Islamic and Jewish nations and none have worked out too well, maybe it's time for something different.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  10. San Onofre Surfer

    There is a reason the Romans crucified the itinerant preacher from Nazareth. It was because he went into the temple, and overturned the tables of the money lenders, and threatened the economic status quo of the temple based "sacrificial" economy of Jerusalem in his day. These heroic people are doing exactly the same thing. We should be grateful they are courageous enough to accept the radical nature of the gospel, instead of thinking christianity is about sentimental clap trap relating to appeasing a grudge holding sky being, needing appeasing by his "son". These five are the most authentic christians I have heard about in years.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  11. HeavenSent

    Catholics are going to hell unless they turn soley to Jesus and quit worshiping Saints and his mother.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The Catholic rationalization for idolatry is that they don't worship their 10,000+ saints and Mary – they revere them.
      A Catholic doesn't pray TO a saint, they pray THROUGH them.
      It's the same kind of double-think required to worship a trinity and still believe oneself a monotheist.

      March 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • chief

      hey doc.... is one wrong to think it is wrong to worship the holy spirit? i do.....
      can one be a Christian and not worship ... " i said worship " Jesus?

      Jesus threw out all commandments and stated to honor and worship of the Father and care for your fellow man?

      March 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • David Johnson


      You said, "Catholics are going to hell unless they turn soley to Jesus and quit worshiping Saints and his mother."

      Fact: Evangelicalism is a Protestant Christian movement which began in Great Britain in the 1730s.

      So, the Evangelicals are actually late comers. God had to do without a church for 1700 years. Hmm...

      The Catholics trace their religion all the way back to Christ and the first Pope, Peter. I respect that. Doesn't make me a believer, but Catholicism would be the religion I would embrace if I were to ever believe.

      Here again, fundies claim the "rock" Jesus was talking about, was Jesus Himself and not Peter. But, that is an interpretation born of desperation. If you read the literal words, there is only one conclusion. Peter was the rock upon which Christ would build his church.

      The Catholics also believe that the Church has authority to establish or restrict interpretation of Scriptures because, in part, it implicitly selected which books were to be in the biblical canon through its traditions.
      Source: Wikipedia

      You can thank the Catholic Church for your bible.

      Jesus established His Church, to give the correct interpretation of His word.

      Jesus never stated, never expected, that scripture alone was the only source of Christian doctrine.
      Allowing Sola Scriptura, as Luther proclaimed, has led to there being ~38,000 Protestant denominations.

      And, what of the role of apostolic succession in preserving true doctrine?
      By the way, how is that PreAdamic theory coming along for you? LOL –> Make that 38,001, denominations.


      March 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Al Bundy

      I think you are falling fo a troll version of Heaven Sent. Not that Heaven Sent isn't just as crazy, but the writing style is more like the troll HS than the real one.

      March 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Amazing David, every time you use my handle to write your stupid stuff, you reply to yourself. I wasn't on-line on the 29th or the 30th of March. Therefore, get a life. Besides, you prove to Christians how untrustworthy all you non-believers are. You lie, cheat, and steal besides not respect what Jesus teaches us. Keep on stealing my handle on this blog and you will surely get those dry bones more brittle.


      March 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  12. HeavenSent

    There is nothing wrong with keeping your house tidy (Christian Nation). As for the nukes I was speaking global and no worries about it. Repent and turn to Jesus.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • ScottK

      "As for the nukes I was speaking global and no worries about it."

      Soooooo, your saying specific regions might need to worry, like maybe those regions that believe in a different diety or call it something else than you do... But globally we'll be OK because your invisible man knows where you are at and would never let a bomb drop on your head.

      Did I pay the troll toll to get in the boys soul?

      March 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • chief

      Christian nation created by taking over a country of people and eliminating them in Gods name.....

      Ask the real americans.... the native americans about gods country....

      March 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      They were sa v ages chief and we have a duty to spread the good word. It is better they believe in Jesus, rather than live in s I n.

      March 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • chief

      re heavensent.... and what exactly is a sa v age that permits one to take their land and to exterminate their kind?
      black people were called sa v ages too? do they count?

      March 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  13. HeavenSent

    IF you believe in Jesus you dont have to worry about nukes.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Colin

      An example of religion fulfilling the same role for the believer as sand does for the ostrich.

      March 29, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • David Johnson


      You said: "IF you believe in Jesus you dont have to worry about nukes."

      That is the reason I find Christians so distasteful. Why I find Evangelical presidents so scary.

      Thank you religious nut, for reinforcing my fear and loathing of your desert war god myth.


      March 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      In the 50's and 60's, american school children were indoctrinated with 'Duck and Cover' propaganda in which they were taught that hiding under their desks would protect them from nuclear annihilation.
      I guess HeavenSent is trying to say that Jesus is his school desk.

      March 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > IF you believe in Jesus you dont have to worry about nukes.

      Ok, so you're not worried about nuclear weapons. Surely if you're not worried about something as serious as that, you're obviously not worried about something so trivial as keeping america a christian nation. That'd just be stupid.

      > We will take our Christian Nation back.


      March 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Magic

      " IF you believe in Jesus you dont have to worry about nukes."

      Yup. You should save your energy to worry about the "mod squad" here.

      March 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Smile

      Does that mean we can nuke the Pope? I would SO LOVE to see that! Pow! Vaporized child molesters! Good idea. Thanks!

      March 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Doc Vestibule

      Yep, I remember those drills. The teacher would draw the blinds. I assume this was to protect us from both the broken glass and that nasty flash. Oddly, I felt so secure beneath my desk...

      You are wise Doc! You have a lot of insight.


      March 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      David, first, I wouldn't write such an idiotic statement as the phony person that uses my handle. Two, I was no where near a computer on the 29th or 30th of March. Therefore, continue talking with yourself.


      March 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  14. Colin

    Do you think they'll join the Crypts or the Bloods?

    March 29, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The Aryan Nation, more likely.

      March 29, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • I see them rollin'....

      They'll be pimpin' the boys now. And they'll be rollin'.

      March 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
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